Let’s talk fungus! I don’t mean mushrooms today…its yeast over growth in your gut and body.
Candida is a fungus in the gut which can contribute to other symptoms in the body such as:
Athlete’s foot, nail fungus or ringworm
Genital/rectal itch –EVEN dandruff
Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, brain fog, feeling tired and worn down, irritability, and mood disorders
Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
Severe seasonal allergies
Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
What to do?!
You may need rounds of antibiotics or steroids depending on severity or….
Add natural anti-fungals, such as pau d’arco, oil of oregano, capric acid (which is found in coconut oil), and enteric-coated garlic.
OF COURSE DIETARY CHANGES!
*This means cutting out vinegar, beer, wine, mushrooms (as part of the fungi family, they can cross-react with Candida) and sugar, refined carbs, processed foods.
But you also want to limit healthy carbs like legumes, grains, starchy veggies to 1 cup a day, and a single piece of fruit a day—because even good carbs unfortunately feed yeast.
Along the same lines, I tell people to hold off on good fermented foods (not something all doctors agree on)—i.e. sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi—until they’ve killed off the yeast. While these foods are beneficial for the good bacteria in your microbiome, they also are good for yeast (which isn’t helpful if you have an overgrowth).
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