Sugar is Poison
What is Candida? Candida albicans is the most common form of yeast found in the human body. It can be found in the mouth, throat, gut and vagina. In low concentrations it is not harmful. Yet Candida is an opportunistic and pathogenic yeast, that if given the right circumstances, will convert to a fungal infection. When abnormal levels are on our skin we may experience a fungal infection. Elevated levels in our gut may cause gastrointestinal upset. If healthy bacteria populations are imbalanced or immunity has been compromised all Candida needs to grow, is sugar. Ergo… sugar is poison.
Abnormal levels of candida, a condition called candidiasis, is linked to a dis-ease called Leaky Gut. Leaky Gut is when the permeability of the gut wall becomes compromised due to a decrease of integrity of the bacterial populations causing a decrease in structural integrity of the intestinal wall. This causes an increase in permeability and allows larger proteins and other molecules to prematurely escape from the gut back into the blood. And these proteins tend to escape because of a various number of causes.
Most Common Causes of Leaky Gut
- Overgrowth of Candida (most likely C. Albicans) or other infectious agents (Protozoa, viral, bacteria)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s)
- Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)
- Ethanol (sugar alcohol)
- Chronic Kidney Disease
Gut Flora is another term for Gut Microbiota. Microbiota refers to a collection of microorganisms within a place, space or time.
- 90% of our Serotonin is synthesized in our Gut
- The Intestinal tract has a collection of bacteria significant to each person called the Gut Microbiota
- There are roughly 1,000 different species and approximately 5,000 various strains of gut bacteria.
- They are responsible for creating up to half the daily vitamin K supply, which is essential for blood clots
- They also help our intestinal wall synthesize water soluble vitamins B1, 2, 5, 7,9 and some medications
Antibiotics to treat bacterial infections may have a catch 22. Although they are prescribed to kill “bad” bacteria, broad spectrum antibiotics will also kill our “good” bacteria leaving opportunities for others to take over and run the show. The good bacteria act as a protective barrier against intestinal infections. If our good bacteria is overrun, our gut can influence our mood and emotions. How? Because our digestive system is energetically regulated by the Solar Plexus.
- 3rd Major Chakra
- Associated with the color yellow and the Celiac Plexus of Spinal Nerves which control and connect the pancreas, stomach, liver, gallbladder and intestines to our spinal cord
- Located behind the pancreas and near the Aorta
- Known as our Inner Sun
- Seat of our Creativity, Willpower, Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
- Holds the ability to digest life and is strongly influenced by boundaries set by our parents when we are young and may alter our ability to be confident in our choices
- Chronic and long-term emotional disturbances in this energy center promote dis-ease and can have damaging effects to the body
Intestinal upsets and issues may be multi-faceted. In order to treat a multi-faceted issue, it is wise to address it both addressed both physically and energetically. Physically through changing what is put into our gut to address the leaks. Energetically through addressing a root cause stemming from our emotions regulated by our Solar Plexus.
Treating Leaky Gut
“All diseases begin in the gut.” — Hippocrates
So is one approach to treating Leaky Gut eat less sugar? Well Yes and No. The more stressed out we get, the more fatigued we become, the less recovery time our adrenal glands have had to reboot for the next round of stress hormones and the more sugar we crave. For more about adrenal fatigue, ________. The more sugar we eat, the more opportunities some bacteria have over others to reproduce and overpopulate.
So how do we break the cycle?
In order to inspire change, awareness to that which you want to change must occur first. Begin by observing habits around eating and your emotions. Do you notice irritability after eating dairy? Lethargy after eating wheat? There are a few ways to alter habits in order to bring about changes towards desired results.
1) A Great-titude of Gratitude will take you far — the words we speak to ourselves are exponentially more powerful than any words spoken to us by others. By speaking with gratitude and positive affirmations, we are calling in higher vibrations of being and casting out doubt and negativity which may impede our energetic flow. We even have the capacity to call in our highest and best good, even if that means saying a statement we do not feel is true to us, yet. Such a statement can be “I AM grateful for my health and vitality. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
2) Establish healthy bacteria again — If we take a broad spectrum antibiotic for 10-14 days, chances are we are allowing imbalances in our microbiota. Fermented foods are an excellent way to ingest probiotics.
3) Surround yourself in Yellow. This could mean spending more time in the sunshine and/or wearing yellow clothing. This could also mean eating papaya, ginger and pineapple.
4) Essential oils — plant medicine is potent and highly effective if diluted and applied correctly. Oils such as peppermint, lemon, fennel and clove can be used aromatically, topically or ingested. Doterra has an excellent blend of oil called DigestZen.
5) Empower your Inner Sun by staring at your fears in the face until they have no place to hide. What are you afraid of? Why? What’s on the other side of fear? Imagine it, dive into it, allow it to happen. Our only limitations in this life is our imaginations.
6) Movement is life, life is energy. Exercise promotes movement of life energy and helps us feel strong both within and without. Our Solar Plexus chakra is all about willpower and self-esteem, we can easily boost both of those by committing to a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise a few days a week. Life moves in waves, waves require energy for propagation. Get your body moving and move through your emotions.
7) Consistent intake of Collagen — collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. Therefore, collagen functions as a main building block for skin, hair, bones, cartilage and connective tissues. There are various Collagen supplements to choose from. The easiest way to get collagen into our body, is through bone broth.
Incorporating these concepts and observing what we put into our gut will create an elevation in our quality of living. Our body is a vibrational center of energy and color. As we all have probably heard many times before, we are what we eat.