How to End Candida Overgrowth and Manage Die-Off

Yeast and fungal infections are no fun, but if you have an overgrowth of the fungus Candida in your body, a condition known as candidiasis, you may experience these and other symptoms more often than you’d like.

While a small amount of Candida in the body assists with digestion and the absorption of nutrients, some factors can cause Candida to grow out of control, including:
• Antibiotics
• A diet high in refined carbs and sugar
• Heavy alcohol use
• Chronic stress
• Diabetes
• Weakened immunity

Getting Candida under control is essential for good health. In addition to causing yeast and fungal infections, an overgrowth of this fungus can cause health issues like urinary tract and sinus infections, digestive woes, skin problems, and joint pain.

Triggering a Candida Die-Off

One natural and effective way to treat candidiasis is through your diet. By cutting out refined sugars and carbs and eating foods like garlic, coconut oil, and kombucha, you can starve the Candida while promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the body.

However, rapidly killing off the Candida in your body can cause a number of side effects. When Candida dies en masse, the resulting metabolic reactions produce over 70 different toxins that are released into the body. These toxins can cause a range of symptoms, including:

• Brain fog
• Headache
• Digestive problems like constipation or bloating
• Dizziness or fatigue
• Mood changes
• Skin breakouts
• Fever and chills
• Aches and pains
• Swollen glands
• Cold or flu-like symptoms

It can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks for these toxins to clear the body and the symptoms to disappear.

Managing Candida Die-Off Symptoms

While Candida die-off can make you feel even worse than the Candida overgrowth made you feel, keep in mind that once your body is free of Candida and its related die-off toxins, you’ll regain your energy, vitality, and good health. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to speed up the die-off and reduce discomfort during the process.

 

Reduce your stress.

Stress can slow the die-off of Candida, and it can make symptoms feel worse. Reduce daily stressors as much as possible, and use deep-breathing meditation exercises to reduce stress on the spot.

Consider a daily meditation practice, which not only reduces stress but also improves the way your body responds to stress in the future.

 

Engage in self-care.

A few essential self-care practices can improve the way you feel during a Candida die-off. First, get plenty of sleep. During sleep, your body repairs itself, and sleep is crucial for optimal immunity.

Secondly, drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and reduce the risk of UTI and other infections.

Finally, engage in a half-hour of exercise each day to promote relaxation, circulation, and optimal lymphatic function.

 

Boost your nutrition.

An extra nutritional boost during the Candida die-off can speed things up as well as improve how you feel.

Some of the best foods to add to your diet during this time include apple cider vinegar, fermented foods, unsweetened cranberry juice, cultured dairy products, green vegetables, and spices like cinnamon and turmeric.

 

Take a supplement.

Specially formulated supplements can help speed up the Candida die-off and reduce adverse side effects. Stonehenge Health’s Natural Candida Formula combines digestive enzymes, probiotics, immune support, and herbal cleanse support to help destroy Candida and improve your body’s function.

If, after taking Natural Candida Formula, your symptoms linger, see your doctor. Candida can be stubborn, and in severe cases, antifungal medications may be needed to restore normal Candida levels and end the symptoms of overgrowth.


Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/index.html

https://www.dickinson.edu/download/downloads/id/6600/candida_and_nutrition.pdf

5 Common Signs of a Gluten Sensitivity and How to Remedy It

Gluten has, in recent years, been demonized in many circles, leading to a mass boycott of this family of proteins. But gluten is harmless if you don’t have an adverse reaction to it.

Gluten is found in wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. Gluten consists of two main proteins called glutenin and gliadin. When these two proteins mix with water, they become glue-like in consistency, hence the name. Gluten gives bread dough it’s elastic nature and gives the final product its much-beloved chewy texture.

Around one percent of the population has celiac disease, which is the most severe form of gluten intolerance. In people with celiac disease, the immune system believes that the gluten proteins are foreign invaders, and it attacks them–along with the gut wall. Classified as an autoimmune disease, celiac disease can cause severe damage to the digestive system.

Gluten sensitivity, also known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity, is different from celiac disease and has milder symptoms. Unlike celiac disease, gluten sensitivity doesn’t damage the gut lining, but it can cause serious intestinal discomfort nonetheless.

Studies show that the majority of people who believe they’re gluten intolerant may not have a gluten sensitivity at all. One study found that only 25 percent of those who reported gluten sensitivity met the diagnostic criteria. That doesn’t mean that eating a lot of gluten still won’t make your gut unhappy.

Common Symptoms of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

The symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity are wide-ranging, and some, like headaches, aren’t directly related to digestion. On their own, each symptom can have a myriad of causes. But if multiple symptoms occur together, it could be a sign of gluten sensitivity. The following are the five most common signs of non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

1. Bloating


Bloating is a very common digestive woe, and it’s associated with all kinds of foods and conditions. Research shows that around 87 percent of people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity experience frequent bloating discomfort.

2. Diarrhea and constipation


People who have regular bouts of diarrhea or constipation may be gluten-sensitive, especially if their feces are particularly foul-smelling. A recent study found that over half of people with gluten sensitivity have frequent diarrhea, and around 25 percent experience regular constipation.

3. Headaches


While headaches are very common and have numerous causes, regular headaches that occur along with digestive symptoms can indicate a gluten sensitivity. In fact, some studies show that gluten-sensitive people may be more likely to experience migraines than non-sensitive people.

4. Fatigue


Up to 82 percent of people with gluten sensitivity frequently feel tired and fatigued, according to research, especially after eating foods containing gluten. In some cases, gluten intolerance can cause anemia, which contributes to fatigue.

5. Skin issues


Skin problems are common in people with celiac disease, and they can also indicate a gluten sensitivity in those without celiac. Skin problems associated with gluten sensitivity include psoriasis (scaly, red skin), alopecia areata (non-scarring hair loss), and chronic urticaria (itchy, pink or red lesions with pale centers).

How Gluten Sensitivity is Diagnosed and Treated

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is diagnosed if:

•You experience immediate symptoms after ingesting gluten.
•You cut out gluten and symptoms disappear.
•You re-introduce gluten and experience symptoms again.
•Medical exams rule out celiac disease and wheat allergy.
•A blinded gluten test confirms non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

If you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, the most important thing to do is to take good care of your digestive health every day to reduce symptoms. A daily probiotic like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics can help keep your gut flora in balance to reduce digestive discomfort, while our Incredible Digestive Enzymes support gluten digestion as well as the digestion of carbs, dairy, and fiber.

Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your gluten sensitivity, you may need to avoid gluten altogether, although some people with this condition can consume small amounts of gluten without too much trouble. Through trial and error, and with supplemental digestive support, you can find out what works best for you.





 

 

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Is your gut affecting your skin? New research says “Yes.”

Over the weekend, I read up on a medical study that really blew my mind.

I’m sharing it with you today because it’s information I feel will bring immediate benefits into your life.

And it deals with something you probably worry about every day but will help you understand it in a new way:

Your complexion.

You see, more than 80 percent of your body’s immunity is located in your gut.

For it to be healthy, it’s good to make sure your gut has a well-balanced variety of good bacteria.

This is important because good bacteria work to strengthen the lining of your gut.

Now, when you’re lacking enough good gut bugs, your body’s immune system works to fight off the effects of the bad gut bugs — causing inflammation. (1)

Bothersome acne and other skin related blemishes are all the direct result of inflammation.

So, what can you do to keep inflammation from disrupting the way you look?

Luckily there are a few really easy, natural gut health fixes that are great for you.

#1 – For starters, as I mentioned above, eating a wide variety of well-balanced foods can make a big difference. Make sure you’re getting plenty of green, orange, purple and red fruits & veggies in your diet.

#2 – Another key tip is to avoid sugary, processed foods. These do nothing to support a healthy gut flora…and often make things even worse. (2)

#3 – And the third piece of advice: make sure you include a high-grade probiotic into your daily routine – it’s something I’ve been doing for years.

Especially one that includes the Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum strains.

Research has shown that these strains, in particular, have the ability to regulate the kind of inflammation that can ruin your skin. (3)

Hopefully, these tips help take some of the guesswork out of finding the gut and skin health you’ve been searching for.

We want you to look and feel your best all year long and with the right balance of foods and a powerful probiotic supplement, you will be will on your way!


SOURCES:

(1) “How Your Gut—Yes, Your Gut—Affects Your Skin”. 2015. Women’s Health. Accessed August 7 2018. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/a19984618/the-skin-gut-connection/.

(2) Beck, Julie. 2014. “Your Gut Bacteria Want You To Eat A Cupcake”. The Atlantic. Accessed August 7 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/your-gut-bacteria-want-you-to-eat-a-cupcake/378702/.

(3) Kober, Mary-Margaret, and Whitney P. Bowe. 2015. “The Effect Of Probiotics On Immune Regulation, Acne, And Photoaging”. International Journal Of Women’s Dermatology 1 (2): 85-89. Elsevier BV. doi:10.1016/j.ijwd.2015.02.001.