Your Body’s Culprit
Do you have any unexplained health problems? Have you gone from doctor to doctor and are continually told that there is nothing medically wrong with you? Perhaps they boldly said that you are a hypochondria (it’s all in your mind). Or perhaps they encouraged you to try some antidepressants and make an appointment to see a psychiatrist or therapist. Others may have said it’s merely stress, and advised you to just “chill out.”
Perhaps you are experiencing things like exhaustion, cravings for sweets, bad breath, a white coated tongue, brain fog, hormone imbalance, joint pain, loss of sex drive, chronic sinus and allergy issues, digestive problems (gas and bloating), weak immune system, and urinary tract infections. If any of the above sounds familiar to you, do not despair! There may be a real culprit that is causing your body distress, and by now you must be wondering who or what is this culprit. Let me introduce you to it.
Candida Albican is a more common problem than most people realize, and, unfortunately, it can cause major havoc in your body. So what is it? Candida is the most common type of yeast infection found in several places in your body. When it is present in the mouth it is known as thrush. When it affects the vaginal area of women or the genital area of men, it is known as a “yeast infection.” If Candida is present on your baby’s bottom, it is called “a diaper rash.”
There is at least one good thing about Candida. Really? Yes, it does play an important role in your body. You see, Candida does aid in absorption of nutrients and digestion. But when it overproduces it can disrupt the lining of your intestinal track and penetrate into your blood stream. When this happens toxins will be released into your blood stream and cause what is known as the “leaky gut syndrome.”
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a very common condition in our body and is linked to modern autoimmune illnesses such as: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chrome’s disease, allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, arthritic conditions, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, Addison’s disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, and thyroiditis.
So what causes overgrowth of the yeast in your body (Candida)? Here are a few common ones:
- Antibiotics. They not only kill off the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria that lives in your gut.
- Stress. When your body first reacts to a stressful situation, it releases the hormone Cortisol that depresses your immune system and raises your blood sugar level. Candida loves sugar so the Candida yeast feeds on the extra sugar, while your weakened immune system is powerless to stop it. Quickly, the Candida overpowers the balanced mixture of microorganisms in your small intestine.
- Birth Control pills. The pill contributes to overgrowth because it contains estrogen. Estrogen is known to promote the growth of yeast.
- Diabetes. An elevated blood sugar level feeds the Candida yeast, allowing it to grow quickly and dominate the other microorganisms in your gut.
- Cancer Treatments. According to a clinical trial published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information, cancer treatments also promote candida. Dr. Axe said, “Chemotherapy and radiation can both work to kill cancerous cells and tumors; however, they also kill off the healthy bacteria that naturally fight candida.” (source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15907554)
- Steroids. There is another clinical test done by The National Center for Biotechnology Information with oral corticosteroids. It reveals that candida was greater in asthmatic patients who had taken inhaled steroids than those who did not. (source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12839324)
So what should I do if I suspect I may have Candida? First of all, try a home remedy known as the Saliva test also called the “Spit Test.” It’s very simple to do; however, use this test only as one piece of your self-diagnosis. There are other tests that you may research and use.
Here are the instructions:
When you awake in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, work up some saliva and spit it into a clear glass full or half full of water. Wait 30 minutes and then look into the glass. If there are “strings” coming down from your saliva, or if the water turned cloudy, or if your saliva sank to the bottom, YOU MAY HAVE A CANDIDA CONCERN! Healthy saliva will simply float on the top! (You may want to put out a glass of water in the bathroom or on the nightstand the night before you do the home “Spit Test” to remind yourself not to brush your teeth prior to spitting into the glass.) Try this test for three consecutive days for accurate results.
Finally, for more information, watch this 6 minute video called An Anti-Fungal Diet to Help Cure a Yeast Infection. In this video Barbara O’Neill, a qualified naturopath and nutritionist, shares her knowledge about the anti-fungal diet required to help cure a yeast infection. Barbara is an international speaker on natural self-healing. She has raised eight children and is a specialist in women and children’s health.
Remember that we can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens us!