Candida – What it is, what are the symptoms and how do we tackle it

What is it?

Candida is the most common yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina

It is a fungus that aids in nutrient absorption and digestion when it is found in proper levels in the body. When candida overproduces and is left unchecked it can break down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrate in to the bloodstream.

Now it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that this could have massive detrimental effects on your health and fat loss efforts.

Typical candida symptoms are:

  • Skin and nail fungal infections
  • feeling constantly tired and worn down
  • suffering from constant fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • digestive issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhoea)
  • autoimmune diseases
  • difficulty concentrating (brain fog)
  • irritability, mood swings, anxiety or depression
  • vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  • severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears

If the immune system is functioning optimally candida is rarely serious however if the immune system isn’t functioning properly the problem can spread to other areas of the body such as the blood and membranes around the heart and brain.

You have to think also that when overproduced candida breaks down the intestinal lining and enters the bloodstream. This unfortunately releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system which will eventually cause leaky gut syndrome.

Now we run the risk of your body natural pH balance being upset which can cause candida to grow out of control, which creates a systemic problem. What is then required is for you body to start creating healthy bacteria and get back to a properly functioning immune system in order for the body to fight off this stubborn infection.

What can cause Candida infections?

  • high refined carbohydrate and sugar diet
  • consuming a lot of alcohol
  • taking oral contraceptives
  • a diet high in beneficial fermented foods
  • high stress lifestyle
  • Cancer treatments
  • taking too many antibiotics

Where do you start in killing off candida?

Firstly i would also recommend getting it tested via a blood test. The next step would determine whether you have gone for a blood test or not. Regardless of whether you have or haven’t gone for a blood test I would personally try a Candida cleanse for a week followed by a candida diet and supplementation protocol until symptoms start to improve massively.

Candida Cleanse

1-2 days – liquids only

  • vegetable broth from onions, garlic, celery, kale, sea salt and water
  • You need to make sure you drink plenty of water to rid of all the toxins circulating your body

3-7 days – Raw Salads

  • Eliminate grains, grains, sugars, starches and alcohol
  • Drink plenty of water again and eat fresh vegetables that have been steamed

Day 8 until symptoms dramatically improve

  • Still eliminate stage, alcohol and refined carbohydrates as these are contributing to the growth of candida in your body
  • Still stay on the fresh vegetables including carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and asparagus
  • Add unsweetened cranberry juice
  • Add some dairy in to your diet

Supplementation + foods to include

  • Include coconut oil with meals and in to drinks as it can help fight candida due to its antimicrobial properties
  • Milk Thistle can help cleanse your liver from the prescription medicines you have been taking, environmental pollution, heavy metals as well as the remains
  • Apple cider Vinegar is a natural cleansing agent and can help kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body
  • Leafy greens can help alkalise the body which helps fight against the acidic nature of the candida growth. Greens contain high amounts of magnesium which is a natural detoxifier for the body, vitamin C which helps build the immune system, chlorophyll to cleanse the body and various B vitamins which help energise the body and iron to give your body the support it needs.
  • Flaxseeds and chia seeds contain something called Polyphenols which help support growth of probiotics in the gut and thus may help eliminate candida growth in the body.
  • Spices such as tumeric and cinnamon contain a act component called curcumin that has been shown to completely inhibit the growth of candida.
  • Organic meat containing healthy fats and a good source of protein is so important as factory farmed meats could actually feed the candida.

Like I said earlier in the post your first port of call would be a blood test to determine whether candida is rife with your body however if you decide not to go the blood test route I would recommend performing the nutritional protocol above or at the very least start including some of the foods and supplements recommended above.


Thats right you’ve read it correctly and I firmly stand by this statement and I have done for a while. It is now an expectation that people should lose massive amounts of weight/fat in a short space of time.
This preconception is what is causing people to fall of the wagon when they are actually going about losing weight/body fat in the right way because the scales aren’t necessarily corresponding with the effort they are putting in.
Their preconception is based off magazines, their mates going on juice diets, doing slimming world etc……
The problem is that all these diets put you in a constant hypo caloric (reduced calorie) state. Basically the calories you are burning are not being met by the calories going in, therefore it is inevitable you lose weight.
To prove how bad this is I am going to use myself as an example.
On the 9th January this year I started a intermittent fasting protocol (don’t eat 1st meal until midday) as I was a good stone overweight and wanted a nutritional protocol which I knew would get some weight off.
It worked, but worked a bit too well. I lost the stone within 13 days!!!!! Now normally you would look at that loss and timeframe and get all your mates and family patting you on the back and congratulating you but heres the thing, I felt worse for it!!!!!!! Yeah I looked better in the mirror but day by day felt like shit as I was in a constant massive calorie deficit. To compound this I had started rugby again after our Christmas break, increase training frequency in the gym by at least 2 sessions so my output (exercise) had increased but my input (calories) had decreased!!!!
Looking back its the definition of madness!!!!!
-my sugar cravings increased
-I ended up binging at night
-i had no energy
-I had lost muscle without a doubt
-my overall behaviour was up and down
In other words I had got it wrong. Long term this wasn’t going to get me anywhere. It was ok for maybe a week or so but then I needed to change it up to something which brought about change in a more controlled way while supporting the increased exercise I was doing.
We as a society now are so obsessed with the scales and as a result pay very little attention to how we might be negatively affecting our hormonal make-up for the worse, decreasing our metabolism or absolutely hammering our adrenals for example. The internal mechanisms if healthy and functioning properly long term are some of the key ingredients to you looking fantastic in front of that mirror or in that ball dress or on the beach but unfortunately we want that weight loss yesterday and as a result we are willing to risk messing up all these internal mechanisms and ultimately making us more unhealthy and that task even harder.
It is never too late to do things the right way.


For those that have started your new diets over the last week or so no doubt over this early period you have experienced some sugar cravings throughout these last 10 days as you have dramatically cut down your sugar intake after the festive period. Cravings are not just a battle of will power it is your body telling you that something is going on that urgently needs your attention.

What we find is that if you remove the physiological problem that is causing the problem (gut issues etc) then the craving will go away with little to no mental battle required.

Two of the common causes of sugar cravings are GUT DYSBIOSIS and BLOOD SUGAR DYSREGULATION.

Gut dysbiosis is a disruption or imbalance of gut flora and good bacteria. It alters the pH of our intestines and tissues and increases intestinal permeability and affects every day tasks such as sleep, clouds our judgement on big and small decisions and can decrease our resilience to infection.

There is evidence that microbes within our gut may communicate with the brain VIA the vagus nerve and by producing neurotransmitters. These microbes within your gut say to your brain ‘feed me sugar’ or ‘feed me starch’. These opportunistic microbes favourite food source is sugar and starches so the only way to reduce sugar cravings is to restore healthy gut flora.

Blood sugar Dysregulation or Dysglycemia is a disorder with the metabolism and regulation of blood glucose levels. Unfortunately this condition has become an epidemic in our culture.

Restricting sugar when it has been so abundant in your diet over the past and when sugary products are so rife on the food shelves and when we have very strong signals being sent to the brain from our gut demanding sugar makes ignoring these sugar cravings even harder.

So I thought I would help you so here are some of my tips to help you overcome those sugar cravings and go about restoring healthy gut flora until your body adjusts to your new way of eating:

  1. If your sweet craving s are particularly for chocolate you should maybe consider supplementing with Magnesium. Specifically you should supplement with magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate (about 300-500mg per day for a month). You should find that those sugar cravings decrease or even go away completely.
  2. Supplementing zinc has also been shown to increase leptin levels (supressed during zinc deficiency). Leptin is a hormone which is made by adipose cells that helps to inhibit hunger.
  3. Make sure you use herbs such as Cinnamon, Tumeric and/or Cumin to help improve insulin sensitivity.
  4. With regards to improving leptin sensitivity herbs such as black pepper, turmeric and Acetyl-L-carnitine (supplement form)

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