It’s a sneaky, unfamiliar fungal infection that many people struggle with but don’t even know it.

What is Candida?

Candida is a fungus that lives on the skin, inside the mouth, and in the vagina. Men can suffer from Candida too, but it’s more common in women.

It’s a sneaky, unfamiliar fungal infection that many people struggle with but don’t even know it. They may have all kinds of issues going on in their body, but don’t know that these issues are associated with the signs and symptoms of Candida. That’s because candida isn’t widely known or talked about, and doctors don’t really tell you much about it either.

There are about 20 different varieties of the Candida fungus that normally live in our guts (our intestines), on our skin and in our vagina, usually living in balance with our healthy bacteria. Where it becomes a problem is when there is an overgrowth and an imbalance of the good vs. bad bacteria. An overgrowth of the bad bacteria can cause MAJOR problems in the body, and if not treated properly can cause long-term health issues.

Common Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

  • Recurring yeast infections
  • UTI’s or vaginal bacterial infections
  • Skin issues like acne or eczema
  • Skin rashes or discolouration
  • Digestive issues
  • Food sensitivities
  • Abdominal bloating, cramping and gas
  • Chronic fatigue and low energy
  • Brain fog and memory loss
  • Weakened immune system
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Weight gain

There are also many triggers that cause Candida to flare up in the body. Some of the most common triggers are:

  • High stress
  • Poor diet (high sugar, junk & processed foods, high carb, high alcohol intake)
  • Long-term antibiotic use
  • Long-term birth control use
  • Menstruation
  • Diabetes

If you can relate to any of these signs/symptoms/triggers and you suspect that you are experiencing some form of Candida overgrowth, the good news is that you can actually do something about it – and treat it naturally!

Personally, I’ve been struggling with recurring yeast infections for most of my life. But it was 5 years ago when I was going through a period of extreme stress in my personal life when my Yoni health drastically changed.

At this point, I experienced Yoni health issues on a whole other level. I suffered from recurring vaginal yeast infections once, sometimes twice per month and I had severe brain fog that felt like I was drunk all the time. It was even hard to remember things that happened the day before, and I was exhausted all the time, no matter how much I slept. On top of that, I struggled with a sinus infection that just wouldn’t go away. At the age of 32, I got such bad cystic acne on my face, I didn’t even want to go out in public…

During this period, I visited all kinds of doctors, but they couldn’t tell me anything. They would say send me home with a prescription, not taking the time to understand what was REALLY going on with me.

That’s when I started researching it myself. I went into my local health food store, explained all of my symptoms to the lady who worked there who told me simply … 

"It sounds like you have a Candida infection, which is an overgrowth of the bad bacteria in your gut."

She told me I needed to cut all of the inflammatory foods out of my diet, especially sugar, eat a clean diet full of greens, protein, and good fat.  No carbs, sweets, coffee or alcohol. None of my favourite things! I needed to do this for 3 months and take additional supplements for support to get rid of the Candida infection that had taken over my body.

I started immediately and it was HELL, at least for the first week. There was a period of “die-off” where all the bad bacteria start dying because I was starving them of the sugar that they love to feed off of.  During this period of die-off, they release toxins into your bloodstream which made me feel really sick. Once the bad “hump” was over, I slowly started feeling better.

Within the first month, my skin cleared up, I had more energy, the yeast infections went away, my mind felt clearer, I slept better. I FELT better.  It was difficult to change my diet and lifestyle so drastically, but it WORKED. It made me understand the saying “you are what you eat”, on a whole other level!

Since then, my life has changed. I am very mindful of the foods I eat that are low-to-no sugar, anti-inflammatory, clean and healthy. I eat a primarily paleo-style diet as I find it is supportive of an anti-candida diet. I do love to indulge occasionally because balance is important! I follow the 80/20 rule (80% good, 20% indulge), but my struggles with Candida have forever changed my life and lifestyle. It’s still in my system, I still get the odd yeast infection but it’s rare these days. The good news is now I know what to do and how to manage it.

Looking back, I am very grateful for this experience because If it wasn’t for my struggles with Candida, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

And now I am able to help so many other women struggling with similar issues, heal their bodies, and their Yoni’s, just like I did mine!



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