What is Candida and How Do I Know if I Have It?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Family Health, Food, Healthy Eating | 0 comments

candida-symptomsHave you ever wondered if you were totally crazy. Not like, “I feel a little crazy today”, but more like, “Am I totally going off the deep end?!” It’s easy to feel like that when you’ve gone to the doctor over and over for <strong>health symptoms that don’t seem to make any sense. Every prescription, cream, and over the counter solution they give you just takes more money from your pocket without giving you more than a short-term fix.
They begin to suggest it’s all in your head. . . and you begin to wonder if you really are a crazy. . .Well, I’m here to tell you that you aren’t crazy.
As far as I know anyway. 😉
Do you suffer from one or more of these symptoms: Thinking girl
acne
anxiety
arthritis
asthma
athletes’ foot
brain fog
cold hands or feet
colds
colic
constipation
cradle cap
cravings for sweets
cysts
diabetes
diaper rash
diarrhea
dizziness
eczema
fatigue
food sensitivities or reactions
hay fever
headaches
heart burn
heart palpitations
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
hypothyroidism
insomnia
irritability
joint pain
lack of appetite
migraines
mood swings
muscle aches and pain
panic attacks
poor memory and concentration
pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
psoriasis
rashes and dry red or white patches
respiratory problems
sinus congestion
thrush (white coating in mouth or vagina)
I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on T.V. . .but if you’ve answered yes to more than one of these, I’d ask if you might have candida.
good-vs.-bad bacteriaWhat is Candida?
Candida is a toxic, yeast-like organism that 90% of people have in their digestive system. Most of the time it’s not an issue because it’s generally kept in check by good bacteria. The trouble starts when candida begins to grow out of control and can quickly start a myriad of problems. Kinda sounds like a fuzzy little green creature in a bad sci-fi movie from the 70’s, doesn’t it? I don’t want you to think candida is the cause of every illness known to man. It’s not. But it certainly can be a root cause
How do you know if you have candida?
Some of the common causes for candida overgrowth is:
antacids
antibiotics
anti-inflammatory drugs
anti-ulcer medications
carbohydrates
environmental toxins
foods with starch
foods with yeast
hormone replacement therapy
oral contraceptives
over-the-counter medicines
prescription drugs
radiation
smoking
steroids
sugar in all forms
An easy way to check for candida is by taking the Yeast Infection Evaluation Test which can be specialized for men, women, or children. This simple questionnaire was put together by Dr. Bakker ND, author of Candida Crusher.  Another option is this simple home test that tests your bloods and gives you results within minutes.
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If your tests are positive, you’re next step is to take your health back, literally, by changing your diet!  *gulp* Diet? Yep I said the word diet. What you eat is one of THE most important changes you can make. Candida thrives off unhealthy foods like sugar and starchy carbohydrates. Those foods make it rub its little green hands together and create chaos in its wake of your body.
You will not feel deprived making these goodies from this cookbook.

You will not feel deprived making these goodies from this cookbook.

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