What Candida Is, How to Know if You Have It, and How to Ditch It

I was so sick and didn't know why - turns out this was a HUGE part of it! Do you have unexplained health problems? Candida might be the cause. Find out what candida is, how to know if you have it, and how to DITCH it!

{Candida is a horrible condition that can affect many people causing eczema, bad gut health, skin problems like rosacea, depression, and more.  It has been a huge struggle for me and I so hope that out of my struggle can come some healing for others. Paula from Whole Intentions is here to share more about candida. 

Since this is a subject that is near, but not dear, to me, I will interject occasionally throughout that post.}

So–have you ever wondered if you were totally crazy. Not like, “I feel a little crazy today”, but more like, “Am I totally going off the deep end?!”

It’s easy to feel like that when you’ve gone to doctors over and over for health symptoms that don’t seem to make any sense. Every prescription, cream, and over the counter med they give you just takes more money from your pocket without giving you more than a short-term fix (if it even gives you that!).

They begin to suggest it’s all in your head–and you begin to wonder if it really might be–if you just might be crazy….

Well, I’m here to tell you that you aren’t crazy.

As far as I know anyway ;.)

Are you wondering if you have candida or not? Find out What Candida is and How to Find Out if You Have It.

Do you suffer from one or more of these symptoms:

  • acne
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • athletes’ foot
  • brain fog
  • cold hands or feet
  • colds
  • colic
  • constipation
  • cradle cap
  • cravings for sweets
  • cysts
  • diabetes
  • diaper rash
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • eczema
  • fatigue
  • food sensitivities or reactions
  • hay fever
  • headaches
  • heart burn
  • heart palpitations
  • hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • hypothyroidism
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • joint pain
  • lack of appetite
  • migraines
  • mood swings
  • muscle aches and pain
  • panic attacks
  • poor memory and concentration
  • pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • psoriasis
  • rashes and dry red or white patches
  • respiratory problems
  • sinus congestion
  • thrush (white coating in mouth or vagina)

{From Adrienne–I had a friend who said she felt manic-depressive and almost quit homeschooling–all because of candida. Yes, it’s true. It can do things that bad to you!}

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on T.V. . .but if you’ve answered yes to more than one of these, I’d ask if you might have candida.

Candida - Good Bacteria vs Bad Candida. You need them in balance to have good gut health.What is Candida

Candida is a toxic, yeast-like organism that 90% of people have in their digestive system. Most of the time it’s not an issue because it’s generally kept in check by good bacteria. The trouble starts when candida begins to grow out of control and can quickly start a myriad of problems. Kinda sounds like a fuzzy little green creature in a bad sci-fi movie from the 70’s, doesn’t it?

Now,I don’t want you to think candida is the cause of every illness known to man. It’s not. But, it’s enough of a menace to deserve a substantial amount of consideration–much more than it gets in mainstream medicine.

How Do You Know if You Have Candida?

Some of the common causes for candida overgrowth are:

  • antacids
  • antibiotics
  • anti-inflammatory drugs
  • anti-ulcer medications
  • carbohydrates
  • environmental toxins
  • foods with starch
  • foods with yeast
  • hormone replacement therapy
  • oral contraceptives
  • over-the-counter medicines
  • prescription drugs
  • radiation
  • smoking
  • steroids
  • sugar in all forms

And you can check out my (Adrienne’s) posts on:

[Please note, following are some links to other sites. Some of them are affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on them I (Adrienne) or Paula might make a commission – thanks for your support in advance!)

An easy way to check for candida is by taking the Candida Symptom Assessment Questionnaire. (From Adrienne: This is the questionnaire that I first used when trying to figure out if I had candida. Believe me, my score was SKY HIGH!  (Yikes!!)

The Candida Cycle - check out how candida gets out of control in your body!

How to Ditch Candida

If your tests are positive, your next step is to take your health back and run up and down the street yelling, “I’m not crazy after all!”

Um. Scratch that idea.

1.  Instead, start by treating your candida with natural remedies and quality probiotics rather than creams, drugs, and prescriptions. In fact, those only encourage candida to grow. {From Adrienne: I am not sure about them causing it to grow, but I do think that candida is mutating when it can and becoming stronger as a result of the overuse of some of these meds.  My story on that later.}

2.  The next step, and even more important, is to change your diet. Yeah. I said the word diet. What you eat is one of THE most important changes you can make.

Candida thrives off unhealthy foods like sugar and starchy carbohydrates. Those foods make it grow like crazy and create chaos in its wake. Chaos from the inside out that ends up almost destroying some lives.

From Adrienne here again, and it will be my voice through the end of the post:

Enter the need for many new recipes.

To get rid of candida, you need to change what you eat. From loads of sugars and refined starches, to foods that won’t feed candida and will let your body heal.

But that doesn’t mean you need to never eat a sweet treat again.

I have young boys and they already are struggling with candida and have from when they were born. And I have a sweet tooth.

Now, I try to keep it under control, but I still do like to have treats now and then.

If you’re like me, then this book, The Sweeter Side of Candida, is for you. Great info about candida, and 70 Yummiscrumpious Desserts that you can safely eat while fighting Candida–the Awful Gut Foe.

 

The Sweeter Side of Candida

Here’s the book. I so hope to have a cookbook of my own soon that will offer you even more options, but you can get started with these recipes, like:

  • The Feet in the Sand Coconut Ice Cream I mentioned yesterday.  My boys pulled it out of the freezer today to have some more just now.
  • “Best” Almond Butter Buckeyes – Sooo good I had them for breakfast and
  • Mmmm… Shortbread Caramel Cookies.  I will be making these soon.  Think Twix :)!
Homemade Shortbread Caramel Bars - like Twix®! Gluten and Sugar Free!!!

Shortbread Caramel Bars–Need I say more?

These, and 67 more finger-licking treats can be found in here:

Candida Dessert Book - 70 Great Recipes that don't feed candida. Plus info on what candida is and how to fight it.

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Need recipes that will help you stay healthy, lose weight, and fight candida?  This book is for you!

This cookbook is *not* only for those who suffer from candida. It’s for anyone who wants to lose weight and/or stay healthy too!

Note:  This post if for educational purposes only. I am not a medical professional nor do I pretend to be one (though I–Adrienne–was pre med in college.  But that doesn’t mean much, righteo?) So talk with your medical professional prior to making any changes in your diet or supplement program.

What do you think? Do you think you might have candida?
What are you doing / going to do to get healthy?

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom.

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  1. Sorry, but this is medically unfounded and wildly inaccurate. Candida would be one of the least likely explanations for most of the the list of symptoms, signs and conditions you grouped under ‘symptoms’. I’m glad you repeatedly pointed out you are not a doctor.
    Candida is a FUNGAL infection, and is best managed with anti-fungals. If you are having repeated and dramatic candidiasis, maybe you should be assessed by a doctor for immunodeficiency.
    Like all illnesses, having a balanced diet and exercising will help, however an ‘anti-candidia’ diet has no scientific evidence behind it.

    • HI there. I should not that neither myself nor the author purport to be doctors, but the author of the post worked closely w/ a physician. I personally have experience w/ antifungals and candida and have found them to work less effectively than they used to. I have read that candida has adapted to the meds.

      As for the candida diet, there are loads of people who have seen it work, including myself. And it only makes sense that reducing sugar intake will reduce candida as it is a yeast. We all know what happens when you feed sugar to yeast. And yes, immunodeficiency is a possibility as well. Thanks.

      • …and also…immunodeficiency…research from holistic doctors show that it is caused by all these CHEMICALS we put in our foods, medicines, personal and household products. Our bodies can only take so much.

    • Candida IS a fungal infection, I agree. But if you have been to as many doctors as I have, and been told all the crazy things they told me, and given drug after drug, and NOTHING worked, and gotten WORSE, you might think differently. A balanced diet….what is it exactly? Balanced for one person could kill another. A balanced doiet to traditional docs is NOT the same as one a holistic doc will give you. Traditional doctors are paid to prescribe DRUGS. They are TAUGHT to prescribe drugs in medical school. They DO NOT have training in NUTRITION in medical schools. I did a TON of research on the medical field….and how medical schools are under the influence of Big Pharma. Back in the early 1900s they started putting the holistic medical schools out of business, and all were gone by mid 1900s. They are NOT out for OUR best interest. It’s all about the $$$. (Yes, there are holistic medical schools today…once again.) If you want to learn more about how Big Pharma is in control ….even of cancer treatments, I highly recommend viewing the series The Truth About Cancer (Ty Bolinger)….it gives a whole lot of info on holistic healing and organic eating…things we can do BEFORE all these ailments we seem to get nowadays turn into cancer. And it gives GREAT info on how to heal ourselves thru essential oils and FOOD. “Let they food be thy medicine”

  2. Thank you for your helpful information.
    I would like to know what is your opinion about lakato monk fruit sugar

    • I found it to be very pricey but it seems to be OK for candida. Have you tried it? You are so welcome!

      • Thank you for your answer.
        I tried it, and I liked it. I just was not sure if it was healthy, and good for candida diet.
        I am happy to read about your professional opinion.

        • Thanks and glad to have helped. I am not a professional though…well, I’m a professional blogger :). Not a professional health practitioner at all. Hope to see you around again!

  3. I did the candida questionnaire just for the heck of it. I already know I have issues, and have for years, and am always treating them….but wanted to see my score.
    85 and up is a severe issue. Ready for this…mine was 431! HA! I have to laugh …what else can I do? LOL

    • Mine was terrible. There is so much you can do. Hope you can get a handle on it. What have you been doing?

      • I do a cleanse (Renew Life + Candizyme) once a year, but have been needing “touchups’ with just the candizyme at times. I eat no sugar (no fake sugar either), limited fruit sugars, no yeast. I’m in a rut right now becuz the car accident in Oct caused Epstein Barr…and my immune system just crashed.Doing the candida cleanse made me extremely ill…that was the start of it…on the couch 14 days straight and not wanting to do anything (they call me energizer bunny, usually), then I got the bladder infection and homeopathy didn’t work…so onto Bactrim. Yeast infection central here! LOL As I was treating that a few weeks ago my kid brought home a head cold and I got it. I NEVER get those. EVER. It went to the chest being that is my weak spot. Bronchitis is my nemesis. LOL Taking Standard Process supplements thru the holistic doc for that. Now, day 15…still have lung issues. I need at least the candizyme to help get this yeast outa my lungs.Can’t do a full cleanse until I am done my 3 mos EB regimen so I don’t crash all over again. OY! lol So onward I go go…coughing…(did I mention these 2 HEAVY babies I had prolapsed my bladder??? I become a Poise customer when I have bronchitis! haha!) I’ll be looking into a supplement to keep the yeast AWAY too…mentioning it to the doc next time we have a consult in June. I feel like a yeast magnet…like it just shows up! It also affects my gut…I start to get gassy from protein…and the digestive enzymes don’t work…it’s time for a cleanse again. It must never REALLY all clear up. I won’t even eat ONE dried cranberry…cuz they have sugar….that is probably all I need to start the whole flare up again. It’s just getting ridiculous.

        • I am so sorry. I have something that might help w/ the bladder issues – a new program that I am looking into. Here is my affiliate link to their program. I would be interested in hearing what you think. Keep up the good work! http://www.wholewomanstore.com/?AffId=6 (I haven’t done the program yet but need to try it out myself. Sounds very promising.

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