Candida, What Is It And Why Could It Be My Problem?

During my many years as a personal trainer here in Cincinnati I have discovered more and more clients were suffering from Candida overgrowth - which can lead to a problem losing weight. 

So lets first go over the basics.  

What is Candida?

As you probably already know, Candida is a fungal yeast that naturally lives in your gut, and when left over fed and unattended it spreads throughout the body causing numerous health problems.

Candida overgrowth is actually one of the most common health problems out there right now.

Practically everyone has some sort of overgrowth and it can be difficult to pin point because it has dozens of symptoms that we either brush off as nothing or confuse for other more serious chronic health problems.

Candida is a ruthless, and if left untreated, it will kill you and eat you, literally. It was naturally designed to begin the decomposition of your body when you die.

Could You Have An Over Growth Of Candida?

Answer these simple questions to determine if you could be suffering from candida overgrowth. (Click Right Here To Down Load Your Questionaire)

The Candida Circle Of Life

Candida yeast, the natural bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, and sugar have a little ‘circle of life’ system going on inside of you.

You eat food > food gets turned into sugar > candida yeast eats excess sugar > bacteria eats the candida.

It’s crucial to keep a healthy balance between all 3 aspects, otherwise a candida overgrowth occurs.

With the standard American lifestyle today its no wonder most of the population is suffering from candida. Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are sweeping the nation, antibiotics are being handed out left, right, and centre, and people’s immune systems can’t keep up.

What most people don’t know is that carbohydrates are basically sugar and  at the rate we’re consuming them provides candida with a 24 hour, 7 days a week all you can eat buffet. Way too much sugar in our diets!

Antibiotics kill off bacteria in the gut, the bad, and the good. After a drug cycle its very important to repopulate the good bacteria. Unfortunately most people aren’t educate to do so by their doctors and the gut is left barren.

Take a second to think back, when was the last time you took a probiotic? And how many times in your life have you taken an antibiotic?

Another underlining factor to an overgrowth is stress. Your body reacts to stress by creating a hormone called cortisol which raises your blood sugar (again, excess sugar) and suppresses the immune system leaving the body unarmed and candida with the upper hand for an invasion.

So now candida has no bacteria around to eat it, has copious amounts of food available, and no enemy soldiers around to attack it, of course its going to take advantage of this glorious opportunity and take over. It’s the rule of ‘survival of the fittest’ and unfortunately for us, we’ve taken a step down in the food chain.

The Invasion Begins 

Once the candida yeast penetrates the intestinal walls, it travels through the circulatory system changes into its fungal form and sets up camp in other organs and tissues.

Candida fungus has 2 lines of defense:

  • it’s equipped with a chitin armor layer similar to the exoskeletons of cockroaches and beetles
  • it releases poisonous mycotoxins that have a cross reaction with your natural antibodies influencing your own immune system to attack the very thing it’s protecting, your body.

There are so many symptoms of candida because depending on what area of the body the fungus has inhabited determines the symptoms.

  • the brain: depression, anxiety
  • the nervous system: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • the gastrointestinal tract: gas, constipation, IBS, Crohn’s disease
  • the skin - acne, rashes, itchy skin, athletes foot

With a tampered immune system you are more susceptible to getting sick, you take longer to heal, and you constantly feel fatigued. It’s as if your body is working graveyard shifts, overtime and a half, and with a pay cut in order to survive.

There are blood test that can determine to what degree candida could be in your body. I use Allertess Medical Lab at www.foodallergy.com for mycandida blood test clients. Once we discover that candida is indeed a problem we proceed with a treament plan that is developed just for their individual needs. 

If you suspect that you could have a candida overgrowth problem I would be more than happy to talk to you about what you can do to eliminate the problem. Feel free to give me a call at 513-291-3481 :)