If you’ve been among the lucky few who didn’t have to deal with this problem or simply had no idea they have it, here is a simple explanation of this condition. Candida overgrowth or Candidiasis is an infectious disease caused by any type of Candida (a fungus or yeast). When it affects your mouth, and your tongue looks pale yellow with pink polka dots, it’s called thrush. The less attractive version attacks female genitalia, and it is referred as yeast infection. Read on to find out how to prevent getting this unpleasant disease, and how to treat it if you already suffer from it.
In more detail – A humble amount of Candida does reside in your mouth and your bowels, and not without a purpose. It propels digestive processes and helps the absorption of nutritive particles. Higher production of this fungus can lead to a number of undesirable outcomes. What happens is that Candida penetrates the intestine walls and reaches the blood. Harmful derivatives it produces create a gross leakage. The end results include an array of health issues affecting digestive system, genital parts and even inducing depression.
Origin – How do we possibly get this when if we keep our hygiene at decent levels and all, you might wonder? Beneficial bacteria usually keep the amounts in check, but some things we do may cause the situation to spiral out of their control. Let’s go through the common components that teamed up together brew into a rather nasty ailment:
– Munching loads of unhealthy carbs (like the ones in candy and snacks, etc) and simple sugars on regular basis
– Taking a lot of alcoholic beverages
– Using oral contraceptives
– Consuming large amounts of fermented food like pickled goods, Kombucha and others
– Being exposed to a great deal of stress due to work or current life situations (who isn’t?!)
– Being on a therapy of antibiotics for too long (healthy bacteria are the usual collateral in this process).
As you can see, not all of this factors are harmful on their own, but the combination of other factors and increase of daily amounts stirs the icky avalanche.
Manifestation – It is useful to know what are some clear signs that you have this disease. You wouldn’t want to confuse it with something else or perpetuate the awful state you’re in. For this we present you with the most frequent symptoms:
– Lacking energy and feeling run down chronically
– Fungal infections of skin and nail
– Autoimmune diseases like Ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s, Lupus, Scleroderma, Psoriasis and others
– Recurrent stomach problems such as diarrhea, feeling gassy or constipated
– Skin conditions such as hives, rashes or eczema
– Intensified seasonal allergies and itchy ears
– Urinary and vaginal infections, as well as prickly feeling around rectum and vagina
– Irresistible desire to consume starchy, refined carbs
– Lessened power of concentration, bad memory, general lack of focus (ADD and ADHD) and foggy brain (impaired ability to think ahead or plan something)
– Impatience and irritability, continual change of mood, some form of anxiety and even depression (who knew?!)
Testing – All the above are just recommendations and widespread symptoms, but to really establish whether you have Candida overgrowth or not, there are a few ways to do so, and these are test of urine, stool and blood.
The urine organic acid test searches for presence of Candida overpresence byproduct named D-Arabinitol. Levels above normal are an indicator of abnormal presence. The test also locates whether in which part of the intestines has Candida nested excessively.
The all-around stool test is by far the most indicative of something gone wrong. The results will include the location of Candida overgrowth and the best possible treatment to handle it.
The blood test should reveal if you have over-the-top levels of IgG, IgA and IgM, which are Candida antibodies. Most laboratories can perform this, but it has been proved to be less accurate than the other two tests, so make sure to do at least two of three.
Treatment –If you think the situation has gone out of hand and you cannot treat it on your own, or you just want to be sure it’s actually Candida, visit the doctor for further pieces of advice, testing and treatment. For now, here are the best recommendations for medical regimen you can do at home and on your own. What you need to do is check all three of these: stop the yeast spreading, rebuild colonies of friendly bacteria and heal the system in general.
Since Candida feeds on refined sugar, no more sweets and processed carbs for you for three to six months. Cut back on alcohol and white flour, and replace it with complex carbohydrates (wholegrain, vegetables, grains, etc). Fermented goodies are also the favorite food of both good and the bad bacteria. Leave the recommendation of anti-fungal medications and supplement to your doctor. Next, you should repopulate the beneficial bacteria with probiotics therapy. In the end, rehabilitate your insides with proper and careful nutrition.
Protection – Not only does it protect us from the more serious STDs, it also shields us from other conditions, like Candida. Be kind and attentive to your loved ones and make sure you use condoms in all cases possible, especially if you suspect a possible Candida outbreak. Why risk your lover’s genital health when you can use one of these and relax. Lastly, note that condoms don’t agree with creams that battle vaginal yeast (read the small print on the instructions for use), so let your darling heal completely prior to your next sexual encounter.
The modern age has provided us with a possibility to binge on a vast range of processed foods and beverages like alcohol, sodas, sweets, white bread, fast food and alike. The result is that we have disconnected from nature and the real food that does wonders to our organism. Treat your body with care and it will repay you a hundredfold.