I have mentioned in the previous post my struggle with candida overgrowth and related issues (Sibo, gut issues, hormonal imbalance etc which is all connected) and why it has taken me this long to tackle it. Mostly because I HAVE struggled with binge eating in the past and I hate to put any sort of dietary restrictions on myself. However…when dealing with something like candida overgrowth or related issues, these dietary restrictions are unfortunately necessary and just a part of the healing process. It has taken me awhile to come to terms with how I have to make changes in what I’m eating.
Sometimes it’s been easier for me to ignore the health issues that Candida overgrowth has caused and just focus on being mentally well – feeding my body what it wants, moving a little, taking self care. However…the more I ignore the health issues – even though I am not treating my body badly, the more the health issues grow and affect me both mentally and physically. It’s such a nasty cycle. I had been stuck in this nasty cycle for so long! It took awhile for me to recognize it.
I have done a 30 day candida diet along with anti fungals in the past. I felt immensely better afterwards (although the die off kicked my bum) and it cleared up a fungal rash I’ve had on and off again on my hand for years just in time for my wedding. Unfortunately I didn’t stay on the diet long enough – which ultimately is my main issue. The longer you can stay the course and stay on the healthy “diet”…lifestyle changes – the better environment you create in and out of your body for it to heal and cleanse itself of the overgrowth. It takes commitment and healing the body, mind and spirit as a whole. I have also been learning about the huge connection between our emotions and healing chronic infections. It’s taken me this long to also come to terms with my unhealthy and sporadic emotional imbalance which has followed me from my past childhood traumas. But I digress.
So anyways lets get to it.
What is Candida?
First of all, it’s important to recognize that we all have candida in the body. When their is an imblance it causes problems. Candida is an opportunistic fungus (or form of yeast) that is the cause of Candida Related Complex and many less than stellar symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, and gas.
The Candida albicans (or any other various form of candida – in my case tropicalis) yeast is a normal part of your gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract.
Most people have some level of Candida in their intestines, and usually it coexists peacefully with the other bacteria and yeasts that live there. But a combination of factors can lead to the Candida population getting out of control, establishing fast growing colonies and biofilms, and starting to dominate your gut. If left to run rampant through your body – it will break you down and cause a mess to be cleaned up.
Symptoms of a Candida Overgrowth
Reoccurring and painful yeast infections
Fungal infections on the skin and nails
A weak immune system
The above list of symptoms are just the obvious ones. A chronic gut imblance and/or candida problem can lead to wonky hormone levels, a sick liver, and so much more.
If you have a wide selection of seemingly-unrelated symptoms, Candida albicans or even sibo (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) might be to blame.
- Acid reflux
- Bleeding gums
- Body odor
- Cracked tongue
- Cravings for sugary snacks
- Crying spells
- Flu-like symptoms
- Fungal skin rash
- Inability to focus
- Inability to lose weight
- Itchy anus
- Itchy eyes
- Low libido
- Mucus in stool
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Panic attacks
- Persistent extreme fatigue
- Poor coordination
- Poor memory
- Sensitivities to fragrances and chemicals
- Sensitivity to light
- Stomach cramps
- Water retention
Candida overgrowth is also very hard to diagnose properly. I believe that most mainstream doctors these days just don’t “buy into” candida overgrowth. They just give you more pills and antibiotics to treat the symptoms. THESE ANTIBIOTICS WILL JUST MAKE IT WORSE!! Just masking the root problem. I didn’t realize I had candida for all these years. until I visited a nutritionist whom specialized in BIO Scan SRT. The Bioscan SRT is a fairly new procedure that combines the disciplines of Accupuncture, Biofeedback, and Homeopathy with Laser Light Technology. A computerized scan or test is performed to see what your body is sensitive to and how it is out of balance, then it helps the body learn how to adapt, therefor alleviating symptoms. If you visit a natural doctor they would also be able to take stool, urine, hair or blood samples which can help diagnose candida, parasites and/or bacterial issues.
More candida related posts to come including my plan for the next 3 months to tackle this pesky issue! I am currently on day 20 of the plan and so far so good!
Have you ever dealt with candida overgrowth, sibo, gut issues, hormonal imbalances or anything like that?? What did it take for you to heal?