10 Signs You May Have Candida

Candida is a fungus that lives in small quantities inside out mouths and in our intestine. It helps with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. However, it is  capable of tearing our gut wall and penetrating out bloodstreambut when it reproduces too much. When it happens, it releases toxins into our organism.

This phenomenon can produce several symptoms, from depression to digestive problems. There are many factors that may contribute to the disorderly growth of candida:

  • A high sugar diet (sugar includes breads and pasta);
  • Too much alcohol
  • Oral Contraceptive Pill
  • Fermented foods (usually healthy) like sauerkraut, pickles and kombucha;
  • Chronic stress
  • Antibiotic treatment, which may kill beneficial bacteria

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Sugar – The True Villain

Fortunately, people are increasingly more worried about the effects that certain foods have on their health, but there is still a long way to go. One thing there seems to no longer be any doubt about is the harm that sugar causes to our bodies. Its consumption may be linked to several health problems, from diabetes to cardiac problems, reflux, hormonal imbalance, just to name a few.

As you already know, there are several types of diets out there and many of them advocate different, and sometimes opposing, concepts. However, all of them are in agreement regarding the following: sugar is the true villain responsible for us not being here to watch our grandchildren grow. Don’t believe everything you hear. Research, read, and become more informed.

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Sugar Feeds Cancer

According to several researchers, sugar represents a health risk and contributes to about 35 million deaths around the world every year. The levels of toxicity in sugar is so great that some believe that it should be considered a substance of toxic potential, like alcohol and cigarettes. Others believe that a tax should be imposed upon all foods and drinks that contain sugar, considering its strong connection to type 2 diabetes, which has been increasing absurdly around the world.

The problem with sugar isn’t just diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hyper and hypoglycemia, reflux, cardiovascular disease, to name a few… Sugar and cancer walk hand in hand in such a way that this topic could not be ignored by health professionals. Fortunately, more and more doctors and, of course, alternative and complementary medicine professionals, believe that the most logical, effective, safe, necessary and efficient way of treating cancer is by cutting off the thing on which tumors and cancer cells feed (glucose), making them hungry due to the lack of “food”.

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Is Organic Meat Better? (Part 2)

Organic and conventional meats, as I have already stated in the article Is Organic Meat Better? are different, amongst other things, due to the misuse of antibiotics, which is not common in organic meat. Another difference can be found in the good fats profile.

A recent study (1) revealed that the amount of Omega-3 found in organic meats is 47% higher than the one found in conventional meats. Just a reminder, Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat which is not produced by our bodies and should be part of our diet. Not only is it an essential fat, it is also fundamental for the reduction of inflammation in our body and also for the prevention of cardiac diseases and cognitive decline (2).

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Is Organic Meat Better?

In my most recent posts, I constantly mention that eating meat is healthy, that we should be worried about whether or not it’s organic, and if the animal in question was reared freely.

Other than differences in “good fats”, about which I will write in detail in another post, conventional and organic meats also differ in the use of antibiotics.

In organic meats, they are only used when the animal really becomes ill, but in conventional meats they can be used in order for the animal to grow more than it would otherwise. People didn’t know why this “phenomenon” took place, only that the strategy worked. Now, we know that this happens due to the negative impact that the use of antibiotics has on the intestinal flora of these animals. By inducing a state of chronic imbalance in their intestinal flora, the antibiotics increase the energy that these animals would draw from the same amount of food (1).

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Intermittent Fasting

You have probably spent your entire life hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that, in order to be healthy, you should eat several small meals throughout the day. However, these concepts have changed with time and there are researches today that confirm the benefits of intermittent fasting, which is what you do when you leave the house in the morning without eating anything, or when you spend the day in bed on the weekend and lunch is your first meal of the day.

These researches also suggest that fasting has the same beneficial effects as calorie restriction, which drastically raises the life expectancy of animals. In addition to all of this, intermittent fasting may be used as an option for those who are unable to reduce their daily calorie intake and need to lose weight. Other benefits of intermittent fasting are: an increase in the production levels of the growth hormone (also known as the “fitness hormone”), making losing weight easier, reducing insulin resistance, reducing inflammation, improving blood pressure and increasing lean body mass.

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