What is Candida?
Candida is a yeast fungus that is found in your intestines, mouth, and other parts of your body, which aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. When overproduced, candida can break down the intestine wall and enter the bloodstream, where it can cause various health problems including vaginal infections, jock itch, oral thrush
, athletes' foot, and more. A customized Candida Diet Plan can help keep Candida growth under control.Common Symptoms of Candida
Candida overgrowth affects each person differently as well as different parts of the body. However, some of the most common symptoms of Candida overgrowth include:
Common Causes of Candida
- Genital infections, urinary tract infections, genital itching or anal itching
- Skin infections, such as toenail fungus, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, athlete's foot, acne, cysts
- White coating on the tongue
- Cracked tongue
- Canker sores
- Sore throat
- Mucus in throat
- Irritability, mood swings, depression
- Chronic fatigue
- Chronic joint and muscle pain
- Food sensitivities
- Bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Acid reflux, indigestion, flatulence
- Strong craving for carbohydrates and sugar
A candida overgrowth is often caused by consuming a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates. Candida needs sugar to multiply. Sugar and foods that convert into sugar, such as processed foods, refined grains and white flour feed Candida, which allows it to grow out of control. Foods that contain yeast and mold, excessive alcohol, and fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and pickles also permit Candida overgrowth.
Another common cause of Candida overgrowth is an unhealthy immune system
. A healthy immune system effectively keeps Candida at healthy levels; however, certain medications can suppress your immune system and make it vulnerable to Candida overproduction. For example, antibiotics destroy harmful bacteria, but they also kill beneficial bacteria in the process, which leaves your body defenseless against Candida overgrowth and other harmful bacteria.
Steroid medications, such as Cortisone, have also been known to cause Candida overgrowth. Consuming foods treated with antibiotics, such as beef and milk as well as chlorine and fluoride-treated drinking water, also increase your risk of developing Candida overgrowth because it weakens the immune system. Diabetes
can also increase Candida production. Elevated blood sugar feeds Candida, which allows it to multiply and dominate the gut. Oral contraceptives and hormonal imbalances can also leave you prone to Candida overgrowth.
Stress has also been known to increase Candida production in some individuals. When your body becomes stressed it releases the hormone Cortisol, which elevates blood sugar levels and weakens your immune system. Candida feeds off the elevated blood sugar, while your suppressed immune system is too weak to combat it.