Staying healthy isn’t just about watching what you eat, making sure you exercise, and sleeping regularly each night. There’s a lot more that goes into optimal health than the activities we so often see advertised. Part of that does go along with your diet, but it takes the “eat vegetables and fruit, avoid sugar” mantra to a completely new level.
What we’ll focus on today is discussing the effects of certain flora – or bacteria – that live within your gut, and why being aware of these bacteria can help you be even healthier than you currently are.
One of the most impactful bacteria in your gut is Candida Albicans. These are microorganisms that support your immune system and intestinal tract. The correct amount of candida albicans in your gut may help you better digest your food, speed up your metabolism, and ensure that more of the minerals in your food go directly to the areas of your body that need them. Foods with immune-supplementing ingredients are more readily absorbed into your white blood cells when you have the proper balance of candida in your gut.This process is how candida albicans help support your immune system.
Now, it is possible to have levels of candida albicans that are too high for your overall health. Overall health is more about maintaining the right balance of nutrients, healthy fats, and healthy carbs than it is about simply avoiding sugar. That’s the same type of thinking you should apply to the health of the bacteria in your gut that aid in processing all the food your body uses as fuel.
Indigestion, bloating, gas, in addition to colds that seem to hang on and never go away (due to a less-effective immune system) may point to too much candida in your intestinal tract. You may also see a greater amount of uric acid being produced if there is too much candida albicans in your gut. Too much candida can cause severe problems that include too much uric acid (which leads to joint pain and gout, if it’s not treated immediately), chronic headaches, and the production of a neurotoxin called acetaldehyde. This neurotoxin can produce brain fog (that sluggish feeling you get around 2pm in the office) and was recently classified as a known carcinogen, according to some new research.
You’ll end up with too much candida if you have a diet that’s unusually high in sugars, long periods of stress, or you’re just finishing a course of strong antibiotics. The first two items listed are ones you can control – stress management won’t just help your candida levels, but the rest of your health as well – while you’ll need to be aware of what antibiotics can do to your digestive system if you don’t take the necessary steps to cleanse it after the medicine has cured whatever got you ill to begin with.
While it may seem a bit odd at first to be so concerned with some tiny bacteria in your gut, the amount of candida albicans can greatly influence your overall health. Making sure you have the right balance will work wonders in aiding your body to be in the best shape possible.