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Why should you care about contaminated water? Our body is made up of around 45-50% water. Water is vital for our survival! But will any drinking water do?
I’m such a snob when it comes to drinking water. This is because, unfortunately, contaminated water is so common, even in developed countries. This is mainly because of old water pipes and chemical pollution. It’s so sad! It doesn’t matter where you live anymore.
For example, America has fluoride in their water supplies, which is a lethal toxin. What fluoride does is act as a mitochondrial toxin, and it sabotages the ability for us to create cellular energy, affecting the enzymes in our body. What makes this worse is that fluoride is a tiny molecule, making it extremely difficult to filter out once it’s in your water supply. Even if you have a whole-house carbon filtration system that has a large volume of carbon, you won’t be able to get it all.
Is Reverse Osmosis the way to go then? Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems remove water impurities, but not many are aware that they also remove the beneficial minerals and trace elements along with the harmful contaminants! Basically, it turns your water into “dead water!”
No life in it, no good minerals and elements whatsoever! In fact, the reverse osmosis process removes 92-99% of beneficial calcium and magnesium as well as removing chlorine, inorganic and organic impurities in your water. RO is like distillation.
A water distillation system is designed to purify water cheaply, quickly, and efficiently. To distil water, all you really need is a heat source and a condenser. Distilled water is an active absorber, and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher their body acidity becomes. Continually drinking this type of water is a bad idea because of its acidity. It is recommended for getting rid of toxins in the body, but once the toxins are gone, its job is done. So Reverse Osmosis is not the best option for drinking clean water.
There’s been so much propaganda about ionized/alkaline water and how good it is for you, but the facts are that… there are no facts! No scientific proof that it is the best water and it is meant to do what it says it does. For example, drinking alkaline water supposedly “reduces the acidity in your body and restores it to a healthy alkaline state.”
According to many chemists though, that statement is false. Sure, there have been some small studies but the results are not conclusive. There are even possible side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and others. It won’t magically boost your energy levels either. So, as you know, PLEASE do not believe everything you hear and read! So is ionized/alkaline water a good clean water drinking option? At your own risk, it might benefit you or it might make you sick. Definitely wouldn’t be the smartest idea to drink it all the time all day long.
So, what would be the best water to quench your thirst? Spring Water! This is the only type of water we all should be drinking. It’s quite amazing that, on its own, it has been filtered by the earth in ways that we don’t really understand. It contains a variety of trace minerals that our body desperately calls out for. So, if need water asap, look for glass bottled spring water from a reputable brand
What can we do if we cannot get our hands on spring water, either because of the price or where we live just doesn’t sell quality spring water? Well, if you care about your health, you need to think about and invest in a good filter. Even though it won’t get rid of everything all the time, it really has become more of a necessity than an option these days. There are some good filters out there and some even add those trace minerals that of body wants and needs.
Here are a few filters that I recommend that have been proven that really get the job done. And no, a ‘Brita’ water filter is not one of them! It just doesn’t cut it! It removes chlorine, but it does not block chloramine (which is just as bad). I highly recommend “Pure Effects Water Filter Systems,” it protects our drinking water and helps restore it back to its natural ‘pure’ state, entering our body whole and nutritious again.
“Berkey Water Filter” is also a good one that removes all impurities. It is so powerful that it is also classified as a “purifier,” and it is used worldwide as the international standard for water filters. It transforms the water into great tasting, pure drinking water, and does this all naturally without using chemicals and complicated processes.
There you have it, the best options for clean drinking water at your reach. Healthy water, healthy body.
There is nothing more annoying than packing on extra pounds that, despite all your efforts, won’t budge.
You might even be pumping iron, running miles and attending every yoga and spin class possible but STILL find it difficult to lose the extra weight that has accumulated over the years.
If this is you, you probably feel out of shape, frustrated and lost. What I want you to realize right at this moment is you are not alone!
In my nutrition practice, many of my female clients are active women. They love to spend time outside, running, hiking, biking and swimming. Therefore, it must be easy for them to maintain a healthy body weight, right?
Wrong. Many of the women I work with, as healthy as they try to be, still struggle to maintain a healthy body weight.
So, what gives? Why are women, who do everything in their power to stay healthy, continue to pack on extra pounds?
Despite what we are told, weight loss is not an easy feat. It’s certainly not as simple as eating less calories and exercising more. This false claim causes women to gain MORE weight.
The truth is, weight loss is complicated and there are several reasons why you may not be able to lose weight. Most of these obstacles to weight loss are completely unknown.
The good news? Once you discover the hidden reasons why you can’t lose weight, you can fix the issue and finally start to experience the results you are looking for.
Let’s explore the five most common (yet unknown) reasons why women struggle to lose weight.
Today, healthy sleep habits often get pushed aside to make room in our already overwhelming schedules.
In fact, I work with many women who get less than six hours of sleep every night. Though this leaves them feeling fatigued and drained the next day, they tend to push through with the help of caffeine.
Sleep is incredibly important to all aspects of health, especially weight loss!
The amount of sleep you get every night has a huge effect, not only on your food choices the next day, but also on whether your body decides to store fuel (the food you eat) as fat or burn it as energy.
Firstly, sleep affects the endocannabinoid (eCB) system, a key player in the brain’s regulation of appetite and energy levels.
(Ever wonder why people who smoke marijuana get “the munchies”? This is because marijuana activates the eCB system, causing increased hunger and reduced willpower.)
During a study completed by the University of Chicago, 11 individuals were placed on a fixed diet and were either allowed 1) a normal 8.5 hours of sleep or 2) a restricted 4.5 hours of sleep.
In the afternoons, when sleep-deprived, the participants had eCB levels that were higher than when they had a full night’s rest. These higher eCB levels also lasted longer.
Since higher eCB levels cause increased hunger and reduced willpower, when sleep-deprived, the participants often snacked in between meals and made poor food choices; consistently choosing the junk food over the healthy options.1 They were also hungry all day long!
Have you experienced increased hunger after poor sleep? If so, you probably reached for anything to curb your sugar craving, including refined carbs. I know when I don’t sleep well I crave pasta with butter and salt like no other!
Secondly, lack of sleep affects insulin sensitivity.
A recent study found that after four nights of sleep deprivation (4.5 hours per night), participants experienced insulin sensitivity that was consistent with the insulin sensitivity of diabetic and obese people.2
When this happens, your body cannot use insulin properly which causes your blood sugar levels to rise to unhealthy levels as well as causes the sugar in the food you eat to be sent to the liver where it is converted into fat (rather than to your cells to be used for fuel).
To keep weight off, you must prioritize sleep habits. This means getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night and being in bed before 10:30pm.
A significant amount of regeneration and repair occurs between the hours of 10pm and midnight. An hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep after midnight.
Minerals are the spark plugs of the body. They are needed as co-factors for almost every single enzyme reaction in the body. If you are lacking minerals, you are lacking the tools your body needs to function properly.
Unfortunately, in modern times, it is rare to find a man or woman who has healthy mineral status. Most people simply do not eat enough whole, unprocessed foods required to obtain these levels.
Instead, they eat too much high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, refined vegetable oils, trans fats and overall fake, junky processed foods that have hardly any minerals.
If these processed “foods” make up most your diet, you can bet you are malnourished. In fact, many obese people are not over nourished, they are malnourished.
But what about if you DO eat a whole foods diet…but you still have extra weight?
Even if you eat a healthy, whole foods diet, you can STILL be mineral deficient.
Why? Each decade that passes, our soil becomes more and more deficient in minerals. The nutrient content of the soil has changed significantly in the past 50 years and even more in the past 20 years.
This means that if a fruit or vegetable is said to have 80% of a vitamin or a nutrient, the actual percentage is much less.
Believing that you can get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from food alone is great in theory but this is simply not true.
What does this have to do with weight gain? Everything.
Your body needs appropriate mineral and nutrient status to burn fat.
It needs minerals like chromium, zinc, selenium, and magnesium to regulate blood sugar levels. Unregulated blood sugar levels can lead to increased fat gain.
It also needs B6 and B12 to help convert your food into usable energy. Lacking these vitamins means that your body can’t utilize the food that you eat. So, what happens? This food gets broken down and funneled into fat storage.
Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggest that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have plasma B12 levels in the low normal range. Nine percent had outright deficiency, and 16 percent exhibited “near deficiency”.
Most shocking to the researchers was the fact that low B12 levels were as common in younger people as they were in the elderly.3
Additionally, your mineral and vitamin status determines your energy levels.
If you have low energy, you are not going to be very motivated to exercise. You are also going to feel less able to prepare yourself healthy, whole meals and will be more likely to reach for the quick, convenient food that is packed with unhealthy fats, sugars and chemicals.
Moreover, stress greatly increases the burn rate of our minerals and vitamins. Since most women are chronically stressed to some degree, not only do we receive fewer minerals from our food but we also use minerals at a quicker rate.
This leaves most women mineral and vitamin deficient and with extra weight despite eating what they consider to be a healthy diet.
What can you do about it?
For starters, try to eat all your fruits and vegetables lightly cooked (NOT over-cooked). Minerals and vitamins are significantly more available in the slightly cooked form because the cooking process breaks down indigestible fibres and releases much of the food’s nutrition.
You also might consider taking a mineral supplement with the guidance of a nutritionist. I will not recommend minerals without knowing your individual mineral status because every single mineral influences every other mineral in the body.
To assess mineral levels, a Hair Mineral Analysis is an inexpensive test that can give you significant information about not only mineral status but toxic metal burden. You will need the assistance of an experienced practitioner to interpret the results of this test. I encourage you to book a free 30 minute consult with me to determine if this test is appropriate for your health concerns. You can do that here.
I also recommend incorporating food-based minerals into your diet, such as Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton.
Exercise has been touted as a cure-all for poor dietary choices, overeating and almost every health condition on the planet. This information makes many women think that they need to constantly exercise no matter what, which often leads to over-exercising. Over-exercising involves intense exercise for an hour or more at least once a day, but may be even less for some women).
Many women feel the need to exercise when they are sick, have low energy and even after a poor night’s sleep. This is problematic for several reasons and can have the opposite effect.
If your body is stressed, worn down and burnt out, then it might not take much exercise at all to overwhelm your body.
Excessive exercise depletes minerals. Good mineral status is critical to healthy weight loss.
If you exercise too much you could be losing necessary minerals and vitamins that your body not only needs to lose weight, but to keep you healthy.
Excessive exercise also influences your cortisol levels.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that your body releases when it believes your life is in danger. Cortisol is responsible for breaking down your cells and tissues and transporting everything, including sugar, into the blood so that you can have super human strength to survive a stressful situation. Great, right?
Occasional cortisol production is normal and beneficial to you; however, when cortisol production is chronic, it tells the body that the world is stressful so you better start conserving resources. The body will react by turning you into a fat storing machine rather than a fat burning one.
What’s important to understand is that exercise is a stressor. It can be a good stressor if you lead a calm, relaxed life. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most of us.
Many of us wake up earlier than we want, spend all day at a job we hate, run around doing errands after work and then go to the gym and work out hard until we’re overwhelmed by exhaustion and cannot possibly go any longer.
We stress ourselves out all day long and then top it off with intense, stress-producing exercise that truly is that last thing our body wants. This can cause us to constantly produce cortisol, and hence, cause our bodies to store the fat we’re trying to get rid of.
How do you know if exercise is doing more harm to your body than good?
It’s simple. If you feel drained and depleted at the end of a workout, you are probably doing too much. Exercise should energize you and increase your vitality, not drain it. Also, if you’re exercising constantly and unable to lose weight or gain muscle, you need to slow down and exercise less.
Make sure to take rest days in between intense workouts. Shorten the duration of your work outs. Refrain from intense exercise on days when you are sick, tired or had less than seven hours of sleep the night before. Also, prioritize restorative exercise like yoga, pilates, stretching and walking.
Over the past 20 years, we’ve been told that fat makes us, well, fat. The theory that too much fat in the diet leads to more fat on the body seems simple. You eat fat, you gain fat. Interestingly, this information is not rooted in proven research and couldn’t be farther from the truth.
In fact, this completely bogus misinformation has significantly contributed to the current obesity epidemic. How? Because “low-fat” and “fat-free” foods are packed with sugar and lack healthy fats – the perfect nutritional storm.
Why is fat so important? First, your body needs healthy fat to make hormones.
However, over the years, foods have been modified to keep up with the trend and contain significantly less fat. When you remove the natural fat from a food, you take away the flavor. As a result, food manufactures had to add something back in to improve taste.
Unfortunately, sugar is almost always the option they choose. Therefore, most processed foods in the grocery store contain significantly less fat but also significantly more addictive sugar. Therein lies the problem.
Too much sugar in the diet leads to blood sugar imbalances.
Most women are familiar with the blood sugar roller coaster (you might be riding it as we speak).
You’re stressed, hungry and exhausted, so you reach for a quick fix in the form of a sugary treat (sugar is just as addictive as cocaine). This gives you a burst of energy; however, since sugar is highly refined and requires almost no digestion, it is quickly burned.
The result? You crash, meaning you feel irritable and “hangry”. So, you reach for whatever food (usually more sugar or carbs) is within in your reach.
This constant fluctuation of blood sugar levels negatively impacts insulin. This causes fat production and poor sleep. Not so fabulous after all, eh?
Now, you’re sleeping poorly and as a result, you experience fluctuating blood sugar levels throughout the day (which then leads to fluctuating blood sugar levels while you sleep).
Low blood sugar causes a spike in cortisol which is stimulating, so it will often wake you up when it happens during sleep and cause you to be tired again the next day. And as such, the evil cycle of poor sleep, an influx of sugar cravings, poor food choices, and weight gain continues.
Sugar also negatively affects your mineral and vitamin status.
It turns out, a high intake of sugar can contribute to nutrient deficiencies in ways other than by displacing more nutritious foods.
There are several mechanisms by which sugar can deplete (or reduce the absorption) of certain vitamins and minerals. As a result, eating too much sugar can induce deficiencies, even when our overall micronutrient intake appears to be adequate.4
Though you may take steps to reduce your sugar consumption (skipping the Oreos, ice cream, etc.), sugar is hidden in many of the “healthy” foods you eat such as bread, yogurt and granola bars. Therefore, it’s important to incorporate a whole foods diet as much as possible.
In addition, many women replace refined sugar with more natural sugars like honey, maple syrup and fruit. This is a step in the right direction but natural sugar can also make you fat if you eat too much of it.
Agave syrup is a popular sugar alternative but it’s probably the worst culprit at all. While it does not contain high amounts of glucose sugar, it is exceptionally high in fructose sugar which it hugely implicated in weight gain.
A good solution is to track the foods that you eat for a week with an app like Fooducate or Fitness Pal. This might give you some insight into the amount of sugar you are consuming on a regular basis.
Ideally, your sugar consumption should be less than 100 grams a day or less than 10% of your total calories for the day.
Hormones are the chemical messengers of the cells. They are responsible for the telling the cells, tissues and organs what to do. If there is a hormone imbalance, your entire body can go out of whack quickly.
In fact, hormone imbalance is one of the most common reasons that health conscious women struggle to lose weight.
There are certain hormone imbalances that will prevent you from losing weight regardless of what else you do to stay healthy.
Cortisol, thyroid, insulin, estrogen, and testosterone are all hormones that have huge control over our weight. Let’s talk about each.
Cortisol, the stress hormone we discussed above, is associated with stubborn belly fat, sugar cravings and poor sleep. In addition to over-exercising and stressing too much, cortisol production can increase when we don’t eat enough food or we push ourselves too hard.
If have been struggling with a “muffin top” that won’t budge despite all those core workouts you have been doing, cortisol might be part of your issue.
Estrogen is another hormone that is often implicated in stubborn weight gain. In my clinical practice, this is the most common hormone imbalance that I see in women over 30.
Not only does elevated estrogen lead to weight gain, especially around the hips and breasts, but it can also lead to those nasty PMS symptoms that you experience in the week prior to your period. If, during that week, you feel crazy and totally out of control, your body might be producing excess estrogen.
Thyroid hormone is the regulator of our metabolism. One of the most crucial pieces to healthy weight loss involves having healthy thyroid hormone production.
There are receptors for thyroid hormone in every single cell in your body; it’s that important! Therefore, if your thyroid hormone is under-producing, weight gain is going to be a constant struggle, along with fatigue and brain fog.
Interestingly, mineral deficiencies are a primary cause of poor thyroid hormone production (it’s all connected!)
While many of us associate testosterone with being a male-specific hormone, it is also extremely important for women.
The reason why men build muscle and lose weight quicker than women (those bastards!), is due to increased amounts of testosterone. Testosterone is present in significantly smaller amounts in women but is needed for the same reasons; to burn fat and build muscle.
Unfortunately, many things reduce free testosterone like birth control pills, lack of sleep and poor exercise habits.
Insulin is a hormone that’s responsible for managing our blood sugar levels. When we eat sugar or foods with sugar, our glucose levels rise. To control these levels, the pancreas releases insulin.
Too much insulin is a great way to pack on pounds quickly. Since insulin production is directly controlled by the foods we eat, the great news is that you can learn how to keep you insulin in check.
Determining if you have a hormone imbalance is a critical step to losing weight.
This can be tricky though, since typical blood tests most conventional doctors run are poor measures of hormone status. This is because hormones in the blood are in transit, which means they are bound to carrier proteins and are not available or usable to the cells.
As a result, many women who are suffering from hormonal imbalances are misdiagnosed and told they’re fine, when in fact, they are not.
A better indicator of hormonal imbalance is your symptoms. In my practice, I can tell if my clients have a hormonal imbalance (and what kind) just by discussing their symptoms.
To find out whether your hormones are the main culprit in your inability to lose weight, grab my Hormonal Imbalance Self-Test Cheat Sheet.
With this guide, you’ll answer the same questions I ask my clients to determine whether they have an imbalance. By completing it, you’ll know IF you have a hormonal imbalance and which specific hormones are causing an issue for you.
Once you know which hormones are the culprit, 50% of the battle is already won. You’ll be able to create an action plan to balance haywire hormones and lose the weight for good. But even more so, you’ll begin to feel like your youthful, confident, energetic self again
Here’s what you need to remember…
Many women are struggling to lose weight and are beating themselves up for it. Since the media tells them that weight loss is a simple mathematical equation (eat less, exercise more), women feel like failures and might try harder to lose weight using tools that make them gain MORE weight, not less.
If you have hormone issues, weight will be a constant struggle. Make sure you grab my Hormonal Imbalance Self-Test Cheat Sheet to determine if you have a hormone imbalance that is sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
If you are interested in FINALLY getting to the root cause of your mysterious weight gain, please book a FREE 30 minute call with me. I take a systematic approach to weight loss which involves the use of several informative lab tests that will identify your unique weight loss blocking factors. You can book that appointment here.
Prefer to hear me discuss this article in a video? See video below!
If you are a health practitioner and you want to know my exact step-by-step process that I use when it comes to treating clients with SIBO, check out my 3-Part A-Z SIBO Series. Check out Video 1!
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is an incredibly common infection that I am finding in the majority of my clients who are struggling with chronic digestive issues.
A study undertaken at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center used 448 subjects who were referred by their doctors for detection of SIBO.
After completing a questionnaire, the researchers determined that 202 subjects could be considered as having irritable bowel syndrome according to standard symptom criteria (see sidebar). Of these, 157 (78%) were positive for bacteria overgrowth using the lactulose Hydrogen Breath Test.
SIBO is a condition where normal bacterial flora from the large intestine migrate up into the small intestine where they aren’t supposed to be. Compared to the large intestine, the small intestine is relatively sterile when it comes to microflora. With an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine, food that is eaten is fermented and acted upon by the overgrowth, rather than digested for your nourishment.
The result is SIBO infected individuals tends to have a lot of gas, bloating, belching and abdominal pain. Depending on the type of SIBO present, individuals may have chronic diarrhea or constipation. I have also seen many SIBO clients presenting will extreme fatigue or even chronic fatigue.
SIBO is gaining some attention lately and more and more people struggling with IBS are looking to SIBO as the potential cause of their GI issues.
A journey full of trial and error, getting rid of SIBO can be HARD work. With our scientific and clinical understanding of the condition continuing to grow, protocols and recommendations are constantly evolving and as with any gut condition. This means that what works for one person may not work for the next.
It also means that the medical community is starting to catch on. In Canada, we are starting to see SIBO labs popping up which is a great thing. Unfortunately, many practitioners are testing their patients for SIBO without having adequate knowledge of the complex protocols involved in successfully treating the condition.
The result is that many SIBO sufferers try over and over to clear the infection and they either fail to get rid of it or they get re-infected.
I want to discuss some of the most common mistakes I have seen when it comes to treating SIBO. If you are someone struggling with SIBO, you need to read this. There are many practitioners who claim to understand SIBO but they have no kept current with their research. Make sure you or your practitioner aren’t making these SIBO treatment sabotaging mistakes.
Not all SIBO is created equal. In the future, what we currently call SIBO may actually be categorized into many distinct conditions. Our knowledge of SIBO is new and we are learning more about it every single day. The type of SIBO you have entirely affects the protocol you decide to do. Currently, we know of three different types of SIBO; methane dominant, hydrogen dominant and hydrogen sulfide dominant.
We have the ability to test for methane and hydrogen but not for hydrogen sulfide. In order to effectively remove your SIBO and experience results, you need to know which one you have or if you have both.
The best testing method is a 180 minute lactulose breath test. Labs that I use for this are Biohealth Labs, Commonwealth Labs and Sage SIBO Lab in Canada.
This is a very common one. SIBO is not a lone ranger. In most cases is does not travel alone. Parasites are often one of the primary causes of a SIBO infection. How? An acute parasite infection, such as traveller’s diarrhea or gastroenteritis, can paralyze the Migrating Motor Complex (MMC). The MMC is a flowing motion that occurs multiple times in a day that essetially “flushes” bacteria back down the intestine and prevents it from moving upwards. In a healthy person the MMC occurs up to 40 times per day. If the MMC has been paralyzed it may only occur a few times a day.
Since parasites are often the cause of SIBO, they need to be addressed first. This is one of the more common reasons that SIBO continues to come back after treatment.
I have encountered many clients who have been tested for SIBO and are currently doing multiple SIBO protocols but their practitioner never ran testing for other GI infections. They are unlikely to have success.
Additionally, the symptoms of SIBO are often identical for other GI infections. If you don’t address these infections, your symptoms will persist and you may never get rid of the SIBO.
Don’t agree to a SIBO test before testing the large intestine first. My favorite test is the Diagnostics Solutions Lab GI-MAP which is fantastic for identifying parasite and other infections.
SIBO is hard to to get rid of in many people. Some studies have shown that relapse rates for SIBO are as high as 50%. Expecting a single round to be all you need may lead to disappointment, depending on the severity of your condition.
SIBO is about getting the levels of bacterial down to a point where they are no longer an ‘overgrowth’. The amount of treatment you need will depend on the level of gas being produced and how well you respond to treatment.
It is crucial that you re-test immediately after treatment. If you still have an overgrowth but your gas levels have decreased, that’s a sign that your treatment protocol is working and you just need to do it for longer.
If you don’t see an improvement in your gas levels, you need to change course. If you have been doing a herbal protocol, antibiotics or an elemental diet may be a better choice.
Stick with the protocol until the test tells you the SIBO is gone.
This is most common among clients trying to treat themselves without the help of a skilled SIBO practitioner. Many people know that the FODMAPS diet is the most commonly used diet to treat SIBO.
What many people don’t realize is that you need to be strategic with the FODMAPS diet. Most people consume a FODMAPS diet during their treatment protocol. This is a huge mistake.
Eating a low FODMAPS diet essentially starves the overgrowth. Starving the SIBO bacteria can make them go dormant which means that the herbs or antibiotics you take don’t work. Treatment will not work on dormant bacteria.
For this reason it is important to consume some fermentable carbohydrates during the treatment protocol. The FODMAPS diet should be employed after the SIBO has been eradicated In which case it will need to be followed for at least 3 months.
SIBO is a much more complex condition than simply too much bacteria in the small intestine. By treating SIBO like other infections, many practitioners fail to address the reason a person became infected with SIBO to begin with.
In my experience there are three things that need to be addressed in order to prevent re-infection:
If you are a health practitioner and you want to know my exact step-by-step process that I use when it comes to treating clients with SIBO, check out my 3-Part A-Z SIBO Series. Check out Video 1!
Candida diets are popular. It seems that everyone I know is on a mission to murder Candida in whatever way they can.
Firstly, I want to address the fact that Candida normally lives in the large intestine. When dealing with Candida, the idea is not to totally eradicate the yeast but to deal with the overgrowth and restore balance to the intestinal tract. I think a lot of people miss this point. Total eradication is not only impossible but can be detrimental as well. We need some amount of Candida, we just don’t want it to take over.
When Candida is allowed to thrive, it can come with a plethora of nasty symptoms. Does this sound like you?
If you are struggling with any of the above, you are probably desperate to find relief. Likely, you have done a lot of reading on the internet and have come to the conclusion that Candida is your issue. Before you go full force into the first Candida protocol you find, stop. Read this first.
Mistake # 1: You Don’t have Candida to Begin With
If you are currently doing a Candida protocol, ask yourself this question, “How do I know I have Candida?” Many people assume they have Candida overgrowth based on their symptoms. This is problematic because most symptoms for yeast overgrowth are vague and are also symptoms for a myriad of other health conditions. Diagnosing yourself based on symptoms is never a good idea.
Candida is a buzz word. Everyone is talking about it. Many people read an article or two and assume they have it. It could be Candida but it could also be a number of other fungal species. It may not even be yeast. It could be a parasitic infections, a bacterial infection, leaky gut, autoimmunity, a thyroid condition or a number of other disorders that virtually cause the same symptoms as Candida.
These conditions are not mutually exclusive. You could have Candida plus any of these other conditions at the same time. To assume you have Candida is to run the risk of treating the wrong condition and never getting to the bottom of your health complaints.
For example, I rarely see Candida overgrowth without other pathogenic infections. Yeast is generally a secondary infection, meaning that some other infection came first and paved the way for Candida to overgrow. If you do not address additional gut infections then the yeast will simply come back over and over and over again. And that’s just frustrating!
How to Test for Yeast?
There are a number of different testing options that will identify yeast overgrowth. My favorite is the Great Plains Laboratory Organic Acids test. Genova Diagnostics also has a good organic acids test. Additionally, the Diagnostics Solution Lab GI-MAP that I have been using recently with clients also has markers for yeast.
Mistake # 2: You are using the Candida Diet “Alone”
Googling “candida diet” will give you a million different types of diets to kill Candida. Most diets recommend removing sugar, starch, alcohol and refined foods. Since sugar and starches are a primary food source for the yeast, in theory by cutting these things out the yeast will go away. Wrong.
By eating this way you may essentially be eating a “low-carb” diet. Eating low-carb increases the production of ketones, which are secondary food source for your body. Unfortunately, studies show that Candida can thrive off ketone bodies as well.
By limited fuel to Candida, you are pushing down the overgrowth. Candida can simply go dormant and come back to life once the food source is present again. By pushing down overgrowth, it may also be harder to kill off Candida with herbs.
Additionally, different diets work for different people. Some people may be able to simply cut out sugar to control yeast but other people may need a more comprehensive approach. Many people may fare better on a low FODMAPS diet or a Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
The bottom line is that no diet alone will kill Candida overgrowth. Sure, it will starve some of the bad guys and you may notice a reduction in your symptoms but to truly eliminate overgrowth you need to take anti-fungals, replenish beneficial microflora and heal your gut. This brings us to the next most common mistake
Mistake # 3: Failure to “Heal Your Gut”
The main reason why people fail to eradicate yeast overgrowth is because they do not address the reason(s) which allowed the yeast to overgrow in the first place.
Candida is a natural part of your make up. It lives in the large intestine but is largely kept in check by the other beneficial microflora that reside alongside it. When gut flora becomes depleted from food intolerance, inflammation, alcohol, leaky gut, poor diet, toxic overload or other pathogenic infections, the yeast can move beyond the large intestine and affect other areas of the body.
Yeast is opportunistic. If it has the opportunity to overgrow, it will. Many people diligently do their Candida diet, take their anti-fungal herbs but do nothing to address microflora imbalance or to repair the mucosal lining of the gut.
If you do not change the environment that allowed you to become infected in the first place then you will never get rid of the yeast. Period.
Healing Candida involves identifying food sensitivities, healing leaky gut, addressing inflammation, replenishing beneficial microflora, detoxing the liver and identifying other pathogenic infections.
Taking a close look at your lifestyle habits is important as well. Are you getting enough sleep at night? Are you going to bed at a decent time? Are you managing your stress? Do you exercise regularly?
All these things are important in maintaining total body balance and ensuring that yeast is kept in check.
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Mistake # 4: You Aren’t Using the Right Anti-Fungals or You Aren’t Taking them for Long Enough
In order to properly address Candida overgrowth you need to be taking the proper herbs. Candida can become easily resistant to herbs so it’s important to take a variety of different ones. You may also need to rotate herbs to reduce resistance.
Most people don’t take their herbs for long enough. Most Candida cleanses I see on the store shelf involve taking herbs and eating a Candida diet for 2-3 weeks. If you think you can knock out Candida overgrowth in 2-3 weeks, you are sadly mistaken. In my experience, Candida protocols need to be done for 6-8 weeks at a minimum.
Your herbal Candida formula should contain most of, if not all, of the following herbs; olive leaf extract, caprylic acid, pau d’arco, grapefruit seed extract, zinc, biotin, oregano oil and berberine. Currently my favorite product is