Candida and Leaky Gut
What is Candida?
I know I’ve mentioned candida a lot, and now you finally get to learn more about it. Candida refers to the overgrowth of the bacteria called “candida” that is naturally occurring in the digestive tract. Everybody has Candida in their digestive tract, so the real problem is not the actual presence of Candida; it’s the overabundance of it. This is often caused by an imbalance in the digestive system which can be caused by many things. Some of the most common causes are:
- Poor Diet
- Pathogenic Infection
When you take antibiotics, you wipe out ALL of the bacteria in your digestive tract, good and bad. As with all things, the bad grows and takes over much more quickly than the good, so when they are both wiped out, the bad bacteria grows unchecked and unbalanced. You might think that instead of taking antibiotics once and then letting the Candida take over you will continue to take antibiotics and just keep both down to solve the problem, but in reality If you take antibiotics often, candida will become immune to it and then completely take over. Obviously, this causes a lot of problems in the digestive tract.
Differences Between Leaky Gut and Candida
Leaky Gut Syndrome and Candida overgrowth are very different things but are often correlated and definitely make each other worse. But to start, Candida overgrowth is the imbalance of bacteria in the digestive tract, and Leaky Gut Syndrome is the semi-permeability of the intestinal wall. Let’s go into more detail.
How They Make Each Other Worse
Leaky Gut and Candida are often times related but the two are entirely different issues. One of these sicknesses can exist without the other, although they can easily lead to the other and often do.
Candida refers to the overgrowth of a specific species of yeast within the digestive tract which, if left untreated, can and will continue to create intestinal inflammation that leads to Leaky Gut.
The opposite can be true as well. With the onset of Leaky Gut and corresponding imbalance in your digestive system, it can become a breeding ground for Candida and other invasive organisms.
When you have Candida Overgrowth and Leaky Gut Syndrome, the Candida is allowed to pass through your intestinal wall into the blood stream. From there it can travel to any part of your body making Leaky Gut much worse. You can see how this problem is continually degenerative.
In whichever case, it’s always related to the imbalance of gut flora within the digestive tract.
How to Know if You Have Candida
Most people realize they have Candida overgrowth when they have strong sugar cravings and withdrawals after they stop eating any form of sugar. Since sugar feeds Candida, eliminating sugar starves the Candida and causes die-off effects which include any of the symptoms you’ve been having among other things. When the Candida in your body is being starved, you may have many withdrawal symptoms as if your body were addicted to a drug. These symptoms can include:
- Extreme Fatigue
- Extreme Sugar Cravings
- Diarrhea and Constipation
- Thrush/White Colored Tongue
- Chronic Yeast Infection
- Gas, Burping and Bloating
- Other variety of problems
This is very common and can be alleviated by keeping yourself hydrated, taking the recommended supplements, getting a lot of rest, eating some fruits and abstaining completely from sugar. When the Candida begins to die off, your effects will be much stronger and more painful than normal, but being persist and getting through it and it will make a major difference.
To test yourself for Candida Overgrowth, you can perform a saliva test, get tested by a holistic doctor, or take a survey online.
If You Have Candida
This part is important, so read carefully. Your intestinal tract cannot heal while infested with Candida. You have to rid your body of Candida overgrowth first before you can focus on healing Leaky Gut.
How to Heal Candida
Luckily there are some simple ways to heal candida. I would recommend eating on the previously outlined diet provided while implementing the information below.
Candida feeds off of any type of sugar including sugar found in grains so you should eliminate all sugar, grains, and sugar replacements. Many people try to eliminate all fruit and honey as well, but if you need to balance blood sugar, honey is easier to digest than any other sweet food and is less likely to feed Candida. Also, I wouldn’t suggest eliminating all fruit. Instead, I would try to eliminate all except:
- Green Apples
If you are allergic to all of the fruit listed above, understand that eating fruit is better than eating grains or sugar, so if you need a bigger variety of food in your diet, you can add some low-sugar and low-starch fruits back in that are not included on the list.
I would also recommend avoiding all yeast products including mushrooms. These foods feed and encourage candida and should be eliminated while starving the bacteria (starving sounds mean, but it really is what we’re doing).
To help starve Candida and balance your digestive bacteria function, you should use oregano oil or oregano in your daily diet.
Be wary that the die-off effects of Candida can be brutal. If you are finding your symptoms getting worse as you eliminate fruit, try coming back to this later or eliminating the fruit more slowly. Many people give up completely because they can’t eliminate fruit, but you can and will get better even if you don’t eliminate fruit. It simply takes longer, which is just fine. I never actually eliminated fruit from my diet. I just gave myself more time to heal which worked better for me.
I hope you found this information helpful! Please comment if you have any questions.
Happy health and living, Sage
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