Candida is a fungus that lives in your digestive tract, and in small amounts, does a good job of absorbing essential nutrients. Also known as yeast, candida is found in an abundance of foods we consume, such as bread, beer, wine, pretzels, and cakes.
An overgrowth of candida can have extremely insidious effects on our health that most people are completely unaware of. In fact, the symptoms of candida overgrowth mimic symptoms of other common illnesses like depression, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. If left untreated, candida can wreak havoc on our immune systems, gastrointestinal system, and our mental health.
Common symptoms of candida overgrowth are:
- Bloating – constipation – diarrhea
- Mood swings and depression
- Mental fog and difficulty concentrating
- Recurring vaginal yeast infections
- Eczema and rashes
- Dry throat and runny nose
- Strong cravings for sugar and carbs
Treating candida overgrowth can be a relatively long process depending on how much damage has been done. There are a few different steps you must take in order to regain balance.
- Kill the existing yeast. Avoid all foods that contain yeast, as well as high amounts of sugar. It is even recommend to avoid even natural sugars found in fruit at this time as well. And sorry, this means no alcohol consumption as well.
- Rebuild good bacteria. The most essential part is giving your body the tools to fight off fungal overgrowth. Invest in a good probiotic and take it religiously. Eat foods that are known for their high amounts of good bacteria, such as plain yogurt, cheese, and garlic.
- Give yourself time to recover. Eliminating large amounts of yeast from your body will initially make you feel awful. When the candida dies off, the symptoms actually become much stronger for a short period of time. But once you restore the natural balance in your body, your life will change for the better.