How is Candida yeast connected to your gut health?

How is Candida yeast connected to your gut health?

Candida is also known as a yeast infection. It literally feeds and survives from the byproducts of dead tissue and sugars from the food that you digest. If misdiagnosed or missed, candida can rapidly monopolize entire body systems, like the digestive tract, and cause issues that affect the entire body. Dr. Andrew Koh, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology at the UT Southwest Medical Center, estimates that for a cancer patient with a Candida infection in the bloodstream, the fatality rate is roughly 30 percent.


What contributes to making Candida grow uncontrollably?

  • – Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar
  • – Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • – Taking oral contraceptives
  • – Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods (like Kombucha, sauerkraut, and pickles)
  • – Living a high-stress lifestyle
  • – Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria


Usually when people are sick, they have obvious outwardly signs that show they are ill. However, with Candida, the signs of sickness often start from deep within our bodies and often easily mistaken for other disorders.


Here are the common Candida symptoms:

  • – Bad breath
  • – Bloating, belching, intestinal gas, and/or abdominal pain
  • – Constipation or diarrhea
  • – Endometriosis or infertility
  • – Fatigue and chronic fatigue
  • – Frequent mood swings
  • – Impotence
  • – Insomnia
  • – Loss of sexual desire or feeling
  • – Muscle aches, weakness, or paralysis
  • – Pain and/or swelling in joints
  • – Poor memory, foggy thinking, or feeling “spacey”
  • – Prostatitis
  • – Troublesome vaginal itching, burning, or discharge



How can you treat Candida Overgrowth?

Stop the yeast overgrowth
In order to eliminate the overgrowth, you need to remove sugar from your diet. This means candy, alcohol, flour, processed snack foods, desserts, etc. It is also recommended that you cut back on your complex carbohydrates. Good examples of these are grains, fruit, beans, potatoes, and pasta.


Build up the healthy bacteria
This is easily accomplished by consistently taking probiotics. This will begin to restore your levels of good bacteria and also reduce the levels of candida overgrowth.


Heal your gut
Inflammatory foods are also hard your gastrointestinal tract, so if you begin to introduce foods that promote the healing process for inflammation, you will begin the healing process. Recommended foods: coconut oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, brussels sprouts, cabbage, ginger, cloves, and lemon juice are just a few examples.


If you want to find out if you have Candida Overgrowth, consult a doctor who is trained in detecting and treating this bodily disorder.


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