Candida is a yeast overgrowth that relates to an imbalance in the gut flora. It is responsible for a number of common ailments like brain fog, sinus infections, headaches, fatigue, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and more. There are over 20 strains of Candida yeasts that can affect humans, the most common being Candida Albicans.
In this interview, we learn about the importance of repairing our gut health to help heal candida & yeast infections.
Here are some of the main contributing factors to yeast overgrowth:
- A poor diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates as these break down to glucose, which is this yeast’s preferred food source. Sugar and refined carbohydrates provide the Candida with ample access to the fuel they need to proliferate and begin to take over the intestinal tract.
- Chronic stress, as it suppresses the immune system and also signals the body to release stored glucose into the bloodstream, again allowing the colony to proliferate.
- Medications like antibiotics and the birth control pill, as they destroy the friendly, good bacteria in the gut that play a huge role in our immune system. When the good bacteria are destroyed, it creates an opportunity for fast growing yeasts to take over and grow unchecked.
- A compromised immune system - those with an existing inflammatory or autoimmune condition. Again, a weakened immune system enhances the opportunity for yeasts to rapidly reproduce.
Dive deeper into how you can treat candida and yeast naturally in our detailed wellness guide found here.