Why Monitoring Your Candida Levels is Important for Your Gut Health

Avoid Candida overgrowth with these foods

Candida. The word most women hate to hear. In reality , we all have it, but, in healthy amounts. Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion when in proper levels in the body and it makes up our microbiome.

Problems arise when the microbiome is weakened causing a decrease in the good bacteria and an increase in yeast, parasites, and bad bacteria.

Who is susceptible to overgrowth?

People suffering from the following :

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chronic antibiotic use
  • Diabetes or metabolic syndrome
  • Weakened immune systems
  • High levels of oestrogen (from oral contraceptives or estrogen replacements)

Why are our Candida levels important for gut health?

An overgrowth can cause havoc with your gut lining and result in conditions like leaky gut. When Candida overproduces it can break down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrate into the blood stream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system causing leaky gut syndrome. Your microbiome becomes totally compromised when there’s an overgrowth.

Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this syndrome.

What foods should I avoid to help monitor my Candida levels?

First you should ask your Dietician/Natropath for a comprehensive list of foods to avoid, but here are a few that you should be avoiding:

  • All sugar – OBVS!
  • Processed foods
  • Fruits – especially dried fruit, why? More sugar!
  • Nut Skin = Yeast! No soya, peanuts, or peanut butter
  • Dairy products
  • Alcohol – especially beer and wine
  • Fermented foods
  • Vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar
  • All fruit juices
  • Yeast and breads
  • Also, some veggies to avoid are sweetcorn, peas, mushrooms and sweet potatoes

Any foods I should embrace?

Definitely! Here are some foods I suggest to try an embrace in your daily life to help you monitor your Candida:

  • Veggies: Green leafy veggies, onions, garlic, spinach, broccoli, celery, cucumber, leeks, chives
  • Quinoa
  • All free range & organic , eggs and chicken
  • Nut butters – Cashew and Macadamia
  • Fruit -Grapefruit, paw paw, lemon and Kiwi
  • Goats milk
  • Seeds
  • Good fats and oils
  • Herbal teas
  • Lots of water

Ask your doctor what you can take, there is oregano oil, paraherb, para90 – these work!

Good luck afribeings

Contributor: Lisa Stocks
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta.

9 Ways Our Health Guru Keeps Her Body Balanced

Lisa Stocks Wellness Guru Afribeing talks tackling unbalanced blood sugar levels

I keep coming back to sugar, but why? It’s one of the greatest challenges for me when it comes to keeping my blood sugar levels balanced, and it’s imperative that I avoid it  — this one never gets easier!

Blood sugar levels, like our hormones and all the bacteria and fungus living in our gut, such as mitochondria, can’t be too high or too low. It has to be just right. Remind you of a childhood fairytale? (Goldilocks for those who didn’t get that!)

Experts say if more than one of the below resonates with you, then you have unbalanced blood sugar levels: 

  1. You crave sweets or breads and pastries — a lot! (ummm JA!)
  2. Eating sweets doesn’t relieve your sugar cravings. (Yup!)
  3. You become irritable and “hangry” if you miss a meal.
  4. When you find yourself needing caffeine to get through the day.
  5. Becoming lightheaded if you miss a meal.
  6. Eating makes you exhausted and in need of a nap.
  7. It’s difficult for you to lose weight.
  8. You feel weak, shaky, or jittery quite frequently,
  9. Having to pee a lot.
  10. Finding yourself getting agitated, easily upset, or nervous.
  11. Your memory is not what it used to be.
  12. Vision becomes blurry.
  13. Your waist is equal to or larger than your hips.
  14. A low sex drive.
  15. You find that you are always thirsty.

How I keep my blood sugar balanced

 Any of those sound familiar? Here are 9 ways I have helped manage my own blood sugar balance

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Exercise everyday
  3. Control stress
  4. Don’t eat all day long, i.e don’t graze rather have decent meals and wait 4-5 hours in between meals
  5. Portion Control – less carbs, no sugar
  6. Get enough Sleep
  7. Take Magnesium
  8. Sip on Green tea
  9. Get your dose of B Vitamins and Good fats

Contributor: Lisa Stocks
Photographer: Melissa Delport