Being tired and not feeling well can make life hard. You get the recommended 8 hours of sleep, but you still wake up tired. Coffee helps for a few hours but then you wonder why you’re tired again after lunch. You constantly feel bloated, have indigestion pain and gas. You assume it must be something you ate but it seems everything gives you gas these days. You try to google your symptoms online but the brain fog keeps you from finding any applicable answers to your situation. So you go on about your day but you’re still not sure what’s wrong.
As the days go by your symptoms get worse. You’re more tired than before. Eventually you get a sinus infection. All you really want is to “feel better.” You head to the doctors office for some antibiotics. It helps the sinus infection but you still feel awful.
Does this description sound like what you’re going through?
Did you know that as much as 90% of the population has a condition called candida overgrowth? Candida is yeast, which is a type of fungus that can overgrow in the gastrointestinal tract. It’s natural and healthy to have small amounts of candida in your system (1) , but when it overgrows, it causes a host of problems including low energy, brain fog, gas, bloating, and indigestion. It can also cause a suppressed immune system which can lead to frequent infections.
Infections and antibiotics can make candida worse. Normally, the good bacteria (probiotics) help keep the candida levels under control, but antibiotics kill the bad and good bacteria, so candida grows very quickly. This will further stress the immune system, causing a greater lack of energy and an increased chance for another infection.
It is said that sugar makes candida worse (2). Yeast (or candida) eats sugar as its main source of food for survival. Dietary sugar can come from all sorts of foods, not just the typical sugary treats that first come to mind. Dietary sugar can be found in processed yogurt, pasta and even fruit.
If you want to eradicate candida and get your gut health back in check, there are a few things you can do:
• Eliminate all processed sugar from your diet. Avoid fruits high in sugar and all white carbs.
• Try to get enough rest when you can. Sleep renews your energy tank which helps boost the immune system. This enables your gut to lower the yeast levels and keep it under control.
• Use coconut oil for cooking. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that break down yeast and lower levels in the gut.
• Eat foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics. Eat fermented foods as well.
Try breaking the candida barrier naturally with these 4 recommendations. By eliminating candida from your gut you will experience increased energy, decreased brain fog and an overall healthier digestive system.
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