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Candida: Are You Feeding This Condition By The Lifestyle You Lead?

White Bread. One of the first signs that Candida has taken a hold is when you start to crave simple carbohydrates – such as white pasta, white bread and white rice - as well as all the sugars. Candida needs these “refined foods” to keep it going and feed the yeast infection.

Starting in the gut, Candida usually develops because of

  • The overuse or misuse of antibiotics without the balance of probiotics
  • Those preservatives (which are chemicals) found in modern processed foods to stop them spoiling
  • Heavy metal toxins and
  • Too much of the wrong type of foods
Antibiotics for a mother or her baby during pregnancy, and the birth itself, are a common source of Candida imbalance in an infant's early years along with the mother's own exposure to mercury through amalgam fillings and vaccines. The proportion of girls with damaged gut flora is growing in our modern world, and these future mothers run the risk of having unhealthy children.

What is Candida?

We all have Candida but when it has to compete with other micro-organisms (including bacteria), a balance is preserved. If the bacteria gets eliminated, for example by the use of antibiotics, Candida makes the most of the opportunity to start multiplying, leading to inflammation and spreading yeast infections to outer areas of the body such the skin folds, in the mouth in the form of thrush, the vagina or the penis. Candida easily becomes an overgrowth and other yeast infections can be the result - such as nail fungus, jock itch or athletes foot.

The Candida quiz

If you are worried that you might be suffering from a Candida overgrowth, you can take an online quiz here. Other symptoms can be feeling sluggish, a weakened immune system, experiencing digestive issues, feeling bloated or even carrying extra weight.

Essential oils for treatment of yeast infections

Apart from treating the various yeast infections that can appear - and essential oils are the ideal and natural way to do this - the Candida also needs to be addressed at source in the gut by re-balancing gut microbials.

How to build the good bacteria in your gut

Our gut, which is 70 to 80% of our immune system, has 500 to 1000 different types of microbials. But we damage these vital microbials when we eat the wrong things and expose our bodies to harmful toxins and chemicals. We need to start finding a way to rebalance the gut microbials by adding beneficial bacteria and yeasts in our foods. There are a number of ways to accomplish this:
  • Plenty of fiber as this provides the good bacteria in your colon with the food it needs to thrive. That means 25 and 35 g of fiber per day.
  • Healthy fats such as genuine olive oil, coconut oil and butter that is raw or from grass fed dairy accounting for approximately 30% of your daily diet.
  • Adding a probiotic to your daily diet. Probiotics, or Lactobacillus acidophilus, exist naturally in cultured food such yogurt but are also available in supplement form. Probiotics help replace good bacteria in the colon, which in turn improves digestion.
  • Fermented/cultured foods are some of the best ways to heal the gut as the beneficial bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals.
  • A daily amount of a quarter to half a cup of fermented veggies or cultured food such as natural raw yoghurt is really all you need but a variety is best as the more fermented and cultured foods you can include in your diet, the better, as each food will inoculate your gut with a variety of different microorganisms.
  • Kombucha is a fermented drink and another great addition to your diet.
  • Water kefir is another beneficial beverage with a colony of microbials and as easy to make as lemonade, tasting similar. Just 1 teaspoon can be added to juices, smoothies and other drinks or even salad dressings. You just need to find a source of this probiotic starter so you can keep on making your own.

Health benefits of healing your gut

Dr. McBride in her book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” says: "Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you'll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most [symptoms] start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That's where they originate from." Remember that preservatives and sterile processed foods actually provide anti-microbials – the complete opposite of those microbials that are needed to recolonize the gut's supply. As you “kill off” the Candida, toxins will be excreted but such detoxification will be more efficient if you are well supplied with nutrients in your food. Sources: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/what-candida http://www.livestrong.com/article/254113-how-to-restore-good-bacteria-to-the-colon/#ixzz2AymOv8sZ