It’s a common misconception that Candida Yeast Infections are only…you know…a “lady problem.” While this is an example of Candida overgrowth, it is not the only kind. So many people go throughout their lives suffering from symptoms like fatigue, headaches, IBS, allergies, anxiety, skin issues, strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings, and memory loss, just to name a few. While this is a wide array of symptoms, they often all have the same cause. An opportunistic fungus that goes by the name of Candida Albicans.
Candida lives naturally within the human body, but there are a few ways that it can start to get out of hand.
Eating a high sugar diet
A period of long stress
Consuming a lot of alcohol
As you can imagine from the symptoms listed above, Candida yeast infections often get misdiagnosed. While this overgrowth is not a serious medical issue for the general population, it is certainly uncomfortable. So let’s talk about why these symptoms arise and how we can all prevent this overgrowth.
We all know from the surge of probiotics that maintaining a balance our gut flora is essential to our immune systems and digestive health. During a period of stress, or after a course of antibiotics this balance is lost and it suddenly becomes easy for the colonies of Candida to expand. Candida releases up to 80 differed byproducts one of which is called uric acid. Uric acid is a powerful neurotoxin that causes headaches, brain fog and fatigue! Meanwhile, all this change in the balance of your gut flora causes chaos in your digestive system. Leading to IBS, yeast infections, and food allergies or intolerances.
Antibiotics are lifesavers and definitely essential in certain situations. But in many situations, broad spectrum antibiotics will be prescribed for an illness that would quickly clear up with just a little rest! Taking sick days are never fun. But think about it, if you are actually healthy from the inside out, you probably wont catch as many colds or viruses simply because your immune system will be so strong! Next time your doctor prescribes you an antibiotic, before you go to fill it do a little research on what is being prescribed and why. I am not a doctor, so I am not saying that antibiotics are something you should completely avoid, but I am saying that we should all take a little bit more initiative when it comes to our own bodies.
A high sugar diet alone can lead to Candida overgrowth. Our modern Western diet is simply full of sugar, simple carbohydrates, and high fructose corn syrup. Which Candida loves! These simple carbohydrates and sugars are exactly what Candida needs to live and thrive.
So what can we do to prevent or stop the overgrowth? There are three key elements which will not only prevent Candida yeast infections, but will positively impact your overall health and wellbeing. The first is adapting a low sugar diet. This means moderation when it comes to foods like pasta, salad dressings, cereals , tortillas, chips, crackers and alcohol. Basically everything that has been processed. And if you are really experiencing issues, maybe consider eliminating natural sugars for a few weeks to allow all of the Candida to die off. That means starchy vegetables, and even fruits. The second is adding a probiotic.
Probiotics are essential in maintaing digestive balance, and they also compete with Candida yeast. We only have so much space inside our gut, so the more “good bacteria” the better! Probiotics come in supplement form or you can start to incorporate foods like kefir and yogurt in your diet. Last but not least, find a way to manage your stress! We all have different ways of going about this, for some its exercise others it is meditation. Just remember this is the only life you have so LIVE it and ENJOY it!
Guest Post Author
Courtney Miller is a Certified 500 hour yoga instructor in the Dallas area. Along with teaching yoga she has developed her own line of jewelry and is pursuing a Masters in Holistic Nutrition. She believes that our ability to move and breathe are gifts that should be recognized and fostered, never neglected. It is her intention to utilize her own passions to guide others to find balance in their lives. http://www.EastofLouise.com