My Personal Experience With Candida
I found out quite by accident that I had a Candida infection. My experience began with what I would call a rapid weight gain. I gained 10 pounds in a relative short period of time, (6 weeks). During that time I was also experiencing among other things, bloating, flatulence, abdominal discomfort. This all happened despite the fact that I am a very picky eater. Because that had never happened to me, alarm bells went off. My response, to those bells, was to go to the doctor. Having no medical insurance, my first stop was the neighborhood clinic. After they were unable to diagnose my problem, I went to the USC, (University of Southern California) hospital. This is considered one of the best hospitals in the country. To make a long story short, I spent one whole day being tested for everything from a simple ulcer to ovarian cancer. After being prodded, probed, x-rayed, and blood tested for hours, nothing, absolutely nothing was found.
Now, I knew, I wasn't paranoid, I actually had a real problem. It was then that I remembered the Internet, which I now use to tell me even how to turn on a light. So, I Googled bloating, because that was my main concern, (my abdomen resembled an ever inflating basketball). It was then that I was directed to Candida. Because there is so much information already on the Internet related to Candida, I won't go into too much detail, I'll provide links to articles that provided me with information. I'd like to insert here my Candida, (yeast), infection was intestinal. I've never experienced any of the other forms, vaginal, athlete's foot, thrush, etc, so I had no prior need to ever look into this ailment.
What is Candida
I'll simply give you an elementary definition, because there is a more complicated definition than what I'm about to give. Candida is a fungus that grows and spreads throughout the body. (As I've stated before, for further information, please use the links that I've provided). Our intestines houses different kinds of bacteria, candida being one of them, when this type of bacteria overpopulates it causes an infection. (Candida is a genus of yeast). Wastes called mycotoxins is generated, one of these toxins is converted into alcohol by the liver. As more and more alcohol is produced by the body, some of the symptoms listed below occur. Okay, I'm going to stop trying to sound like I know what I'm talking about and just say that a Candida infection is an imbalance between different types of bacteria. Of course it's more complicated than what I've given here. So do your own research.
I've listed my symptoms in the first paragraph, but there are others that I didn't experience. First let me say that I found out that there is no medical test for the condition, and also that "diagnostic criteria have not been scientifically established." Just as I learned that I had chronic Candida, most learn similarly, (books, the Internet or personal experiences of others). I'll only give a partial list of some of the symptoms, I've given links with a full list.
- abdominal gas and bloating (my symptoms)
- excessive fatigue, anxiety
- diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, acid reflux, or any bowel troubles
- mood swings, depression, poor memory, or inability to think clearly or concentrate (partially applied to me)
- muscle weakness, headaches, migraines
- persistent cough, sore throat
- chronic pain
- acne, eczema
I listed the above symptoms, because they are not readily associated with Candida infection. However, after discovering that you have it you can easily identify these symptoms as part of your condition. Of course if you have a vaginal yeast infection, or athlete's foot there's no mystery as to what ails you. But when the infection is internal it's harder to diagnose.
The reason I recognized the conditions so readily was due to one of the main causes. Overuse of antibiotics. I had been taking antibiotics regularly for persistent dental problems for years. As has been discovered, antibiotics can destroy good bacteria and cause Candida to grow and flourish in our intestines.
I can probably attach Stress, as one of the reason also. During my research I found that stress releases a chemical called cortisol. This in turn has a tendency to suppress the immune system and cause our sugar levels to increase. An increase in sugar level can allow yeast cells to multiply, and with our immune system compromised the ability to fight the yeast is severely impaired.
I also found that eating too many refined carbs and sugar, food allergies, malnutrition, bowel troubles and constipation can all cause the proliferation of yeast overgrowth.
After an exhaustive study of the condition, I embarked upon a cure. Again I used the Internet. http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/candidadiet.html. The inserted link is one of the sites that I used to put together a diet that I could live with. My diet consisted mainly of meat, all kinds, and vegetables, only what was recommended. I learned that the cure consisted of 3 phases.
- The beginning, during this phase you must strictly adhere to the diet.
- The intermediate phase, you'll see some improvement and you'll be able to relax the process.
- The advanced stage, during this phase you've made significant improvement, and you can be less strict. You'll be able to add more to the diet in the way of complex carbohydrates and fruit, etc.
I realize that I've not given details as to what my exact cure consisted of, with good reason, it's very lengthy, and to give details would cause the hub to be too long. Again I encourage using the links that I've supplied. http://www.ehow.com/about_5637933_using-tea-candida-cure.html. http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Candida-Diet, and http://hubpages.com/hub/The-Candida-Diet-Part-II. I would like to add that I used other natural means. For instance I used food, teas, herbs and Probiotics. A few of the teas that I used are, Pau D'Arco, peppermint, green tea and many more. Because I learned that anything sweet, sugar, honey, etc, feeds and proliferates Candida, I learned to drink all of my teas without any additives. Doing this I gained a new appreciation for the taste of my favorite teas. I also used and still use occasionally an intestinal combination called Candida Clear. Garlic is one of the major components of the Candida cure. There was no limit to my research and the natural methods that I tried. I actually cured my condition. However as I've learned this is a recurring condition, and I will never be completely free, so I'm constantly on guard and when I experience the symptoms I begin my treatments all over again, which I've had to do since my first diagnosis.
So, If you are experiencing an ailment that you or the doctors can't pinpoint, why not examine yourself in the light of this article and the links herein. Of course this doesn't have to be your condition, but it wouldn't hurt to at least look into this after all else fails.
Use These Links For Further Info
- Anti Candida Diet: Proven Candida Diet Tips to Get Your Yeast Overgrowth Under Control
If you are looking for anti candida diet, you should first educate yourself about why the candida overgrowth happens in the first place. Most people aren't aware of the fact that the overgrowth of candida...
- The Candida Epidemic
First identified in the 1950s, it is estimated that over 85% of the American population has an overgrowth of Candida that is raging out of control. It is surprising that most people think Candida afflicts...
- candida yeast infection - Home
Glossary and yeast infection news. Recipes to cure your candida yeast infection.
- Yeast Infection Advisor
Tired of the constant yeast infection, does it keep reoccurring, yeast infections end here for good.....
- Candida Infection- Candida Infection Causes and Treatments
The symptoms, causes, and remedies for a candida infection.
- Candida Symptoms
Learn how diverse candida symptoms can be, their significance on mental and physical health and a variety of holistic treatment approaches for candida.
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