What is Candida Overgrowth?
The human body is home to countless forms of fungi that are essential for our health. Candida is one such genus of yeast.
Typically, the human intestines and mouth house Candida in tiny amounts. It also lives in the skin.
In normal amounts, this genus of yeast is not problematic.
But, when there is an uncontrolled growth of Candida, that’s what we call candidiasis.
Candida happens to be the commonest cause of most fungal infections. The human body becomes most vulnerable to these infections when the immune system becomes compromised or when the gut bacteria is out of balance.
Take a look at the most common Candida risk factors:
- Prolonged antibiotic usage
- High alcohol consumption
- Diet rich in refined carbs and sugars
- Weak immune system
- High-stress levels
- Oral contraceptives
An overproduction of Candida can cause all kinds of health problems. In this post, we look at those health issues along with how a candida diet can curb Candida overgrowth.
What are the Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth in Elders?
If candida infection enters the bloodstream, it can affect joints and bones causing arthritis. Mostly this happens in case of surgery or when the condition has not been looked into for a long time.
Joints, hips, and knees are the commonest areas that are affected by candida overgrowth. It can cause myriad symptoms like swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. If Candidiasis persists for a long time, it could even lead to osteomyelitis and bone infections. Though, those conditions are rare and extreme.
Candida produces over 79 chemicals including uric acid, ammonia, and acetaldehyde. It's the last one that is likely to have the gravest impact on your health and wellbeing.
If you tend to feel foggy all the time, have difficulty focusing, and also suffer from forgetfulness; then acetaldehyde might be the culprit.
To know more about how candida can affect your mental performance and brain health, check out an ebook on Candida reversal by Eric Bakker.
Tiredness & Fatigue
Fatigue and tiredness are two of the commonest symptoms of candida overgrowth. But, remember that it may not be causing fatigue directly. There are myriad other ways in which it could be worsening this condition.
For one thing, Candida overgrowth can hinder nutrition absorption leading to nutritional deficiencies. When your body lacks magnesium, essential fatty acids, and vitamin B6, it becomes more prone to fatigue.
Healthy digestion requires that there be a balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.
But, myriad factors can disrupt this delicate balance of gut flora. When the bad bacteria outgrow the good ones, that’s when you experience all kinds of gut issues such as bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, gas, etc.
Candida overgrowth is closely linked with digestive issues like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and Irregular Bowel Symptoms.
When candida develops in the throat or mouth, that’s what the medical community calls ‘thrush’ or ‘oral thrush’.
Mostly elderly and the newborns develop candida of the mouth; particularly those with a weak immune system. Additionally, individuals with removable dentures and poor oral hygiene may also be at an added risk of oral thrush.
Oral thrush is marked by bumpy, white patches on the tongue as well as on the throat, tonsils, gums, and inner cheeks. There can also be painful lesions that may bleed mildly when scraped.
Oral thrush can also cause soreness/redness of the mouth and tongue.
How to Get Rid of Candida Overgrowth?
Garlic is loaded with allicin - a powerful antifungal compound. You may use a few garlic gloves if you suffer from a vaginal candida infection. Generally, it is recommended that you coat a glove with some coconut oil and insert it into your vagina. Don’t go in too deep.
Do this before going to sleep and take out any remnants during your morning shower. Overnight, the allicin will dissolve in your vagina.
A candida diet is the most powerful tool in your arsenal for reversing candida overgrowth. If you consume an inflammatory, low-nutrition, high sugar diet, then you are creating a perfect environment for candida Albicans to overgrow.
By cutting out sugar, inflammatory foods, and including healthier foods in your diet, you can curb Candida albicans exponentially.
Below are the most basic diet principles you should follow:
- Go on a Candida cleanse
- Avoid artificial and industrial sugar
- Avoid industrial beverages
- Consume low-sugar fruits like lime, lemons, and berries
- Consume non-starchy vegetables like kale and broccoli
- Consume fermented foods
- Cut back on caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
- Maximum nutrition
- Consume healthy fats and proteins
- Drink plenty of water
- Go for non-glutinous grains like buckwheat, millet, teff, etc.
- Eat foods that heal guts like bone broth
Curcumin is found in the famous Indian spice turmeric. Many studies tell us that curcumin may be more than effective in curbing Candida and yeast overgrowth.
Probiotics can balance the acidic and pH levels of the gut. It can also boost the growth of good bacteria while curbing the candida yeast overgrowth.
We have plenty of research material telling us that the good bacteria in the gut is essential for strong immunity. All of these are collectively super important if you want to fight yeast and bacterial infections; including Candida Albicans.
Common probiotics are - miso, tempeh, yogurt, kombucha, kimchi, and sauerkraut.
These baths work best if you have vaginal or some kind of skin infection. All you have to do is add a couple of drops of oregano or tea tree oil to a hot bath.
Since these oils can be rather potent, be sure to add only small amounts. Over the course of the next few days, gradually keep increasing this amount.
Coconut oil carries powerful antifungal properties. It’s one of the most recommended dietary inclusions for Candida sufferers.
Coconut oil can be used both topically as well as for cooking your meals. You can simply warm it up a little before applying. Or, use it for preparing your favorite meals.
As you can see, reversing Candida infection is not very difficult. All it takes is making a few healthy changes and your body will take care of itself.
About the Author:
Lacey Batch is a fitness trainer & an expert writer who provides useful and meaningful information on lifestyle, health & fitness. Her mission is to cut through the noise in the health & fitness industry & to empower people to create sustainable solutions for lasting health, happiness & confidence by providing them with some tips on different categories like exercise, weight loss, candida diet, healthy eating, candida cleanse & many more. Her vision is a world where daily acts of self-love and care are a regular part of life.
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