You’ve probably heard of yeast and fungal infections before, but did you know Candida is a fungus that lives inside your mouth and intestines right now? In small amounts it can be useful to the body, but if it is given an environment to flourish, it can become the root of multiple health problems.
Here are 3 things you need to know about Candida and what you can do to prevent an overgrowth from occurring.
1. We all have it
A small amount of this form of yeast helps to aid digestion and nutrient absorption. However, an overgrowth of Candida can over-do its job and begin to break down the lining of the intestines. This is called ‘permeability’ and when it occurs, toxins are able to to make their way out of the gut and into the bloodstream and brain. This is more commonly referred to as “Leaky Gut”.
2. It can cause some deceiving symptoms
Candida has many symptoms that are usually be treated individually, for example: allergies and headaches, but without treating the root of the cause, the same or other issues return easily. There are many deceiving symptoms of Candida overgrowth including irritability and depression, ADD or lack of attention, fatigue and fungal infections. However, the most common, and the root of most of the symptoms lie with digestive issues.
3. It is treatable
The first step to understanding how to treat a potential Candida Overgrowth is to test for it. Your doctor can do a blood, urine or stool test to confirm if Candida antibodies (called IgG, IgA, and IgM) are present. Once you know that Candida is the problem, there are 3 important things to be diligent about in order to restore a healthy level of Candida:
-Stop the overgrowth
To stop the continual overgrowth of candida, you must first eliminate the intake of food items that foster an environment for the Candida to flourish. It can also be helpful to introduce supplements to support the system. Aside from a strict Candida-Cleanse diet or prescribed antifungals, there are other natural, self-treating options. Caprylic Acid, found in Coconut Oil has proven to be helpful in eliminating Candida cells and Rainbow Light now offers a Candida Cleanse supplement that offers probiotics, enzymes and gut-soothing botanicals.
-Restore healthy bacteria
Introducing higher levels of healthy bacteria to the gut is important to balance out the flora in the gut. Rainbow Light Candida Cleanse offers 250 million bioactive probiotics and plant-source enzymes in one serving among other natural Candida fighting ingredients.
-Restore a healthy gut
A healthy gut is the host to a healthy body. To keep another overgrowth and permeability from returning, the focus should be on restoring health to the lining of the intestines. The food you eat matters! Avoid high inflammatory foods like refined sugar, processed and packaged foods and excess animal protein. Be sure to stock the fridge with plenty of organic fruit and vegetables.