Candida facts

By Drum Digital
12 November 2014

Have you heard of Candida? It's not a term thrown about in everyday life, so don't be surprised if you're clueless about it.

Candida is a type of yeast which feeds on processed and refined foods containing sugar, dairy, wheat and preservatives. It's the most common cause of fungal infections around the globe, so you need to know what to look out for.

When overproduced, Candida can break down the wall of your intestine and penetrate your bloodstream, leaving you with toxins in your body and possibly a leaky gut. This can get out of hand in several ways; eating a diet full of sugar and refined carbs, drinking a lot of alcohol, taking oral contraceptives, living a stressful lifestyle or taking a round of antibiotics, which killed too many friendly bacteria along with the illness.

To see if you have it, we've outlined some symptoms and tips on how to overcome it.

We'll start with the main indications pointing towards Candida. These include having thrush more than once, being allergic to a lot of foods, suffering from foot or fungal infections of the nails or skin and often feeling depressed, tired, lethargic and having a poor memory.

Then there are the minor symptoms, which are just as important. A lack of co-ordination, mood swings, rashes, persistent drowsiness and even things like bad breath could be a sign.

You can be tested for Candida in different ways; you just need to talk to your doctor. There's a blood test, where your levels of IgG, IgA, and IgM Candida anti-bodies will be checked. If they're high, an overgrowth in Candida is indicated. A stool test is also available to check for the infection in your colon or lower intestines. Lastly, there's the Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test, detecting the waste product of Candida known as D-Arabinitol.

Some tips on how to treat this horrible bug: firstly, you need to change to a low-carb diet. Sugar feeds yeast and causes it to grow, so you could even completely cut out this substance if you want to get clear quickly. You can still tuck into pasta and rice etc., but in smaller quantities.

Herbs can also help kill bacteria - but don't go over the top, as you still need the good bacteria to help your recovery. Taking probiotics on a regular basis will also help, as will eating anti-inflammatory foods.

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