Candida and Sugar
Candida and Sugar
Did you know that too much sugar can cause candidasis?
The yeast Candida occurs naturally in and around our bodies.
It’s present on our skin, in our mucus membranes, and in our mouths as well as other more personal areas.
When Candida and sugar become imbalanced it can cause a number of problems including:
- Thrush - Vaginal infections- And systemic infections in our internal organs like our heart, liver, kidneys and spleen
Candidasis, the infection caused the yeast Candida, can be caused by a decreased immune function and antibiotics.For many individuals however, Candida overgrowth is a direct result of their diet or more specifically the sugar in their diet.
Candida And Sugar Explained
Candida thrives on sugar. Think about when you bake bread. You activate the yeast with warm water and add a bit of sugar. Sugar is the fuel which helps yeast thrive, grow, and multiply.That’s fine for baking bread but not so great when the yeast is multiplying in your intestine. The result of Candida overgrowth is:
• Vaginal infections• Urinary tract infections • Constipation and/or diarrhea • Fatigue • Chronic illness• Severe skin itching
The Other Effects Of Sugar In Your Body
Beyond being the main source of food for Candida sugar also weakens your immune system. Your adrenal glands are responsible for helping to regulate your blood sugar. A meal full of sugars, and well talk about exactly what we mean by sugars in just a bit, causes your blood sugar to rocket. What goes up must come down and your blood sugar will eventually plummet.
This cycle of blood sugar ups and downs can cause sugar addiction. You’ll find yourself consuming more and more sugar. The end result…chronic candidiasis.
This blood sugar roller coaster is extremely hard on your adrenal glands. When your adrenal glands are compromised your entire body is compromised. Your adrenal glands are involved in producing numerous growth hormones, maintaining cellular function, your ability to deal with stress, and they help to regulate your kidney function.
What does this mean to you? Not only is sugar feeding and helping the Candida in your body grow but it’s repressing your body’s ability to combat infection. This is why those with candidasis or Candida overgrowth often feel fatigued and seem to get sick more often.
Because Candida and sugar walk hand in hand the key is to eliminate sugar from your diet. I know that eliminating sugar sounds impossible but it isn’t as difficult as you may think and the results are amazing.
Not only will you eliminate candidasis, you’ll feel better, stronger, and healthier. Eliminating sugar begins with the obvious culprits. We’re talking about refined sugar. That lovely stuff found in baked goods including white sugar and brown sugar. However, it also includes fructose, dextrose, sucrose and those processed sugars.
Love maple syrup, honey and fruit juice? Those need to be eliminated too. In addition you’ll also want to eliminate foods which are quickly converted into sugars for your body. These foods include starchy high glycemic foods like white flour, pasta, white rice, refined grains.
Finally, dairy also needs to be eliminated. Diary is comprised of a few proteins and lactose. Lactose is a sugar just like dextrose and fructose.
While Candida and sugar may seem like strange bedfellows, when you treat the cause of the Candida overgrowth instead of treating the symptoms you actually eliminate the problem. Eliminating sugar will bring your body back to a normal balance. After that, a healthy diet and lifestyle will help to keep Candida levels normal and symptom free.
Here is a full list of candida foods to avoid.
Further information about the candida diet plan.
A collection of delicious recipes.
And a candida shopping list.