Candida | Symptom

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Candida Overview

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth can include digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, a diagnosis of IBS, oral thrush, vaginal thrush, athlete's foot, chronic fatigue, mood swings and irritability, anxiety, depression, urinary tract infections, skin rashes, intense sugar and carbohydrate cravings, swinging blood sugar levels, and trouble concentrating or 'foggy brain.'

Causes of Candida

Candida Albicans is a type of pathogenic yeast that naturally resides in the human gut, which poses no threat when kept in check by our friendly bacteria. However, when our gut bacteria is thrown out of balance by antibiotics, contraceptives, prescription medications, and a diet high in sugar, carbs, and processed foods, candida is given the opportunity to take over and wreak havoc on our digestive systems and the rest of our body. This can cause a myriad of symptoms that are often misdiagnosed, because they mimic many other health conditions. Many alternative doctors believe that Candida overgrowth is at the root of many learning disabilities like Autism and ADHD/ADD, and mood and personality disorders like depression, because people with these conditions have a very compromised gut.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Candida

Although Candida can cause a wide range of depilating symptoms, it is a treatable condition. While some doctors will recommend antibiotics, this will only work temporarily as antibiotics wipe out the beneficial bacteria as well. In order to get candida levels back under control, dietary and lifestyle changes are mandatory, in addition to taking natural antifungals to reduce yeast. Following an "anti-candida" diet, or a gut healing protocol such as SCD or GAPS Diet, will bring back the proper balance to your gut bacteria. While each diet has specific recommendations, there are some general rules that are the same whichever diet you choose. This includes, eliminating sugar and all forms of it, man-made, artificial sweeteners, and for at least a period of time, even natural sugars like maple syrup and fruits. Eliminating ALL processed and packaged foods, foods containing GMO's, or artificial colors and chemicals. Eliminating alcohol, yeasts like brewers yeast, vinegars, and most condiments and dressings that are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredient. Avoid processed dairy, apart from home-fermented yogurt, kefir, or fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. Eliminating gluten, and most people find that even eliminating gluten free grains, is a necessary measure. For more information on dietary recommendations for treating candida overgrowth, please see our blog post, "The Anti Candida Diet." It is also important to take natural anti-fungal herbs to help kill off the candida, as starving them of their food source is not enough to restore the proper balance to your gut bacteria. Some common, natural antifungals are coconut oil, oil of oregano, grape seed extract, berberine, and garlic. Adding in probiotics at a separate interval than your anti fungal is also essential.

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