How Candida Yeast Is Affecting Your Life & What To Do About It
Do you often get intense cravings for sugar, bread, or alcohol? Do you experience brain fog, mood swings, and fatigue? Suffering from recurrent yeast infections? Having digestive troubles and suspecting some food sensitivities?
These symptoms, along with many others, are often caused by an overgrowth of the naturally occurring yeast, Candida albicans. The condition of having an imbalance of candida yeast is referred to as Candidiasis.
And it’s quite common, but it’s a problem that is often ignored by doctors, or simply not suspected. Or maybe there is a recognized yeast overgrowth, but band-aid fixes like topical creams are used – a classic case of treating the symptom and not the cause. It can be really frustrating to know that something is off in your body, but not know what is causing it. This is common in the case of candida.
It’s time to get to the root cause of your candida symptoms. First, let’s go over some of the things you may be experiencing if you have candida overgrowth:
Fatigue: If you’re experiencing chronic fatigue that continuously wears you down, despite getting enough sleep, candida may be a culprit. There are many reasons why someone may be fatigued so it’s important not to exclude other possibilities, but candida is definitely something to consider.
Brain Fog: That frustrating feeling where you just can’t concentrate or think clearly, is often overlooked as a symptom of Candidiasis. Lack of focus, poor memory, and depression or mood swings can all be related to Candidiasis.
Yeast Infections, Skin and Nail Funguses, or Oral Thrush: While it’s not uncommon to experience one of these infections, if it’s recurring, this could be a sign that your body’s yeast balance is out of whack.
Cravings: Common cravings associated with Candidiasis are those for sugar, bread, and alcohol. These are the foods/substances that candida thrives off of. When we eat these foods, (‘cause we crave ‘em!) we in turn feed the yeasts and allow them to flourish – creating a viscous cycle!
Intestinal Distress or Indigestion: Because candida yeast can flourish in the gut, it can also diminish the healthy balance of good bacteria. This can lead to gas, bloating, belching, irregular bowels, and stomach cramps.
If you can relate to a few of these, it’s a good idea to look at addressing candida overgrowth. Depending on the severity of your yeast imbalance, this can be relatively easy, or it can require more intensive measures. It’s often a good idea to consult with a professional to help you get to the bottom of it.
To prime your body for an anti-candida regimen, it can help to start things slowly to avoid uncomfortable die-off symptoms. Here are some things that you can start doing right now to help in the elimination process:
Avoid sugar! This is one of the key aspects of doing a candida cleanse, because, without their favourite food, the yeasts can’t thrive! Check out this article for tips on how to quit sugar. It’s also a good idea to cut back on alcohol and breads. Opt for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and millet instead.
Support your immune system. Using herbal supplements as well as getting sufficient sleep, including daily movement, and eating a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables are great ways to nurture your immune system. A strong immune system is able to control candida yeasts and help keep them in check.
Eat lots of garlic. Not only is garlic great for the immune system, it also has strong anti-yeast properties! Eating it raw maximizes the benefits. Crush a clove and add it to salad dressings or stir it into your dishes at the end of cooking.
Include probiotic foods and supplements. Probiotics compete with yeasts for a place in the gut. Get enough friendly probiotics in there and they’ll start to take over and help reestablish balance. Include fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi with most meals. You can also add in a good quality probiotic supplement.
Add coconut oil to your diet and your skin care. Coconut oil is a wonderful, energizing fat that is extremely versatile. It also has some impressive antimicrobial properties, both internally and topically. It is safe to use for topical relief of yeast/fungus infections, and it can also help reduce candida internally. Use it as your cooking oil or blend it into hot drinks for a frothy latte!
While these tips may not be enough to eliminate candida completely, they are a great place to start. I highly recommend introducing these steps now so that your body can begin reestablishing balance. This will help reduce your chances of experiencing die-off symptoms when you begin a full protocol!
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Ali is passionate about guiding her clients through whole foods and lifestyle changes to discover their most vibrant selves. To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about