Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis are common yeasts that thrive within intestines and mucous membranes. Everyone is born with Candida, even your pets.
Candida’s main function in the body is to destroy all putrefied food matter in our digestive tract before any potentially harmful bacteria can feast on it, multiply, and threaten our health.
So why do some people suffer with Candida, while others do not?
When the gastrointestinal “good” bacteria—like acidophilus and bifido—and your immune system are healthy, Candida is kept in check. But food chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and processed ingredients—oils, high fructose corn syrups, sugars, and pharma-drugs—cause a population burst and Candida grows out of control. Even though Candida is naturally present in the body, it can cause problems if there is an overgrowth, resulting in Candidiasis. When this happens, the yeast branches out with hardened spiny tendrils that puncture the intestinal wall, and yeast begins colonizing in other parts of your body.
It is common knowledge that prolonged use of antibiotics play a major role in the development of Candidiasis. Antibiotics eradicate bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections, but they also destroy the good bacteria that keep Candida under control. Prolonged use and strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in your gut flora, allowing bad bacteria and yeast to overgrow.
If your digestion is inefficient, you aren’t properly eliminating body wastes, or your pH is too acidic, Candida can spread into your bloodstream and deposit in other tissues and mucous membranes, such as your throat (also known as thrush), nasal passages, and abdomen. You may develop: distention, constipation, allergies, skin rashes, and adult asthma symptoms. What would be normally benign yeast literally morphs into an aggressive, destructive, fungal pathogen causing a variety of health problems from head to toe, often perplexing traditional doctors.
Because Candida is naturally occurring intestinal yeast, traditional medical doctors typically do not recognize its overgrowth as a cause of endometriosis, allergies, depressed immunity, many chronic illnesses, or brain “fog.” Candida can spread throughout your body and even penetrate into your brain.
When doctors diagnose you with sinusitis instead of yeast in your nasal passages, they typically prescribe antibiotics. The antibiotics, in turn, kill the intestinal bacteria that controls Candida, the cause of your sinus irritation. If the Candida is not controlled, your sinus problems could continue to reoccur, creating a chronic demand for more drugs, more doctors’ visits, new drugs, different drugs, asthma medications, inhalers and eventually COPD oxygen ventilators and steroids—simply because your sinus problems were misdiagnosed and treated incorrectly.
Before the onslaught of diet sweeteners and the insertion of over 10,000 processed food chemicals in the American food supply, a common reaction to an overgrowth of Candida may have been athlete’s foot, a vaginal yeast infection in women or jock-itch—though the absence of these does not mean the absence of yeast overgrowth. Many cases of endometriosis are actually just an overgrowth of Candida inside the uterus, but hundreds of thousands of women have surgically had their uterus removed when simply cleaning the organ of yeast may have been all that was needed. Before you have extreme health surgeries done or commit to long-term antibiotic use, try a cleanse for yeast.
The symptoms of Candidiasis vary from person to person, but the more common symptoms are:
• Fatigue after eating
• Feelings of aggression and anger after eating
• Craving simple carbohydrates, like those in bread and sugar
• Extreme mood swings
• Feeling “intoxicated” after eating a meal high in carbohydrates
• Excessive mucous in the throat, nose, and lungs
• Fungal infections of the skin
• Jock itch
• Athlete’s foot
• Vaginal infections and drainage
• Oral thrush
• Anal itching
• Short-term memory loss
• Feeling “spacey”
• Bloating after eating
• Flatulence after eating
When the overgrowth of Candida becomes chronic and occurs for more than ten years, the following symptoms may result:
• Lymphatic swelling
• Difficult PMS
• Night sweats
• Chest and joint pain
• Memory loss
• Lack of coordination
• Blurred vision
• Intense and sporadic headaches
• Intermittent vertigo
• Sneezing fits
• Increased food allergies
• Sensitivity to damp, mildewed or extremely humid environments
• Sensitivity to perfumes, colognes, and smoke
• Acute kidney infections
How to Prevent Candidiasis
Diet is your main defense against Candida. You may have to avoid a number of your favorite sugary foods and drinks. Once you have gotten your yeast overgrowth under control, you can introduce some of these foods back into your diet, limiting your intake of any food that feeds yeast, such as alcohol, sugar and diet sweeteners. Permanently remove all toxic food chemicals and highly processed food products, and eat smaller portions of organic foods.
Avoid or limit:
• Sugar, refined and simple
• Wheat and rye
• Milk and cheese
• Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages
Keep your food well covered in the refrigerator to prevent mold from forming. When eating out, don’t hesitate to ask how the dish is prepared and tell the server to serve ingredients like soy sauce or mayonnaise on the side.
If you struggle with Candida, eating a low carbohydrate diet is best. Carbohydrates, even healthy complex ones, break down into glucose (sugar) in the digestive tract. Avoid all sugars, but aim live as normal a life as possible. When you occasionally “slip up” and eat the foods that promote Candida overgrowth, make sure to supplement with the products available to assist in digesting.
The following foods are your best choices when on a Candida diet, and note that you’ll also lose weight.
• Fish, poultry, and lean red meat
• Most vegetables—limit the amount of squashes, such as pumpkin
• Brown rice
• Seeds and nuts, except cashews and peanuts
• Beans and lentils
• Organic milks, but modify the amount of milk from cows
• Amaranth, kamut, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, and spelt
Contrary to popular belief, foods containing yeast may be eaten if no allergic reactions occur. Brewer’s yeast, for example, is very nutritious and immune-enhancing. Don’t fear your food—learn what works for you.
As your Candida symptoms disappear, you can reintroduce some of the “forbidden foods,” but add them one at a time and very slowly. The major rule of thumb concerning Candida is to limit all your foods containing sugar. Indulging in too many foods too quickly can cause a relapse, and you might want to remain cautious for the rest of your life. But that’s not so bad—you are committed to eating a healthier diet that keeps your weight down, naturally.
You can learn to love that, you think?