• LaurenWallace

"Why am I bloated EVERY time I eat?"

Updated: 3 days ago

If you are asking yourself any of these questions, there might be a solution:

"Why do I bloat every time I eat?"

"Why am I bloated without even eating?"

"Why am I either constipated or have diarrhea?"

"Why do my joints always hurt?"

"Why does my abdomen hurt to the touch?"

"Why does my stomach hurt when I eat?"

"Why am I irritable, anxious, and have mood swings?"

"Why am I in a constant brain fog?"

"Why do I feel tired all the time?"

"Why is my skin breaking out, peeling, dry, or itchy?"

"Why have I had a sinus infection/ sever allergies for SO long?"

"Why am I craving sugars & carbs?" (sugary drinks, soda, chocolate, pasta, bread, pretzels, candy etc)

*Drum roll please* The answer may be Candida.

Candida?! What is that?!

Candida is the most common fungus in the human body. It’s generally harmless, but an overgrowth of this fungus can lead to infection, causing any/ all of the symptoms above. Combine that with leaky gut syndrome due to a poor diet, alcohol & caffeine consumption, & stress, and you find yourself in a whole mess of horrible symptoms. Bad right?

Ok, so how does an "overgrowth" occur? There are many causes, but the leading causes are:

  • A poor diet that is high in dairy, refined carbs, and sugar

  • Food intolerances (i.e. gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, sugars, fruits)

  • High alcohol consumption

  • High Caffeine consumption

  • Elevated stress levels

  • Birth control pills (or hormone medications)

  • Antibiotics

  • Diabetes

  • A weak immune system (Including autoimmune or immunocompromised)

  • A diet that is low in or lacking grass fed meats, wild caught seafoods, free range eggs & poultry, local organic vegetables, real organic bone broth and lacking enzymes & probiotics. (These foods will save you)

I can't tell you how many people I know that will hear this and INSIST that they have a "healthy diet". but feel terrible EVERY time they eat. Every single day, they complain of some (if not all) of the symptoms above. I usually just ask them what they ate and drank for the past few days and we quickly debunk their opinion of "healthy eating". We quickly diagnose that a Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Caesar salad, spaghetti with garlic bread, buffalo ranch fried chicken wrap, strawberry kiwi smoothie from "Tropical Smoothie", 6 pack of "light beer", buffalo chicken wings, & fried pickles dipped in chipotle mayonnaise is, in fact, NOT healthy. And then, the conversation can move forward.

Its sad, because nothing above is "outside" the normal diet of the standard American. In fact, a LOT of it, most people would categorize as 'healthy'. But, all of it is highly processed and filled with highly processed proteins, refined carbs, refined sugars, saturated fats, oils, and conventional dairy.

Conventional dairy, refined sugars, refined grains, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, pills, and stress are all HUGE factors in overall wellness. INCLUDING gut wellness. And ALL of those things are 'feeders' for Candida, resulting in a yeast/ fungal infection that can progress into other infections if not treated.

So, what does all of that mean and how do you fix it? I am so glad you asked. Let's allow Dr. Josh Axe take it from here.

"Candida Diet: The Foods & Supplements to Eat (and Avoid) to Treat Candida

By Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DNM, CN

March 25, 2021

Original article and page source found here.

When it’s at proper levels in the body, candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion, but when candida overproduces, it can then become a serious concern that causes a wide variety of negative and serious health problems. A yeast-free candida diet is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate candida symptoms, but what exactly do you need to eliminate from your diet?

Read on and I’ll tell you exactly what to take out of your diet and what to add to get rid of candida for good.

What Is the Candida Diet?

Candidiasis, commonly referred to as “candida,” is a fungal infection that can affect men and women of all ages in various parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina.

Possible symptoms comprise a true laundry list ranging from bad breath to persistent heartburn to arthritis. Due to its many and varied symptoms, candida is often ignored, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.