Do you know the symptoms of candida infection? Constant fatigue, digestive discomfort, weight gain, brain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems and mood swings – and that’s just a few of them. Find out how to treat candida infections naturally.
If you’re experiencing painful and persistent gas and bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, recurrent vaginal infections, migraines, unexplained weight gain, depression, a foggy brain, skin issues like eczema, acne and athlete’s foot, sensitivity to certain foods, digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, you’re probably worried about your health.
You may think that this random selection of symptoms could signify a wide range of health conditions, and you’d be right. But before you self-diagnose and leap to conclusions about what’s troubling you, visit a health professional to have the levels of candida – a yeast in your gut – checked to see if you have a candida infection.
Your gut contains a fine balance of organisms that help you operate at your best. But when an overgrowth of the usually benign yeast Candida albicans occurs, it results in a condition called candidiasis, or candida infection. And that spells trouble.
What causes candida to get out of control?
If your immune system is healthy, the levels of candida in your digestive system are in state of balance with the other micro-organisms. The reasons your immune system stops working efficiently are varied and complex, but the main culprits cause it to flag and cause candida infection seem to be:
- Antibiotics are probably the number one culprits as they destroy the friendly micro-organisms that keep Candida’s growth under control in your digestive system. Candida thus proliferates and starts forming colonies, which excrete toxins that circulate throughout the body and further weaken the immune system. Candida itself produces very long root-like structures that penetrate the intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes that allow toxins, undigested food particles, bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream – a condition known as ‘leaky gut syndrome’. Your ability to absorb nutrients becomes impaired.
- Birth control pills
- Diet. The modern diet is a feast for candida, since it is a yeast that needs sugar to multiply. And modern foods supply lots of that.
How to treat candida infection
Take the four-step approach to conquering candida infections.
- Starve the yeast with diet. Say ‘No, thanks!’ to sugar, foods containing sugar and anything that converts to sugar – refined carbohydrates like processed food made with white flour and other refined grains, and alcohol. Avoid mouldy foods and those containing yeast – that means some vegetables, condiments, sauces, coffee, tea and packaged and processed foods. Milk also contains lactose, a sugar that tends to promote yeast overgrowth.
- Build up the immune system to kill candida infection. Eat foods rich in protein and good saturated fats and oils (such as coconut oil), low in carbohydrates, and with no sugars, grains or processed foods. Go for organically grown produce, plenty of essential fatty acids such as omega-3s and omega-6s – in shellfish and flaxseed oil. Avoid trans fats.
- Take supplements Take vitamins B, C, D and E, and Flora Force Candida Formula, which supports the immune system and helps fight the symptoms of fungal infections. Your liver is the body’s “filter” and detoxifier – you need it to function optimally – that’s why we recommend Flora Force Liver Flush™ capsules to help your system clear waste matter and restore the candida balance.
- Repopulate the gut with good bugs.. They’ll help crowd out the bad ones. Probiotics will help to encourage proper bowel movements, as will flaxseeds, psyllium and chia seeds. Good foods to repopulate the gut with good bacteria are fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, yoghurt and coconut water.
Keep in mind when treating candida infection that it cannot be cleared overnight. But you’ll gradually notice a gradual improvement in your symptoms and general health. Remember, we’re with you in good health!
Acknowledgements & Photo credits
Article compiled for Flora Force by Judy Beyer.
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- Food Matters. How to overcome candida naturally. 2010.
- Photo courtesy of Sebastian Schaeffer / FreeImages.com