Candida - A Brief Overview
This page discusses causes of candida, how to recognize the symptoms of candida and provides relief for candida through Lori’s Candida Cleanse diet and the herbal tincture, Endocrine Strengthener.
Causes of Candida – Symptoms of Candida – Correct Candida Overgrowth
It is estimated that 80% of Americans have a condition know as Candida. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It is normally present in our colon but it is kept in check by a healthy balance of friendly bacteria and digestive enzymes. The problem is that most American's have killed off their friendly bacteria due to the over use of pharmaceuticals and poor diet. There is a way to re-balance candida but it’s one of the best kept secrets in America... one that manages to keep most of us very ill.
There are many things which may create an imbalance in the body. Some of the most common causes of candida are:
* Use of drugs such as antibiotics and birth control medication or steroids. This can include over the counter medications as well.
* A diet rich in processed carbohydrates that is lacking fiber and natural enzymes.
* Other causes of candida overgrowth are routine X-Rays. This may be denied by many professionals but X-rays can create a yeast overgrowth condition to manifest - even simple teeth X-Rays.
* Trauma and long-term stress
* A baby can be born with a yeast condition and one of the main causes of candida in babies is that the mother also had a yeast problem when carrying the baby. Remember, the baby gets its nourishment from the mother as well as Candida yeast! Babies with yeast will usually manifest symptoms early on in life, including thrush or chronic diaper rash.
Symptoms of Candida:
A short list of candida symptoms are, but certainly not limited to: bloated stomach, sensitivity to odors, headaches, tiredness, depression, anxiety, leaky gut syndrome, allergies, muscle aches, inability to concentrate, digestive problems, skin rashes, kidney/bladder infections, yeast infections, blurred vision, vaginitis, infected nails, rectal itching, gas, thrush, low sex drive, irritable bowel syndrome, brain fog, ulcerative colitis, fatigue. The longer you have had a Candida Overgrowth the more debilitating the symptoms can be. Don’t be discouraged; there is a fairly easy correct candida.
It is not difficult to get rid of yeast once you get it. The main point to address is getting your digestion in order and eliminating the causes of candida; it is essential to healing a yeast condition. In my experiences, a person can completely eliminate a yeast problem in four weeks or less if the digestion is brought under control and the dietary changes are established. The most important thing to do is to stop feeding the yeast by limiting your carbohydrates to 10-15 grams per meal
. Eliminate all processed carbohydrates especially white flour and sugar in all forms. It is also important to get a high-quality acidophilus [yogurt culture] supplement back into your system. Once you stop feeding the yeast and reintroduce the friendly bacteria, the body will begin to repair itself.
Another very important supplement to include in your daily regimen would be a top quality yeast-free B-Complex or Multi vitamin. The majority of candida people seem to be deficient in B-complex which is one of the reasons for the feeling of great tiredness and inability to handle stress. B-complex is also essential in helping us to get a good night's sleep. So make sure to include this important supplement in your morning routine.
The other reason for feeling tired is that candida is a living single cell organism that spills its waste products into your body. This overloads the immune system and has a toxic effect on you as your body works overtime trying to rid itself of an overabundance of waste.
Candida thrives on starchy foods. The trick here is to STOP FEEDING THE YEAST! As you kill off the bad bacteria, you bring the body back into balance by introducing the good microorganisms in the form of a friendly bacteria supplement (acidophilus). Also introduce healthy digestive enzymes by adding a shot of raw naturally fermented unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to your diet once or twice daily.