Curious about Candida?
Here’s the low-down.
Struggling with a persistent itch down south? Or perhaps you’re feeling especially bloated and can’t stop craving sweets? If something’s been feeling off and you think it might be Candida, here’s all you need to know about this oh so common yeast.
A bit about this pesky yeast
Candida is a type of yeast, typically found in small amounts in our mouths, intestines and on our skin.
When your body has a healthy balance of bacteria, Candida stays under control. Just as it should.
But if your bacteria levels go haywire or your immune system is compromised, Candida – an opportunistic yeast – can perk up and overproduce. Yikes!
This can lead to a fungal infection known as Candidiasis. It sounds ugly. But it’s actually the most common cause of fungal infections in humans. So no, you’re definitely not alone.
So, what does it look like?
How do you know you have Candida… and not something else?
Here are the tell-tale signs and symptoms to look for:
- Recurring vaginal yeast infections
- Oral yeast infection (white coating on tongue)
- Digestive issues (bloating, gas)
- Chronic sinus infections
- Skin rash and nail fungal infections
- Joint pain and muscle weakness
- Food cravings, especially for sweets
What leads to Candida overgrowth?
Various things can make Candida go into overdrive and become your worst enemy. These include:
- Taking broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Oral contraceptive or corticosteroid use
- A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
- A weakened immune system
- High alcohol intake
- High stress levels
But how do I get rid of it!?
Whichever way Candida starts, you can help control it with what you eat.
Food plays a major role in maintaining the balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in your gut.
So what are the big no-nos? Refined sugar and carbohydrates, dairy and alcohol. These all encourage Candida and other ‘bad’ microorganisms to grow.
Overconsuming these foods may promote an infection, especially if your immune system is weak.
Instead, focus on whole foods, just like nanna said. Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and good quality protein will help restore the good bacteria in your gut – which will eventually crowd out the Candida.
On top of that, supplements packed with horopito will help balance Candida. Topical Horopito products will also help you with any external outbreaks.
With a good diet and a little Horopito-help, you’ll be back to your best in no time.