Candida Albicans is a yeast-like fungus which occurs naturally in all of our bodies, but can easily overgrow causing thrush or yeast infections.
When it overgrows in the gut it can spread systemically throughout the body causing Candidiasis, an unpleasant fungal infection which often goes unrecognised by the medical profession.
Candida overgrowth must be treated with a four-point plan…
1) The anti-candida diet
2) Personal supplement programme
3) Anti-Fungal supplements
4) Beneficial Bacteria
After previously being diagnosed with Candida overgrowth I managed to pretty much clear all of my health problems by following a strict Anti-Candida diet which involves avoiding sugar, yeast-containing foods such as bread and fermented foods such as alcohol and vinegar. Since I started getting better I’ve gradually reintroduced more foods back into my diet but still avoid many problem foods to try to avoid a candida comeback! It’s fair to say it’s not easy, and I’m pretty sure it’s something I’ll have to be cautious of for life – however it isn’t all bad.
Through my candida diagnosis I have developed a real interest in health and nutrition, learning a lot more about the link between the two, becoming much healthier in the process.
I imagine anyone who reads this blog will either have already been diagnosed with Candida or have a strong suspicion that Candida is the cause of your health problems. Hopefully my fact file with information on what to eat, supplements and advice will help you conquer your candida and return to health.
Many health problems can be related to Candida Albicans overgrowth, and here is a list of some of the most common symptoms:
Skin Conditions: Athlete’s foot, ringworm, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, easy bruising, acne, itching, fungal nail conditions, easy bruising, hives.
Digestive Conditions: Abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, belching, intestinal gas, indigestion or heartburn, mucus in stools, rash or blisters in the mouth, painful oesophagus, rectal irritation, food sensitivity or intolerance, dry mouth or throat, bad breath.
Reproductive System Conditions: vaginal burning, irritation or discharge (thrush), endemetriosis, infertility, period pains, menstrual irregularities, premenstrual tension, breast tenderness, loss of sexual feeling. In Men: impotence, prostatitis.
Urinary Tract Conditions: Frequency, burning, urgency.
Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat and Chest Conditions: Nasal congestion, post-nasal drip (catarrh or mucus running down back of throat), itchy nose, sore throat, laryngitis, loss of voice, cough, recurrent bronchitis, pain or tightness in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma, spots in front of eyes, erratic vision, burning or watering eyes, recurrent infections in ears, fluid in ears, ear pain, deafness, sinusitis, dizziness, loss of balance.Joints, Muscles and Nervous System Condition: Muscle aches, muscle weakness, paralysis, painful joints, swollen joints, numbness, burning or tingling.
Mind and Body Conditions: Fatigue, lethargy, feeling drained, depression, poor memory, feeling ‘spacey or unreal’, irritabilty, jitteriness, lack of co-ordination, inability to concentrate, mood swings, pressure above the ears, a feeling of the head swelling, insomnia.
Poor Circulation: Cold hands and feet, general chilliness.
Shakiness or irritability when hungry
Body odour which is not relieved by washing.
As you can see Candida Albicans can have a devestating effect on the body when it grows out of control, affecting all of the major systems of the body. Thankfully, following the four point Anti-Candida plan will get the funghi under control!