This month we are discussing Candida Yeast Overgrowth. While yeast is a normal part of our microflora, our systems can get out of balance, especially after taking antibiotics. Poor diet and birth control pills for women can fuel yeast overgrowth.
Over 75% of women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. But Candida overgrowth affects men as well.
Symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, sudden food allergies, migraines, asthma, depression, chronic fatigue, interstitial cystitis and in women, vaginitis, and PMS.
In this article, we are going to explain how Candida overgrowth compromises your health and the most effective natural remedies to counter it.
Approx Read Time: 7 minutes
What is Yeast?
Yeasts are single cell fungi that live on the surface of your body. They're part of your gut microflora. Yeast can be nutritious. In fact, it is what gives bread its light taste. Candida is a natural form of yeast.
One family of yeasts, Candida albicans, normally live on the warm inner creases of the digestive tract, vagina, and skin. When your immune system is healthy, "friendly" intestinal bacteria like Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus create a symbiotic system with the yeast that keeps everything in balance.
When our systems get out of balance – through the use of antibiotics, birth control pills or improper diet – candida cells develop rapidly and overwhelm the friendly bacteria. This leads to two issues:
First, the lining of the intestine weakens which allows toxins and allergens to breach the intestine wall and leak into the bloodstream.
Second, the body craves sugars and carbs which feed this unnatural level of yeast. Consuming more of these can lead to leaky gut, creating a potentially serious health issue.
Effects of candida overgrowth range from vaginitis to irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, skin rashes, migraines, asthma, chronic fatigue and interstitial cystitis in both men and women.
How Do I know if I have a Candida Overgrowth?
Physical and laboratory exams lead to a diagnosis.
From the comfort of your chair, you can take a short questionnaire by our friends over at the Yeast Connection. This can help you evaluate the role that yeast plays in your chronic health problems. You can take this questionnaire here.
I suspect Candida overgrowth. What do I do?
1. Diet - Eliminate foods that promote the growth of yeast. These include sugar, yeast, mold, starches, grains and fermented foods. All sugar and flour should be temporarily avoided. These foods should be avoided for 2-4 weeks. Also, limit your fruit intake, and only eat fruit on its own.
Eat a balanced diet rich in meat, eggs, seeds, nuts, and vegetables, with as many organic foods as possible.
Try increasing garlic and onion intake to support healthy organs.
2. Supplements - We carry the highest quality supplements that fight candida overgrowth.
This supplement inhibits yeast growth and disrupts the metabolism of candida. It provides nutrients to increase antioxidant production and promotes microbial balance and gastrointestinal comfort.
Colon Clnz by Welltrients
Colon Clnz destroys Candida Albicans overgrowth, promotes healthy intestinal flora, destroys and expels parasites and improves digestion and increases the flow of bile to remove toxins and yeast overgrowth.
GI Liver Detox by Pure Encapsulations
This formula contains the amino acids glycine, taurine, and methionine that support detoxification, glutamine helps maintain healthy intestinal lining and artichoke extract aids the digestive process and increases healthy bile flow.
While fighting candida, you want to increase your probiotic intake with a high-quality probiotic supplement. These contain good bacteria that keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy and will ultimately replace the Candida.
This is an effective probiotic that contains 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria to promote a healthy intestine with 25 billion CFU. This helps restore balance to the gut by promoting healthy gut bacteria to counteract the Candida yeast.
3. Avoid Chemicals - Avoid chemical products such as harsh cleaning solutions, perfumes, scents, and paint.
Breathe fresh outdoor air daily, use unscented cosmetics, consume organic produce and remove as many toxins from your home as possible.
Try sitting in a sauna or steam room. This helps clear out toxins.
4. Exercise - Get moving and breathe deeply into your lungs. Walk, swim, stretch, run, bike, yoga - whatever you enjoy.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office.