Candida is a condition I likely had years ago and never knew it. After I changed my eating habits to a healthy whole foods diet, my issues resolved themselves. Years later when I learned about candida I realized I probably did have it when I was in my early 20's.
Candida can be brought on by a number of different factors. Common causes include antibiotic use, high sugar diets, long periods of stress, pregnancy, or a weakened immune system. Read about some more possible causes on Whole New Mom.
What is Candida?
Candida Albicans are always present in the gut. In a healthy balanced gut, they are kept in check by the beneficial bacteria that live in the intestines. When the good bacteria is threatened by something like antibiotics or stress it will become outnumbered by pathogens like Candida Albicans. If the balance is lost, Candida Albicans are able to expand rapidly until they control a large portion of the gut. This becomes a problem because Candida Albicans releases up to 79 different byproducts, including uric acid and a powerful neurotoxin named acetaldehyde. These byproducts can cause many different type of symptoms. Read more here.
What are the symptoms?
There are a very wide range of symptoms that can occur from candida overgrowth. Brain fog, irritability, and persistent extreme fatigue, are some of the ways you may feel. Physical symptoms can include digestive problems like constipation, yeast infections, oral thrush, eczema, sinus congestion, ringing in the ears, and more.
How to eliminate Candida?
There are three things that can be done to heal your gut from candida overgrowth. First, and maybe the most important is to eat a sugar-free diet. This is not an easy diet to follow but knowing that it is only temporary makes it manageable. This page has a list of foods that should be avoided while on the candida diet.
The second thing that is very helpful to healing this condition is to take a good quality probiotic supplement (I really like this one) and start eating fermented foods like homemade sauerkraut daily. Replenishing the good bacteria in the gut will help to get the candida albicans under control in the gut.
Lastly, it can be helpful to take an anti-fungal supplement like Grapefruit Seed Extract or garlic to help kill off some of the Candida Albicans.
Taking probiotics and anti-fungals simultaneously helps to get candida under control. As the anti-fungals start to kill off the candida, the probiotics are replenishing the good bacteria that will help keep candida under control.
Making changes in your diet is the first step to healing candida. If you are new to the real food lifestyle taking baby steps towards healing is a great way to start. The first thing to do is to start out by eliminating all packaged and processed foods. Taking our 7 Day Real Food Challenge is a fast and easy way to get your feet wet with real food. If you can do it for 7 days, then you can take it a step further and start eliminating the specific foods that feed the candida albicans.
For more support oh healing your gut from candida overgrowth through diet read Healing Candida With Food.
Are you on the Candida Diet? What is your biggest challenge?