How Does Your Candida Grow?
When Candida enters the bloodstream it becomes systemic. It can invade tissue causing joint pain, inflammation and immunity issues. Learn about Candida.
Summer is here! The days are longer and warmer and we have become more active, so it is a natural time to lean up and loose the winter weight. But what happens when physical activity increases, the diet is lightened, and still those few excess winter pounds won’t come off? If the weight is not coming off as it should, it may be because of a Candida overgrowth.
Candida and Food Cravings
How Does Your Candida Grow?For the most part, the cravings for heavy food wanes with the cold, replaced by lighter, seasonal foods; for example, the desire for that piece of cake is replaced by the urge to eat a bowl of berries or a plate of pineapple. Replacing the refined sugars in cake with natural sugars of fruit still feeds Candida; and if you are still craving that cake, it is another sign that Candida may have taken over.
Cravings are a very large part of Candida’s control over your body. As the yeast proliferates, it requires a good food source. Your body is already the right climate for the growth of yeast, since your intestines provide a warm, moist environment, all that’s needed is food; hence cravings for sugar, wheat and dairy, the things Candida grows best on. Dehydration, protein and mineral deficiency can also create cravings, and when the body is over run with Candida, it can be difficult to discern whether the cravings are because of something you need or something you need to feed.
As stated in The Candida Yeast Answer, “Yeast can become a hardy, aggressive fungus. It multiplies rapidly, can assume long periods of dormancy, and when necessary, becomes cannibalistic. There are approximately 250 species of yeast, many of which are parasitic to the human body. The major yeast specie present in humans, however, is Candida Albicans.”
Yeast toxins damage the immune system, creating allergic reactions. Yeast cell activity produces acetaldehyde, which in turn poisons the body and depletes it of magnesium and potassium. Constant weakening of the immune system results in autoimmune and or infectious diseases, and a general decline of quality of life.
When Candida enters the bloodstream it becomes systemic. It can quickly invade tissue causing joint pain, inflammation and immunity issues. Candida robs the body of nutrients and secretes excessive blood pollutants; which contribute directly and indirectly to a long list of conditions including digestive malfunction, acne, allergies, fatigue, headaches, hormonal imbalance, brain fog and skin issues.
There are four major factors that contribute to a Candida overgrowth
Friendly bacteria are attacked by antibiotics, birth control pills, chemicals like chlorine (added to tap water and in swimming pools), and are weakened by uncontrolled physical and emotional stress. So it is easy to see how a standard American lifestyle destroys the good balance of the intestines and feeds unwanted microorganisms.
But all hope is not lost. There are many things one can do to counteract the negative effects modern life has on the intestinal health. Denying the food source to Candida, through diet modification, has a profound effect on its ability to grow and thrive. Regular use of a good oral probiotic, in proper dosages, also diminishes Candida’s stronghold in the gut. Probiotic implants replenish the friendly bacteria in the bowel following a Colon Hydrotherapy session that washes out weakened and dying Candida and relieves bloat and gas.
There are many herbs and supplements that can be used to help create a negative environment in the body for Candida. By avoiding the unnecessary use of antibiotics, steroids, alcohol and tobacco, and drinking plenty of pure water, the body becomes hydrated and flushes toxins. Also, developing a regular form of exercise, meditating, getting enough rest and finding effective stress managements tools helps to keep things in proper balance. It also doesn’t hurt to laugh a lot! Laughter is a great stress buster and creates lots of positive physiological responses in the body. Also, seeking help from a professional who can implement a plan, and guide you through the process of Candida reduction, will help ensure success.
The process of overcoming a Candida overgrowth is a commitment to the overall health of your body and improvement of quality of life. It can be done! Most people who do commit to it, and make the changes, are glad they’ve done it and don’t ever want to go back to feeling how they did before.
Once feeling better, it’s easy to recognize the signs that a Candida overgrowth may be attempting to come back. Most times it’s because the diet has gotten off track, at this point it usually can be fixed much faster and easier than the initial commitment. People who feel good and are energetic are usually motivated to keep it going. If you’re uncomfortable and ruled by cravings, it might be a good idea to get to know a little more about Candida.
Shelby Molchan CCHT
Digestive Health Consultant ~ Lifestyle Change Facilitator
Certified Colon Hydrotherapist ~ Holistic Author ~ Speaker