1. Why do I have excessive phlegm?
It is normal for the body to produce phlegm. However, it becomes most visible or uncomfortable when one is sick. It is produced by the lungs and the respiratory system. People often use phlegm and mucus interchangeably. Before jumping into extreme conclusion, you will want to determine the cause of excessive phlegm. The regular amount is around 1 litre of mucus. This liquid is made by our body everyday. We need the mucus so it can line our tissues, protect and moisture it. However, when we have a cold, a sinus or allergies, the body goes on overdrive and creates more than the regular amount.
To help with this issue, you will want to drink a lot and keep hydrated. Keep a humidifier around so that your body moisturizes your throat and nose without having to produce extra mucus or phlegm. Using saline nasal spray will also ensure that your nose and throat airways are clear. Gargling with warm salt water can also help clear phlegm. If you are suscipious that the cause of excessive mucus is a candida overgrowth, you can discuss the symptoms with your doctor. They will look into your mouth and possible throat to see if there are any visible signs of oral thrush. If so, appropriate treatment will be suggested.
2. I constantly feel lazy to do anything. Do I have a disease?
With a compromised immune system, the body wears out fast because it’s fighting with bacteria, yeast overgrowth, parasites, etc. We now know how important it is to maintain a good gut-brain relationship in order to have quality sleep, be energized, have a strong immune system, and be in a good mood.
It is true that having a healthy lifestyle keeps a candida overgrowth at bay. Actually, a healthy life style is imperative in keeping any and all infections away. If you are constantly sleeping at different times, not getting enough rest, staying up later than usual, not taking rest, stressing too much, your body will tire itself out. As a result, you will be stuck in a vicious cycle of perpetually feeling tired. Adrenal fatigue can occur when the body doesn’t rest, and this can cause mood swings, constant fatigue, and a weakened immune system. Foremost, it can also cause laziness. When you are constantly feeling tired and weak, it’s inevitable to feel lazy and unmotivated.
Some of the symptoms of an overgrowth in candida is adrenal fatigue, laziness, tiredness. If you constantly feel too lazy or tired to do anything, add magnesium in your diet. Sometimes deficiency in magnesium can further lead to extreme fatigue and depression. Consider going on a candida cleanse to help establish the good gut health and fight the candida overgrowth. Probiotics also help in maintaining good gut flora and strengthen the immune system which then in turn helps you keep energized and in a good mood.
3. Why do I have such intense mood swings even though I am not depressed or have any psychological problems?
It can be quite frustrating to feel intense mood swings without understanding why they occur, especially if you have been cleared from having depression and other mental disorders. If you are unsure as to why you have mood imbalances, try linking it to your gut health. How is it? Do you feel that the health of your gut is good and balanced? Studies have now shown that mood imbalances can be caused by gut health issues. This is because, about 95% of serotonin, the hormone responsible for regulating mood, is produced in the gut!
A serotonin deficiency can lead to mood imbalances which include mood swings, anxiety and depression. An overgrowth in the yeast candida can supress the lining of the intestinal tract and supress the body’s (mainly the guts) ability to produce or secrete serotonin. High levels of candida can also make their way into the bloodstream, causing leaky gut, resulting in systemic wide infection in the body.
If unsure whether you have candida overgrowth or not, take the following test to find out. There are many ways that you can help get your mood back in balance. Create a healthy gut flora of your body and keep the ratio of good gut bacteria to yeast in balance. You can take supplements which help in keeping candida in check. You can take probiotics to increase the number of good bacteria in the gut.
4. What is the cause of my swollen lips?
Angular cheilitis is fungal infection of the lips, most commonly caused by the overgrowth of candida. If you have the following symptoms, you are probably dealing with this fungal infection: swollen lips, bleeding, sores on the lips, lips are red, itchy and cracked. Those who have had a fungal lip infection complain about feeling a burning sensation in the area. The irritation may even make it hard for some to eat. This happens when saliva is trapped in the corners of the mouth. Once it dries, it cracks resulting in constant moisturizing with the tongue. The moisture and the warmth is the perfect living conditions for the fungus to grow and therefore causing an infection.
You are at risk if you have the following: braces, dentures, smoke, suck your thumb, constantly lick your dry lips to moisture it. Conditions such as diabetes, anemia, HIV can also put you at risk of getting the infection. If you are unsure about having angular cheilitis, you can consult with your doctor. They will examine your mouth looking for redness, swelling, and blisters. Because symptoms resemble the ones with herpes, your doctor will want to swab the areas and get it tested to find out what the cause of the swollen lips are.
Like most other fungal infections, your doctor may prescribe antifungal creams such as nystatin or clotrimazole. At home remedies include putting coconut oil on the affected areas due to its antifungal properties. You can also put Vaseline on those areas to prevent the accumulation of moisture there.