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Candida Is Good for You
Candida gets a bad rap. Many people have candida problems and recurring yeast infections and believe that there number one goal should be to eliminate candida. But this is not at all true. Candida is an essential microbe. Without candida, we would not be able to regulate the blood sugar levels in our bodies. Therefore, instead of trying to eliminate candida completely, we should be working symbiotically with the candida to make sure we stay in balance.
There are many different ideas about how to achieve candida functionality. From high doses of probiotics to oxygen therapy and colonic irrigation. One of the most popular diet options for candida sufferers is a high-fat, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. This type of diet promises to end the suffering of candida overgrowth and does sometimes work for a while, but not completely. The real solution is in fact the complete opposite of this common diet choice.
The way to solve candida overgrowth is not to lower the sugar and carbohydrates in your diet, but to lower the fats. The reason the high-fat diets do not work in candida treatments is because when you raise the fat in your blood stream it can cause problems like insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar. Excess dietary fat creates a barrier that coats the blood stream which in effect blocks and prevents insulin from efficiently transporting sugar to the cells. Excess sugar in the blood causes candida to grow frantically out of control, or “mushroom” as you’ve probably heard it described. Not only does this mean your candida problems are not being treated effectively, it also means that you are forcing your adrenal glands to work overtime, which leads to adrenal fatigue.
The formula that seems to work for many people is the 80-10-10 diet. This means 80 percent of your calories come from carbohydrates, ten percent from fat and ten percent from protein. Interestingly, this is very similar to the old food pyramid the US government distributed. Only in recent years has the focus of the diet moved away from fruit, grains and carbohydrates to more protein and fat.
Once you begin to follow a low-fat diet, you are likely to see large benefits quickly. Candida can only live in the body for a few days, so within a few days of adopting a new protocol you should start to feel the change.
Candida is good for you. It regulates your blood sugar and keeps your body functioning properly. It is a life saving organism in its essence. The body is an amazing machine with an array of back up plans to protect us from harm and keep us running at an optimal level. Let’s return that factor by supplying it with clean, nutritious and delicious foods so that we can enjoy a happy, healthy and vibrant lifestyle.