Candida is more common than we would like to think because the symptoms can be almost unnoticeable or may be passed off as symptoms of something else. E.g. an upset stomach, occasional dizziness or brain fog can all be attributed to the regular ups and down of daily life for many people.
There is great similarity of symptoms associated with candidiasis and chronic fatigue syndrome which has led some to suspect they both stem from an imbalance of bacteria and yeast. [source: http://www.amazinglifedaily.com/tag/candida/amp/]
While many factors that affect our health may have an impact on the balance of balance of bacteria in or gut, here we will focus on how we can identify and make positive changes in what we put into our bodies regarding food, drink, and chemicals to manage and eliminate candidiasis.
What causes Candida Overgrowth?
A High-Sugar Diet
The modern diet includes massive amounts of the sugar that Candida fungus needs to survive including anything that our body converts to sugar. A High-Sugar Diet also works to depress your immune system making it vulnerable to Candida imbalance.
A course of antibiotics will kill harmful bacteria for which it is prescribed, but it also comes with plenty of side effects like destroying friendly bacteria in your gut.
Helpful bacteria plays a crucial role in your immune system and creating an imbalance with antibodies can leave your body defenseless to harmful Candida fungus in your gut.
The Contraceptive Pill
Candida can sometimes be traced to the pill as the balance in your gut can be thrown off by the hormonal imbalances caused by the contraceptive pill.
Oestrogen, the primary ingredient in the contraceptive pill, is known to promote the growth of yeast and when a woman has a high-sugar birth control pills can adversely affect the body.
Chemicals that are added to drinking water such as chlorine and fluoride can kill the beneficial bacteria in your gut. This has the potential to cause an imbalance though often the health benefits of fluoride and filtration often outweighed the adverse effects on your gut.
Excessive drinking can kill off friendly bacteria, overload of the liver, and allow candida overgrowth dysbiosis. [source: https://www.nationalcandidacenter.com/What-Causes-Candida-Yeast-Infection-s/1825.htm] Alcohol is also a yeast by-product and can serve as a fertilizer to help it Candida fungus prosper.
The ideal Candida diet is “a balanced diet avoiding sugars as well as starchy vegetables and carbohydrate-rich foods”.[source: http://www.bodygenius.com.au/candida-symptoms-treatments/]
Candida uses energy in sugar and starchy foods to grow and to construct the biofilms that protect it from your immune system. [source: http://www.knowthecause.com/index.php/contributor-blog/27-healthy-living/3020-candida-chlorine-and-sugar]
If you’re suffering from Candida symptoms like brain fog, yeast infections, and digestive issues, reducing the sugar in your diet should be one of your top priorities.
There are times when antibiotics are necessary, but make sure there is no alternative treatment and be sure to take a probiotic supplement during and after to replenish your healthy gut bacteria.
Buying organic food can help to reduce your exposure to antibiotics as antibiotics are often given to cows to maintain their health which can manifest in their beef and milk products.
In most cases, women do not have the luxury of coming off the pill. However, there is a high incidence rate of women getting regular yeast infections while on the pill. The only advice would be to be aware when choosing your contraceptive technique!
Adding filters to showers and sources of drinking water in your house will allow your body to take in much less chlorine and other chemicals. It is better to have tepid water rather than cold for proper digestion.