Candida and Your Digestive Health
I'm sure you've heard of it but do you know what it really is and how it can affect your health?
Candida is becoming a major disease and an underlying factor in many other diseases.
Candida yeast is a type of fungus, that is not beneficial to your body.
It exists everywhere and we come in contact with it throughout our day in what we touch, eat and breath.
It is not a problem unless you experience an over-growth, then it interferes with the balance of the body.
This over-growth then leads to all kinds of health concerns.
Many think that this only affects women but not true.
Men, women and children are affected alike.
As many as 90% suffer from this flora in-balance.
This imbalance can be seen in tons of common health issues like: allergies, asthma, bloating, coughs, cramps, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, trouble concentrating, diarrhea, constipation, acne, hives, poor memory, sinus issues, poor sleeping patterns, puffiness, sore throat and weight-gain.
This list is just a small percentage of how we are affected by Candida.
Most Candida issues can be remedied in about 2 months, unless there is another underlying issue.
If you suspect that you have a Candida issue do your research or hire someone to help you change your diet and lifestyle.
One of the biggest issues is the consumption of sugar and processed white flour products.
This type of diet feeds the Candida which makes the whole situation worse.
Candida yeast will actually send off chemicals that will create cravings for the sweet sugary foods that it needs to thrive.
A Candida reducing diet will include eliminating sugar and processed foods, reducing the consumption of raw fruit and consuming probiotics, beneficial herbs and fiber.
So take back your health and eliminate Candida in your digestive tract.
Creating a healthy flora balance in your body is the key to good health.
You Deserve to be Healthy!
Okay so you know you have IBS. Maybe you even have an idea of how and when it all started.
You know you have to look at your diet, maybe change your lifestyle and would love to come off any medications you are taking for IBS.
IBS is almost never due to just one factor. but
The food you eat can be largely responsible for this issue.
For me, it was dairy.
I had no idea that this was the cause until I stopped consuming it.
For many a food journal is the starting point.
Recording what you eat and how you feel everyday for a few weeks can be an eye opening experience.
Always remember some of your responses to food may take a day or two to appear.
Once you have created a journal and can clearly see what the connections are, you should begin an elimination diet.
Start with one thing and see how you react after not eating this item for a week.
If you are dramatically better then you may have hit on your number one issue.
If not take out suspect number two.
Continue doing this until you find the foods that are irritating your digestive tract.
Studies have found that when an elimination diet has been followed for a year it gets rid of bloating and distention 88% of the time,
pain 90% of the time, diarrhea reduced by 85 %, and constipation 54%.
75% of the people that had other symptoms like hay fever, asthma, eczema and hives saw those issues improve also.
43% of those with IBS eliminated the symptoms by removing dairy from their diet and another 41% saw incredible improvements.
Many of those with IBS have sugar processing issues.
Look for mannitol, sucrose, fructose in the foods that you eat.
A high percentage of IBS suffers cannot tolerate these sugars; citrus fruit being the biggest offender.
Avoid all sugar and fruit for 10 days and see how you feel.
When looking at processed food remember that sugar can also go by these names: maltose, corn syrup, fructose, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses and lactose.
Sugar also can be an issue for another reason.
For many, IBS is a result of an over abundance of bad bacteria in the gut.
This bacterium grows yeast which will create a hunger for sugar and processed foods which in turn will really aggravate the intestinal tract.
By cutting off the supply of sugar, you stop the growth and the damage from taking place.
To counter this overgrowth you should take probiotics.
It replenishes the good bacteria that will then grow and equalize the playing field.
Eat a diet that is low fat and high fiber.
For those of you with IBS and diarrhea – choose foods that are high in soluble fiber.
It absorbs the water in your intestines, bulks your stool and slows transit time.
It also calms the intestinal tract thus eliminating cramps and spasms.
If you have IBS with constipation then the added insoluble fiber acts as a broom and sweeps out the intestines and helps you to become regular.
When you are in the throes of a flare up, eat small meals and chew your food well.
The digestive tract can become irritated by a large quantity of food hitting all at once.
Those with IBS have a sensitive digestion and need to be mindful of the stress that this puts on their body.
Avoid alcohol it is an irritant, causes inflammation and puts strain on your liver.
Coffee, beans and cruciferous vegetables should be avoided as they are hard to digest.
These foods put too much of a strain on the body.
In our next issue we will discuss herbs as well as lifestyle changes that can be made that will also greatly improve your IBS symptoms.
If you wish to learn more and get on the path to healing, check out our IBS workshop starting in February.
Have a great week and remember.......
You Deserve to be Healthy!
I am a digestive health coach. I help my clients have more energy and a eliminate digestive problems by eating food they love!