Candida and your skin
First, we have to understand what candida is. Candida is a fungal infection and is typically found in the mouth and small intestine. It is generally not problematic until it begins to grow uncontrollably. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections and there are many contributing factors that can lead to an candida overgrowth in the body.
- A weakened immune system
- High stress levels
- Gut bacteria imbalance
So, understanding how our gut and skin is linked is the first step. This was covered in our previous blog—Part One—if you missed it you can catch up here.
Could candida be affecting your skin?
Absolutely. As our skin is our largest eliminating organ in our body it is often a reflection of the health of our insides and what is going into our bodies. So if your body is trying to eliminate garbage from your body, this could be the reason your skin does not look its best, and candida can often be the culprit.
But how can candida overgrowth affect our skin?
Well … candida LOVES sugar! In fact, it thrives on sugar. How often have you heard someone say, “I could die for a piece of chocolate”? That statement might be closer to the truth than they think. While they are enjoying that lovely, sweet mouth-watering bar of chocolate, the candida are having their daily feed. So we already know that our skin is a reflection of what is going on internally, and if you are feeding the candida its most desired craving, then as a result, your skin will be reflecting your candida-fuelled gut! The skin and the gut originate from the same type of cell, so it’s understandable that they work in tandem.
How to know if you have an candida overgrowth?
A way of testing to see if someone has candida is to ask him or her, “Can you start a bar of chocolate and stop after the first row?” If their answer is no, there is a good chance that they are suffering from a candida overgrowth.
Feeding your skin from within and kicking out the candida.
An imbalance of your good bacteria allows candida to flourish. Friendly bacteria can assist in controlling the excess of candida by assisting your body defend against pathogenic bacteria. It has been noted that after a few months, sugar cravings diminish. By controlling the sugar rush and reducing the amount of white poison consumed, an improvement in your health status will almost always ensue. The most important thing is to get the sugar consumption under control. Reducing candida in the system will make this much simpler. The long-term benefits will far outweigh the short-term loss of comfort food.
In trials using Probiotic Foods one of the common side benefits was the reduction of sugar cravings. This reduction in cravings then seemed to be associated with weight loss, better looking skin, improved bowel movements and greater sense of overall wellbeing.
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