How YOU Can Detox From Bacterial Overgrowth
Written by: Janet Early
Do you experience intense food cravings? Are these urges accompanied by digestive, thyroid, mood, or energy issues?
If so, you could have a bacterial infection in the gut called Candida Overgrowth, or Candidiasis.
If you’ve been a Fitlifer for a while now, you likely know that the human body houses 100 trillion bacteria. In addition to those microorganisms, the yeast Candida albicans also reside in the gut. Everyone has Candida, but it’s when its population runs rampant among the gastrointestinal tract that problems arise, which severely disrupt daily life.
You may be suffering from Candida Overgrowth if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Mind and mood issues – Poor memory, brain fog, fatigue (especially after eating), irritability, mood swings, dizziness, headaches or migraines
- Digestive upsets – Bloating, stomach distention, gas, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea
- Skin problems – Recurring skin rashes, athlete’s foot, itching, psoriasis, night sweats
- Sinus troubles – Sore throat, sinus infections, chronic coughing, asthma
- A white coating on the tongue upon waking (oral thrush)
- Sensitivities to food and/or chemicals
- Yeast infections, UTI’s, irregular menstruation
Ongoing use of antibiotics is a leading cause of Candida Overgrowth. Antibiotics can act like a machine gun firing in the gut – they will kill the harmful bacteria they set out to destroy, but friendly gut bacteria will also die in the crossfire. If there’s a weakened army of good bacteria, then more and more Candida (yeast) are able to march in and take over.
Additionally, stress weakens your immune system, which makes it much harder for your body to fight the troops of Candida setting up camp in your gut. Stress also raises the level of Cortisol in the blood, which in turn increases your blood sugar level. Raised blood sugar is like Christmas morning to Candida, which uses that extra sugar for energy to procreate and spread throughout the body.
Prolonged use of the contraceptive pill alters the hormonal balance in the body. The disrupted equilibrium promotes an environment in which Candida can thrive and multiply. Additionally, the main component of the Birth Control Pill is Estrogen, which can foster the growth of yeast in the body.
Other causes of Candida Overgrowth include ingesting toxic chemicals such as mercury, chlorine and fluoride. These toxins are commonly found in silver teeth fillings, tap water, or everyday products such as toothpaste. They each contribute to a weakened immune system and depletion of healthy bacteria in the gut.
The treatment protocol for Candida Overgrowth is essentially a plan of attack for your good bacteria to regain control of the gut. There are three pillars of this plan: A no-sugar diet, probiotics and antifungals.
1. No Sugar
By depriving Candida of the food they need to survive, we essentially starve them. A successful plan typically follows a strict, no-sugar nutrition regimen for at least 6 weeks. This diet eliminates all kinds of sugars, artificial sweeteners, honey, alcohol, grains, dairy, sweet vegetables (such as carrots) and caffeine. Fruit must be limited to one serving of berries or green apples per day.
While eliminating the bad bacteria from the gut, it’s important to simultaneously re-populate it with good bacteria, namely those found in probiotics.
Antifungals work in tag-team with probiotics. They work by actively destroying the cell wall of the fungus cell, so that the Candida yeast gradually die. Natural antifungal treatments include oil of oregano, olive leaf, caprylic acid, garlic, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil and pomegranate.
Cases of Candida Overgrowth have dramatically increased over the past few decades due to many toxic elements of contemporary life: Increased levels of stress, a diet rich in processed foods and sugars and frequent use of antibiotics.
Take action today to restore the healthy bacteria in your gut, while also ridding your body of harmful bacteria. Restore the equilibrium, restore your health and regain control of your life.
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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