Do You Have Candida?

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sinus-problemsDo you have sinus pain, congestion and symptoms that never seem to go away? Do you have to clear your throat during the day and have nasal drainage that wakes you up at night? If so, there’s a very high probability that you have a yeast overgrowth, fungal sinusitis or what is called a candida overgrowth.

Although candida albicans is recognized as the cause of problems like vaginal yeast infections and thrush in children, what is often not realized is that this yeast originates in the digestive tract. If the overgrowth in the gut is not kept under control, the yeast may become systemic – entering the bloodstream, and traveling throughout the body, where it can spread to the vagina, urinary tract, skin, fingernails, toenails, mouth, organs and tissues. From here, it can contribute to many health problems.

It is normal to have some yeast in your body, however the problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows this yeast organism to proliferate and take over control of the healthy microorganisms.

What are the causes? Over-prescribed use of antibiotics – which kill not only the bacteria we want to get rid of, but also the good bacteria in the digestive tract – may be the number one cause of candida overgrowth. Other drugs such as anti-inflammatories, cortisone, and birth control pills can also cause imbalances. A diet high in refined sugar can lead to overgrowth of candida, as well.

Some of the symptoms of candida include:

• Persistent bloating / gas
• Joint and muscle pain
• Recurring vaginal yeast infections
• Food sensitivities / allergies
• Recurring bladder infections
• Fatigue
• Sugar cravings
• Brain fog
• Bad breath
• Sinus problems
• Insomnia

So how do you takes steps to eliminate candida overgrowth?

• Stop or minimize use of antibiotics, steroids, immune-suppressing drugs, and oral contraceptives (only after consulting your health care provider).

• Cleanse your system with anti-fungal herbs and nutrients.

• Re-establish good bacteria with acidophilus and bifidus supplements.

• Consult with a naturopath or nutritionist to find out what supplements are best for you. Two supplements that are beneficial for most people with candida are Allimed and Candida Rescue.

• Increase fiber consumption (ground flaxseeds are an excellent source of fiber.) This will help absorb and sweep out the candida toxins. Thirty to 40 grams of fiber per day is required, but most Americans only get 10 to 12 grams.

• Change your diet to one that will not encourage growth of candida. Eliminate all sugar and sweeteners including fruit and fruit juices, refined carbs and dairy products. Eat plenty of vegetables and lean protein.

• Drink plenty of water.

• To prevent further outbreaks, stay on probiotics and fiber supplements.

Getting candida under control is an important key to optimal health. If you follow the above steps, mild to moderate cases can begin to see improvement in a few weeks. If you are still suffering from candida, consider following this program developed by Dr. Rob Ivker.

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