Last Updated on August 25, 2020
1. I have so many food allergies and sensitivities. I am tired of cutting food groups off my diet. I have barely anything left to eat. How can I treat this?
In most cases, food allergies/intolerances go hand in hand with the presence of a candida overgrowth in the body. Candida is a culprit that can cause damage to the lining of the stomach which either worsens food intolerances or triggers them in someone with no prior allergies.
If you suspect that candida is the reason behind your food allergies, it may be worth getting tested to see if there is an overgrowth. To get rid of candida, you will need to go on a candida cleanse or a recovery. During the cleansing period, your body will work to remove and eliminate the toxins spread by candida. You will need to starve the gut with following a diet which is free from yeast and sugar. You may want to consider taking anti-fungal supplements to also aid with the cleanse. Consider taking probiotics as well to ensure the growth of good bacteria in the gut to fasten the healing period and ensuring the yeast do not have the opportunity to grow again.
During the die-off period of the cleanse, things may get worst than they get better. However, soon after you will notice a greater overall digestive and immune health post the recovery period. You may find that most of the food intolerances and allergies disappear right away. Once you have completed the cleanse, you may reintroduce prior allergens to your diet slowly one by one to see if you still have any intolerances towards them. Of course – before you begin doing any of this, please discuss with your doctor about the process and come up with a plan that works best for you.
2. I have endometriosis. What’s its link to the health of my gut?
Endometriosis is when the cells that are found in the womb’s lining are also found elsewhere in the body. It is most commonly found around the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, inside the pelvis, outside the womb or the ligaments, etc. Furthermore, it can also be found in other parts of the body such as the bowel, the bladder, the intestines, and the rectum.
It is not clear as to what exactly causes endometriosis. However, we do know that it is affected by a hormone imbalance, but is essentially an inflammatory disease. In a study conducted in Japan, it was found that women with endometriosis have lesser Treg cells than women who do not have it and that deficiency in Treg cells sets an environment in the body for the growth of endometriosis lesions.
Many women with acute vaginal yeast infections will treat their infections with various topical creams and drugs like fluconazole. In cases of women where these infections don’t clear up, they will require stronger treatments to treat the infection for longer duration. This can drive the condition away from the vagina into the endometrium where you create an inflammatory condition. If you are prone to getting yeast infections, instead of treating it topically each time, work towards getting rid of the yeast for good internally. Otherwise, they develop cysts in the endometrium.
If you already have endometriosis and have a candida overgrowth after, it can interfere with estrogen balances in the body by releasing toxins. Women who have endo are also at a higher risk of getting candida. More times than not, having endometriosis and candida overgrowth are found together.
3. I have been diagnosed with Thyroids and then with Hashimoto’s disease. The treatment is not working. What are my other options?
Have you considered into looking to see if you have a candida overgrowth? In many cases where people have been diagnosed with Thyroid or Hashimoto’s may actually have a yeast overgrowth in their system. This misdiagnosis can be the reason why specific treatments haven’t been successful for you. We’ve seen many people who have shared their stories of having been diagnosed with Thyroid’s but saw no effectiveness in their treatments. However, when they began treating for candida overgrowth, they noticed a lot of health improvements.
Symptoms shared with candida and thyroids mimic one another, thus making the diagnosis of the former hard. In fact, yeast overgrowth is also very common in those with Thyroid and Hashimoto’s. Either way, having one makes you susceptible to having the other.
Most of these people have some extent of candida overgrowth in their system. This is because unhealthy gut flora affect the thyroid gland. As you know, the candida cleanse will rid of the overgrowth, the probiotics will help re-establish the good bacteria in your gut (which keeps the candida in check). To prevent candida, do not consume antibiotics routinely without understanding the risks that come with it, keep a clean diet with minimal sugar and yeast (candida thrives on sugar), always keep areas of the body such as the vagina, and skin folds clean and as dry as possible (candida loves dark and moist places).
4. I have what it seems like chronic fatigue syndrome. What could be causing it?
We all have some sort of fatigue, to some extents. When the fatigue is constant and overwhelming despite your efforts of following a healthy diet and lifestyle and having no symptoms of a disease, then it makes you wonder what is exactly wrong with you. It can become frustrating if you are unable to pinpoint the cause. If you are dealing with such fatigue, you then may be dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Symptoms include debilitating tiredness, malaise, headache, depression, poor concentration, muscle and joint pain, anxiety, mental fogginess, weight loss, etc. The list goes on and on. We always remind our readers that everybody has candida. It lives in our gastrointestinal tract, and when in check, is usually unproblematic. When the normal balance of good bacteria is disturbed, this opportunistic yeast may quickly multiply and infiltrate other tissues and organs of the body.
Those who have CFS most likely have a candida overgrowth in their system cause their immune system is compromised. When your immune system is weakened or compromised, you will have poor adrenal health, low cortisol levels, thyroid problems. A study published in pubmed demonstrated that patients with a candida overgrowth share many of the symptoms found with CFS. The use of oral antifungal medication and a diet suited for candidiasis have shown to be positive in treating CFS. Candida depresses the T cell in the mucous membranes. We know that T cells are important in keeping cell immunity. Therefore, it becomes important to treat the candida overgrowth if you want to get rid of the CFS you are experiencing. You will want to also consider looking into assessing your adrenal function and improving it.
5. I have extreme bloating, sharp pains & excess gas. The bloating and gas make me look pregnant and on some days my clothes barely fit me. Help!
Bloating and gas is one of the key digestive problems that many encounter if they have a yeast infection. If you have to loosen the band on your pant after your eating food, you are very likely dealing with a yeast infection in the gut. Your gut health has been attacked by candida and its probably causing the bloating and the gas, and the pains.
Most times, people have a meal and then they consume sugar on top of the meal. If you have yeast, then you are feeding it and causing fermentative dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is how the body is handling food and fermentation means the production of air and gas. The fermentation can be the culprit behind your constant bloating, gas and pain. This is because there is a lack of good bacteria, and an overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungi that live inside your body. If you know that there is a food group that causes you more bloating and gas than others, your first bet will be stop consuming those food. Further, determine the timing of your gassiness and bloating. Is it right after the meal or does it happen throughout the day hours later? If it happens right after the meal, it might have to do with your upper digestion and/or it could mean that your bowels are not functioning properly.