February 7, 2021
Is Candida Overgrowth Causing your “Unrelated” Symptoms?
Are you constantly tired? Craving sweets? Irritable? Suffering from chronic aching muscles? Experiencing brain fog, lack of focus or poor memory? Unable to lose weight? Crippled by headaches? Maybe you think these symptoms are unrelated, but what if they aren’t? A yeast or fungal overgrowth may be the underlying culprit. It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans have a candida overgrowth.
Common symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
- Feeling tired, worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Vaginal itching, soreness, and redness; a white, clumpy discharge from the vagina; and painful or uncomfortable intercourse (yeast infection)
- Headaches, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog
- Severe seasonal allergies
- Chronic congestion, post-nasal drip, sore throat and sinus infections
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety or depression
- Digestive issues including bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, heartburn, gas, cramps, nausea and IBS
- Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives and rashes
- White coat on the tongue, redness or discomfort in the mouth, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or cracking at the corners of the mouth
- Skin and nail fungal infections which include athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, ringworm, pinworm
- Rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain
- Autoimmune diseases including ulcerative colitis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s and scleroderma
- Inability to lose weight
- High and low blood sugar
What is Candida? Candida is a yeast or fungus that naturally lives in the mouth, digestive tract, skin and vagina in small amounts. When balanced with the good bacteria in our bodies, candida is a non-issue. When the bacteria become unbalanced, however, candida can overgrow and wreak havoc on our bodies in unsuspecting ways.
The most common causes of candida overgrowth are prescription drugs, a diet high in sugar and carbs and a weakened immune system. Antibiotics are one of the leading causes of candida overgrowth because it can cause dysbiosis (imbalance of good vs. bad bacteria) in the gut. Antibiotics, especially broad spectrum, do not discriminate on which bacteria they wipe out. Unfortunately, the good bacteria are usually less resistant, while the bad bacteria are often times more resistant. Antibiotics can kill off more good bacteria than bad, often times leaving the perfect breeding ground for candida. Oral contraceptives, steroids, proton pump inhibitors, antidepressants and other prescription drugs are also known to cause dysbiosis in the gut and can lead to candida overgrowth.. which usually causes an increase in symptoms for originally taking these medications.. que vicious cycle.
Once an imbalance occurs, the yeast continues to multiply as it is fed by any type of sugar such as the sugars found in alcohol, desserts, refined carbohydrates, grains and dairy products. An overgrowth of candida can also signal very strong, chronic sugar and carbohydrate cravings, making it difficult to stop feeding the growth.
Candida overgrowth is associated with many different ailments, including acute or chronic stress, cancer treatments and other conditions that weaken the immune system. Diabetes is a risk factor because the rise in blood sugar can cause yeast to grow. If you think candida may be the cause of your “unrelated” symptoms, talk to a coach today to find a customized treatment plan.
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