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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Candida or yeast in the body sabotages weight loss

Dr. Atkins had a chapter on metabolic resistance to weight loss. If I remember correctly, one of them was medications, another hypothyroidism and another Candida. In fact, he had a story in there about a woman who was having great difficulty losing any weight at all. Once the Candida was addressed, she lost weight with ease. The Vita-Nutrient book by Dr. Atkins has a good write-up on Candida and what to do.

If Candida (which everyone has) gets out of hand, all sorts of things can go wrong creating many strange symptoms, even paresthesia (numbness and tingling). Some research I did, showed some pretty serious diseases and other symptoms, but since everyone has Candida, I didn't want to scare anyone. I cannot wrap my mind around all those symptoms. Keep it simple and keep Candida down to a dull roar.

"Classic symptoms of Candida"

Gastrointestinal: indigestion, gas, bloating, inflammation, pain, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, bad breath, dry mouth, coating on tongue, thrush.

Somatic and Allergic: numbness, burning or tingling; painful, swollen, stiff joints; muscle aches and tension, nasal congestion, head tension, headaches, blurred vision, tinnitis, shortness of breath, chest pains, weight loss dizziness, sinusitis, chemical sensitivity.

Mental/Emotional: depression, mental confusion, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, disorientation, impaired decision making, low energy, hyperactivity, agitation.

Skin: white fungal skin patches like dandruff, acne, athlete's foot, anal itch, diaper rash, psoriasis, dermatitis, impetigo, finger and toenail inflammation.

Sexual: vaginitis, discharge, itch, bladder infection, menstrual irregularities, pain, cramps, lowered libido, infertility, impotency, prostate problems.

Urinary: Frequent urination, burning and desire to urinate, fluid retention, edema.

Here are other ways to recognize if it is getting out of hand:

I do the spit in water in a glass test in the morning: Candida Saliva Test

Apparently, if you stick out your tongue and it has a white coating, you have a bit more yeast than you need.

Treatment involves diet and enough fiber to flush out toxins as the yeast dies off, Probiotics (how much is an individual thing), and anti-fungals to kill some of the Candida. Anti-fungals such as caprylic acid (pretty powerful) and garlic are effective. Here are some more anti-fungals:
Anti-fungals

It is important to drink lots of water.

Candida Diet

Once Candida is under control, a feeling of well-being should return, symptoms will subside and disappear and weight loss will hopefully resume.

6 comments:

Amy Dungan (aka Sparky's Girl) said...

Fantastic info Jennifer! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Amy. I greatly appreciate your support on my fledgling blog.

Amy Dungan (aka Sparky's Girl) said...

It won't be fledgling long Jennifer... :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Amy. I won't forget your encouragement in these early days. You are special.

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