Are You Suffering from a Candida Overgrowth?

By Deborah Dera;

When the average person hears the term “yeast infection” he thinks of the female vaginal version and turns the other way. The truth is that yeast infections come in a wide variety of forms and can affect men, women, and children equally. Left untreated, or improperly treated, you can end up with a Candia albicans infection affecting your entire body and lifestyle.

What is Candida Albicans?

Candida albicans is the fancy, scientific word for yeast. We all have yeast organisms within our bodies, just like we have healthy bacteria within our bodies. The fungal yeast and the bacteria keep each other in check. Changes in or bodies, including viruses and disease, can cause an imbalance between the two. When this happens, a Candida overgrowth can occur, manifesting in a number of different conditions. These include vaginal yeast infections for women, jock itch for men, oral thrush, fungal skin infections, irritable bowel and gastrointestinal conditions, leaky gut syndrome, and many others.

The Symptoms of Candida Yeast Infections

One of the difficulties associated with yeast infections is the diagnosis. It’s pretty easy to identify a vaginal yeast infection or a fungal toenail. Some people with whole-body overgrowth issues have symptoms that mimic other diseases. They tend to be tired, have urinary tract infections, suffer from headaches, show signs of anxiety and depression, have muscle and joint pain, and sometimes even show severe symptoms such as heart palpitations. Because many traditional doctors don’t necessarily believe in the theory of Candida overgrowth, they often treat the symptoms without recognizing a different underlying cause.

This can be troublesome. If you have signs of a UTI, for example, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. The antibiotic will cure the UTI, but it will further damage the already altered balance between the yeast and bacteria in your body, promoting the growth of even more Candida albicans organisms. 

How to Treat Candida

Once you do have a proper diagnosis, you’re going to have to take some pretty drastic measures to flush the Candida infection from your body. Standard treatment to crush candida includes a course of anti-fungal medications as well as probiotics. You’ll also have to adapt to the Candida diet for a few months so that the foods you eat don’t contribute to further yeast growth.

The Candida diet can be rather restrictive but it’s worth sticking to. You’ll need to avoid foods made with sugar, most processed and packaged goods, breads and any other product made with yeast, milk, cheese, alcohol, condiments and foods made with vinegar, smoked and processed meats, melons, and edible fungi foods like mushrooms. You’ll also have to avoid coffee, tea, fruit juices, sodas, and most candies and dried fruits. Even if you cook acceptable foods, you can’t eat the leftovers the next day because they tend to grow small amounts of mold and bacteria that normally aren’t harmful but can promote yeast growth in the body.

The foods you can eat? That’s easier. You’re definitely going to get your fill of fresh vegetables. Some fruits can be added back into your diet after the first few weeks. You’ll also be allowed to have meat and eggs, vegetarian proteins like lentils and beans, nuts, and unsweetened herbal teas. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Don’t panic at the first signs of a minor yeast infection. Do take note of the way you feel regularly, though, and talk to your doctor if you seem to have a chronic or ongoing issue. The sooner you detect your Candida overgrowth problem, the less you’ll be exposed to inappropriate treatments and the faster you’ll be able to get back to normal!

Your question:Do you or have you ever suffered from Candida overgrowth? (post your comments below)

About the Author: Deborah is a massage therapist and Reiki Master and is a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. She loves writing about health and wellness and is particularly interested in food, herb, and spice remedies for common conditions.


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