If you have reoccurring headaches, live a high-stress lifestyle, consume a lot of alcohol and take antibiotics. Chances are, you’re suffering from a candida overgrowth. A few months back, I wrote a post called “Candida, A Bad Mamma Jamma.” I provided a list of bacterial and fungal infections related to the disease.
Therefore, I’m back again, not to scare. But to terrify you. Hahaha!
According to The Candida Diet, “Candida Albicans is a pathogen that takes advantage of a disruption in the balance of microorganisms in your gut. This balance of ‘gut flora’ is a crucial part of your immune system and digestive health, but it can easily be lost during periods of stress or after a course of antibiotics. When this balance is lost, the colonies of Candida Albicans are able to expand rapidly until they control a large portion of your gut.” 70% of Americans have Candida Albicans in their guts (a study done by Rice University). Now, don’t starting freaking out, then google random diseases and start thinking you’re infected with some deadly disease. I learned that the hard way. In terms of candida overgrowth, diet has everything to do with candida. What we put in our bodies can have a positive or negative affect on our health. For example, candida overgrowth causes:
Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
If those symptoms sound familiar, then you’re a part of the 70%. Don’t feel special, feel concerned. Very concerned. In order to effectively treat candida, you must:
Stop yeast from over growing. In doing so, restore your friendly bacteria to heal your gut so it can no longer enter your bloodstream.
Change your diet to a low carbohydrate diet. Sugar is what feeds yeast, so eliminate sugar in your diet. Such as candy, desserts, alcohol and flours.
Be patient. In order to completely get rid of candida, it could take up to six months.
Take 25 to 100 billion units of probiotics to reduce candida and restore good bacteria.
To learn more about candida and dietary regimes, visit: The Candida Diet. Enjoy, Simply Pescatarian!