One of the symptoms of systemic Candida is weight gain, or difficulty losing weight. It can cause the kind of stubborn fat deposits that are hard to shake off, no matter how little you eat or how much exercise you do.
There are a couple of reasons for this, but first it’s important to understand that no diet is going to help. Treating the underlying cause of the problem – the Candida overgrowth – is the way to get back in shape. Candida can lead to excess fat deposits in a few different ways. Read on below to find out more.
Candida cells are constantly reproducing and dying. This does not happen only during Candida Die-Off. Even if you are not treating your Candida at all, the natural life cycle of this yeast means that toxins from dying Candida cells are constantly being released into your bloodstream. Why does this matter? Well, your liver has to process these toxins and expel them from your body. If your liver becomes overloaded (i.e. there are too many toxins in your bloodstream), then it has to store these nasty chemicals somewhere else for processing later. Your liver does this by storing them in fat cells, primarily around the hips, belly and thighs. For many dieters, this is the root cause of those abnormal fat deposits.
Candida needs sugar to grow and reproduce, sugar that comes from the foods we eat. A typical symptom of a Candida infestation is that the patient is eating lots of sugar and carbs but still craving more. In Candida sufferers, this is far more than just a psychological addiction to sugar. The Candida yeast is processing large amounts of sugar and sending your blood sugar levels lower, triggering signals from your brain that you need to eat more. This is one way that Candida can cause overeating.
Stress On Your Immune System
The toxic byproducts of Candida can trigger a response from your immune system. Stress on the adrenal glands raises cortisol levels, an emergency response which prompts your body to hold on to every last piece of fat that it can.
Here’s one cause of weight gain that almost every Candida sufferer will identify with. The Candida cells release up to 79 different toxins, including a particularly nasty neurotoxin named Acetaldehyde. These toxins can cause symptoms like brain fog, fatigue and depression. Because of this, Candida sufferers often find it hard to get the exercise that they need to stay healthy and in shape.
Often a simple calorie restriction diet is treating the symptom rather than the cause of the problem. Diet advice is everywhere on the internet, but rarely do you see a treatment plan that can treat the underlying condition that is causing the weight gain. By following a good Candida treatment plan and sticking to a healthy diet, you might find it easier than you think to shake off those stubborn fat deposits.
For lots more information on the symptoms of Candida, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.