Treating candida, or out of control yeast growth, is important to prevent major health issues. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections in humans. It’s typically found in small amounts in the mouth and intestines and on the skin and chances are, you probably have a degree of candida in your body right now. Normally, healthy bacteria keep candida in check, but if you suffer from a disruption in your immune system or a decrease in your healthy bacteria levels, candida can grow wildly. Treating out of control yeast growth is critical and will prevent related serious health problems. In this article you will learn about candida, its symptoms, causes as well as treatments to help you to prevent candida overgrowth and feel great.
How Candida Affects the Body
Candida is the term for a family of yeasts that live in our bodies. It’s commonly found in the mouth, intestines, vagina, on the skin and under the fingernails and toenails. In healthy individuals, candida exists in small quantities but in unhealthy people, it can grow and spread throughout the body. Healthline.com says an overgrowth of candida can cause any of these issues:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Digestive Issues like Bloating, Constipation, and Diarrhea
- Joint Pain
- Mouth Sores, Canker Sores, and Oral Thrush
- Yeast Infections
Causes and Treatments
There are several causes of candida overgrowth. Sometimes candida overgrowth occurs as a result of antibiotics used to treat other infections. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria and prolonged use can result in lower levels of the bacteria needed to fight candida overgrowth. According to Medical News Today, steroid-based medications can lower the immune system and increase the risk of candida overgrowth symptoms like oral thrush. In addition to medical causes of candida overgrowth, poor lifestyle choices can also cause it. Yeast overgrowth can occur from a diet rich in foods that feed yeast. High sugar, carbohydrates, and alcohol consumption provide the fuel yeast needs to grow. It’s no surprise since these also cause other health problems, including inflammation-related conditions like arthritis and Crohn’s disease, heart disease and type-2 diabetes.
Helpful Dietary Tips
Dietary changes can help to control yeast growth as well as promoting and managing the good bacteria needed for overall good health. Here are some tips to change your diet that will reduce the risk of candida overgrowth and make you feel great again.
Simply put, sugar is just plain bad for you. It causes inflammation and a whole host of related medical conditions you want to avoid. But we all love sweet treats. So, look for natural substitutes for sugar like honey and choose fruits like strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries which are low in sugar. Consult a glycemic index chart to help you make healthy choices. The lower the glycemic index, the better the choice. For more information and a helpful chart, click here.
A Good Prebiotic
Add a good prebiotic to your diet. Prebiotics are naturally occurring fiber that acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your digestive tract. Foods like onions, garlic, and apple skins are a great source of prebiotics.
Add a Probiotic
Add probiotics to your daily supplements. Probiotics are live bacteria naturally created through the process of fermentation. They are found in foods like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Naturally. . . You offers a great probiotic made by M’Lis.
Time to Detox
A full body detox program is a great start toward treating out of control yeast growth and lower your risk of candida overgrowth. The body detox I put my clients on will eliminate sugars from the body and reset your relationship with food. After this program, you will feel better, have a fresh start on feeling better and be ready to make better choices to live a healthier life. To learn more about the full body detox, check out my article, A Total Body Cleanse will Make You Feel Great Again.
Eat Real Food
Once candida overgrowth is under control, set up a maintenance diet to prevent reoccurrence. At Naturally. . . You, we believe in real food. That means fresh foods that are free from processing, chemicals, and additives. Since fresh foods rarely have added preservatives, they typically have to be refrigerated. So, do most of your food shopping on the perimeter of the stores, where most refrigeration shelves are. Avoid frozen foods and processed foods found on the shelves in the center of most grocery stores. A lot of packaged foods are processed and contain chemicals that give them long, stable shelf lives.
If you are chronically tired or suffer from any of the symptoms that are described above, you may have candida and need to start treating out of control yeast growth. Naturally. . . You can help to put you on a dietary plan, a detoxification program, and supplements to help you reduce the yeast in your body, lower your risk of symptoms and put you on the road to feeling great again. For more information on this or any health and wellness topic, visit naturallyyoufl.com. There you can chat with me directly. I’m always available to discuss your health concerns so reach out on my site or call me directly at 813.505.9815. I look forward to chatting with you soon.