Could I have Candida?

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Is sugar responsible for your candida?These days, it seems that when people ask for help with particular ailments, more often than not, the first answer they get is “you need to cut out sugar”, or “you need to cut out grains”, or “you need to cut out dairy” – or any combination of those three.

It is true that many of our health problems can be caused by what we eat, and sugar seems to be a big culprit in many health conditions.

Candidiasis (often referred to simply as candida) is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the body. There are many different types of candidiasis, ranging from “barely noticeable” to life-threatening. The symptoms are different, depending on the part of the body that is affected. The most common form of candidiasis is oral candidiasis (thrush).

Candida is normal

Candida is naturally present in the human body. However, it’s growth is regulated by the immune system. Candida needs moisture to grow, and is fed by sugar, yeast and mold. Other outside influences can also cause it to flourish – those include antibiotic use, anything that disturbs the normal vaginal flora (such as douches), contraceptives, diabetes, high carbohydrate diets, hormone replacement therapy, and even wearing wet swimwear for extended periods of time. If your immune system is compromised, your candida level could be on the rise.

Can you have candidiasis and not know?

Symptoms of candida overgrowth

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth

Many conditions can be attributed to a systemic yeast overgrowth. The list to the right shows a number of symptoms that you may have not even considered. Obviously, a person suffering from candida overgrowth won’t have all of these symptoms, but it is safe to say that if you experience any of them, it is wise to consider that an overabundance of candida may be to blame.

Candida is smart

You may need to take a multi-faceted approach to addressing your candida overgrowth. Candida is one of those things that will adapt to different situations, so what was working yesterday to relieve your candidiasis may not work tomorrow, and you have to rethink your approach.

How can I address my candida overgrowth?

The first thing to do – and I’m sure you’ve heard this before – is to cut out sugar and refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates that have been stripped of fiber, such as white flour, white rice, and pasta. A healthy immune system is needed to regulate candida growth. Support your immune system with a good vitamin and supplement regime, and remember also that candida feeds on stress, so a stress-free environment is just as important as any other protocol.

Expect some “fall out” during the initial stages of any candida protocol, as the toxins are released. You may feel that the symptoms are worsening, this is part of the candida eradication.

As with any information shared on this site, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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