What is Candidiasis?
Candida is a fungus/yeast that helps with your digestion and nutrient absorption but when overproduced breaks down the wall of your intestines and can penetrate your bloodstream (sounds scary huh?); this releases toxic by-products produced by the body causing leaky gut syndrome and candidiasis which can lead to many health problems from digestion issues to depression.
How do you get Candida overgrowth?
- Consuming too much alcohol.
- Eating high carbohydrate or sugary diets.
- Eating a high flamented food diet.
- Taking contraceptives.
- Living a high-stress lifestyle.
- Taking antibiotics that kill all your ‘friendly’ bacteria.
The good news is that the ‘friendly’ bacteria in your gut usually keeps your levels in check, however, it can easily and uncontrollably spiral out of control.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Feeling tired, suffering from fatigue, needing to nap even after sleeping 8-10 hours each night?
- Problems with your digestion causing constipation, bloating or diarrhea.
Fungal infections affecting your nails and skin such as athlete's foot and toenail fungus/discolouration.
Poor cognitive behaviour, mood swings, memory loss and/or a lack of focus and concentration.
Strong and persistent sugar and carb cravings!
- Oral or Vaginal Infections such as thrush.
Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3.
You need to check your antibodies also known as IgG, IgA and IgM. You can easily check your levels by having a quick blood test, stool testing or an urine organix dysbiosis test.
Treating Candida Overgrowth.
The good news is that Candidiasis is treatable, what we need to do is: Stop the overgrowth, build up your ‘friendly bacteria’ levels and heal your gut! This will help rebalance your body so that candida can no longer enter the bloodstream and here’s how:
Firstly, you need to make some immediate changes to your diet - It’s time to go low carb and cut out sugar! Sugar and Carbs feeds yeast so by eliminating and controlling your diet you’ll stop feeling the yeast, preventing growth, eventually starving the infection to death.
Avoid the following: Candy, Alcohol, Desserts, Flours, Grains, Beans, Pasta, Fermented Foods and Spuds.
There is no quick fix, you’re going to need to wait and starve it out. We recommend sticking to a low carb, no sugar diet for at least three to six months! It might sound like a long time but rebalancing the body and correcting this issue takes time but more importantly patience - but don’t worry, here at Nosh we’re here to help and support you along the way.
Then it’s time to start building up your ‘friendly bacteria’ by taking 25 to 100 billion units of prebiotics on a regular basis to help reduce the levels and boost your friendly bacteria!
Finally, it’s time to heal and show your gut some serious loving; you can do this by eliminating inflammatory foods that harm your GI tract and introduce the following 8 foods to prevent the yeast from working its way through your body boosting your overall health and wellness.
Foods To Fight Candida:
- Coconut and Olive Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Cloves and Cinnamon
- Cruciferous vegetables