Any imbalance in the gut flora is highly detrimental, as it allows certain bacteria and fungi to attack our bodies. Candida is a fungus which resides in our mouth and intestines in small amount. When overgrowth happens candida reaches the bloodstream and releases toxic compounds in the body. Consequently, the body becomes prone to various health problems, from digestive issues to cancer.
Factors That Cause Candida Overgrowth
- Taking oral contraceptives
- Living a high-stress lifestyle
- Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
- Consuming a lot of alcohol
- Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria
Symptoms Caused by Candida Overgrowth
When Candida is kept under control, it doesn’t cause any problems. But, when it goes out of hand, it causes a wide range of health problems, such as pain, eczema, hives, and many more. Here are some of the symptoms of candida overgrowth:
- Allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances that worsen in damp, muggy or moldy places.
- Hay fever and asthma.
- Bruising easily.
- Cheekbone or forehead tenderness and pain.
- Cravings or addictions for sugar, bread, pasta and other high carb foods, and also alcohol.
- Cysts, abnormal formation of, in different parts of the body, especially around the neck, throat, and ovaries, and in the bladder or scrotum.
- Digestive problems
- Cold hands or feet
- Cold-like symptoms
- Intolerances or allergies to perfumes, odors, fumes, fabric shop odors, grass, cats, dogs or other animals, tobacco smoke, chemicals, smog, molds, dust mites, dust, pollen, and other airborne substances.
- Athletes’ foot.
- Eyes – inability to tear, itching, erratic vision, spots in front of eyes (eye floaters) and flashing lights; redness, dryness, excessive tearing.
- Fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome or Epstein
- Flu-like symptoms
- Hair loss, scum on the scalp, dandruff, itchy scalp, scalp sores, and dryness.
- Heart palpitations and irregular heart beat.
- Headaches, dizziness, migraines, and brain fog.
- Fungal infections of the skin or nails, such as ringworm, and seborrheic dermatitis.
- Joint pain, stiffness or swelling (arthritis).
- Kidney and bladder – infections, cystitis.
- Nasal congestion, postnasal drip, itching, dryness.
- Odor of the feet, hair or body not relieved by washing.
- Respiratory – cough, bronchitis or pneumonia, pain or tightness in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma.
- Sick all over feeling.
- Sinus inflammation, infections, and swelling.
- Hemorrhoids, and rectal itching, rash, irritation, and redness.
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and diabetes.
Testing for Candida at Home
In the morning, fill a glass with room temperature water. Spit in the glass of water and observe it in the next hour. If you notice strings from the saliva floating in the glass or a cloudy saliva on the bottom of the glass, it means that you have a candida issue.
The Candida Control Program
First and foremost, you need to eliminate foods that feed candida. Those foods include gluten, sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Stay away from all types of sugar ( honey, glucose, fructose, and sugar substitutes ), baked goods, and gluten grains.
The second part of the program involves boosting immunity. This can be done by taking essential supplements, (vitamin A, B, C, D, chlorella, calcium, magnesium), eating the right foods (coconut oil, essential fats, )and avoiding fungus, mold, and yeast.
The third step is killing off candida overgrowth. This can be done by taking anti-fungal agents, including apple cider vinegar, olive leaf extract, and raw garlic.