I first heard about Candida a few years ago. A close friend of mine told me she had *Leaky Gut Syndrome caused by a fungal infection. Whaaat? And Ewwww!
I never thought that fungal infections could occur inside the stomach, or worse, that these infections could be responsible for nasty symptoms and conditions.
Did I have it? How would I know? I went on a search and conquer mission.
You know what I found out? It’s all about fungus baby!!
Candida is a type of fungus, or yeast that exists in balanced amounts in every healthy body. In fact, it serves an important function by aiding in digestion and nutrient absorption.
Well that’s good then right?
Well…..here’s the catch:
- If it’s not kept in balance, the Big C can release nasty toxins into the bloodstream and cause a wide range of yucky and dangerous health symptoms that can lead to thrush. Figures doesn’t it? There’s always a catch.
There are many places Candida can go cray-cray in our body.
1. In the gut
- A build up of yeast in the gut can cause inflammation of the lining which can lead to problems like Crohn’s, Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
2. Systemic Candida
Systemic Candida is a yeast infection that exists all through your body and can cause symptoms of depression, moodiness, ADD, ADHD, cravings for sugar, eating disorders, OCD, and memory problems. What the…?!
Systemic yeast infections affect our brain y’all, and can cause many nasty conditions:
- Sleep Disorders
- Anxiety and worry
- Cravings for carbs
- Obsessive-compulsive behavior
- Serotonin and dopamine deficiency
Systemic yeast infections weaken the yeast when they are growing in our body.
- They weaken our immunity.
- They create hormone balances and infertility.
- They cause us to crave foods that make us bloated and fat, causing insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity.
- They alter our brain chemicals causing us to be emotionally unstable.
- They affect how long and how well we will live.
3. Candida can also exist in specific places in the body:
- In the vagina; which can lead to hormonal imbalances, vaginal infections, infertility, PMS, urinary tract infections, endometriosis, eating disorders, and painful intercourse. Whoa!
- In the lungs and can lead to asthma.
- In the sinus cavity and can cause sinus infections.
- In the ear and can cause chronic ear infections.
FYI: Yeast is present in all autoimmune diseases: autism, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, lupus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and gluten intolerance.
Yeast imbalance produces over 79 bio-toxins that poison the immune system, causing inflammation in the body (i.e. psoriasis and eczema) and they affect the brain and the nervous system. I give!
So now what?
Ok, here’s some good news: YOU have the ability to decrease and eliminate fungal infections in your body! YOU have the ability to heal yourself!
Here are some ways to eliminate Candida:
Don’t feed the yeast beast! Weaken and starve that monster! Start with significantly reducing your sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption. These foods feed Candida and perpetuate its growth so avoiding them is best until your symptoms improve. Eat small amounts of low-sugar fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth in the meantime.
What Foods Does Yeast Love?
- Processed and GMO (genetically modified) foods
- Gluten (wheat, pizza, bread, pasta, rye)
- Cooked saturated fats
- Starchy vegetables
- Processed meats
What Foods Keep Yeast In Balance?
Alkaline foods! Alkaline foods contain natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. These nutrient dense foods reduce inflammation, fight free radicals, and aid in the healing process. They increase energy and boost over-all health:
- Non starchy vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower)
- Fermented foods (young coconut kefir/sauerkraut)
- Coconut Oil (My jam!)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Gluten free grain-like seeds (quinoa, millet, amaranth)
- Foods that are high in Vitamin D and zinc (pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate)
- Meals should include 80% vegetables (from land or sea; cooked or raw)
The use of digestive enzymes and probiotics are extremely helpful, you can find them at any health food store.
Don’t pig out.
Fun fact: When you’re eating, think about filling your stomach only up to 80% of it’s capacity. It’s much easier for your body to digest when you haven’t over eaten.
We don’t need as much food as we think to get through the day.
Listen to your body and see if you have any reactions. Your body will tell you everything you need to know.
Last but certainly not least, Chill Out!
As important as the foods you eat, are your stress levels. You have to teach yourself to relax. Stress weakens the immune system, prevents healing, and can contribute to greater digestive problems.
It might be a slow road, but it’ll be worth it. Try these methods:
- Yoga and stretching
- Breathing exercises
- Taking time for yourself every day to sit in a quiet place and relax
- Take baths
- Make yourself a cup of tea and read a book
The healing of proper intestinal flora is vital to digestive health.
With a whole foods-plant based diet, good sleep, daily relaxation, and probiotics, you can heal your gut and overcome yeast infections in the body. At last, some good news!
* Leaky gut syndrome is a condition of the digestive system characterized by increased permeability of the intestinal lining, allowing pieces of undigested food and other toxins to enter the bloodstream where they do not belong. This process activates the immune system in an effort to eliminate the foreign substances from the body, and thereby causes inflammation. The result is a wide range of physical symptoms such as bloating, multiple food sensitivity, headaches, eczema, and chronic fatigue, among others. Having a leaky gut can seriously impair your overall health, and you could have it without even knowing. It often goes mainly undiagnosed by many mainstream medical professionals because they tend to focus on treating the presented symptoms, not the underlying root cause.
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