It’s called “candida” and some of us have more of it and some of us have less. Candida is a type of yeast that naturally lives in your stomach and intestines and feeds off of sugar and dead tissue. However, if there is an overgrowth of it, this can lead to a host of problems such as:
- bad breath
- sugar cravings
- poor memory
- low sex drive
The scary thing about candida is that you can look completely normal without ever knowing you have an overgrowth or infection! In addition, diagnosis can be tricky so doctors often prescribe medications to minimize the symptoms (laxatives for constipation, antibiotics for acne and anti-depressants for depression) without ever curing the infection, further exacerbating the situation.
If you think you may have candida overgrowth, your doctor can test for it by looking for certain candida antibodies in blood, stool or urine samples.
For healing candida, it is critical to begin with your diet. There is a special Anti-Candida diet which is composed of 3 stages: a cleanse, eliminating sugary and starchy foods, and reintroducing certain foods back into your diet. The only thing about living with candida overgrowth is that the bacteria can grow back if you eat sugar again, which is the main ingredient it thrives on. So this diet isn’t really a diet, it’s a lifestyle. But it’s the path you choose if you want to live a long and healthy life!
All you have to do is:
- avoid sugar (see food list below)
- take probiotics to put healthy bacteria back into your body
- incorporate anti-fungals which fight off the candida cells
For a more detailed list of the do’s and dont’s of this diet visit: The Candida Diet!