What is Candida and How Do I Know if I Have It?

Have you ever wondered if you were totally crazy. Not like, “I feel a little crazy today”, but more like, “Am I totally going off the deep end?!” It’s easy to feel like that when you’ve gone to the doctor over and over for health symptoms that don’t seem to make any sense. Every prescription, cream, and over the counter solution they give you just takes more money from your pocket without giving you more than a short-term fix.

They begin to suggest it’s all in your head. . . and you begin to wonder if you really are a crazy. . .Well, I’m here to tell you that you aren’t crazy.

As far as I know anyway. ūüėČ

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Do you suffer from one or more of these symptoms:

  • acne
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • athletes‚Äô foot
  • brain fog
  • cold hands or feet
  • colds
  • colic
  • constipation
  • cradle cap
  • cravings for sweets
  • cysts
  • diabetes
  • diaper rash
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eczema
  • fatigue
  • food sensitivities or reactions
  • hay fever
  • headaches
  • heart burn
  • heart palpitations
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • hypothyroidism
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • lack of appetite
  • migraines
  • mood swings
  • muscle aches and pain
  • panic attacks
  • poor memory and concentration
  • pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • psoriasis
  • rashes and dry red or white patches
  • respiratory problems
  • sinus congestion
  • thrush (white coating in mouth or vagina)

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on T.V. . .but if you’ve answered yes to more than one of these, I’d ask if you might have candida.

good vs. badWhat is Candida

Candida is a toxic, yeast-like organism that 90% of people have in their digestive system. Most of the time it’s not an issue because it’s generally kept in check by good bacteria. The trouble starts when candida begins to grow out of control and can quickly start a myriad of problems.¬†Kinda sounds like a fuzzy little green creature in a bad sci-fi movie from the 70’s, doesn’t it?¬†I don’t want you to think candida is the cause of every illness known to man. It’s not. But, it’s enough of a menace to deserve a substantial amount of consideration.

How do you know if you have candida?

Some of the common causes for candida overgrowth is:

  • antacids
  • antibiotics
  • anti-inflammatory drugs
  • anti-ulcer medications
  • carbohydrates
  • environmental toxins
  • foods with starch
  • foods with yeast
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • oral contraceptives
  • over-the-counter medicines
  • prescription drugs
  • radiation
  • smoking
  • steroids
  • sugar in all forms

An easy way to check for candida is by taking the Yeast Infection Evaluation Test which can be specialized for men, women, or children. This simple questionnaire was put together by Dr. Bakker ND, author of Candida Crusher. Another option is this simple home test kit that tests your blood and gives you a reading within minutes.

What if I Do Have Candida?

If your tests are positive, you’re next step is to take your health back and run up and down the street yelling that you aren’t crazy after all!

Um. Scratch that idea. I don’t think that will help.

Instead, start by treating your candida with natural remedies and quality probiotics rather than creams, drugs, and prescriptions. In fact, those only encourage candida to grow.

The next step, and even more important, is to change your diet. Yeah. I said the word diet. What you eat is one of THE most important changes you can make. Candida thrives off unhealthy foods like sugar and starchy carbohydrates. Those foods make it rub its little green hands together and create chaos in its wake.

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DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images, attachments, and other material are for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

 
Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Hi, I'm Paula - wife and homeschooling mom of six. Several family health issues involving candida, food allergies, and Lyme Disease have created a passion to better understand our God-created bodies. Today I help others with recurring candida and stubborn fat learn how heal their gut and shrink their waist - in a way that's DOABLE. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.
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Paula, CHS, Certified Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutrition Consultant

Hi, I'm Paula - wife and homeschooling mom of six. Several family health issues involving candida, food allergies, and Lyme Disease have created a passion to better understand our God-created bodies. Today I help others with recurring candida and stubborn fat learn how heal their gut and shrink their waist - in a way that's DOABLE. You can follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Youtube.

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