(WellnessNova.com) - In today’s day and age, people are often quick to turn to modern medicine for every ailment, both serious and mundane. Got a headache? Pop an Advil or Tylenol. Can’t sleep? Pop sleeping pills or take a pharmaceutical sedative. And when you’re feeling generally anxious for months you turn to a psychiatrist who prescribes mood stabilizers.
People overlook that good health begins by ensuring you’re fueling your body with the appropriate foods. A long-term diet poor in nutrients can lead to health problems that multiply.
One consequence of such a diet is candida yeast overgrowth. Candida is a yeast naturally found in the gut. Acidic diets rich in processed sugars and carbohydrates can lead to an overgrowth of this fungus, which causes huge, debilitating effects on your overall wellbeing. The overgrowth kills off healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. Imbalance of gut microbiota is the root of nearly all moderate health problems today including depression, food allergies, mood disorders, digestive issues and more.
Sadly, many are uninformed about the symptoms of a candida overgrowth and unaware they have them.
Here are some symptoms of candida overgrowth:
1. Lowered Sex Drive
Candida overgrowth affects estrogen and testosterone production, causing hormonal imbalances. Lowered testosterone and estrogen levels directly affect your libido, causing a decline in sex drive.
Candida overgrowth also leads to lowered insulin production — which has been proven to both inhibit testosterone levels and affect growth hormone production (gH). The growth hormone is necessary in maintaining a healthy libido and is directly relative to insulin levels.
2. Sleep Problems
Candida secretes over 79 toxins that affect cognitive and neurological function, lower your immune system, and hamper your central nervous system, which can all disrupt your sleep cycle.
Candida’s toxins also disturb cortisol levels, which abruptly spike and drop adrenaline levels at all hours of the day – even while you’re asleep. These sleeping adrenaline surges wake the body up several times a night and leave you feeling exhausted in the morning. Unbalanced cortisol levels also affect what time you go to sleep because they trick us into thinking we’re not tired and keep us awake long into the night.
3. Autoimmune Diseases
One main autoimmune disorder linked to candida overgrowth is leaky gut syndrome. When a candida overgrowth is left untreated, it damages your intestinal walls and begins to allow the yeast and other microbes to flow into the bloodstream. The immune system then reacts to the foreign pathogens in our blood, which result in severe autoimmune responses. Some common diseases associated with leaky gut syndrome include asthma, diabetes, depression, multiple sclerosis, heart failure, acne, psoriasis and more.
4. Sugar and Carb Cravings
Candida feeds on sugar to survive and grow further. A candida overgrowth causes intense cravings for sugar and refined carbohydrates. If you’re experiencing unexplainable and overwhelming cravings for sweets, breads, pastries or pasta, chances are you’ve got a candida problem. Candida’s reliance on sugar is so strong that once you try cutting sugar out in favor of lean proteins, vegetables and nuts, you’ll experience painful withdrawal symptoms as the candida starves and dies off.
5. Chronic Fatigue
If you wake up from a full eight hours of sleep feeling exhausted without reason, or find yourself crashing frequently throughout the day despite having eaten well – it’s highly likely you’re experiencing the effects of a candida overgrowth. Since candida makes you crave a high-sugar diet, which spike your insulin and blood glucose levels, you end up with a sugar crash. But the candida feeds on the sugar too, which makes your body crave more, leading to a cycle of constant sugar consumption and lethargy from the resulting sugar crash and sugar-depleting candida.
6. Fungal Infections
Athlete’s foot and nail fungal growth are common yeast infections caused by a candida overgrowth. It can also cause fungal infections in regions of the body where two skin areas rub together such as the armpits, the groin, and any skin folds. Candida is more likely to start growing in these areas when it’s given favorable conditions to grow – such as extremely hot and humid weather.
If you’ve been experiencing unexplainable fungal infections, it’s likely that the candida in your body has been multiplying and attacking your integumentary system – which includes your skin and nails.
7. Vaginal Infections and Itching
A candida overgrowth can infect the female genitalia because the moisture in the region is favorable for it to multiply and grow. Recurring vaginal yeast infections, discharge, or itching are all signs that you’re experiencing a problem with candidiasis. The infection leads to discomfort and itching as the skin struggles to protect itself.
Doctors often prescribe over-the-counter medication for persistent vaginal yeast infections, which clears the smoke but doesn’t put out the fire. The candida overgrowth won’t be gone until you’ve eliminated excess sugar and refined carbohydrates in your diet.
8. Irritability and Mood Swings
Cortisol and insulin levels have a huge impact on moods. An oversupply of cortisol leads to anxiety, dizziness, heart palpitations and irritability, while lowered insulin levels cause exhaustion, lethargy, faintness and depression.
Candida overgrowth disrupts your cortisol and insulin levels, causing mood swings. Sadly, many mistake their symptoms for mental health disorders when their problem is really in their gut.
9. Digestive Issues
Candida overgrowth strips the gut of healthy bacteria, which leads to a multitude of digestive issues. Persistent flatulence, burping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea have all been linked to a candida overgrowth and an absence of beneficial gut bacteria. Without good bacteria, your gut can’t properly digest food, leading to indigestion and other digestive problems after eating.
10. Skin Problems
Many forget the skin is an organ and is one of the first places the body shows signs of distress when combating a problem. Cortisol problems caused by candida overgrowth manifests itself through the production of excess sebum and oil in the skin. This causes oily skin and blocked pores, contributing to acne.
Autoimmune disorders caused by candida also cause inflammation in the body, leading to puffy, red, and irritated skin.
If you have one or more of these symptoms, you’re likely suffering from a persistent candida overgrowth. Eliminate a candida overgrowth by limiting your consumption of sugary foods. You can complement this by taking anti-fungal supplements, which speed up restoring your gut’s health.