Leaky Gut and Candida – the Chicken or the Egg?Posted by Karen Brimeyer
The question of Leaky Gut and Candida comes up quite a bit in both my personal practice and from my online readers.
Sufferers want to know if Leaky Gut and Candida are somehow related and which one causes the other.
The truth is that the two are oftentimes related and go hand in hand but they are two entirely different issues to begin with. And either one can easily lead to the other.
You see, Candida refers to the overgrowth of a specific species of yeast within the digestive tract which if left untreated can and will continue to create intestinal inflammation and dysbiosis that leads to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
But the opposite can be true as well. With the onset of Leaky Gut Syndrome and corresponding imbalance of gut flora, your digestive tract can become prime breeding ground for Candida and other invasive organisms.
In either case, it’s always related to the imbalance of gut flora within the digestive tract.
Candida – The Opportunistic Organism
Most people don’t realize this but Candida is naturally present in your gut. We all have it. In fact, we couldn’t survive without it.
If this is true then why does it cause so many problems for so many people?
The truth is that Candida is what is called an opportunistic organism. In a healthy gut, it lives under control and balance with the beneficial bacteria within your digestive tract.
The problem however occurs when the natural balance of yeast and bacteria within the gut is disrupted which is typically the result of a loss of beneficial bacteria. And when there is no beneficial bacteria left to police and balance the Candida, then a dysbiosis develops and the Candida is given the opportunity to overgrow and take over which is when the problems begin to occur.
There are many reasons as to why Candida is given the opportunity to overgrow. Most commonly it’s related to one or more of the follow…
- Over-use of Antibiotics
- Poor Diet
- Pathogenic Infection
Leaky Gut and Candida – A Much Bigger Systemic Problem
Candida can cause some issues when it begins to take over and overgrow in the gut. But much bigger problems arises when you develop Leaky Gut and Candida is able to pass through the intestinal barrier into your blood stream and become systemic.
Once Candida becomes systemic, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage and control. It can literally affect any part of your body and is a common cause of…
- Chronic Jock Itch
- Chronic Athlete’s Foot
- Nail Fungus
- Chronic Yeast Infections
- Thrush or White Coated Tongue
- and other fungal related issues
Why is this so important to understand?
Because if you’re dealing with any of these issues above then you’re likely not going to get any relief until you begin to fix the underlying cause of the problem instead of treating the symptom.
Most people with these issues are constantly using topical solutions, creams, drops, and shampoos which may provide temporary relief but once you stop, the infection comes right back.
This is because you have to fix the underlying cause which is really the overgrowth of Candida in the gut that is leaking through the intestinal barrier and feeding the infection from the inside. Otherwise treating the infection from the outside isn’t going to work long term.
Overcoming Leaky Gut and Candida
So how does one overcome Leaky Gut and Candida once it has become systemic?
I have gotten the best long term results with Candida infections using specific dietary modifications to help starve off the Candida. But that’s not the end of the fight because you still have to heal your Leaky Gut, close up your intestinal barrier, and rebalance your gut flora. Otherwise the Candida will just overgrow and leak through the intestinal barrier again and continue to be a systemic issue. And you’ll be right back where you started.
I will note that there are some natural herbal supplements that can help but alone these are not the answer because supplements alone will not work long term without the necessary dietary modifications.
And oftentimes the supplements can be too harsh causing severe die off reactions which can really stress the liver and body and be counter-productive to healing.
Because Leaky Gut and Candida are so commonly found together and tend to feed off each other, I have included a separate guide specifically for Candida and other pathogenic organisms in my Leaky Cure Program.
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