Posted on by Margo Gladding
Candida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc. It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth. Candida is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Symptoms of Candida
- Abdominal gas and bloating
- Indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux
- Headaches or migraines
- Excessive fatigue
- Vaginitis/vaginal yeast infections
- Rectal itching
- Cravings for sweets
- Inability to think clearly or concentrate
- Mood swings and irritability
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sinus inflammation
- Pre-menstrual syndrome
- Poor memory
- Persistent cough
- Low sex drive
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
- Cognitive impairment
- Athlete's foot
- Sore throat
- Chronic pain
- Trans fats, hydrogenated oils (margarine or shortening), and refined polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower, safflower, cottonseed and corn oil
- Conventional red meat – grass-fed is preferred
- Grilled and processed meats
- Foods high in yeast (bread, pastries, baked goods, cheeses, vinegar containing foods, malt products, mushrooms, dried fruits, fermented foods, leftovers)
- Refined carbohydrates (white rice, white flour, white bread, noodles, pasta, biscuits and pastries containing wheat, barley and rye)
- Fruit juices
- Dairy products
- Chemical additives and preservatives
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