1. Why do I always feel like I am drunk or have a hangover?
The reason for why you are exhibiting signs of being drunk (dizziness, foggy brain, slow motor reaction) or like you may have a hangover (feeling lethargic, headache, sore body) could be a sign of candida overgrowth. You may be wondering how is that possible – how can a candida overgrowth possibly make you feel drunk?
In the absence of oxygen in order to get its energy, candida can use glucose when there is lack of oxygen to get its energy. This fermentation happens in the gut when there is not much oxygen where candida converts glucose to alcohol. Candida gets its glucose from carb intake. A diet rich in carbs can cause the fermentation to occur with the glucose in your body.
When yeast grow in absence of oxygen, it can start producing some amounts of alcohol. In some cases, this amount can be greater and therefore cause a feeling of being drunk. The person in question may feel symptoms such as dizziness, brain fog and other issues related with alcohol.
If you are unsure that you may have candida and want to, you can take the following Candida quiz: https://www.yeastinfection.org/yeast-infection-evaluation-test/ This comprehensive quiz can determine if you have a candida overgrowth based on the answers you will provide.
2. I have chronic diarrhea. My doctors have found no reason for it. What can it be?
When you have candida, you can have chronic diarrhea. How you wonder?
In a study conducted by Levine et al, they showed that there was a strong co-relation between symptoms of diarrhea in patients with a significant overgrowth of candida. These patients also responded to the topical antifungal agent treatments for the treatment of their cause. However, the classic candida symptoms do not crop up when you have diarrhea (fever, nausea, mucus, blood in stool). Patients mostly feel pain and cramping in the abdominal area.
The study mentions a literature review where patients with signs of diarrhea has candida growth in their stools when tested. One reason for diarrhea related to candida could be that the levels of healthy bacteria in the gut are insufficient, then causing a candida overgrowth in its absence.
To fight candida induced diarrhea, cut off the sugar and carbs. Candida thrives on sugar. Add anti-fungal food in your diet that fight candida. The two best are garlic and coconut oil. Stock up on those probiotics and stay away from antibiotics.
Watch the following video by Dr. Bakker who explains in his words how candida can cause diarrhea in those who have it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1waeqsTLUNg
You can read more here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8645834
3. My baby’s diaper rash is not going away after using all over the counter medications. Why is that?
It is a myth that babies don’t get a yeast infection. In fact, it is common for babies to have a candida overgrowth. To find out if your baby has a candida overgrowth, check their tongue and mouth for white spots – this is called oral thrush. It looks the same in babies as it does in adults. Alternatively, a candida overgrowth in babies can also manifest itself through a diaper rash. If your baby has had a diaper rash that is not going away through the application of regular over the counter ointments, then she or he most likely has a yeast infection diaper rash. Things to look out for: raised sore spots, concentrated mostly around the bum area, unresponsive to regular diaper rash medications, still there after 3 or 4 days.
Natural treatments like gentian violet and grapefruit seed extract can work wonders in helping fight the yeast infection. These are very potent liquids; therefore, they must be made soluble so that they can be used topically or orally. Coconut oil is a great natural ointment for diaper rashes with yeast infection as well. They contain anti-microbial properties that are proven to kill yeasts.
For more information on fighting diaper rashes, watch Dr. Bakker’s video where he gives other tips to help parents overcome yeast infection in babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCQxPLacBx8
4. Why do I have extremely low libido even though I feel fine otherwise?
The reason behind your low libido can be candida. An overgrowth of candida causes a yeast infection in the vaginal area of a women, while for men it appears on their penis. Men can contract yeast infection after an unprotected sexual encounter with a woman who has yeast infection. Candida causes dryness and itchiness which can lead to very painful sexual intercourse.
An overgrowth of candida in the body causes tiredness, drowsiness, etc. In addition, when candida is concentrated on the intimate areas of a person, it has the power to diminish and decrease a person’s libido. When candida affects the inner organs of the body such as the stomach, intestines, genital areas, etc), it can make its way to the blood vessels where it circulates freely within any part of the infected body. This infection can also effect sex hormones causing a dip in the persons’ desires for sexual intercourse. However, candida does not cause numbness in the vagina. Watch this video to learn more about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n87kLPExKdY
To fix the overgrowth of candida and to get back your sex life on track, you can do a candida cleanse. Make sure your partner who has the yeast infection is taking proper measures to deal with their candida. Use protection to prevent the passing of the infection to your partner. Furthermore, if you have a very strong case of candida, you can also check out Dr. Bakker’s natural medication Canxida which can help with keeping your candida infection in check: https://www.canxida.com/
In this video, Dr. Bakker talks about how one can go about doing a candida cleanse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwUBdS-dPZM
5. I have been depressed despite being on medications. Can I do anything else about it?
Of course, candida can cause depression. To have a good mood, your digestive system must be in good balance. Research now demonstrates the link between good mood and the gut’s condition. Many of our hormones are made in the intestines. Up to 65% of dopamine, the feel-good hormone, is made in the small intestines. Similarly, another positive hormone, serotonin, is also primarily made in the guts.
Dr. Orian Truss was one of the first psychiatrists to find a connection between the brain and the gut. This is particularly true for people who have weak immune systems. If you have an onset of chronic depression, without any major trauma in the past, ask yourself the following question: could this be related to an overgrowth of candida or is there another reason for it? In doing so, you may save yourself a ton wroth of money on therapy and medication. If you are unsure as to whether you have candida or not, you can find out by taking the following comprehensive quiz created by Eric Bakker, naturopath and expert in all issues candida: https://www.yeastinfection.org/yeast-infection-evaluation-test/
Additionally, Eric has a very interesting video in which he touches the topic of depression if you have candida. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psUgnGYd1zc