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Let me start off by saying this article is gather from researching Candida (it’s not a company specific article these are simply my personal findings on this issue). But I was truly amazed at what I had discovered when researching this issue… you will be too!

Did you know that the reason you’ve been unable to shed those stubborn pounds from the belly and thighs could be due to the natural yeast content in your body? It’s true. Yeast overgrowth (also known as Candida Albicans) is a major inhibitor of weight loss. Candida can wreak havoc on the body in a number of ways, from thyroid problems, to inability to naturally regulate blood sugar levels correctly, to causing dizziness, tiredness, and even joint pain. In combination with all of these attacks Candida often times places significant barriers to weight loss.

That is why so many diets fail. Even the most healthy diet plan followed to the letter can prove ineffective if there is an overabundance of yeast in the body fighting your attempt to shed those unnecessary pounds. But how do you know if yeast could be to blame for your weight struggles?

You just can’t escape yeast. Candida albicans is in the air, in your throat, and in your gut. That’s a fact of life. This yeast is everywhere, coexisting with all the other microorganisms.

But when Candida grows out of control—like when we consume sugar in the form of “white stuff” or even too many natural sugars from fruits and/or fruit juices—this normally harmless yeast becomes an invasive troublemaker. You can end up with intense fatigue, sinus pain, headaches, joint problems, urinary infections and…weight gain.

Candida Spit Test Probiotic Gut Health Weight Loss Chronic Illness

How Do I Check for Candida?

First let me say this method is a self-diagnosis tool. If you feel you have a candida issue your doctor can run blood tests to confirm. This is simply meant to help you seeing this may be something you need to address!!  Now, keep in mind Candida is something of a controversial issue, and many medical professionals have not yet recognized it. Regretfully, this means that many patients are turned away and do not get the help that they need.

So back to a self testing tool (again this is not scientifically proven but is a useful tool!)

Candida Yeast Spit Test Fill a clear glass with water and place it by your bed at night. When you wake in the morning, work up a bit of saliva and spit into the glass of water. It is important that nothing enters your mouth or touches your lips before you do this. Immediately make note of how the saliva looks. Check again 2 or 3 minutes later. Check the glass every 15 minutes until you leave for the day. Healthy saliva will be clear, it will float on top and it will slowly dissolve into the water without cloudiness and without sinking. There are normally bubbles or foam present.

Candida saliva will have one or more characteristics that point to a Candida overgrowth:

  • Strings traveling down to the bottom of the glass.
  • Cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass.
  • Cloudy specks suspend in the water.
  • The more strings and cloudiness there are, and the faster it develops, the greater the Candida overgrowth.

Let me repeat THIS IS A SELF DIAGNOSIS TOOL the only way to get a proper diagnosis is to go to your doctor to have blood work performed.  Here is a breakdown of those tests you can talk to your doctor about the best ways to detect Candida:

Blood Test
An Anti-Candida Antibodies, or Candida Immune Complexes test. There are 3 antibodies that should be tested to measure your immune system’s response to Candida – IgG, IgA, and IgM. High levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present.

Stool Analysis
Your stool is directly analyzed for levels of yeast, pathogenic bacteria and friendly bacteria. Candida sometimes does not show up in a single stool test, so choose one that samples your stool over several days.

Urine Tartaric Acid Test
This test detects tartaric acid – a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. An elevated test means an overgrowth of Candida.

What Do I Do If I Think I Have A Candida Issue?

To help my issue with Candida and after consulting with my doctor was I took a good strong Probiotic and made some dietary changes This Probiotic helped a lot because it drastically helped to cut my sugar cravings from the very first day. You can still lose weight but a candida overgrowth MAY cause your progress to be slower than the average – or not at all.

You can’t totally eliminate Candida, but normally your Probiotic defenses work with your immune system to keep the “fungus among us” out! As that natural balance breaks down, howeverunder pressure from too many antibiotics, birth control pills, chlorinated water, excess dietary copper, and not enough zinc from too much chocolate, soy, and regular teaone in three adults, mostly women, experience the discomforts of Candida overgrowth.

NOTE: I have seen many Plexus Ambassadors stating to people that their ProBio5 is the only probiotic with 3 specific enzymes (Chitosanase, Cellulase and Protease) and that these ingredients are what makes Probio5 different than any other Probiotic on the market. This information is false as there are several other high quality probiotics available with these ingredients including Floracor-GI)

Why Battle Candida at Night?

The reason to take a Probiotic on an empty stomach is so they pass through your gastric juices as quickly as possible (acid will kill a Probiotic and get to the large intestine.

If taken with food, they will chyme around in the stomach for too long and you will denature too many of the bacteria. The reason why it is best to take them at night is because most people don’t get up to have a bowel movement at night, so night time is the longest period of bowel rest which gives the Probiotic the best chance to colonize.

Candida Die Off Symptoms

You may or may not experience symptoms as the Candida dies off. Candida symptoms will vary from person to person, as each will have a different degree of infestation. If you are having severe die off symptoms, slow down your treatment and reduce your dosage of the Probiotic  you are taking. The liver is your main pathway for eliminating toxins and the dies off symptoms mean it is being overwhelmed.

Here is a list of the symptoms you might experience during die-off (otherwise known as Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction):

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Swollen Glands
  • Bloating, Gas, Conspitation or Diarrhea
  • Increased Joint or Muscle Pain
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Chills, Cold Feeling in your Extremities
  • Fever
  • Skin Breakouts (including “bumps” that can be itchy)
  • Recurring Vaginal, Prostate, Sinus Infections

Candida Causes and Treatment Die Off Symptoms

How Does Candida Build Up in Your System?

Candida Albicans is yeast that lives in our intestinal tract. It is also the yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections. It is normal to have small amounts of Candida so the friendly and protective bacteria in our body can use it as food.

When something happens to kill off these friendly bacteria the candida cells begin to multiply out of control. Candida can spread throughout the intestinal tract causing bloating, gas, food reactions and allergies, constipation, diarrhea and a host of digestive complaints. Candida can also spread to the vaginal area, the prostate, the heart, lungs, liver and cause numerous symptoms and illnesses. The true causes of Candida are not a mystery. They are also not the same for each individual person. Some people have Candida due to a combination of causes. To begin with let’s look at the true causes and discuss each:

1. ANTIBIOTICS: Antibiotics are a common cause of Candida. Antibiotics destroy both harmful bacteria and good bacteria. When antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria it gives the Candida a chance to begin to multiply. Anyone who has been treated with antibiotics for acne, major dental work or any condition where antibiotic use has been frequent, more than 1 course of 7-10 days, is a prime candidate for Candida.

2. BIRTH CONTROL PILLS OR DEVICE: Oral birth control pills are mostly the hormone estrogen. Supplemental estrogen in the synthetic form has been found to promote the growth of yeast. Several years ago the Great Smokies Medical lab published studies showing that hormones could affect intestinal bacteria. A common compliant of women on birth control pills is yeast infection. The copper IUD is another possible yeast promoter. It has been observed by David Watts, Ph.D., that copper promotes the growth of yeast. Often copper IUD users develop excessive levels of copper in their tissues. Excess copper can depress the adrenal, thyroid and immune systems of the body. This can make it more difficult for the body to resist yeast.

3. EXCESSIVE STRESS AND ELEVATED CORTISOL: Stress can cause yeast growth for several reasons. Stress causes the release of certain hormone called CORTISOL. Cortisol can depress the immune system and also raise blood sugar. The elevation in blood sugar can feed the yeast cells allowing them to grow quickly. The depression in immune function will leave the body defenseless against the sudden elevation in yeast. These two reactions tend to happen together as cortisol goes up. This is the exact reason why stress causes Candida. Cortisol can be addicting to the body. It raises sugar and relieves inflammation. There have been a few studies that show the body can become addicted to it and try to keep it elevated. There are several simple nutrients that help lower cortisol levels back to normal by telling the nervous system to relax.

4. TAP WATER CONSUMPTION: Common tap water is high in chlorine which has been found to destroy friendly intestinal bacteria. This will allow Candida to grow as covered earlier.

5. PARASITES AND INTESTINAL WORMS: Parasites and intestinal worms are more common than anyone would think. Some researchers have estimated that over 85% of all people living in North America and Canada have parasites. Parasites can be large worm-like creatures or small microscopic organisms. Either type destroys friendly bacteria in the intestines making yeast overgrowth possible.

6. CONSTIPATION: Constipation can be caused by Candida. However constipation can also lead to Candida. If one does not have Candida and then becomes constipated for any reason, Candida may begin to grow. A digestive tract which is constipated is slow moving and becomes very alkaline. An alkaline environment is exactly what Candida does best in. The more alkaline the digestive tract the happier the Candida becomes. It does not matter what causes the constipation. Constipation for any reason can easily cause Candida

7. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL: Excess alcohol can directly destroy friendly bacteria and allow yeast to grow. Beer can be a particular problem not because of the yeast but because of its maltose content. Maltose is a sugar that is derived from malt. Malt sugar is very potent and can feed yeast cells very quickly. People with Candida also tend to develop allergies to all yeast products whether the yeast is healthy or not. This does not mean that hard spirits or wine in excess are any safer. Alcohol should always be used in moderation. Drugs can also cause yeast overgrowth particularly if they disturb the digestive system. Any medication or drug that can cause a gastrointestinal side effect may cause yeast growth by disturbing friendly bacteria.

8. HYPOTHYROID: Low thyroid is very common in cases of Candida. The thyroid gland has an important effect on the immune system. Adequate thyroid function also helps the digestive system operate correctly. As pointed out earlier, lack of proper digestive secretions can cause reduction of friendly bacteria. Constipation is also common with low thyroid. Body temperature will drop if thyroid function is low. A drop in body temperature stops many different chemical reactions from taking place. Some of these chemical reactions stop Candida overgrowth.

9. IMMUNE DEFICIENCY: Any condition that results in a weakened immune system can bring about Candida. Most notable are AIDS and CANCER. Candida can be considered a side effect of these more threatening illnesses.

10. HORMONAL IMBALANCE: It has been long recognized that an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone can be a causative factor in yeast overgrowth. In order to support friendly intestinal flora, adequate amounts of both hormones are needed. Great Smokies Medical Lab published a paper several years ago which explained how these hormones are essential to the health of friendly bacteria. Any upset in this balance can cause yeast overgrowth. The hormonal imbalance must be corrected after the yeast has been reduced or relapse is sure to occur.

11. EXCESSIVE BOWEL CLEANSING: I am a firm believer in colonic irrigation and bowel cleansing. However, it does happen that one can overdo cleansing. If someone has an excessive amount of colonics without replacing friendly bifidus bacteria that lives in the colon, Candida may grow. This is a rare situation, but noteworthy.

12. DIABETES: This is the most difficult case to deal with. It is essential that the diabetes be addressed first and the blood sugar be gotten under control. It is impossible to eliminate Candida while the blood sugar is high. There are specific herbs that are anti-fungal and have traditionally been used to lower blood sugar. I developed this protocol 2 years ago and have used it with good results, but I feel that most people should go right on a diabetic protocol to lower their sugar before attempting any Candida elimination.

13. TOXIC METAL CONNECTION: Toxic metals show up consistently in the Candida patient. They are Mercury, Copper and Arsenic. These metals disable the exact part of the immune system that seeks to control Candida! They are often found in ones dental fillings and in tap water. As they pass through the intestinal tract they can stimulate the growth of more Candida. Testing for them in done using a stool sample. A stool sample for toxic metals reflects the body’s ability to excrete the metals as the stool via the liver in the primary path of metal excretion; the urine is not a prime outlet for the body to dump metals. The stool also shows how much metal the Candida is being exposed to. Many doctors make the mistake of aggressively chelating or trying to remove metals from the Candida patient early in the treatment, thinking that handling the cause will clear it faster. However this only serves to spread the Candida. As the huge out pouring of metals move down the intestinal tract it contacts and spread the yeast. Metal removal must be done after the yeast is gone, in the Biamonte Method we use a substance which binds the metals in the intestinal tract during the early stages of Candida elimination, to keep them away from the Candida until we can get the patient into the 3rd phase in which the metals can be addressed safely.

14. ANTACIDS: Any medication that reduces stomach acid levels can cause and overgrowth of Candida. The friendly bacteria, particularly acidophilus release acid by products that control the growth of Candida. The intestinal ph should be between 6.0 and 7.4. If the Ph goes higher than 7.4 Candida begins to overgrow and establish colonies.

So here you have the 14 true causes of Candida. Candida is becoming a very well known and recognized problem in this country. It has been estimated at 30% of all Americans have Candida. In this article we have explored the true causes. {this information courtesy of Michael Biamonte who holds a Doctorate of Nutripathy, and is a New York State certified Clinical Nutritionist. He is a professional member of the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists, The American College of Nutrition and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board. He is listed in “The Directory of Distinguished Americans” for his research in Nutrition and Physiology.}

Symptoms vary from person to person and fluctuate in severity, or may come and go. Most symptoms are invisible, which makes it difficult for others to understand the vast array of debilitating symptoms with which we contend.

The most common are:

  • an incapacitating fatigue
  • problems with concentration and short-term memory
  • flu-like symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscle
  • extreme tightness in the shoulders and neck
  • hyper-acidity/acid reflux
  • brown colored mucus in the back of the throat
  • blisters in the mouth/tongue/throat
  • either white or “blood blisters”
  • un-refreshing sleep
  • sore throat
  • white coated tongue
  • dark circles under the eyes
  • an aversion to being touched or jumping
  • “crawling” skin
  • chronic sinus problems and headaches including migraines
  • chronic dental problems
  • visual disturbances may include blurring, sensitivity to light and eye pain.

Psychological problems may include:

  • depression
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • recurring obsessive thoughts
  • personality changes and mood swings (irrational rage or crying for no reason – fear of talking to people, any kind of confrontation, isolation)
  • paranoia

More of the physical symptoms may include:

  • chills and night sweats
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness and balance problems
  • sensitivity to heat and/or cold
  • alcohol intolerance
  • gluten and/or casein intolerance
  • irregular heartbeat
  • irritable bowel
  • constipation and/or diarrhea
  • painful gas and abdominal bloating
  • low-grade fever or low body temperature
  • numbness, tingling and/or burning sensations in the face or extremities
  • dryness of the mouth and eyes
  • difficulty swallowing
  • projectile vomiting

Also:

  • menstrual problems including PMS and endometriosis
  • recurrent yeast infections
  • recurrent ear infections
  • rashes and dry, flaking skin
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • acne
  • skin discoloration and/or blotchiness
  • dandruff
  • jock and rectal itching
  • chronic athlete’s foot
  • chronic toenail and fingernail fungus
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • allergies and sensitivities to noise/sound, foods, odors, chemicals
  • anemia
  • weight changes without changes in diet
  • light-headedness
  • feeling in a fog
  • fainting
  • muscle twitching and muscle weakness
  • restless leg syndrome
  • low sex drive and/or numbness in the genital area

These are only the symptoms most commonly reported and documented.

To a person who does not suffer with this bizarre combination (in one form or another), it may seem to be impossible. However, to those of us who have suffered, it is a blessing and a confirmation that we are not alone.

Of course, with so many people suffering, the doctors couldn’t brush our symptoms aside forever. Many more people are now being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction), Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), Lupus, Hypothyroidism, Leaky Gut Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, chronic sinusitis, atopic eczema, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Tinea Versicolor, GI dysbiosis, adrenal dysfunction, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Macular Degeneration, Barrett’s Esophagus, Lactose Intolerance, Gluten and/or Casein Intolerance, Meniere’s Disease, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and sometimes just depression (which can accompany many disease states), just to name a few.

It can be an underlying condition in many diseases, but is often not diagnosed, misdiagnosed, misdiagnosed, disputed to even exist or is disregarded altogether. (See findings from Bruce Semon, M.D., Ph.D. regarding the effects of yeast overgrowth and Autism, ADD, ADHD, Tourette’s, headaches, fatigue, depression and schizophrenia. Dr. William Shaw addresses some of those issues as well as Alzheimer’s). The number of children born with Autism 30 years ago was approximately 1 in 500,000. The approximate number today is a staggering 1 in 110 (1 in 70 boys). Alzheimer’s alone has been predicted to break our healthcare system in the next 20 years.

A quote from the world renowned Andrew Weil, M.D.:

Probiotics are products containing the helpful bacteria that normally inhabit the human digestive tract. In the intestinal tract, these beneficial microbes help complete the digestive process, and some actually produce vitamins. There’s even evidence that without them, the immune system can’t work properly, lessening resistance to infection.

Some antibiotics wipe out “friendly” intestinal bacteria along with the bad bugs that cause infections. Symptoms of this change can include diarrhea, cramping, bloating or other unpleasant digestive symptoms.

Antibiotics can also upset the bacterial balance in the female genital tract leading to vaginal yeast infections or in the mouth where overgrowth of yeast causes thrush.

I also recommend Probiotics for relief of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. When there’s a family history of allergy or eczema, babies given Probiotics in their first six months of life (and whose mothers took Probiotics during the last trimester of pregnancy) are less prone to eczema. Children with autism can also benefit from Probiotics, possibly because they decrease leakage of large molecules from the gut (leaky gut), that can trigger immune reactions with effects on brain function. When I travel in underdeveloped countries, I take Probiotics to reduce the risk of traveler’s diarrhea.

One concern is whether the kinds of bacteria in Probiotics supplements can survive passage through the strongly acid environment of the stomach and make it into the lower GI tract. Products containing Bacillus coagulans (BC-30) are able to do this.”

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!