Have you taken a long, hard look at your tongue lately? Well, maybe you should. Did you know that your tongue holds the secret to your digestion woes?
If your tongue is pink and smooth, the chances are you have a healthy diet and are able to digest your food properly. However, if your tongue is covered in a bumpy, white layer, then there may be something seriously wrong with your digestion.
A white-coated tongue often means that you aren’t digesting your food properly, and bad bacteria and yeast are growing on your tongue, also known as Candida.
Candida is a fungus, a form of yeast, that is perfectly normal. Everyone produces a small amount of Candida, and it lives happily in your mouth and intestines. When it is produced in healthy quantities, Candida helps your body to absorb nutrients from food and assists it in digestion.
However, when the yeast is overproduced it can break down the wall of your digestive tract, and get into the bloodstream. The result is something called a “leaky gut”, when toxic byproduct is in your system. This is when Candida becomes an unhealthy yeast.
Why is Candida overproduced?
Candida is usually overproduced for a number of reasons, including:
A poor diet
Eating a diet high in carbohydrates, sugar and bad fats can induce a leaky gut, a low immune system and excessive Candida.
Sometimes you have to take antibiotics, however they kill the good bacteria, as well as the bad bacteria, in your intestines, upsetting the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain.
People suffering with asthma often treat their symptoms with corticosteroid inhalants, but them at greater risk of developing candida.
A high-stress lifestyle can cause you to have a weaker immune systems and impact on your gut health.
Weak immune system
Many people, especially babies, children, the elderly and anyone suffering from a long-term illness, have a weakened immune system, which leaves the body without any defence mechanism for fighting off Candida overgrowth.
How to treat excess Candida
The best thing you can do is change your diet, here’s what you should and shouldn’t be consuming if you have high levels of Candida:
- Stop eating refined carbohydrates, gluten and sugars
- Try to quit unhealthy processed food
- Avoid inflammatory foods
- Stop drinking alcohol
- Try to use coconut oil in your food – it has antimicrobial properties that help to fight off Candida.
- Take a daily probiotic supplement, to help keep your gut healthy and happy.
If you try all of these things and your symptoms still persist, then it may be time to see a doctor. If you haven’t yet noticed the symptoms, then a great way to stay healthy is through prevention. Even if you aren’t suffering with Candida now, you may be on the road to overproducing the yeast. Change your diet now to healthier options and prevent Candida taking over your gut.
By Charlotte H.