by Teré Foster
What do athlete's feet, earaches, obesity and depression 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: candida.
The reality is clear that ONLY YOU can diagnose candida accurately and treat it thoroughly until it is gone. By the time you have enough symptoms to force you to research it on the internet your Candida has likely gone throughout your bodily systems. Some statistics go so far as to say that more than 80% of Americans have an overgrowth of candida, and 5-7% of newborns have candida before they are a month old. This common fungus found in every human stomach may be the culprit for most human disease when it is allowed to out-number the good bacteria. Candida is the cause of the most common blood infections in hospitals. Here are some of the first signs of candida overgrowth in the body.
Candida Overgrowth Symptoms:
- Childhood hyperactivity,
- Food allergies, carbohydrate craving, weight gain
- Vaginitis (thrush), yeast infections,
- Premenstrual tension
- Menstrual irregularities,
- Loss of libido,
- Anxiety, depression, mental illness
- Earaches, headaches, and dizziness,
- Impaired memory, poor concentration, a “foggy” brain with feelings of unreality,
- General weakness,
- Tiredness or malaise,
- Cystitis/urethritis (urinary tract infection – painful, burning or “stinging” during urination),
- Stiff, creaking and painful joints,
- Muscle pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome,
- Constipation / Diarrhea,
- Fatigue, bloating, flatulence (gas),
- Ileocaecal valve dysfunction (pain in the gut)
- Asthma, 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),
- Eczema, Psoriasis,
- Urticaria (itchy skin/hives)
- Toenail fungus, athletes foot
- Multiple sclerosis
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hypoglycemia (low-blood sugar levels)
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 separately 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. The life-sapping processed foods that feed the life-sucking organisms that attack the body from the inside out begin to manifest diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The food companies know this and so do the pharmaceutical companies, but processed foods means big bucks for both. They have no plans to stop producing them as long as people buy them. I cannot rely on them to solve the problem-- at least fast enough to protect my health and the health of my loved ones.
I came back to the truth that I had known all along; I had to boycott processed foods before they actually sapped me of my life! Our meals were breaking our bodies down, “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. (Sorry if that sounds blunt, but my life was in the balance!)
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 well-being. 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. If we all teach these concepts to our children we can end the epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases in their lifetime!
How to Conquer Illness, Obesity and Depression
at the Same Time
STEP 1: REPLACE PROCESSED FOODS
If you hire one of our FOOD for WELL-BEING professionals, they will take this step very seriously as we hope you will too. Cleaning out the kitchen will make all the difference in the world. If you want to follow a craving in that brief moment of weak will, you can always go out. The trick is to do your best, and get back on track if you falter. We like planning for weekend sweets on Saturday, but only in small amounts until you feel the improvements you are looking for. Then our professionals will fill your refrigerator with FOOD for WELL-BEING Meals for the Week that are ready to heat - garnish - serve. The meals are made from rice and beans, or "pulses" that:
- increase fat burning
- reduce hunger
- promote gut health and regularity
- protect against
- type II diabetes,
- heart disease and
- many cancers
STEP 2: KILL BAD BACTERIA
Picture these candida organisms like ants coming into your kitchen to invade your boxes of cereal. Step 1: Is to stop eating sugar would be equivalent to taking all your boxes of cereal to the trash and removing anything else from your kitchen that might attract the ants. Step 2: Is to take Thorne Formula is like finding where the ants live and spraying their ant hill to end the multiplication of more ants. You have to do both, remove the attraction and kill the reproduction, or the battle will never end. Thorne Laboratories made Formula SF722 an oil made from the castor bean that kills candida. The oil comes in little, easy to swallow gelcaps. I was told to take 5 gelcaps three times a day. Within two days the fog lifted on my mind, I was cleaning house and back to my usual energy!
STEP 3: ADD TO YOUR GOOD BACTERIA
Step 3: Is to take a probiotic that sends organisms to fight back the candida organisms. These are called "good bacteria" because no matter how many live in your gut it will never cause illness or disease. Quite the contrary. They actually keep illness and disease at bay. After "starving out" the candida organisms and reducing their numbers with Formula sf722m I then added good bacteria to the stomach increasing the strength of the immune system. When these are out-numbered by bad bacteria (candida) you have no defense against illness and disease. Scientists found a way to put these good bacteria in a pill that you can take with every meal called probiotics. This will help to restore a balance of 20% bad bacteria and 80% good bacteria. These numbers are reversed in most Americans leading to many symptoms listed above and finally resulting in obesity, illness and cancers of many kinds. We don't recommend relying on yogurt as a source of probiotics due to the sugar and dairy found in this common food.
STEP 4: EAT NEGATIVE CALORIE FOODS
Certain foods burn more calories during digestion than what they have. These are foods high in fiber and have a low glycemic index. The only calories will be the things you might add such as melted cheese on broccoli, olive oil on sauteed zucchini or ranch dressing on carrots.
STEP 5: GIVE YOUR DIETARY GOALS MEANING
Determine why you want to achieve a different weight.
Are you trying to:
- feel better
- have more energy
- be able to play with your children or grandchildren
- sleep better
- decrease a medication
- regain an activity that has been lost
- improve a health problems (many health problems will improve that are not necessarily attached to weight loss, but instead attached to candida)
Whatever your reason, once you have identified it, you will have an easier time sticking to a program until you achieve your meaningful goal. Other goals for superficial looks or competitive edge will soon dim. But higher goals of serving those you love with more energy and vitality for a longer lifespan will never lose their meaning.
A FEW MORE TIPS
- Focus on healthy lifestyle changes, not your appearance
- Set realistic and achievable goals
- Engage in daily structured activities, including exercise
- Make healthy eating a daily activity
- Be sure you’re adopting habits you can keep
- Adopt new habits one at a time over days or weeks
- Enlist support from family and friends
- Set a specific start date