By: Adam L.
It seems like there’s a never-ending list of health issues we’re supposed to worry about.
Some of them we can’t necessarily prevent, like cancer, but the ones we can stop are still unnerving.
Especially now that scientists released scary news about how eating too much bread could damage the inside of your body.
You’d think bread would be one of the last things we need to worry about when it comes to our health.
Unless you’re allergic to gluten.
Well, as it turns out, the inside of bread and many other carbohydrate-rich foods are microscopic nutrients that could feed a dangerous overgrowth inside of your body.
That’s correct, eating too much bread could feed a yeast overgrowth known as candida. And if you don’t get candida under control, it can wreck your health for years to come.
Let’s dig into what candida is, how bread feeds it, and how bad it can be for you.
So What is Candida?
Candida is a yeast overgrowth that forms when a fungus invades your body and sets up residence.
Many people know candida by a more common name, a “yeast infection.” Yes, the very same yeast infections that take over the vaginal areas of women can also infest a person’s body. Once it takes up residence, living deep inside of tissue and biofilms, it continues to grow and cause all kinds of damage.
Several different factors can cause candida overgrowth.
In some cases taking a broad-spectrum antibiotic that knocks out your body’s healthy bacteria balance allows a fungus to begin growing out of control in your body.
Reliance on birth control pills in conjunction with antibiotic use and high-carbohydrate diets can also cause candida overgrowth.
So can a compromised immune system. If your immune system can’t fight off a candida fungus, then it has the potential to grow rampantly and out of control.
Once a candida infection blooms, the fungus will move throughout the whole body. Eventually, this can lead to the development of the following conditions:
- Recurrent yeast infections in the genitals and the mouth
- Rampant sinus infections
- Serious digestive issues (like leaky gut)
- Reduced brain function
- Constant fatigue
- Urinary tract infections
A candida infection isn’t something that someone can overlook, which is why it’s critical to know what fuels candida overgrowth so that you can eliminate the spread of this fungus.
Eating Bread Might Make the Spread of Candida Even Worse
First, it’s essential to know bread doesn’t cause a candida overgrowth.
The factors that we listed above (along with others) set the stage for candida to take over the inside of our bodies.
However, once candida fungi take root, what you feed them will determine how fast the infection can take over.
Depriving the fungi of essential food will starve them out and can stop a candida infection long before it ever becomes an issue.
Some of the worst foods to eat with candida are bread and other foods with complex carbohydrate chains. The reason why is complex carbohydrates (which are just complicated formations of sugars) give candida yeasts ample fuel for growth. The more complex carbohydrates you eat, the more energy you give candida to expand and grow. It’s just that simple.
That means if you have a fungal overgrowth, you need to do your best to avoid two kinds of carbohydrates. These carbs are called disaccharides and polysaccharides.
Disaccharides are in things like milk products and table sugars. Polysaccharides come from plant-based sources like potatoes, grains, corn and more.
It’s not just bread you should avoid; it’s all complex carbohydrates.
The good news is the average person who has candida and fasts from ingesting them for several weeks will kill off all the fungus alive inside them.
After the fungus is dead, a person can reintroduce complex carbs into their diet while simultaneously taking a probiotic to help stabilize the entire microbiome inside of their body. The probiotics ensure that a future overgrowth doesn’t take place, and the slow reintroduction of carbohydrates helps to make sure there is no remaining fungus leftover.
Checklists to Know If You Have Candida
Candida isn’t something that most labs offer tests for, so one of the best ways for diagnosis is going through a checklist to assess whether or not there’s a risk for infection.
The bodyecology.com has an interactive checklist you can take to score your candida risk.C