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Candida: Is It Affecting Me & How Do I Get Rid of It?

What is it?

Candida, very simply, is a mold, or fungus, which inhabits the body. There are, in fact, about 20 different types of Candida fungi living in our bodies and in the environment around us, with some residing in our gastrointestinal tract. Candida albicans is a yeast the normally resides in the body in the digestive tract, kept in check by the immune system and beneficial bacteria in the body. Excess Candida yeast in the intestines is thought to penetrate the intestinal wall, causing yeast and other unwanted particles to be absorbed into the body.

When the Candida mold has grown out of control and begun to create harmful effects within the body, it creates an infection known as candidiasis. Candidiasis can affect many parts of the body, causing localized infections or larger illness, depending on the person and his or her general health. The Candida mold in your colon and intestinal tract feeds off the food that you eat, especially sugars and starches. This takes away from the nutrients which you need to survive. The mold then begins to produce it's own waste products. These wastes are toxic to the system and cause much of the sickness and disease which plagues man.

The common symptoms are:

Food Allergies
Immune Disorders
Chronic Fatigue
Joint and Muscle Pain
Digestive Problems
Headaches
Skin Rashes
Menstrual Irregularities
Low Sex Drive
Depression

How Did I Get It?

Some Candida is a yeast organism that is found in everyone's body naturally. In small amounts, Candida is actually helpful to the system. This is because it acts as a natural antibiotic. It helps control the growth of bacteria. It is kept in check by beneficial bacteria, forming a balance in the intestines. Through the use of antibiotics, or swimming, bathing in or drinking chlorinated water, the essential beneficial bacteria in the gut are killed off. Molds similar to yeast are used in medicine as antibiotics, to kill off bacteria. But these antibiotics also kill the same beneficial bacteria that help keep Candida in check in the normal system. Then the balance is destroyed and Candida thrives and can take over.

Another way Candida thrives is by feeding it with excessive sugar, which enables it grow out of balance, especially when the beneficial intestinal bacteria have been weakened by chlorine.

Are Your Health Problems Yeast Connected?

If your answer is yes to any question, add up the points to the right of the question. Your score will help you determine the possibility (or probability) that your health problems are yeast connected.

  1. Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs? (4)
  2. Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections? (3)
  3. Do you feel "sick all over," yet the cause hasn't been found? (2)
  4. Are you bothered by hormone disturbances,including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar craving, low body temperature or fatigue? (2)
  5. Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors? (2)
  6. Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel "spaced out"? (2)
  7. Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids; or have you taken a birth control pill for more than 3 years? (2)
  8. Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms? (1)
  9. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain? (1)
  10. Does your skin itch, tingle or burn; or is it unusually dry; or are you bothered by rashes? (1)

Scoring for women: If your score is 9 or more, your health problems are probably yeast connected. If your score is 12 or more, your health problems are almost certainly yeast connected.

What Can I Do?

The first step is cleansing by doing an herbal and dietary intestinal cleanse program. The result will be flushing the colon of the long term waste and some of the Candida organisms which have built up, and making a cleaner environment that does not continue to feed the yeast (Candida). Be prepared for some discomfort as the yeast dies off. Continue cleansing despite this for best results. For more information on cleansing read Your Guide to Cleansing.

While you are cleansing, stop eating the things that yeast needs and craves: sugar, dairy, high-carbs. Ruthlessly cut out sugars, even most fruit for now. Reduce whole grains, and eliminate processed grain products of all kinds. Eat what it does not use well: protein and vegetables. Use unrefined coconut oil which helps destroy Candida. See our two kinds of excellent quality virgin unrefined coconut oil.

glass of green vegetable juice Drink vegetable juice and teas (unsweetened, unflavored or herbal), not fruit juice because fruits provide too much sugar to the yeast. You will find that after getting rid of Candida, your cravings for these will stop too. Eventually you can add back in larger amounts of fruit, but hold down the grains and dairy to a small amount. Your best health will be achieved if you don't add sugar or any processed foods back into your diet. Tough, I know. Periodic Cleansing will assist when you cheat.

The next step is to replace the beneficial bacteria with probiotics. This can include probiotic supplements and then fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, fermented fish sauces, unsugared yogurt (sugar just feeds the yeast again). You will start feeling better because these intestinal bacteria actually produce B vitamins in your gut, help you break down foods, activate your immune system, and heal your gut lining. Check out our favorite probiotics here.

When reestablishing the good bacteria back in to the body, it is extremely important to get all of the chlorine out your entire water supply. All it takes is one cup of chlorinated water to wipe out the good bacteria you are replacing. Take caution about the ice you put in your drinks as well, most contain chlorine. Also, some natural spring waters are chlorinated so do your homework and find out which ones do not contain chlorine.

Water filters may have silver and copper impregnated in them to kill off bacteria. These substances work like an antibiotic or chlorine so make sure your water filter removes all the chlorine and does not add anything antibacterial to the water. Also go through your toiletries and throw away any product that is antibacterial. Insect soaps, douches, deodorants, and liquid hand soaps, etc.

 


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