Okay, ladies, we’re going to get a bit personal today. Do you have candida symptoms such as constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, heartburn, gas and indigestion? No one likes talking about these embarrassing symptoms, yet it turns out these gastrointestinal symptoms are so common that the month of April has been designated as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) awareness month. You may be tempted to try over the counter medications for symptom relief, only to find that the symptoms keep coming back.
Make the Candida Connection
Have you ever been prescribed antibiotics?
Have you ever been on birth control pills or steroid medications?
Do you crave sugar and simple carbohydrates, such as breads, cakes, and cookies?
Do you have recurrent yeast infections?
Do you have skin problems such as rashes, eczema, itching or hives?
These are some common problems caused by yeast overgrowth, or candidiasis, and until you solve the underlying cause of your symptoms by eliminating the yeast, the symptoms won’t go away. Also keep in mind that candida symptoms are not limited to the gastrointestinal tract.
Take a look at the symptoms of candida sensitivity:
Excessive gas Skin rashes
Cramps Immune suppression
Pain Chemical sensitivity
Indigestion Vaginal yeast infections
Diarrhea Inability to concentrate
Joint pain Muscle aches
Hives Fungal infections under fingernails and toenails
Athlete’s foot Thrush, a white coating on the tongue
Wouldn’t you like to know what is causing your symptoms so that you can get rid of them permanently?
What is Candida or Yeast Overgrowth?
Candida Albicans is a fungus which lives and overgrows in our intestines causing an imbalance in the normal bacteria of the colon so that we get less normal healthy bacteria, and more yeast. It produces 180 chemical toxins capable of causing the above symptoms. As these yeast toxins are absorbed in the colon and enter the bloodstream, they can cause symptoms beyond these sites in other areas of your body, so the list of possible symptoms is endless. Further, an individual with increased levels of yeast in his system often becomes allergic to yeast, and therefore, allergic to food products which contain yeast, such as wine, beer, breads, etc.
How Antibiotics Contribute to Candida
Whenever an individual takes antibiotics, those antibiotics are meant to kill abnormal bacteria in the infection. Unfortunately, the antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria, but they also kill normal (good) bacteria that keep you healthy in other areas of the body.
Mainstream Medicine’s Approach to Candida
Unfortunately, yeast overgrowth is a problem of which many mainstream physicians are completely unaware. Instead of addressing the underlying cause of their patients’ poor health, they treat the individual symptoms, usually with the familiar “anti-drugs: antibiotics, antihistamines, antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, antispasmodics, and so forth. Mainstream doctors typically prescribe heartburn or antacid medications such as Rolaids, and proton-pump inhibitors such as “The Purple Pill.” These medications are commonly given with antibiotics, which wipe out the good bacteria in your gut and cause many more symptoms and disease.
It is not uncommon for doctors to give what we call one of the alphabet letter diagnoses such as include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to name a few. This really means that the doctor does not know what is causing your symptoms. These diagnoses only describe the symptom or set of symptoms you are having. It’s time to look further to discover the underlying cause.
How You Can Beat Candida
In order to get rid of candida, it is essential that you starve the yeast, kill the yeast, and replace the normal bacteria in the colon, which is Lactobacillus Acidophilus. At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we recommend a yeast-free, grain-free eating program, or candida diet, that eliminates dietary sources of yeast and other fungi, vinegar and fermented products, sugar and carbohydrate-rich foods that provide nourishment to yeast.
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