If you want to perform at your best, you need to focus on the little things that prevent that from happening. Candida is an all too common issue that goes unresolved in athletes but can be easily corrected with the right body chemistry.
Candida is a type of naturally occurring yeast found in the human body. In healthy individuals, the candida yeast that lives in their mouth and intestinal tract helps detect and destroy harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness. However, in certain individuals the candida albicans yeast in their body can reproduce too much and this normally protective yeast can lead to a number of health problems. Many practitioners have a difficult time getting the candida in some people’s body under control and their health continues to suffer. But using metabolic typing to balance body chemistry can help.
What Causes the Problem
Excessive candida yeast in the body is caused by a chemical imbalance. When there is too much sugar in the bloodstream, the cells cannot absorb it all and the body’s symbiotic relationship with the candida yeast is thrown off. Practitioners use several methods to get the yeast under control, but often find some clients respond to the treatment while others don’t. What many professionals don’t realize is the problem isn’t caused solely by the candida yeast. The body chemistry of the patient plays an important role as well. Chemical imbalances in the body is what causes the candida yeast to flourish and cause problems.
A Simple Solution
The solution to resolving the problems caused by candida is to balance the body chemistry. The key to permanently solving the issue of an overgrowth of candida in otherwise healthy, athletic people is to begin with metabolic typing. Unless metabolic typing is the basis of treatment a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner recommends, it will be near impossible to resolve candida overgrowth in the majority of people. Metabolic typing enables a practitioner to better understand the metabolism of each client and help them to find an effective resolution.
The Causes of Candida Overgrowth
Many people suffer with candida because of their diets, gastrointestinal imbalances, hormonal imbalances, parasites, antibiotic use and toxicity problems. These issues are caused by heavy metals like mercury in the environment and a reaction to an improper diet. But each person’s metabolic system is slightly different, so the dietary change that may help some people will be ineffective with others. It is necessary to understand each person’s metabolism to be able to recommend the dietary changes they need to keep problems with candida from happening. This is where metabolic typing can be very valuable.
Candida Overgrowth Is Only A Symptom
Many people see candida as a medical condition. In reality, it’s a signal from their bodies making them aware an imbalance exists that can lead to very serious health problems. Often people with an overgrowth of candida may also complain about thyroid problems, chronic fatigue and insomnia and issues with their gut. All of these can be resolved by starting with a change in diet using the metabolic typing that provides a suitable baseline. Often times, by going to your doctor that doesn’t understand the importance of metabolic typing simply prescribe medications to treat the symptoms and neglect to identify and address the underlying cause of the problem.
A Significant Fungal Pathogen
Candida albicans is always present in the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal tract and intestines and naturally appears in bowel flora. However, when there are chemical imbalances in the body and the immune system is weakened, candida can become an opportunistic organism and transform into a dangerous fungal pathogen that can cause infections and allergic reactions and trigger celiac and Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune disorders. Candida overgrowth is highly immune responsive and can lead to histamine release, inflammation and a decline in the natural function of cell that protect the body.
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
When the chemicals in the body are not in proper balance, candida can grow wildly and spread throughout the body. The person can begin experiencing fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, swollen joints, muscle aches, coughing, wheezing, mood swings, ear pain, deafness, failing vision and burning or tearing eyes. Other symptoms include a lack of coordination, problems concentrating, depression, irritability, numbness, tingling and coldness in the hands and feet, increased sensitivities to foods and chemicals, allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, hives and rashes and chronic fungal infections including genital yeast and athlete’s foot.
A Long-Term Solution
The key to controlling candida is balancing the person’s biochemistry. Metabolic typing allows the practitioner to prevent the yeast from overgrowing by helping them to design the right diet for each client’s unique metabolism. This includes eliminating foods that stimulate candida growth like honey, molasses, sugar, syrup, fruits and juices in large quantities, fermented foods and yeast products. Add the use of powerful natural antifungals like oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract.
A non-pharmaceutical approach that includes specific enzymes, probiotics, chelating agents, antifungal, gut healing supplements and a customized diet based on metabolic typing has consistently delivered the best long-term results in controlling candida overgrowth.
Every person is different, therefore so is the approach. If you think you have candida and it is disrupting sleep or reducing performance, then it’s time to make a change. Stop chasing symptoms and schedule a free discovery consultation today to get answers.
Rich Jacobs is a Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner who specializes in resolving gut, insomnia, low libido, fatigue and fat issues. He uses a holistic approach and functional lab work to identify root causes such as hormone imbalances or gut pathogens that could be impacting your health.