SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDA OVERGROWTH IN WOMEN
Millions of people around the world today suffer from fungal infections. For example, this is due to our modern lifestyle and an unhealthy diet. One of the most common fungal infections is Candida. This is caused by the yeast Candida albicans, which is naturally present in our body, but can cause wild growth of fungi if it gets a chance. Here you will find out how to recognize this fungal infection, what the causes are and what you can do to alleviate the complaints.
The good bacteria of our intestinal flora, if balanced, live in balance with the natural yeast in our body. Yeasts are single-cell fungi. A common type of yeast is the Candida albicans that in our body is a normal part of the mixture of yeasts and bacteria that do their work in that body. This Candida albicans lives in small amounts in our mouths, intestines, on our skin and in the vagina. The Candida yeast is kept intact by the intestinal flora and forms a certain balance with these body-like, natural bacteria. Due to unhealthy and unbalanced nutrition, too much sugar, an attenuated immune system, antibiotics or a hormone imbalance, there may be a imbalance between these yeasts and bacteria. The relationship between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in your body is out of balance and there is a growth of Candida fungi.
The occurrence of this imbalance can have several causes.
- Many sugars (glucose) and carbohydrates in your diet, because yeast needs sugars to multiply (McGinnis et al 1996, Buddington et al 1996, Howard et al 1995).
- Lots of food from factory-produced foods
- The use of medicines such as antibiotics or contraceptives
- Excessive exposure to toxic substances from the environment such as metal, pesticides or other poisons
- Prolonged stress situations and therefore dysfunction of the immune system. Research shows that chronic stress in women is a common cause of recurrent vaginal fungal infections (Ehrström SM, Kornfeld D et al, 2005)
- A change or imbalance in hormones that cause a change in the degree of acidity, for example during pregnancy, before and after menstruation or when using contraceptive pills (Edwards, 2004).
A Candida infection is difficult to recognize. The fungus can develop into your body for years without recognizable symptoms and only comes to light in a really serious phase. There are many symptoms linked to this fungal infection that you can watch.
- Abdominal pain (pain, flatulence, bloating or stomach acid)
- Itching and eczema
- Extreme sense of sweetness and sugars
- Food allergies
- (Chronic) fatigue
- Bloated feeling
- Poor memory
- Anxiety attacks
- Little sense of sex
- Tired adrenal gland
- Vaginal infections
- Spruw in and around the mouth
- Weight gain
- Tummy bowel syndrome
- If you recognize a combination of these symptoms with yourself without another clear cause so far, Candida albicans are likely to be the real offender.
When there is too much Candida in the intestine, it touches the intestinal wall. Yeasts and aggressive bacteria cause minor damage to the intestinal flakes or villi, so particles from the food mass enter the bloodstream, giving them a toxic effect. This phenomenon is called a ‘leaking bowel’. The immune system sees these food particles as toxic and responds to all kinds of inflammatory reactions, such as joint pain, fatigue, headache and asthma symptoms. The affected intestinal wall can absorb nutrients less well, resulting in deficiencies in the body. For example, a leaking bowel may be the beginning of all kinds of health problems. Because the intestines absorb nutrients less well and the immune system is compromised, your health deteriorates. A leaking bowel gradually recovers as bowel bacteria come back into balance. You get that by choosing consistently for a healthy diet.
What to do after antibiotics?
Also antibiotics disturb the balance between the good bacteria of the intestinal flora and the aggressive yeast. An antibiotic cure combines a wide range of bacteria and thus also affects the good intestinal flora. This gives Candida albicans the opportunity to develop. Antibiotics are unfortunately also in small amounts in our food. A good reason for choosing organic meat, because chickens, calves and pigs in non-organic farms are given a lot of antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick so that they can grow fast. Thus, during an antibiotic cure, not only the bad but also the good bacteria are killed, so it is important to re-balance your intestinal flora after the cure. The easiest way to do this is to take probiotics when your antibiotic cure has ended. These are living microbiological nutritional supplements that promote the growth of good bacteria, thus improving the balance of the intestinal flora. Recent research shows that probiotics improves the intestinal flora and has a beneficial effect on Candida (Kumar S, Bansal et al., 2013). During the antibiotic cure you can make sure that your digestive tract remains well, as it ensures that bad bacteria are quickly removed from the stool and thus can grow less rapidly. Eat a lot of fiber-rich food, for example, by drinking green smoothies.
If you want to fight Candida, you can follow an anti-Candida diet with no food for two weeks. In this way you make the intestinal well clean. After that, it is still important to keep healthy, so that you do not give the fungi too much nutrition.
- All sweetness, sugars, honey and sweeteners
- All dairy products (yogurt, cheese, milk, buttermilk, custard, margarine, curd, dairy spread, ice cream, cooking room)
- All products made from wheat and white flour (actually all that contains gluten)
- All products in which yeast is processed
- Sweet fruit
- Mushrooms and mushrooms
- Soft drinks and concentrated fruit juices
- Durable packaged foods (with E-numbers on the label)
- Products with added color and flavorings (with E-numbers on the label)
- Unfermented soy products (soy milk, tofu, tahoe)
Nutrition where your intestines can become better are cabbage, fresh ginger, vegetable juice with carrot, raw ginger, apple, a little cabbage, celery and cucumber. You can also add red beet, artichoke, celery, celery and radish. Garlic, onion, leek, earth pepper and oats feed your good bowel bacteria. The oils in fatty fish are anti-inflammatory and unrefined organic oils from need and seeds to help cure eczema. Wheat oil and avocados contain a lot of vitamin E. Unsaturated rice milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk. And seafood are a good source of zinc and proteins that feed and restore the skin. Coconut oil has a fungal inhibitory effect and a beneficial effect on Candida (Ogbolu DO, Oni AA et al., 2007), take ten to fourteen teaspoons daily. If you want to permanently remove your complaints, develop good dietary habits, then the aggressive Candida infection will stay away.
If you have not been fit for a long time and recognize some of the symptoms then you can start the Candida test. The health of your intestines is the basis, after which you can balance your hormone balance and, as a consequence of both, you not only have more energy, but you will also automatically lose excess fat. We can guide you personally when you have a Candida infection through a coaching program.