Candida – n. : 1. Title of a Tony Orlando and Dawn song from the ’70’s
2. A genus of yeasts
I am tempted to write my theories about why Tony Orlando would sing about a girl so unfortunately named, but I shall resist that urge. Candida overgrowth – aka Yeast Infections – can be a testy subject for us Lymeys.
Yeast Infection. This term conjures up images of Monistat commercials – particularly the one of the pretty blonde lady who can’t enjoy her fitness class because of itching, discomfort and odor. But it can happen to anyone – male or female – and can effect us anywhere dark and moist. One of the most desirable places would be inside the digestive system.
Antibiotics can aggravate this, and long-term use of antibiotics can invite this vampire into the house. Daily doses of probiotics and/or a serving of yogurt can help prevent this ailment. Sometimes, however, despite our best efforts we are afflicted nonetheless.
In the course of this blog, I have gone on the 17-Day Diet.
I know. I know! You’re probably cringing and resisting the notion of this fad diet, this diet that has a book out – a top-selling book. You’re probably thinking about things such as money and some carb-loathing author with unrealistic expectations. But I will tell you that the first 17 days are the epitome of detox diets. It’s cleansing. It’s short-term. It has a beginning and it has an end and it might even reduce your inflammation! Yes! Joint pain …. it might improve. Mine did.
This diet stabilized my digestive system, too.
So how do you know if you have an internal yeast infection such as this? Here are some symptoms (according to the website: http://www.womentowomen.com/digestionandgihealth/candida.aspx):
Common symptoms associated with systemic yeast
While many of these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than candidiasis, a woman suffering from a yeast syndrome will often experience body-wide symptoms in association with this condition. Because of the widespread nature of these symptoms, candidiasis is often referred to as systemic yeast.
Generalized: Fatigue, lethargy, migraine headaches, weakness, dizziness, sensory disturbances, hypoglycemia, muscle pain, respiratory problems, chemical sensitivities.
Gastrointestinal: Oral thrush, diarrhea, constipation, rectal itching, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), flatulence, food sensitivities.
Genitourinary: Yeast vaginitis, menstrual irregularities, PMS, bladder inflammation, chronic urinary tract infections (UTI’s), cystitis.
Dermatological: Eczema, acne, hives. People with yeast overgrowth can also be prone to fungal nail infections, as well as skin infections such as athelete’s foot, Tinea rash, ringworm, “jock itch” and dandruff.
Psychological and emotional: Confusion, irritability, memory loss, inability to concentrate, depression, insomnia, learning disability, short attention span.
Who is most susceptible?
* A diet high in refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats
* Inadequate dietary fiber
* Impaired immune function (typically due to stress or illness)
* Use of medication such as antibiotics, steroids, birth control or other hormonal therapy
* Environmental or food sensitivities
(*I am sourcing the same website: http://www.womentowomen.com/digestionandgihealth/candida.aspx * But let’s not judge it based on the “women to women” title – it’s good for men to know as well since we’re all susceptible to internal candida overgrowths)
This following link is awesome, too: . http://www.richardhackworth.com/article2.php Howwwwww everrrrrrrr – there seem to be thinly veiled attempts to sell supplements at the bottom. He has a self-quiz, a more extensive list of symptoms, and means of determining if you have yeast at home with a glass of water. No mail order stuff. No lab work.