Candida albicans is a yeast (a type of fungus) that lives virtually everywhere. In theory, it’s not a problem for humans, because our intestinal tract is packed with trillions of friendly bacteria that help break down and use the nutrients from our food—these friendly bacteria are maintained by the appendix. However, when our immune system is low and/or the pH of the body isn’t healthy, candida will be recruited and allowed to set up shop in the body.
Unfortunately, today many Americans have very low immune systems and acidic bodies. Candida isn’t bad in it of itself; in fact, it is always around to help the body. Candida eats waste laying around in the body: toxins and food build-up that the body (particularly, the liver) hasn’t had a chance to deal with yet. However, this “candida employee” comes at a cost: it loves sugar and demands to be fed either with sweets or processed carbs; hence, it is behind many sugar cravings. Candida emits major gas as it eats—this equates to brain fog or feeling drunk, body aches, belching, flatulence or bloating, either intestinal or all over (I felt like I looked puffy or had the texture of a mushroom). So by hiring candida, the body gets some waste cleaned up, but it pays a price.
And those are the minor side effects of candida. Candida is also one of the major critters behind chronic fatigue, gallbladder problems, appendix problems, pancreas problems, most autoimmune disorders, acid reflux (or trouble swallowing), vaginal yeast infections, prostatitis, athlete’s foot, Crohn’s Disease, leaky gut, some food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, heart arrhythmias, and some skin rashes, to name a few. By the time I found out I had candida, I had everything on this list (except the prostatitis, but if I had a prostate, I would have had that too).
Candida actually attaches to the intestinal wall and organs. This creates tears or “leaks” in the intestines and all sorts of organ pain. I had fleeting sharp piercing chest pains for years before I figured it out. If you have ever seen mold growing on bread, that’s basically what candida overgrowth looks like under a microscope. In the intestines, this means our food isn’t being properly digested and it’s passing through the “leaks” into the bloodstream. This can cause allergies to all sorts of funny things because the body doesn’t like having undigested broccoli just floating around—no matter how great broccoli is!
So, you are probably asking yourself a few questions right now…
How do I know if I have candida?
One of the easiest informal “tests” for candida is to spit in a fresh glass of water first thing when you wake up in the morning. If your spit doesn’t dissipate within 30 minutes, if it looks stringing or like yeast-strands, you’ve got candida.
In children and infants, oral thrush (a white coating of the tongue as seen on picture) is a key indicator of candida (adults can have this too). Nasty, painful diaper rashes, and antibiotics administered during or after birth, all point to candida.
If you’ve had bloodwork done, a high eosinophil count is an almost guaranteed indicator of candida. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell typically associated with allergies, inflammation, parasites (candida), and identifying foreign invaders.
Most people have some level of candida overgrowth. If you have EVER been on an antibiotic or steroid, you probably have it. If you have ever been vaccinated, you probably have it (when I was growing up, most vaccines contained heavy metals, and that’s one of the toxins candida actually surrounds in the body and protects the body from). If you have a high toxic load (i.e. taking in more toxins/waste than the liver can handle on a daily basis, you’ll have candida. See my quiz: “What’s your Toxic Load” to determine what yours is and how to reduce it.) And, if you eat the Standard American Diet and/or meat after 2pm, you probably have candida, because the liver is never able to clean.
Why should I care if I have it or not?
Candida makes us look much older than we need to look—if you want to look younger, healthier, or more beautiful, you’ll want to tackle candida and its food sources. Candida puts off a lot of gas which means we feel and look bigger (more bloated) than we really are—if you want to lose inches fast, starve the candida. Ultimately, anyone who desires vibrant, radiant health and a strong immune system will need to fully eradicate the candida and everything feeding the candida, along with rebuilding their intestinal terrain and most organs.
What should I do about it?
I was on round after round of diflucan for yeast infections before I created the Equilibrium Diet. It provided some temporary relief at first, but after I don’t know how many rounds, it didn’t help anymore and tore up my intestinal terrain even more in the process. The two biggest things to getting rid of candida are 1. Stop feeding it (so no more sugar, processed foods, refined carbs, etc.) and 2. Get rid of the waste the body hasn’t dealt with yet.
#2 is a slightly more time-consuming process because depending on how much waste you have accumulated, candida could be attached to the walls of your organs right now, which requires cleansing each organ, just like I had to do: liver cleanses, heavy metal cleanses, kidney cleanses, parasite and colon cleanses. See my post on How I Beat Candida Naturally in 6 months to get started. And remember, any imbalance in the body is reversible, we just have to be willing to treat ourselves and our bodies like the amazing Lamborghinis they truly are.
Want help? In the coming weeks, I will be opening up registration for Equilibrium Boot Camp I, a LIVE teleconference, online community and 90-day program designed to lead people to higher levels of health. The program will start Jan. 1, 2017. This is the program readers have been asking me for…this is the program I wanted so badly for someone to have for me 6 years ago. A program and support group that would take my hand, guide me, answer my questions and have someone who had lived through all the detox there to say, “It’s okay, you are doing great. I’ve been there and this is normal. Do this next and you are already so much healthier than you were just 2 weeks ago.”