Candida

Help with Candida Overgrowth

Do you need help with a candida overgrowth? You’re not alone. Candida albicans is a yeast, a type of fungus that lives in everyone’s body. Our intestines have both good and bad bacteria at all times, and when these are in balance our gut is happy. And keeping our gut happy and healthy is important since it’s where our body absorbs nutrients and minerals from the food we eat. If fact, Hippocrates believed that “all disease begins in the gut.” But when the balance of our gut bacteria is off, meaning that the bad has overtaken the good, health problems occur.

What kills good bacteria?

There are different ways that good bacteria is killed leading to bad bacteria taking over.

Overuse of Antibiotics:

Antibiotics do just that, they kill bacteria, however, they don’t discriminate. When taking antibiotics, all bacteria gets eliminated. That’s why it’s important to always follow up with probiotics after taking a round of antibiotics to help restore gut balance. In fact, it’s a good idea to always take Probiotics. I recommend Garden of Life, Raw Probiotics, but there are many good quality probiotics on the market now and you can find them in your favorite health food stores. Keep in mind that best quality probiotics will likely be in the refrigerated section since these are living cultures.

These are my favorites:

A Diet high in Sugar and Processed Foods:

Candida feeds on sugar, so naturally a diet high in sugar or foods that break down as sugar (refined flours, white pastas, cookies, etc.), and foods high in preservatives and chemicals all create a perfect breeding ground for Candida.

Better food options are whole foods, with minimal ingredients, and homemade is always best. Avoid refined white sugars and flours when possible and rely more on natural sweeteners and whole grains.

Birth Control Pills:

Most birth control pills contain synthetic forms of two female hormones: estrogen and progestin (a synthetic version of progesterone). These synthetic hormones disrupt your body’s natural balance of estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to yeast overgrowth.

Overgrowth occurs when Candida attaches itself to estrogen. This prevents your body from using the estrogen and eventually drives your estrogen levels down. During this time your progesterone levels may increase. This is the perfect condition for Candida and bacteria to flourish, which can lead to a yeast infection.

Stress:

Elevated stress levels can cause yeast overgrowth. When you’re stressed, your body releases more of a hormone called Cortisol. This hormone can weaken the immune system and at the same time cause elevated levels of blood sugar.

Swimming in Chlorinated water and air pollutants:

Not only do we consume through our mouths, but also through our skin and our nose. Things like chlorinated water, chemicals, pollution, artificial beauty products (such as hair color or nail polish remover), gasoline and cleaning products all lead to weakened gut health.

Symptoms of a Candida problem include:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive Problems/IBS
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Brain fog
  • Arthritis/Achy Joints
  • Recurring Yeast Infections
  • Itchy Scalp or skin
  • Depression/Irritability
  • Food Allergies/Gluten-Intolerance
  • Multiple Sclerosis

If you think you may have a Candida Overgrowth problem and would like personalized guidance on how to restore your Gut Health, check out my Health and Diet Coaching.