Candida is a yeast which is normally found within the human mouth and the intestines. While it grows in normal amounts, it is simply gut flora, but whenever there’s an overgrowth, it starts causing fungal infections. Fungal infections hurt our immune system and cause problems such as food sensitivities, allergies, mood swings, “brain fog” and also some autoimmune disorders. You may rather be shocked to know that there are many people who have an overgrowth of some kind of fungus within their body without being aware of it, but when it’s candida overgrowth, the symptoms can be painful.
The sweet yet bitter truth about Candida
Generally, it is reported by doctors that the best way of getting Candida under control is to cut out sugar entirely from your diet for at least 6 months. No sugar of any kind for a continuous 6 months – does it sound easy to you? Well, no sugar doesn’t only mean no cakes, candies or cookies; it also means no starchy carbohydrates like potatoes and yams. The only foods that you should be eating are are green vegetables, meats, and some nuts. It is a very drastic lifestyle change, mirroring the popular Paleo diet.
What does stress have to do with fungus overgrowth?
Fortunately, there are some other things that you can do in order to fight against this fungus overgrowth. Stress has an impact on a kind of catabolic hormone called cortisol. This means that it breaks things rather than building them like the anabolic hormones. Irregular cortisol levels can lead to a breakdown of SIg A, Secretory Immunoglobulin A. This is a type of antibody which safeguards the mucosal linings of our airways, intestines and digestive system. When the SIg A is broken down by cortisol, bacteria and food might move into the bloodstream and this is known as the leaky gut syndrome which leads to Candida and a lot of other problems. Nothing within our body happens independently; it occurs as part of a chain of causes and effects.
What else can you do in order to fight Candida?
So, what else can you do in order to combat Candida? Apart from cutting out sugar and reducing your levels of stress, you can also take extracts of grapefruit seed. This is a naturally occurring antifungal agent and you can use it every day in order to fight against candida. Leaky gut is very often caused by Candida and you can combat it by taking probiotics and omega 3 fatty acids, which repair your gut, or supplements like Bayberry Formula.