Candida Symptoms

What do athlete’s feet, earaches and anxiety have in common? Nothing right?

The symptoms of candida are tricky to spot because they seem like unrelated conditions that you might not realize are from the same cause.

Which doctor can pull all the symptoms together for an accurate diagnosis? You might go to an MD for the earache, a family counselor for the anxiety and the drug store for athlete’s food creme and never get to the true source of the problem.

The reality is clear that only YOU can diagnose candida accurately and treat it thoroughly until it is gone. Some statistics go so far as to say that more than 85% of women have yeast infections at some point and 5-7% of newborns have candida before they are a month old.  Fungus may be the culprit for most human disease.  Here are some of the first signs of candida overgrowth in the body:

Candida Symptoms

From YeastInfection.org:

  • Fatigue, bloating, flatulence (gas),
  • Food allergies, carbohydrate craving,
  • Vaginitis (thrush)
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Childhood hyperactivity.
  • Impaired memory, poor concentration, a “foggy” brain with feelings of unreality, and general weakness
  • Tiredness or malaise.
  • Insomnia
  • Toenail fungus
  • Cystitis/urethritis (urinary tract infection – painful, burning or “stinging” during urination),
  • Menstrual irregularities,
  • Loss of libido,
  • Stiff, creaking and painful joints,
  • Muscle pain,
  • Indigestion,
  • Diarrhoea/constipation,
  • Inhalant allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities,
  • Mucus or catarrh, hay fever, sinusitis, persistent cough,
  • Heart arrhythmias,
  • Discoloured nails, acne and other skin eruptions ( nail and skin issues are classic tell-tale symptoms of candida),
  • Earaches, headaches, and dizziness.
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Urticaria (itchy skin/hives)
  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia (low-blood sugar levels)
  • Ileocaecal valve dysfunction (pain in the gut)
  • Gallstones

 

A few years ago I had many symptoms that were seemingly unrelated such as an ear ache, athlete’s foot and cold sores and weight gain. I found that they were all symptoms of an overgrowth of bacteria in the stomach called candida. I became so ill that I was making plans with my husband, both of us in tears, about who would take care of my children. We thought I must be dying. I couldn’t stand up. I couldn’t lift my arms. I couldn’t live my life! I finally developed such terrible neck pain that I went to see my chiropractor. He told me to stop all sugar for three weeks or more. But sugar is in everything! In order to do this I had to completely stop all store-bought processed foods; everything in a box, bag or can.

The little candida organisms crave sugar, which is their life source. Any form of sugar will do; any sweetener, any carbohydrate. So I kept craving the wrong foods because that’s what the intruders were begging for. I researched it on the internet and found that a large number of people in America have candida without recognizing it. I had been treating all the little symptoms without understanding the nature of candida. It is a colony of life-sapping organisms that made me tired and depressed by attacking every bodily system. Now I observed that we had even more stacked against us; a life-draining job to buy life-sapping processed foods that feed the life-sucking organisms that attack the body from the inside out. From there the body begins to manifest diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The food companies know this and so do the pharmaceutical companies, but this means big bucks for both, and I cannot rely on them to solve the problem fast enough to protect my health and the health of my loved ones.

I came to the truth that I had known all along; I had to boycott these companies before they actually sapped me of my life! Thus My Whole Foods Kitchen Cookbook was born. For some readers, My Whole Foods Kitchen Cookbook offers more than just recipes, but a brand new awareness. In this “cooking adventure” we voluntarily take steps toward self-reliance by learning to produce our family’s needs. I adopted a rotating weekly meal plan that meet our nutritional needs instead of breaking our bodies down with every meal, “killing with kindness” as the saying goes. I learned to set up my kitchen to be a place of productivity and vitality rather than a den of obesity and disease.

I have found that the best way to avoid junk food is to have none in my house. As soon as I leave the house I am surrounded with all the foods I am trying to avoid, so I make my home a “safe haven” where these foods will not bombard my loved ones with impulses that work against their health and wellbeing. Because I am the shopper for the family, I hold a grave responsibility to guide the family wisely in the foods that they have to choose from when they are in their own home.

I can’t allow our menu choices to be driven by our cravings for sugar or salt. Feeding our craving for sugar is actually “feeding” the living organisms of bacteria that are wreaking havoc on our health. I teach my children these concepts every day and hope that they make good choices when they are outside my home, but inside my home, they will only find whole foods that improve their health instead of processed foods that will break it down. Teach these concepts to your children so we can end the epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases in their lifetime!

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