With Covid-19 rampaging with full force all over the world, you can't blame people getting wary of catching something new.
I think one of the main concerns usually aired about Candida and Fungal overgrowth is if it's something contagious.
No, it's not!
Everyone has candida. It lives in practically every crevice of your body - although 98% of the time, it lives on mucosal surfaces like your mouth, eyes, nose, and lungs, to name a few.
Having candida present in your body is not really alarming if the population remains controlled.
The problem arises when fungus starts reproducing. How do you know if you're experiencing candida and fungal overgrowth? There are two main ways to tell.
First, when there is an overgrowth, which produces alcohol derivatives, and later on ingests, the effect is comparable to the things you feel when you're drunk. Mind fog, confusion, these are just some of the possible things you can experience. The second and more severe effect of overgrowth is a blood infection.
The uncontrollable population of candida and fungus activates systemic immune-inflammatory responses, which leads to hospitalization.
So, you've read the two main effects of candida overgrowth, but the question remains, what causes the proliferation of this species?
The trifecta of candida and fungal overgrowth causes are:
Immunosuppression. People who are on antibiotics and antibacterial protocols are highly vulnerable to candida overgrowth. Remember that in taking these kinds of medicine, the bad bacteria get wiped out along with the good bacteria in the body. Another unknown fact is if you are relatively healthy but live with someone who is immunocompromised because of antibiotics or antibacterial, your immune system also takes a hit from these treatments. The intimacy of the relationship with someone on antibiotics does not matter. As long as you live under one roof, your immune system also gets affected.
Diet. "You are what you eat" goes a famous saying, and we're discovering how true this is. The food you consume greatly influences your microbiomes. Going back to previous episodes about how the gut and immune system are connected, you'll understand the importance of short term food restriction and in consuming a wide variety of food to maintain your gut health.
Heavy Metal toxicity. It is a combination of microbiome disruption and immunosuppression. Unlike the first two, which are easily noticeable, heavy metal toxicity happens right under our noses without too much scrutiny. The environment you live in has a substantial effect on heavy metal toxicity. The wipes you use on your kitchen counter, the weed killer your neighbor uses on his backyard, or the traces of mercury found in some fish, like tuna.
These are three things that cause fungal and candida overgrowth in the body. You may be thinking how easy it is for candida to become prevalent given the situation of the world is, and it shows, given the increasing number of people who are experiencing the symptoms of candida overgrowth.
Now that you've read the causes and the two main signs of candida and fungal overgrowth, the question is, what can we do now?
Scroll down to listen to this episode to find out how you can address fungal overgrowth with lifestyle and dietary changes as well as Undecylenic acid.
Resources mentioned in the episode:
Christa Biegler, RD, integrative nutritionist specializes in reversing symptoms of eczema, IBS, Crohn's, Colitis, digestive issues, bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue and autoimmune symptoms, especially Hashimotos.
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