It’s interesting, often after Easter we have customers coming in complaining of some fairly obvious symptoms which may indicate a yeast or candida overgrowth in our body. These symptoms could include
- digestive problems such as diarrhoea, constipation or bloating
- feeling sluggish, tired and maybe suffering chronic fatigue
- feeling a little foggy in the head, poor memory and concentration with lack of focus
- skin rashes, hives and fungal infections such as athletes foot and toenail fungus
- vaginal thrush, urinary tract infections or rectal itching
- sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
- irritability, anxiety, depression and mood swings
Now it’s no coincidence this occurs after Easter. A candida overgrowth will come about often when we overindulge in sugar and yeast amongst other foods. Combine the overindulgences of Easter plus maybe a holiday where we are consuming too much alcohol and sugar and we have the perfect conditions for an overgrowth of candida.
And speaking of perfect conditions, not only do we have these Easter overindulgences to contend with, we now have another factor to consider which is mould. Yes, with all the rain, there’s not too many of us who haven’t been battling with mould in our homes. Mould can be very harmful to our health and can feed this candida overgrowth.
Candida is always present in our bodies, with a small amount of it residing in our mouth and intestines assisting with our digestion. However when we suffer from an overgrowth of candida, leaky gut syndrome will occur where the candida will penetrate the wall of the intestines and be absorbed into the blood stream leading to many health problems.
Generally, the healthy bacteria in our gut will keep this candida under control however these overindulgences I have mentioned, plus the addition of mould spores can sometimes be just a little too much to ask of our healthy gut bacteria!!
An overgrowth can also come about when we are living a stressful lifestyle, taking oral contraceptives, eating lots of refined carbohydrates and taking antibiotics which have killed not only the bad but also the good bacteria in our gut.
So how do we overcome this you might ask? Basically, we need to kill off this overgrowth of candida which we can do with certain herbs such as Pau D’Arco which is a South American herb used to combat excessive intestinal yeast. If we are suffering from a severe case of candida, we would suggest bringing in the ‘big guns’ and using a combination of Wormwood, Black Walnut, Barberry, Oregano and Thyme. This powerful herbal combination may be extremely helpful in overcoming this candida overgrowth.
At the same time, we also need to be mindful of not feeding the candida as we are trying to kill it off. By eliminating certain foods from our diet such as sugar, yeast, fermented foods, and fungi we will help our body recover from this overgrowth. Be mindful, as this candida dies off you may feel flu like symptoms as the yeast is flushed from your body. Sometimes taking a liver formula can help process this yeast ‘die off’. Drinking lots of water is also very helpful.
It is extremely important to take probiotics to overcome the overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut and bowel. It is extremely important to build up the level of good bacteria.
It’s also important to eradicate the mould from our home. Spraying with a combination of Springfield Clove Oil and water should kill the mould spores.
For more information contact Bev and the team at Go Vita, your health shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone 44729737.