Does this Candida make me look fat?
The truth is that there are several reasons untreated Candida yeast overgrowth can make you fat. The good news is that treating your Candida can help you lose that weight.
Carb Cravings and Sugar: The Candida Connection
As you started your research on Candida, you may have heard the phrase: Sugar Feeds the Yeast!
Sugar does feed yeast and fungus. That’s why you include sugar when you make bread or pizza crust. Feeding the yeast expands it and makes the dough rise. And what do you suppose that out-of-control, hungry yeast craves? That’s right, sugar. And, if your Candida craves sugar and other simple carbohydrates, like white bread, white rice, processed foods and so on, so will you.
The sad irony here is that if you have a fungal Candida overgrowth that craves sugar, eating sugar will feed the yeast, causing it to crave more sugar, and causing YOU to gain weight! It’s a vicious cycle.
Luckily, treatment with our One-Two Punch Candida Complete can cut those cravings.
As your Candida is treated and diminishes, so do your cravings, and people often see the excess weight melt away.
Here are some of the other ways that effective Candida treatment can help you be healthier, happier and successful at avoiding unnecessary weight gain:
Research has shown that not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, often results in weight gain. Candida symptoms like depression and anxiety, achy joints and itchy rashes can all interfere with falling asleep or with staying asleep.
Dr. John Humiston, a physician who has extensively studied Candida and its treatment, believes that Candida causes insomnia by invading the liver, one of our main organs of detoxification. If the liver is compromised in its mission to process toxins, he believes, it can create symptoms like a racing mind, which lead to sleep disorders.
Whatever the reason, Candida can cause sleep issues, and not getting enough quality sleep can lead to weight gain.
One of the triggers for Candida overgrowth is toxins in the body—for example, heavy metals. In what begins as a protective mechanism, Candida fungus will often overgrow to encapsulate these toxins. However, as the fungal yeast goes through its natural life cycle, it dies and releases mycotoxins. All of these toxins must also be processed by the liver, and when the liver is already stressed by Candida, it stores the toxins it cannot process as fat, causing the body to gain weight.
Under-functioning Thyroid (Hashimoto’s Disease)
Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body “attacks” its own thyroid, impairing its ability to function. People with an under-active thyroid can typically gain 30 or more pounds in a matter of a few months.
Clinical Pharmacist Dr. Elizabeth Wentz specializes in the study and treatment Hashimoto’s Disease and other thyroid disorders. “If I could put all of the triggers of Hashimoto’s into 6 different buckets,” says Dr. Wentz, “I would categorize Hashimoto’s as a combination of food sensitivities, nutrient depletions, intestinal permeability, an impaired ability to handle stress, and impaired ability to handle toxins, and in some cases, chronic (often hidden) infections.
“One potential trigger for Hashimoto’s via the intestinal permeability mechanism,” she says, “is the opportunistic yeast Candida albicans.”
Fatigue (or Exhaustion), Aches & Pains
If you have some (all?) of the above, how likely are you to exercise? Are you motivated to head for the gym after work or are you more likely to go out for a drink or dessert after your tiring week? Or, on the weekend, are you more likely to go for a walk or to take a nap?
Candida’s accompanying fatigue, joint pain, brain fog, insomnia, and frequent colds and ‘flu don’t leave you much in the mood for putting the effort into the kind of lifestyle that leads to maintaining a healthy weight.
Can effectively treating your Candida help you lose weight? We think the answer is Yes!
Of course, a healthy diet and moderate exercise are also necessary. But, it is a lot easier to exercise when you have more energy. And having more energy also makes it easier to find the motivation to prepare and eat healthier food.