Candida overgrowth or thrush is a fungal infection which we experience most noticeably as oral thrush, vaginitis, thrush on the penis etc. Left unchecked, it can develop, especially if we have other medical conditions, to become more serious and systemic, affecting every aspect of our well-being.
The healthy bacteria in the gut that are part of our digestive process usually keep candida in balance as there is a natural symbiosis between competing bacteria and fungus. In fact, candida helps with digestion and absorption of food, but, when it overgrows, it can damage the wall of the intestine. This leads to toxic waste leakage into the body. The waste from candida is called Acetaldehyde, which is a known toxin. It is for this reason that candida is judged to be a leading cause of “leaky gut”.
In normally healthy people, Candida overgrowth is often associated antibiotic overuse because unfortunately, antibiotics kill friendly bacteria along with pathogenic bacteria. This broad spectrum killing of bacteria is a known cause of gut dysbiosis.
Some other known triggers for candidiasis (overgrowth of candida) are:
Candida infections that are clearly systemic and serious are also referred to as candidemia and are seen in severely immunocompromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients.
If you have a candida overgrowth you may also be experiencing some or all of the following:
Candida’s food supply is sugar, including dairy products containing lactose, bee honey, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, and even sugar substitutes including aspartame and saccharin.
Removing sugar from our diets is one of our best weapons in the fight against chronic candida. All fruits, despite being healthy and nutritious, are also very high in fructose. Fruit and vegetables that are high in sugar, such as sweet potatoes, parsnips or beets should perhaps be avoided if you are struggling with candida overgrowth.
Sugar is also found in most processed foods, especially low fat foods, because the flavour is enhanced by sweetening the product. The same applies to all sugary drinks, even the so called healthy ones.
There are hidden sources of sugar everywhere, for example in:
So, how best should we deal with Candida?
Seek medical advice to be sure of the correct diagnosis but also think about changing what you eat and what natural support you can introduce.
To support a healthy gut balance:
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