I have been tested, pricked, scanned, put to sleep, had painful procedures and none of these have been able to identify what it is that I have. This has caused me to take my health into my own hands and begin researching and bugging my doctors with different ideas I have come up with. I did recently however, discover that I have Candida. Candida can be a major factor in causing Leaky Gut, which I have discussed in a previous post. What is Candida you ask? Instead of me boring you with it, here is a link for you to check out the medical description of Candida if you don’t already know. There are different ways to test for it and the two most common are Saliva and Stool testing. Sadly more and more people have this and they don’t even realize it. So lets discuss this further.
Lisa Richards is an expert in Digestive Health and she explains, “Firstly, its important to realize that everyone has Candida already. It is a microorganism that is naturally present in your gut, part of the balanced system that helps you to digest food and stay fit and well.When people talk about Candidiasis the illness, they are really talking about the excess growth of Candida. So Candida is not something that you ‘catch’ like a virus”. So if we can’t catch it, then how does Candida grow? Many experts say that our diets are a huge cause of this. Lisa says, “The modern diet is like a feast for Candida, since it is a yeast that needs sugar to thrive and multiply. That includes sugar itself, foods containing sugar and also anything that converts to sugar. Refined carbohydrates like processed food made with white flour, other refined grains and alcohol can all contribute to Candida growth.A healthy immune system should be able to keep Candida at bay. However, a diet rich in sugar actually depresses your immune system, leaving it vulnerable and allowing the Candida yeast to proliferate. Moldy and yeast-containing foods must also be avoided, as they can aggravate symptoms of Candida too. This means some vegetables, condiments, sauces, coffee, tea, and packaged and processed foods. ”
Another big cause of Candida overgrowth is from Antibiotics. Lisa continues, “A full course of antibiotics kills the harmful bacteria for which it is prescribed, but it also destroys beneficial and friendly bacteria that live in your gut. This can leave your body defenseless to harmful bacteria and fungi, such as the fast-growing Candida yeast that quickly dominates the small intestine and causes problems. Of course there are times when you do need that antibiotics prescription, but the truth is that doctors prescribe it for for many health issues unnecessarily, like the common cold or a sore throat. Make sure there is no alternative treatment to your condition and, if you must take them, be sure to take an good probiotic supplement during and after the treatment to replenish the healthy bacteria population. Buying organic food can help to reduce your exposure to antibiotics. An astounding 55% of the antibiotics used in the US are in the livestock industry. Herds of cattle are fed antibiotics to keep mortality rates low and profit margins high. Some of these antibiotics make their way on to our plates in the form of beef and milk. This has become so widespread that the European Union has banned it completely, and won’t even import beef that has been raised in this way.” There are other factors such as stress and mercury as well as chlorine and fluoride, but these seem to be less than food and antibiotics.
Symptoms from Candida are all over the place so it can be hard to pin point if you have it. Do any of these symptoms resonate with you? ( These symptoms are all from Lisa’s Candida Diet)
THE WAY YOU FEEL
Inability to focus, Poor memory, Brain fog, Irritability, Anger, Dizziness, Depression, Crying spells, Panic attacks, Low libido, Persistent extreme fatigue, Hyperactivity, Cravings for sweets and alcohol, Insomnia, Poor coordination.
YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Acid reflux, Bloating, Flatulence, Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Stomach cramps, Indigestion, Burping after meals, Mucus in stool, Hemorrhoids, Itching anus.
Acne, Cysts, Hives, Night sweats, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Fungal infections of the nails & skin, Athlete’s foot, Body odor.
Thrush (white coating on tongue), Swollen lower lip, Halitosis, Metallic taste in mouth, Bad breath, Canker sores, Bleeding gums, Cracked tongue.
YOUR RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
Persistent cough, Mucus in throat, Sore throat, Sinus congestion, Chronic post-nasal drip, Flu-like symptoms, Hay fever symptoms, Sinusitis, Asthma.
YOUR EARS AND EYES
Eye pain, Itchy eyes, Sensitivity to light, Blurred vision, Bags under eyes, Ringing in the ears, Ear infections.
YOUR GENITO-URINARY SYSTEM
Recurring yeast infections, Recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections), Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), PMS & menstrual irregularities, Fungal rash.
YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Frequent colds and flu, Allergies, Sensitivities to food, fragrances and chemicals.
Inability to lose weight, Water retention, Weight loss.
Headaches, Heart palpitations, Chronic body pain and/or joint pains, Muscle aches and stiffness.
Check out their Candida Questionnaire to see if you might have excess Candida growth.
Expert Leon Chaitow says in his book that, “Candida is possibly the least understood, most widespread cause of continuing ill health currently in our midst.” Think of all the people suffering from the above symptoms, think of the number of times that you yourself have suffered from them, and you can see how this might be true!”
Today is Day 1 of my Candida diet. I am following Lisa’s wee-long veggie only cleanse. Lord have mercy I am already hungry lol. I have made some good recipes that might be able to help you if you are thinking of starting this.
Spicy Creamy Broccoli Soup
All my quantities are to taste, so if you like broccoli more then add more broccoli.
Steam the veggies until they are hot and squishy
Place veggies and some of the water into a blender and mix to creamy consistency
Add the spices in and blend. Taste to see if you need to add more!
That’s it! Super easy and actually quite tasty.
I will be posting more as I go. Today I am already feeling slightly tired and hungry. I know this will be a tough week of cleansing but it is worth it. Check in tomorrow to see how it’s going! If you have any questions please ask me!! Happy Health!