, also known as candida albicans is a yeastlike, parasitic fungus that can sometimes cause thrush. Stick out your tongue. If you see a white coating on the tongue, you could have the beginning stages of thrush.
Candida lives in the digestive track along with probiotics. Probiotics help digest the foods so that the nutrients can be absorbed easily. Candida is like a weed and does nothing beneficial.
Imagine a garden representing your digestive track with beneficial bacteria (probiotics) whose main job is to break down the foods that you eat into nutrients that is used to sustain you. Between the rows of probiotics are weeds (candida). Most gardens have weeds. Only when the weeds overcome the good bacteria, do you have a problem.
When the weeds (candida) get out of control, it crowds out the probiotics and diminishes the nutrients that can be absorbed through proper digestion and the body ceases to function as a healthy vibrant organism.
Why does this happen? What causes this imbalance and overgrowth in the first place?
ANTI-biotics kill both the negative and positive organisms at the same time. It makes our infections go away but at a cost. It also reeks havoc on our digestion track by killing the bacteria that break down the foods and extract the nutrients from them. Like weeds, the candida and comes back with a vengeance. The candida thrives because there are no probiotics to keep the candida in the proper balance.
The candida has great survival skills. It has learned through the years how to get what it needs to grow and sustain itself. It's sugar. It's pretty obvious just by the name. Candy and Da. Sugar is the main food of the candida. And what is so ingenious is the way the candida creates cravings in the body that demands that you eat more sugar. Kinda self-sustaining. And the candida crowds out the beneficial bacteria and causes all kinds of digestive problems.
Sometimes these digestive problems cause too much acid in the gut, sometimes the opposite occurs and food rots in the digestive track. Either way, there is a probability that either action will cause small pinholes in the gut. These pinholes allow food to pass from the gut into the bloodstream. Food particles belong in the gut, not in the blood. This triggers the immune system to eliminate it from the blood. When this happens, allergies are created. Leaky gut syndrome and allergies and candida are related and depend on each other to survive. To get your health back, we must do three things at the same time.
- Eliminate food allergies
- Reduce and control the candida
- Repair the gut
- Then eliminate the allergies again.
It's very important to get the gut balanced with less candida and more probiotics, an optimum balance of about 80-20%. For people that have allergies, candida is a major concern.
- It stops the body from digesting nutrients from the foods.
- It causes sugar cravings and weight gain.
- It kills off the probiotics and the digestive process suffers.
- It causes allergies.
- Foggy Thinking
- Lack of Energy
How do you know if you have candida?
There is an easy test to see if you have candida. When you first wake up in the morning, before you drink any water or anything else, spit in a glass of water. That's it. Let the water and spit sit for about 5 minutes and look at the liquid. If you see milky stuff and strings in the water, bubbles on top of the water, you have candida. If it looks just like it did in the beginning, just spit in the water, you don't have candida.
If you do have candida, there are a number of foods out there that have powerful anti fungal properties. Here are the ones that I recommend:
Coconut oil is a potent Candida killer, and one of the most potent anti fungals there is. It contains Lauric acid and Caprylic acid, which both help prevent Candida overgrowth and strengthen your immune system.
Coconut oil can be used in cooking because it doesn't break down when heated, so it’s an ideal oil to use for frying and cooking. It's also cheap to buy and has a much longer shelf life than other oils, so there’s no excuse! You can also take 2-3 tablespoons per day for candida control. And since it has medium fat chains, you will not gain weight. We fry a lot in our house and the only thing we use is coconut oil.
Other foods that can help with candida are, garlic, onions, cayenne pepper, seaweed, almonds, pumpkin seeds, ginger, olive oil, lemon and lime juice.
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There are many candida killers. Some medicines work, but I like a more natural approach. There are enzymes that can digest the candida and diets that will help get the candida under control.
And the leaky gut
can be helped with predigested fish protein. It heals the pinholes in the gut and since it is pre digested, it is easy to assimilate.
And the hardest thing to do is to stop eating sugar, high fructose corn syrup and any other sweet stuff. It just feeds the candida. Remember, candida is not your friend. Eliminate it at all costs.