What Is Candida Overgrowth And How To Avoid It
When yeast in the body grows rampant, it causes a whole host of symptoms.
Some of the symptoms are easy to recognize, like a vaginal yeast infection, while other symptoms are more difficult to relate to this condition, like chronic stomach upset.
However, the good news is that it can be avoided.
Candida Overgrowth Defined
Candida albicans is naturally occurring yeast like fungus. It is in our gut, on our skin and in our mucus membranes. This yeast emits toxins, however, our bodies can normally handle and process these toxins without too much trouble.
When the yeast becomes overgrown the toxins become too much for our bodies to handle and symptoms surface.
How Does Candida Become Overgrown?
Candida thrives on sugar and it loves warm damp environments. It is typically kept in check by the good bacteria in our gut and by a regular and healthy digestive system.
However, if we become constipated, we eat too much sugar or we’re on antibiotics then Candida can begin to grow.
Sugar plays a particularly important role in yeast overgrowth because that’s it main source of food. If a diet contains too much sugar, you will almost certainly create and overgrowth.
Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth
Symptoms of Candida can be easy to spot and also quite mysterious. They include:
• Vaginal infections
• Athlete’s foot
• External rashes
• Chronic fatigue
• Irritability and depression
• Foggy brain and a difficulty focusing
• Compromised immune symptom and chronic colds
• Chronic digestive problems like bloating, constipation, and abdominal pain
• Chronic achiness, joint pain, muscle aches, numbing or tingling
So How Can You Prevent Candida?
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right?
Preventing Candida overgrowth begins with altering your diet. If you consume an abundance of sugar and sugar substitutes it’s imperative to cut back if not eliminate sugars from your diet – at least for a few weeks. A diet rich in fiber and low in sugar will go a long way toward preventing the condition as well.
Additionally, probiotics will help maintain a good level of healthy bacteria in your gut which will help keep Candida at bay.
If you’re going to be on antibiotics, which destroy healthy bacteria, then take extra precautions and make sure your diet is on track and consider a Candida support supplement and if you’re sick or taking other medications like immune suppressants or steroids then you’ll also want to take extra care with your diet and supplementation.
Candida overgrowth can cause great misery for those who suffer from it; however it is treatable, manageable and preventable.
If you think you have Candida or have had issues with Candida in the past, consider taking the steps today to prevent problems in the future.