Does your belly feel bloated often? Are you finding it difficult to lose belly fat? You may have intestinal Candida symptoms. Our diets today can encourage Candida overgrowth causing health problems, especially in the digestive tract.
When yeast or candida multiply beyond normal levels in the body, they can threaten the immune system. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are feeding yeast and causing Candida overgrowth. Intestinal Candida can cause bloating, gas, and cramps. Candida overgrowth can also cause desperate sugar and carbohydrate cravings that cause belly fat.
If Candida is fed and grows, it can penetrate organs, multiply, and invade the digestive tract, nasal passages, tongue, and vagina. Candida can produce a by-product called acetaldehyde and it is the same compound responsible for the hangover effect. Acetaldehyde is a toxin and can build up in the muscles, brain, and spinal cord. It will cause aching muscles, fuzzy thoughts, and pain.
Common symptoms of Candida overgrowth:
* Bloating or abdominal flatulence
* Unexplained fatigue
* Recurrent candidiasis and cystitis
* Food cravings, especially sugar and bread (carbohydrates).
* Fungal infections of the skin or nails, athlete’s foot, psoriasis.
* Rectal itching
* Chemical and food sensitivities
* Abdominal bread
* Numbness, tingling and weak muscles.
* Muscle aches, joint pain.
* Blurry vision
* Recurrent sore throat and stuffy nose
* Difficulties with gaining or losing weight.
* Symptoms are worse in humid climates or places, moldy environments
* Alcohol intolerance
* Mood swings, feeling of space, memory loss and depression.
Reducing Candida can be challenging, but it can be done. You can’t completely get rid of Candida, but you can stop the overgrowth through diet and nutrition.
Foods that contain yeast and you should avoid:
Cakes, breads, biscuits, crackers, muffins, rolls, pastries, filling mixes, breadcrumbs, soy sauce, nuts, all fermented beverages such as beer, spirits, wine cider and malted products, vinegars, miso , tempeh, tofu, smoked meats and fish, processed meats, and peanuts.
You should avoid eating sugar, nuts, and some natural fruits at first. Some people cannot eat fruit at all. You must see how your body responds. Avoid alcohol as it turns into pure sugar and will feed the yeast. Avoid refined carbohydrates that easily turn into sugar. These foods are usually white flour products and processed foods. Try to eat natural and organic foods, especially lots of vegetables.
In the beginning, when you are not eating the usual foods your Candida is used to, it can suffer life-threatening effects. Candida is protesting and clamoring for more food to feed the yeast. Side effects can include headaches, aches and pains, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, and excess mucus. The effects of death can mimic everything you are struggling to get rid of, but stand your ground and know that the new diet is working.
In no time these side effects will pass. It’s your body’s way of saying “we’re fighting candida, so please don’t feed the yeast!”