What is Candida?
Candida, or Candidiasis, is the overgrowth of yeast in the body and affects both men and women. It starts in the gut and, if it enters the bloodstream, can spread to other parts of the body such as the vagina, urinary tract, skin, fingernails, toenails, mouth, and other organs and tissues.
Yeast is normally present in our intestinal tract in small amounts. As long as that amount remains small, internal balance is maintained. Because they kill both the “good” and the “bad” bacteria in our digestive tracts, broad-spectrum antibiotics and their over-prescription are likely responsible for the alarming number of people with Candida. Other drugs such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone, and birth control pills can affect this yeast-to-bacteria ratio. Poor diet (too many refined carbs), stress and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to an imbalance.
Yeast is a parasitic organism that takes nutrients from us and creates toxic waste. When Candida changes from its yeast form into a fungal form, it creates waste products known as mycotoxins. The roots of fungal Candida can puncture the intestinal lining and lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut Syndrome is a digestive condition that allows bacteria and toxins to pass through the intestinal walls.
In the initial stages of Candida infection, the symptoms may be mild:
Undigested food particles can also pass through these intestinal holes and enter the bloodstream. The body views them as foreign invaders, resulting in food allergies or sensitivities. As mycotoxins become abundant in the body, more serious and chronic conditions may develop:
Toxins tend to settle in the organs and tissues of greatest weakness. As everyone has different areas of genetic or acquired weakness, the symptoms of Candida can vary between individuals.
How can I get rid of Candida?
CANDIDA MYTH #1 – Candida affects only women
Not true. In women it can produce yeast infections; in men jock-itch, athletes’ foot, and “beer belly.” Because it can pass between partners, both partners need to be treated.
CANDIDA MYTH # 2 – You can treat Candida by diet alone
Although Candida needs sugar and starchy carbohydrates to grow, diet alone will not end it. Treating Candida requires a multi-faceted approach.
The CAN-DO DIET:
Enjoy freely: vegetables, lean protein (eggs, chicken, turkey, fish, red meat) healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado) herbal teas, water, lemon, and seasoning. Snack on small portions of raw nuts, seeds, veggies, and hummus.
ADD DAILY if desired:
1 cup of berries, 1 cup of non-gluten grains (brown rice, quinoa, millet), and 1 cup of unsweetened yogurt.
Sugar, simple carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, white rice, potatoes, processed foods, dairy (except for plain yogurt), mushrooms, vinegar (except apple cider vinegar) coffee, and most fruit.