- May 8, 2013 at 10:09 am #104156
kradlegnaMemberTopics: 3Replies: 13
Apologies if something along these lines has already been posted.
For a while now I’ve been suffering with candida like symptoms but also those of an underactive thyroid (even though my T4 and TSH levels came back fine) as well as an almost life long depression and anxiety. Obviously most doctors being what they are, they tend to just skim the top of the issue so I’ve been doing a load of research myself and came across a link between high cortosol levels and candida. Thought I’d share what I found as I’ve seen alot of comments on here from people who are suffering with mad depression/anxiety and are being told it’s related to the candida. While this may be, what I’ve found kinda leans towards something different.
Cortisol, which is a primary stress hormone, is produced in the adrenal cortex. Though it helps in management of stress, excessive secretion of cortisol can have an adverse impact on health.
Symptoms of High Cortisol Levels
High level of cortisol in the blood disrupts the normal functioning of the immune system, and hence, its ability to prevent infection and diseases. Here are some of the common symptoms that may be experienced by affected individuals. The symptoms may not be experienced immediately. Instead, they have been observed to appear slowly and gradually.
- People with elevated cortisol levels may become more prone to infections and ulcers.
- Excessive production of cortisol can also hinder the functioning of the thyroid gland and cause high blood pressure and hyperglycemia.
- People with an elevated level of cortisol for a considerable amount of time have been observed to develop obesity with a peculiar body type. Fat deposition mainly takes place in the abdominal area and the trunk of such individuals, while their limbs look very skinny or slender.
- In addition to these, fat also accumulates around the neck and on the upper back.
- An increase in abdominal fat in turn makes the person more vulnerable to conditions like heart attacks, strokes, and an increase in the level of LDL cholesterol.
- Changes in the skin conditions leading to increased sensitivity, acne in the face, and appearance of purple-colored stretch marks on the body, especially in areas like the stomach, thighs and the breasts.
- The condition can also take a toll on the cognitive ability of the affected individual.
- People may suffer from emotional disorders like depression, paranoia and anxiety due to elevated levels of this hormone.
- Muscle and bone weakness are some other important cortisol imbalance symptoms.
- In women, this condition can manifest in irregularities in the menstrual cycle, and sometimes, the cycle can stop altogether.
- Increase in the growth of facial and body hair and infertility.
- The condition can also lower sex drive in men.
Now elevated cortisol levels can be due to high levels of depression but mainly due to anxiety.. usually long term sufferers. Things like cocaine also raise your cortisol levels. Wrong levels of cortisol can inhibit the conversion of T4 to T3 which could cause thyroid like problems even if your T4 and TSH levels come back normal, you’d still end up having underactive thyroid symptoms. It also causes adrenal fatigue.
CANDIDA, PARASITES AND VIRAL INFECTIONS CAN BE CAUSED BY HIGH CORTISOL
Candida and parasites can both be caused by high cortisol for one simple reason: excess cortisol destroys friendly bacteria just like antibiotics do. This will cause the candida and parasites to spread. Cortisol also elevates blood sugar. This means the sugar could feed the candida or even start, or worsen, diabetic conditions. Weight gain around the abdominal region is common from stress induced high cortisol. If you have ever noticed someone under prolonged stress starting to gain weight it may not be their diet. Cortisol can send fat to the stomach region for storage. ‘Fat Pads” are a common sign of high cortisol. A “moon faced” look is common on those who take cortisol medications. Both memory loss and loss of general cognitive (learning) ability have been long associated with high cortisol. Mood swings are also common. Most patients who correct their elevated cortisol level find that they sleep better and feel, overall, calmer.
So basically, if you are suffering from depression and anxiety, along with your candida, please see your doctor about perhaps going on antidepressants because the more you feel like this, the more cortisol you produce and the more it will affect your candida and slow down your healing! Depression and anxiety also affect your digestive system alot. Now I know that Able and Raster have said that once you solve your candida problem.. you will solve all your other problems but I see it more a thing of everything affecting you hand in hand, and if you neglect one part of it, your body wont heal.May 8, 2013 at 4:43 pm #104166
jereseib79MemberTopics: 5Replies: 62
Thanks for all of the information you provided. I have been diagnosed with candida, adrenal fatigue, and hypothyroid. I had a salivary cortisol test done and my cortisol levels were extremely high which has lead to alot of anxiety problems. I have heart palpitations, tremors, and generally feel nervous and shaky all the time.
I will say I have managed to get rid of about 90% of my candida symptoms but Im still struggling with the high cortisol which makes it impossible to completey get rid of candida. I have found that things such as yoga and meditation help bring my levels down as well as eating a good diet and getting some form of exercise each day. I have alos decided to add low-sugar fruits such as blueberries and raspberries and these have been a huge help with my anxiety and mood. I do know that extremely low-carb high protein diets can cause cortisol levels to rise which could be a correlation between the candida diet most of us are following and anxiety problems. I just know I generally feel better overall when I eat the right kind of carbs.
I will say though, running to your doctor for an anti-depressant is not the long term answer. Serotonin is produced from food, sunlight, exercise and other factors. What SSRI’s do is essentially keep the serotonin from breaking down and making it more readily available for your brain to use. If your body isnt producing serotonin to begin with, Im not sure how making it more available would help. I tried anti-depressants for about 6 months and they did nothing for my depression and anxiety. There are also numerous studies showing these are no better than placebo in extended trials.
What did help was making sure I got plenty of food, exercise, sunlight, and relaxation every day. I also took 5-htp and Calm Cp which lowers cortisol. Im not cured yet but I feel Im on the right path and am seeing alot of positives from this protocol.
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