The Candida-Sugar Connection
We all know the bad press about the seductive sweet: sugar causes or worsens obesity, heart disease, diabetes, possibly cancer (really) – and of course, it aggravates Candida, big-time!
Why is it so hard for us to resist something that clearly is not in our best interest?
Science has actually proven that sugar stimulates the same pleasure centers in the brain as heroin and cocaine. Therefore, it is addictive. And, dang, it also tastes SO good!
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ARE NOT THE ANSWER because they stimulate the same areas of the brain (and the gut), without the caloric payoff, and they have been shown to be EVEN MORE addictive than sugar! They actually trick your body into thinking it is eating sugar, triggering fat-storage and insulin resistance (M. Y. Pepino, C. D. Tiemann, B. W. Patterson, B. M. Wice, S. Klein. Sucralose Affects Glycemic and Hormonal Responses to an Oral Glucose Load. Diabetes Care, 2013.)
Plus, artificial sweeteners mess with your microbiome, which is the last thing you want if you are trying to ditch Candida and return to a balanced gut. According to functional physician Mark Hyman, M.D., “Recent studies have not been kind to artificial sweeteners, claiming among other problems they adversely affect gut health and glucose tolerance.”
Intense Sugar Cravings Often Signal that Your Candida is Out of Control!
Overgrown fungal yeast wants to eat, and what is its favorite food? Same as yours and mine – sugar! Those nasty little fungal yeasts become like your neighborhood drug dealer, urging you to take a little more, just a bit more, and more . . .
If you are just starting out on your Candida treatment, you really need to avoid sugar completely for several months. And if you have a tendency toward Candida overgrowth, you shouldn’t indulge in more than the very occasional tiny treat.
The good news is that controlling the Candida can help so much with the sugar cravings.
ThreeLac™ and Candizolv™ Can Help!
If that sugar “jones” starts sneaking up on me, I add more ThreeLac™ to my regimen for a few days, and I immediately notice a difference. After less than a week, I can usually go back to my maintenance dose, AND have my sugar-avoiding self-control back in place.
In Part Two of this post, I’ll offer you some additional “hacks” to cut way back on this annoyingly addictive substance . . .
Yours for health and healing,
Your Friends at Candida Support