I know you think candida is just that thrush thing you get, down there. Unfortunately, this is a misconception. Candida can be sitting in our whole bodies and be affecting everything within the body, including our brains! Candida can cause yeast infections in our bowel, digestive tract and even our mouth!
Let me clarify. Candida exists in our system naturally anyway and should be there in normal amounts. Unfortunately, when we eat a diet high in sugar, gluten, grains and then add antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and painkillers into our bodies, we inevitably land up with a build-up of candida or what is called candida overgrowth.
Now, what is really interesting is how this candida overdose in the body effects, if not directly attributes to, Endometriosis getting worse. Let me explain this as simply as I can…
So, we have candida and possibly don’t realize it. Because your body has this candida in it, it is on “fight alert” and we develop allergic reactions. We know the common ones: eczema, hay fever, food and chemical allergies… what we don’t know is that this allergic reaction causes production of histamine in the body. These guys then trigger macrophages to produce… well here is the cruncher… PROSTAGLANDINS (remember those guys that cause us so much pain?) Please read this article on prostaglandins if you don’t know what they are.
These prostaglandins cause MORE inflammation and inflammation which creates more endometriosis! It is an allergic reaction caused by excess candida!
To make matters worse, our bodies struggle to fight off candida as the prostaglandins inhibit the correct immune response to candida and we are not able to get rid of it! SCARY!
I hope that all makes sense because it took me a while to get my head around it!
So, we have candida, these guys make more prostaglandins, which make more pain for endo…
What is the solution?
Firstly let us explore some typical approaches:
- Probiotics. Yes, these can help to a point but if you are overrun with Candida, it is likely that you are also struggling with other gut-related conditions such as SIBO or HPylori. Treating Candida on its own may not get you the results you need.
- Fermented foods. Once again these can help but if you have some other reason for your digestive troubles, it could actually make things worse. Fermented foods are also a trigger for histamine release so we could be adding fuel to the fire.