Have you heard of candida?
Candida is a form of yeast, which can be found in your intestines and mouth. Candida helps your digestive system function properly and for your body to absorb nutrients. However, when overgrowth happens, this can cause intestine wall disruption, releasing toxins in the bloodstream and can cause leaky gut, digestive issues, and even depression.
If you suspect you have Candida overgrowth, it is time for you to check whether or not you have the following symptoms:
1. You feel tired or fatigued, usually chronically (fibromyalgia).
2. You have infections in your skin and nails, including ringworm, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot.
3. You are bloated, constipated, or you have diarrhea.
4. You have autoimmune disease, such as ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriasis.
5. You cannot concentrate properly and you may have poor memory.
6. You have skin problems, including rashes and eczema.
7. You are irritable with mild to moderate mood swings.
8. You have urinary tract infection and/or vaginal or rectal itching.
9. You have itchy ears or you have severe allergies, including asthma.
10. You crave for refined carbs and sugars strongly.
If you have more than two of the symptoms above, you may want to take the necessary steps to determine whether or not you have candida overgrowth. These steps include:
1. Blood Testing where candida antibodies are checked. If levels are high, there is a chance candida overgrowth is present.
2. Comprehensive Fecal Testing where stool is analyzed for yeast levels. This is considered the most accurate as this can indicate whether your colon or lower intestines have overgrowth or not.
3. Urine Organix Dysbiosis Testing where D-Arabinitol will be checked. This is a waste product when you have candida overgrowth, so if you have elevated levels, you are positive for overgrowth.
Once confirmed that you have Candida overgrowth, you should take the proper steps to heal your condition. While your doctor may prescribe you with some medications, there are some things you should do to remove the overgrowth, including:
1. Have a low carbohydrate diet.
2. Eliminate sugar in your diet, such as alcohol, flours, desserts, and candies.
3. Remove fermented foods in your diet as well.
4. Take caprylic acid supplement, which comes from coconut oil.
5. Use antifungal medications that will not harm the good bacteria in your gut.
6. Take probiotics on a daily basis, from 25 to 100 billion units.
7. Don’t eat foods that promote inflammation, such as trans fats and grain-fed meat.
The good news about Candida overgrowth is that it can be healed. Plus, you can do the treatment on your own. However, if it does not work and you still have the syndrome for three months, you should call a doctor as soon as you can.