June 17, 2013
Could It Be Candida?
Have you been dealing with intense sugar cravings, brain fog, fatigue, digestion issues, and anxiety or depression? It could be candida overgrowth.
What is candida and how does one get it?
Candida albicans is a specific strain of yeast that lives in the intestinal tract, which can become problematic when it gets out of balance and overgrows.
Candida is opportunistic, meaning that it will grow out of balance if your health or constitution has been weakened, typically by using antibiotics. Because non-organic meat contains antibiotics, many of us are consuming them, unwittingly, on a daily or at least weekly basis.
Antibiotics kill bacteria – both the good and the bad. So whenever antibiotics are used, we need to repopulate the intestinal flora with good bacteria (probiotics). The good bacteria should outweigh the bad so it doesn’t take over and cause problems.
Antibiotics can also thin our mucosal lining, leaving us ill-equipped to wrap up pathogens like parasites and transport them out of the body. This can make us vulnerable to all kinds of foreign invaders, and yeast overgrowth. So we build the lining of the intestinal tract using a glutamine-based product.
Other contributing factors include excessive sugar, coffee, or alcohol consumption, parasitic infections, and chronic stress.
What are the symptoms of candida?
A white coating on the tongue is typical. However, other symptoms include:
- intestinal distress like constipation, bloating, or gas.
- mental/emotional aspects like depression and anxiety,
- mental fog you simply can’t shake
- debilitating fatigue/exhaustion
- intense sugar cravings (anyone running out at 10pm in their pajamas to snag some sweets?)
- chronic sinus infections
- excess mucous
- nail fungus
- persistent food or environmental allergies.
How do I know if I have it?
Blood, stool, or saliva lab tests can tell if you have candida. But we have found a free, easy, at-home spit test to be quite accurate over the years, which was featured on the Dr. Oz show recently.
It’s as simple as this. For six days in a row, when you wake up in the morning, fill a glass halfway with room temperature water (before you brush your teeth or eat or drink anything). Next work up a dime-sized amount of saliva and spit it into the glass. Check it 3 times over the course of 45 minutes to see if your saliva sinks to the bottom, stays floating on top, or if it grows “legs.” If it sinks or grows legs, then you can suspect that yeast is overgrowing in your system. Don’t be freaked out, it happens to so many of us these days and there is a way to cleanse from it permanently.
Does the spit test sound crazy to you? It does to most! Here’s a visual of it so you can see what it is you may be looking for.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!
To keep candida at bay, keep refined sugar and alcohol to a minimum and always supplement with a good multistrain probiotic when you do consume these foods. Eating fresh garlic, oregano, or drinking Pau D’arco tea can do wonders for the immune system (try our Cleansing Pesto Recipe!). Regularly drinking bone broth or adding a high quality gelatin powder to your smoothie on occasion, can help to strengthen the lining of the intestinal tract.
How Do I Cleanse From It?
To eliminate candida overgrowth, you must “starve” it with a special diet, and then “kill” it with a careful concoction of supplements.
Eliminate all yeast, gluten, sugar, white flour, fermented foods and drinks, and most fruit. Complex carbohydrates like gluten-free grains, legumes, and root vegetables are allowed, but should be limited. Focus on non-starchy vegetables, clean animal protein, and healthy fats like avocado, butter, and coconut oil. Basically, a pretty boring diet that goes on for 6-8 weeks.
After working with hundreds of clients and many years of trial and error, we have finally figured out the best concoction for killing candida:
- Food grade diatomaceous earth, these old tiny fossils don’t harm the human body, but act like razor blades to the exoskeleton of the candida.
- Bentonite clay (in lots of water), carries the “shell” out of the body.
- Antifungals such as grapefruit seed extract, Pau D’arco, oregano oil, and olive leaf extract kill the candida – just make sure to rotate them every four days.
But there’s more to the story.
Because candida can only overgrow in a host with limited resistance, we must figure out which other system in the body has been compromised, be it the immune system (with underlying viruses or heavy metals), an organ or a gland (usually the liver, adrenals, or thyroid) or a combination thereof. Those other systems that are out of balance must also be cleansed and strengthened at the same time, in order for the candidiasis to be completely eliminated.
If you are interested in learning more or diving into my life-transforming cleanse, head on over HERE to learn more about our 6-week comprehensive online candida cleanse that you can do anytime (and have lifetime access to)!
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