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Candida Overgrowth

Candida is an overgrowth of yeast throughout the body. Yeasts are parasitic organisms that absorb our nutrients and produce toxic waste. Our bodies are supposed to have what is called "friendly bacteria" in our colon. They are part of our immune system and act as protective shields for our body – their main function is to keep bad bacteria from entering the body. However, Candida yeast can eventually evolve from a yeast form into a fungal form – very long, root-like structures called rhizoids that puncture the intestinal lining, leading to a condition called leaky gut syndrome. This creates holes in the digestive tract, allowing many foreign and toxic substances to pass into the bloodstream. When undigested food particles leak through these holes and enter the bloodstream, the body views them as foreign invaders.

The candida organisms that pass through the blood stream have been found to produce over 70 known toxins that will poison and strain the major organs in the body – including the liver, kidneys, heart, colon, bladder, and central nervous system. The ability to absorb and digest the necessary nutrients from foods eaten is cut in half. Among the toxins produced is acetaldehyde, a poison that is converted by the liver into alcohol. As alcohol builds up in the system, symptoms associated with alcohol intoxication develop. This is why one of the most common symptoms of candida is brain fog.

Many people with candida digest less than 50% of their food, because the yeast overgrowth can create a digestive conflict that robs their bodies of nutrition. It is not surprising that candida sufferers are constantly hungry. Candida creates chaos in the intestines – traditional doctors have little or no answer to the causes of the resulting diseases and can use only medicines to treat them. All immunological weaknesses and infectious conditions are made worse by the presence of candida throughout the body. Also the foods on which candida thrives are a common part of the typical modern day diet – starchy, sugary, refined flours, and lots of carbohydrates. Sound familiar? Pizza, cookies, cakes, French fries, breads, crackers, cheese, fruit juices, coffee, tea, and alcohol are not only a favorite of your diet, but also of candida's too.

Most holistic experts agree that the alarming number of people who suffer from candida is due to the over-prescribed use of antibiotics, which kills not only the bacteria we want to get rid of, but also the good bacteria in the digestive tract. Other drugs that can upset the balance include anti-inflammatories, cortisone, and birth control pills. Poor diet (too many refined carbohydrates), stress, and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to an imbalance.

Symptoms of Yeast Syndrome:

  • Fatigue or lethargy

  • Feeling of being drained

  • Depression or manic depression

  • Numbness, burning, or tingling

  • Headaches

  • Muscle Aches

  • Muscle weakness or paralysis

  • Pain and/or swelling in joints

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Constipation and/or diarrhea

  • Bloating, belching or intestinal gas

  • Troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge in women

  • Prostatitis in men

  • Prostatitis in men

  • Impotence

  • Loss of sexual desire or feeling

  • Endometriosis or infertility

  • Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities

  • Premenstrual tension

  • Attacks of anxiety or crying

  • Cold hands or feet, low body temperature

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Shaking or irritable when hungry

  • Cystitis or interstitial cystitis

  • Drowsiness

  • Irritability

  • Poor coordination

  • Frequent mood swings

  • Insomnia

  • Dizziness/loss of balance

  • Pressure above ears...feeling of head swelling

  • Sinus problems...tenderness of cheekbones or forehead

  • Tendency to bruise easy

  • Eczema, itching eyes

  • Psoriasis

  • Chronic hives (urticaria)

  • Indigestion or heartburn

  • Sensitivity to milk, wheat, corn or other common foods

  • Mucous in stools

  • Rectal itching

  • Dry mouth or throat

  • Mouth rashes including white tongue

  • Bad breath

  • Foot, hair, or body odor not relieved by washing

  • Nasal congestion or post nasal drip

  • Nasal itching

  • Sore throat

  • Laryngitis, loss of voice

  • Cough or recurrent bronchitis

  • Pain or tightness in chest

  • Wheezing or shortness of breath

  • Urinary frequency or urgency

  • Burning on urination

  • Spots in front of eyes or erratic vision

  • Burning or tearing eyes

  • Recurrent infections or fluid in ears

  • Ear pain or deafness

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Skin problems (hives, athlete's foot, fungus infection of the nails,
    jock itch, psoriasis (including of the scalp) or other chronic skin rashes)

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas, or bloating)

  • Symptoms involving the reproductive organs

  • Muscular and nervous system symptoms (including aching or swelling in your muscles and joints, numbness, burning or tingling, muscle weakness or paralysis)

  • Recurrent ear problems resulting in antibiotic therapy

  • Respiratory symptoms

  • Lupus

  • Hyperactivity/Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Recurrent vaginal yeast infections in women

  • High sugar foods drastically increase symptoms

  • Inflammation of the hair follicles (candidiasis folliculitis) of
    various parts of the body (feet, legs, arms)

  • Extreme lethargy

  • Diarrhea, chronic gas, abdominal cramps alleviated by bowel
    movements. Perhaps labeled with the term "irritable bowel syndrome"

  • Lactose intolerance

  • Anxiety

  • Allergies and allergy symptoms, chemical sensitivities

  • Panic attacks

  • Sinus problems

  • Eye fatigue

  • Muscle weakness and bone pain

  • White tongue coating

  • Psoriasis/seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff, dry, itchy skin

  • Rectal itching

  • Swollen lips/face

  • Symptoms worse after waking

  • Facial rash

  • Avoiding food helps to alleviate symptoms

  • Hives

  • Chronic inflammation and irritation of the eye and conjunctiva

  • Feeling of being intoxicated which leads to a "hangover feeling"
    (due to fermentation and alcohol production by yeast)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder