What is Candida?
Candida is a form of yeast that generally colonizes in the mouth, vagina, rectum, and gastrointestinal tract as part of the body’s standard gut flora. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption and can exist happily in the body when it’s in balance with the good bacteria in your microbiome. Too much Candida in relation to your body’s good bacteria is known as candida overgrowth. Candida overgrowth can lead to a slew of health problems in men, women, and even children.
Reasons For Candida Overgrowth
If the good bacteria in your gut are weakened in any way, they may fail to fend off pathogens like Candida. The following factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand.
- Eating too much sugar and carbohydrates. Candida thrives on sugar and starches, aka carbohydrates.
- Antibiotics – Taking even one round of antibiotics will kill off both good and bad bacteria, therefore, throwing off the balance of your microbiome. A mother’s microbiome can also affect her baby’s microbiome if she takes antibiotics while pregnant or during labor.
- C-section babies’ microbiome may be affected due to a lack of vaginal seeding at birth.
- Birth control pills disrupt your body’s natural balance of estrogen and progesterone, which in turn can lead to yeast overgrowth.
- Excessive alcohol consumption weakens your immune system. Wine and beer are both fermented, which means that they will feed the Candida.
- Chronic stress impairs the digestive function and the immune system.
What are the symptoms of candida overgrowth?
- Recurring Genital or UTI’s
- Craving for Sugar and Refined Carbohydrates
- Skin Issues
- Brain Fog/Poor Memory
- Nail Fungal Infections
- Digestive Issues
- Chronic Sinus Infections
- Joint Pain
- Oral Thrush
- Genital/Rectal Itching
- Mood Swings/Anxiety/Depression
How to get rid treat candida overgrowth
- First, you’ll need to eliminate the fuel source for Candida. This means cutting out alcohol, sugar, coffee, and significantly reducing carbohydrates such as fruit, starchy vegetables, grains, and legumes.
- Next, you’ll want to get started on an anti fungal. The goal is to break down candida fungal cell walls. I take this supplement (click here) and have heard great things about this one (click here) as well.
- Finally, you’ll need to repopulate your gut with good bacteria by taking high-quality probiotic supplements during treatment.
How long does it take to get Candida overgrowth under control?
This truly depends on how you got candida overgrowth in the first place and how long you’ve had it. After a few weeks of following a strict candida cleanse, you should see improvement! Always check with your holistic doc or naturopath before beginning any new programs, especially if you have any health conditions, are pregnant or nursing.