The gut flora is one of the most important aspects of our health. Any kind of imbalance in the gut flora is a base for serious health problems, as it will allow bacteria and fungi to attack our system.
As you may already know, Candida is a fungus which can be found in our intestines and mouth in small amounts. However, if it starts growing out of control, the fungus can release toxic substances in the blood and make you more prone to serious diseases and conditions. In general, the overgrowth of candida can be brought on by oral contraceptives, alcohol abuse, stress, sugar and refined carbs and frequent use of antibiotics.
Candida overgrowth symptoms
If you leave the fungus growing out of control, it can cause a variety of health problems including eczema, herpes, hives, rashes, etc. Here are the main symptoms of Candida overgrowth:
- Digestive problems
- Cold limbs
- Allergies, food sensitivities and intolerance
- Hay fever
- Abnormal formations such as cysts in the neck, ovaries and throat
- Sugar, pasta and carbohydrate cravings
- Intolerance to various aromas
- Athlete’s foot
- Eye and vision problems
- Hair loss and scalp problems
- Respiratory problems
- Sinus inflammation
- Kidney and bladder problems
- Irregular heart beat
- Headaches, migraines, brain fog
- Feet and body odor
- Low blood sugar levels
How to test for Candida at home
There’s a simple way of learning if you’re suffering from Candidiasis at home – just spit in a glass of water (room temperature) and observe; if the spit has strings floating from it after an hour, you’re suffering from candida overgrowth.
Before anything else, you must eliminate fungi-promoting foods from your diet, so no more pasta, bread, sugar and carbs for you. Also, you need to stay away from honey and other sources of sugar as well as gluten and baked goods.
The other thing you should do is boost your immune system. You can do this by introducing more vitamin C in your diet, which you can get through citrus fruits or supplements. Eat a healthy diet as well and avoid anything that includes yeast.
Finally, to eliminate the fungus from your system, you should start consuming garlic, ACV and other antifungal foods and drinks.
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