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7 Signs of Candida Overgrowth and How to Reverse it in 3 Steps

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This white blob may look like spilt milk gone bad.

But it’s actually a yeast. 

A yeast called candida. 

And as disgusting as it looks, this yeast grows inside our stomach.

Yet at healthy levels, candida helps support a healthy immune and digestive system, and is actually good for us.

But if it starts to grow and spread, it can start to dominate other microorganisms. 

Symptoms like brain fog, infections and skin rashes can soon follow.

And these are only the mild symptoms of what a candida overgrowth can cause.

Candida is just one of the thousands of types of yeast, fungi and bacteria living inside our guts.

The gut is like a rainforest teeming with life. There are thousands of yeast, fungi and bacteria living down there, all competing for food, living space and survival.

Like candida, many of them perform vital roles in supporting our gut health.

But like any rainforest, if any of them start to dominate it can upset the healthy balance inside our gut.

How can this happen?

Due to years of eating too much processed carbs, too much processed sugars, too much alcohol and too much stressed – The modern lifestyle, in other words.

A combination of these factors, and others, can cause a candida overgrowth to develop. And when it does, the symptoms can include:

  1. Skin and nail fungal infections
  2. Feeling tired and irritable all the time
  3. Regular bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea after meals
  4. Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  5. Frequent bouts of anxiety or depression
  6. Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  7. Cravings for sugar and refined carbs

Candida Overgrowths are On the Rise

You’ve likely heard of candida overgrowth before. 

Or maybe you know someone who’s struggled with it?

If so, you’re not alone. 

Because over the last few decades candida overgrowth has been steadily on the rise.

As the BBC notes: “Candida auris is responsible for increasing invasive fungal infections in hospitals”.

So candida overgrowth isn’t something to take lightly. 

What’s worse, it’s not just rashes, fungal infections and irritability people need to worry about.

Because if left to fester, candida can get into the bloodstream. And if that happens, it can damage the healthy functioning of the kidneys, heart and even the brain.

Is Candida the Same as SIBO?

Candida is often confused with SIBO.

But their causes are very different.

SIBO is short for ‘small intestinal bacterial overgrowth’.

And SIBO occurs when bacteria that normally lives in the small or large intestine starts to spread to other areas of the gut.

This bacteria then starts to ferment bits of undigested food, notably sugars, carbs, starches, and alcohol. 

This results in the production of hydrogen and methane gases triggering symptoms like:

  • Bloating  
  • Malnutrition
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea

How to Test for Candida

If any of the symptoms of candida or SIBO sound familiar, the only way to know for sure what’s causing them is to visit a doctor.

They can test your urine, blood or stool for traces of a candida yeast overgrowth.

If identified as candida, the good news is it can be reversed without dangerous drugs or stepping foot in a doctor’s office.

How Can Candida Overgrowth Be Reversed

Reversing candida overgrowth can be done in 3 steps:

  1. Reverse the habits that feed candida and cause it to spread:

Reduce intake of the processed sugars and processed grains candida loves to feast on

Reduce intake of fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut, and pickles. Because eating them too much can actually feed candida and cause an overgrowth.

Adopt strategies for reducing stress

2. Eat foods high in gut enriching nutrients that can boost levels of healthy bacteria, yeasts and fungi to push back against candida’s spread and get it under control.

3. Adopt a gut healthy diet and lifestyle so you can sustain  a healthy gut balance and keep candida at a healthy level.

Now, following these 3 steps may be easier said than done.

But if you can manage to do it, it can trigger a wealth of health benefits, including a lift in energy, vitality, and mental clarity.

So what I’ve done is create a 30 day program that guides you in exactly what you need to do to eliminate the foods and habits that cause candida to spread…

while revitalising the body with the nutrients and lifestyle activities it needs for more vim and vigor in daily life.

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