Candida overgrowth is a yeast infection in the gut and is connected to “brain fog”. If the digestive system is not working like it should, foods can start to ferment, and this process can turn into alcohol making you feel lethargic and fatigued. In extreme cases, people may also appear drunk without having had alcohol. Candida is naturally present in the gut, mouth, and vagina. Normally this does not cause any health issues unless there is an underlining problem or compromised immune system.
How can you tell if you have an overgrowth of yeast?
This can materialise as oral thrush, or vaginal. If you get vaginal thrush, you will have a smelly sticky substance on your underwear. Thrush often has a strong odour and can also be quite itchy and make you feel uncomfortable.
If you have oral thrush, you will see a white coating or patch on your tongue, back of the throat, and live in the lining of your mouth and can cause bad breath.
How does natural yeast become yeast overgrowth?
If the levels of bacteria in your body become unbalanced or disrupted this can compromise your immune system. This is when candida can start to grow out of control leading to various health problems, due to:
- Excess antibiotics
- Regular alcohol intake
- Hormonal imbalance
- Oral contraceptives
- Elevated levels of stress
- High intake of refined foods such as sugar and carbohydrates
Get rid of brain fog
Just like the bowel can accumulate toxins, so can the brain, especially if toxins cross the blood brain barrier. This barrier protects the brain from pathogens that may exist in the blood stream. Keeping your gut healthy also helps protect the health of your brain. Diet and lifestyle may also contribute to an unhealthy gut brain barrier, which can lead the fungus into the brain.
Supplements that can help and support a healthy gut brain barrier
Dealing with the overgrowth of yeast is the first step you should take to recover from brain fog and symptoms of yeast infections. Cutting sugar and refined carbohydrates will certainly help starve the yeast. Native Nutrients offer you a Digestive Support Bundle, including Caprylic Plus, which is an antifungal that contains Caprylic Acid to help clean out the “rubbish bin”. Our colon cleanser contains nutrients the yeast dislikes.
Digestive enzymes help to remove the burden that your digestive system is going through during the elimination of this overgrowth of yeast. Native Nutrients Bromezyme helps your body to use food more efficiently by breaking it down, which is often the case if you don’t chew food enough to help your digestive process. We have an excellent probiotic called Probiotic Plus which supports your gut microbiome to replenish the beneficial bacteria.
Other issues linked to yeast
Weight gain can be problematic for those who have an overgrowth of yeast, as sugar feeds the yeast. Because of this your cravings are not as well controlled, your sweet tooth will increase to keep feeding this beast, perpetuating the cycle of weight gain and increases brain fog.
Bloating and gas can also increase, as does constipation, which then drives the increase of toxins in the body, such as toxic bowel.
Supporting the liver is also important
Increase leafy green vegetables into your diet to support liver detoxification pathways. They are also high in chlorophyll to help natural liver function. Broccoli is also a good vegetable to include as part of your meal plan each day, and a major source of glutathione which is the body’s natural antioxidant. These vegetables help to flush out toxins and increase your fibre, which is important for binding toxins to help flush them out of your body.
Don’t let brain fog stop you from living your life as you should.