Candida, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Elevated Hormones and Digestion Problems are merely part of a larger problem known as dysbiosis, an imbalance of gut bacteria.
Regardless of why you have unbalanced gut flora (common causes listed below) the resulting situation is the same: species of yeast, such as Candida’s albicans, find their moment to shine. It’s like there is a green light flashing that now is their time to take over, and a rapid overgrowth occurs, along with penetration of the gastrointestinal mucosa. This imbalance just gives way to further imbalance, the sparking of a hazardous health cycle.
One of the most common causes of dysbiosis is from taking antibiotics. There are certainly times when antibiotics are absolutely necessary for your health, but the Center for Disease Control reports that antibiotics are grossly over-prescribed.
The antibiotics kill off the bad guys, but they kill off all of the good guys too – the gut flora that are keeping us armed with a healthy immune system. Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. Over prescribing patients has caused antibiotic resistance, which is now one of the world’s most pressing health problems.
You must use your best judgement, spend time with you doctor and ask questions about potential alternative options when accepting an antibiotic regimen. Sometimes it is without a doubt imperative, other times you may have options. If you do take antibiotics, make sure you take a powerful probiotic during and after your medication round.
Keep in mind you can also get antibiotics from the food you eat: just remember whatever that cow or chicken was given is being passed along to you. Be proactive with the food you eat and start thinking about where it came from.
In order to keep yeast alive you must feed them, and what do they feed on? Sugar. If your diet is high in refined carbohydrates (bread, starches, alcohol, sugar, etc.), you are more susceptible to Candida. You may notice when you try to remove sugar from your diet you have extreme cravings. This is normal, as you are taking away the food that the yeast in your gut is living off of, and consequently your body has become addicted to.
Increased Use of NSAIDS
Abusing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, advil, indomethacin, etc) inhibits growth of healthy bacteria and can cause leaky gut.
Incomplete or Delayed Digestion
Chronic constipation from a digestive disorder, such as IBS or leaky gut, will contribute to the imbalance of flora.
Elevated Hormone Levels
Pregnancy, use of hormone elevating drugs, including birth control and steroid hormones, can all provide nourishment to the hungry Candida yeast cells. Chronic stress elevates stress hormones which will also wreak havoc on your immunity, making you more susceptible to Candida.
Living in a damp, foggy climate, presence of mold or fungus in the home and exposure to toxic metals can increase susceptibility.
The myriad of Candida symptoms can be overwhelming. A very successful way to determine if you have Candida is to work with a nutritionist who can help you pinpoint what is indicative of Candida, and what is not. You can also do the basic Candida saliva test which may provide some insight, but is not 100% reliable. If your infection has spread, your doctor can provide vaginal tests or extensive stool tests to determine the degree of infection.
Treating Candida will follow the same protocol as treating dysbiosis, since Candida is simply one form of dysbiosis.
Whether you have Candida, IBS, Digestive Problems or elevated hormones due to gut bacteria imbalance, you can make use of the Manna Candida e-book. Follow this program to reinstate healthy bacteria in the digestive system as well as to kill the Candida fungus.
You can also supplement with the Manna GUT Support (Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes) to reinstate healthy bacteria and enzymes.
Take the Manna Candida Support to help kill the Candida fungus.