When it comes to monitoring your body for fitness there are pinchers that test body fat, a bathroom scale that measures your water content and good old-fashioned calorie counting. Then there is a very simple way to find out your disease risk based on a simple calculation – the waist to hip ratio. You’ll need a tape measure, and these simple instructions:

Measure the circumference of your waist
Measure the circumference of your hips
Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement
 
This is your waist to hip ratio!

 

Now what is the whole waist to hip ratio supposed to imply?

For a woman a ratio of 0.8 or above and for a man a ratio of 1.0 or above is a major sign that you are at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis (gout).

The waist numbers that take you out of the disease risk categories and back into the healthy categories are:

Females: 35 inches around 
Males: 40 inches around

If you fall into this category, don’t worry, all is not lost, there are ways to focus on your waist for superior health.

1. Cut down on sugar consumption: The old adage “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” is quite wise. The glucose derived from excessive sugar intake cannot be completely processed in your body and actually goes into storage for later use.

The preferred storage is fat cells! Going sugar-free all in one go can be extremely difficult, but by taking small steps you will start to notice a difference. Start by not adding sugar to your coffee and tea. Next replace a soda with a glass of water with lemon. Then change your sweetener to raw honey instead of white sugar.

Top natural sugar recommendation is RAW HONEY. 

2. Turn off the TV/computerTV watching is linked to the onset of obesity, mostly because the more TV you watch the less activity you are doing. With the beautiful summer weather, it should be easier to convince yourself to get out for an after dinner walk.  Start out slow – 10 minutes a day, then gradually work your way up to a goal of 30-60 minutes. It will also increase your overall energy and improve sleep. A 5 or 10 minute walk is better then no walk at all.

3. Improve your digestion: Fibre does wonders in improving your digestion naturally. The best way to increase your fibre intake is eating more fruits and vegetables.  Again the summer is a great time to start up this new regime with all that fresh produce around. Clinical evidence shows that dietary fibre promotes weight loss, improves blood sugar control and decreases the amount of calories absorbed by the body.

Try adding 1 to 1 tbsp of chia seeds to your breakfast or ½ cup of well-rinsed beans or lentils to your lunch.

Eat some fresh corn for dinner instead of a side of rice, go for a walk and if you get hot don’t reach for a can of soda but go for a cool glass of water. By starting slow and keeping hydrated, you will start to see signs that your waist to hip ratio is going down and with that your risk for disease also goes down.

Still need help?  Book your free 20 minute consult to learn more about my Get Lean Programs.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Published in Weight Loss
Friday, 25 November 2016 14:44

The Health Coach Difference

The Health Coach Difference

Health coaching is a relatively new profession, but the idea behind it is really rooted in how we, as human beings, operate. As a health coach, I help you work with your unique body, and take into consideration how everything in your life affects your health and wellness.

At the first glance, you may think what a health coach does is not much different from a conventional nutritionist or dietician, or a diet program. However, there are some subtle nuances that make our approach superior in terms of creating positive changes that last – instead of delivering a Band-Aid solution.

As a health coach:

  • I work with the concept of bio-individuality. My approach is client-driven. Instead of getting a one-size-fits-all meal plan based on a cookie-cutter approach or one fad diet, I create customized plans for my clients based on their individual circumstances, lifestyle habits, health condition and other needs. 
  • I approach nutrition as “whole foods”, instead of compartmentalizing them into individual nutrients such as calories, carbs, proteins, fats etc. Why? Because the synergistic relationship among these various components when they are ingested in the form of whole foods deliver much more benefits than when they are taken as individual nutrients.
  • With my health coaching program, during which I work with my clients over several months with sessions that last approximately 60 minutes, I am able to be with them every step of the way so that we are able to look into lifestyle choices and work on changing habits, resulting in meaningful and positive behavioral changes that last for a long time, delivering long-term health benefits.
  • My coaching is goal-, action- and result-oriented. My approach focuses on implementation and integration so that healthy changes are integrated into your life. We live in the age of information overload – you don’t need more information, you need to know which information to use and how to make them work for your life.
  • Instead of treating the symptoms, I work with my clients to get to the underlying causes of their health concerns. We look at how issues such as stress, emotional distress, physical activities, lack of “soul nourishment” etc. affect our overall wellbeing. I help my clients cultivate the awareness to improve all areas of their lives.
  • I support my clients to work with their body on healing itself so that they can eventually reduce the amount of medication that they rely on.
  • Instead of forcing my clients to stick to some “plan” which does not work for them, I first listen to my clients’ needs and concerns, then work with them to get over blocks or resistance, making any behavioural changes they make, stick.

My programs are available in person in my office in Owen Sound or online across the country.  Digestion, Food Sensitivities, Energy and Hormone Balance, Weight Loss and Wellness. 

 

Published in Deanna's Blog
Monday, 17 October 2016 17:33

Food Sensitivities

Does this sound like you or your loved ones?
Do you wake feeling fatigued and unable to get out of bed?

Perhaps you suffer from Flu-like symptoms; muscle and joint pain, depression, and mental confusion; brain fog, sore throat or swollen lymph nodes.

Chronic fatigue, arthritis, colitis, IBS, fibromyalgia and other immune disorders have become common diagnoses. Many of the people who develop immune disorders were once naturally energetic, highly motivated individuals who woke up one day and realized their body had crashed, barely able to walk, think or function like they once did.

Since the mid-1990’s Food Allergies have gone from being pretty rare to very common. An estimated 6-8% of children under the age of 3 in Canada now have food allergies. That’s approximately 30,000 children and the numbers continue to rise.

Certain factors can predispose a person to develop food allergies such as genetics. (One or both parents are allergy sufferers.)
The second -most common cause of the development of sensitivities is poor digestion. If a food is not being properly digested, it may eventually begin to trigger a sensitivity reaction in the body.

A Food Allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies a food as a harmful substance and launches an attack against it. This triggers the release of antibodies whose goal is to destroy and eliminate the food (bad guy) through different responses in the body.
It involves the excess production of an IgE Antibody which triggers the release of histamine and other chemicals from cell tissues producing various sensitivity symptoms.

These antibodies create the symptoms of a food allergy such as rash or hives, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, itchy skin, shortness of breath, chest pain and anaphylaxis.
Although a person can develop allergies to practically any substance, the most common allergens include pollen, dust, dust mites, animal dander, feathers, cosmetics, mould, insect venom, chemicals, drugs, and foods.
Peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, milk and dairy products, eggs, wheat and soy are the most common food allergens.

An allergic response is fast and very noticeable. The reactions can change very quickly from mild to severe in the worse cases causing anaphylactic shock and closing of the airway. (Often found with peanut and shellfish allergies).

A Food Intolerance occurs when an ingredient or compound in a food irritates a person’s digestive system or when a person is unable to properly digest the food. But, wait.... all of the above symptoms can be present with a food intolerance too.

There are a number of factors that may influence food intolerance. In some cases, as with lactose intolerance, the person lacks the chemicals to properly digest certain proteins found in food. While food allergies can be triggered by the smallest amount of the food in question, food intolerances are sometimes dose related and may not occur unless the person intolerant consumes a large portion of the food. For example, a person with lactose intolerance may be able to drink milk in coffee but will become sick if she drinks an entire glass of milk.

Keeping a food journal and tracking what you ate when symptoms occur can generally help diagnose food intolerances. Another way to diagnose food intolerance is to go on an elimination diet, which involves completely eliminating any suspect foods from your diet until you are symptom-free.
You then begin to reintroduce the foods, one at a time. This can help you pinpoint which foods cause symptoms. Seek the advice of your health care provider/ Holistic Nutritionist before beginning an elimination diet to be sure your diet provides adequate nutrition.

There are several ways to decipher Food Intolerances. Electrodermal Screening is a safe and effective, non-invasive way to test for food intolerances, then determine how to help the body properly digest these foods.

Throughout the month of October, I am having a Special on my Food Intolerance Screening with EDS $159 plus HST. Results are done on the spot. (Also available is a Blood Spot Test Kit and results take approximately 3 weeks. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Dee at 519-270-1889 to book your spot.

Published in Deanna's Blog
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:45

Digestion TIps

Did you know that everything wrong with our body starts in the gut? It’s true. The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends at the other end. Good Digestion is often taken for granted until.... the symptoms start to mount up and the discomfort becomes unbearable or worse like IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

It could go something like this:

Indigestion 2 to 3 hours after meals
Bloating discomfort after eating
Full, tired feeling, especially after eating meat
Excessive gas, belching, or burping after meals
Burning sensation in stomach, heartburn
Heavy, tired feeling after eating
Constipation
Stools poorly formed, pale, greasy, floating
Undigested food particles in stools
Ridges on fingernails, slow growing nails

Then it is often misdiagnosed as too much stomach acid and you are prescribed an antacid. But the fact is if you are experiencing these symptoms the cause is most likely LOW Stomach acid.

What does TOO MUCH stomach acid look like?

Stomach pain 5 or 6 hours after eating usually at night
Stomach pain relieved by eating or by drinking milk
Stomach pain aggravated by worry or tension

If we are not digesting our food properly, we then do not absorb the nutrients from our food.

Greasy foul-smelling stools
Chronic diarrhea
Undigested food in stools
Mucous in stools
Foul-smelling intestinal gas

This is called malabsorption.

After years of faulty digestion, the liver has to do some extra work to pick up the slack. This takes away from the liver’s vital processes of clearing out toxins.
Symptoms start to mount up like those listed below:

Skin oily on nose and forehead
Dark circles or bags under eyes
Fats/greasy foods cause nausea, headaches
Stool appears yellow, clay coloured, foul odoured
Pale, greasy stools that float
Foul smelling bowel gas
Bad breath/bad taste in mouth, excess body odour
Pain on inside of right shoulder blade
Consistent gas and bloating from most foods and especially from onions, cabbage, radishes, and cucumbers.

The lack of digestive enzymes in the gut will lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. We have billions of good and bad bacteria present in the body at any given time. If our digestion is not working optimally, we are guaranteed to have an overgrowth of yeast and parasites that can lessen our quality of life.

Again, symptoms can look like this:

Indigestion, bloating after meals
Intestinal gas, especially after sugary foods
Diarrhea or constipation
Urinary tract infections
Yeast infections, candida
Cold sores, canker sores

The following is a summary of guidelines that help to create the optimum conditions for digestion. By following these steps, you will be allowing your own processes of digestion, absorption, elimination and intestinal immunity to work as efficiently as possible.

Timing

Eat only when genuinely hungry
Have the largest meal in the middle of the day
Spend at least 30 minutes eating each meal
Allow no more than 3.5 hours between main meals
Have 3 main meals and 2 snacks each day
Consume nothing after 9:00pm

Setting the Mood

Do not eat when angry, anxious, upset, bored or overtired
Eat with congenial company in pleasant conversation or eat alone in contemplative silence or with pleasant music
Avoid reading, watching TV or arguing while eating

Awareness

Eat slowly, chewing food thoroughly
Take time to enjoy the taste, texture, and aromas of the food
Swallow only when each mouthful has turned to paste
Eat only enough to feel good. Never stuff yourself

Food Selection

Drink two litres of purified water daily
Be sure to consume 30-35 grams of fibre each day
Avoid processed foods, refined sugars and flours
Consume alcohol and caffeine sparingly, if at all
Suspect allergy/intolerance to any food to which one has addictive cravings or to any that produces excess mucus, or gastrointestinal stress of any kind.
Observe your body’s reactions to lactose, gluten and wheat
Do not drink liquids during meals, as they can dilute stomach acids. Drink at the end of the meal only.

If you are still having problems after trying these suggestions, it is time to book an appointment. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Deanna's Blog
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:25

Digestion Tips

Did you know that everything wrong with our body starts in the gut? It’s true. The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends at the other end. Good Digestion is often taken for granted until.... the symptoms start to mount up and the discomfort becomes unbearable or worse like IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

It could go something like this:

Indigestion 2 to 3 hours after meals
Bloating discomfort after eating
Full, tired feeling, especially after eating meat
Excessive gas, belching, or burping after meals
Burning sensation in stomach, heartburn
Heavy, tired feeling after eating
Constipation
Stools poorly formed, pale, greasy, floating
Undigested food particles in stools
Ridges on fingernails, slow growing nails

Then it is often misdiagnosed as too much stomach acid and you are prescribed an antacid. But the fact is if you are experiencing these symptoms the cause is most likely LOW Stomach acid.

What does TOO MUCH stomach acid look like?

Stomach pain 5 or 6 hours after eating usually at night
Stomach pain relieved by eating or by drinking milk
Stomach pain aggravated by worry or tension

If we are not digesting our food properly, we then do not absorb the nutrients from our food.

Greasy foul-smelling stools
Chronic diarrhea
Undigested food in stools
Mucous in stools
Foul-smelling intestinal gas

This is called malabsorption.

After years of faulty digestion, the liver has to do some extra work to pick up the slack. This takes away from the liver’s vital processes of clearing out toxins.
Symptoms start to mount up like those listed below:

Skin oily on nose and forehead
Dark circles or bags under eyes
Fats/greasy foods cause nausea, headaches
Stool appears yellow, clay coloured, foul odoured
Pale, greasy stools that float
Foul smelling bowel gas
Bad breath/bad taste in mouth, excess body odour
Pain on inside of right shoulder blade
Consistent gas and bloating from most foods and especially from onions, cabbage, radishes, and cucumbers.

The lack of digestive enzymes in the gut will lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. We have billions of good and bad bacteria present in the body at any given time. If our digestion is not working optimally, we are guaranteed to have an overgrowth of yeast and parasites that can lessen our quality of life.

Again, symptoms can look like this:

Indigestion, bloating after meals
Intestinal gas, especially after sugary foods
Diarrhea or constipation
Urinary tract infections
Yeast infections, candida
Cold sores, canker sores

The following is a summary of guidelines that help to create the optimum conditions for digestion. By following these steps, you will be allowing your own processes of digestion, absorption, elimination and intestinal immunity to work as efficiently as possible.

Timing
Eat only when genuinely hungry
Have the largest meal in the middle of the day
Spend at least 30 minutes eating each meal
Allow no more than 3.5 hours between main meals
Have 3 main meals and 2 snacks each day
Consume nothing after 9:00pm

Setting the Mood

Do not eat when angry, anxious, upset, bored or overtired
Eat with congenial company in pleasant conversation or eat alone in contemplative silence or with pleasant music
Avoid reading, watching TV or arguing while eating

Awareness

Eat slowly, chewing food thoroughly
Take time to enjoy the taste, texture, and aromas of the food
Swallow only when each mouthful has turned to paste
Eat only enough to feel good. Never stuff yourself

Food Selection

Drink two litres of purified water daily
Be sure to consume 30-35 grams of fibre each day
Avoid processed foods, refined sugars and flours
Consume alcohol and caffeine sparingly, if at all
Suspect allergy/intolerance to any food to which one has addictive cravings or to any that produces excess mucus, or gastrointestinal stress of any kind.
Observe your body’s reactions to lactose, gluten and wheat
Do not drink liquids during meals, as they can dilute stomach acids. Drink at the end of the meal only.

If you are still having problems after trying these suggestions, it is time to book an appointment.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Published in Digestion
Friday, 26 February 2016 20:32

Clinical Nutrition

As a Clinical Nutritionist,  I see clients that want to make a difference in their life by changing what they eat today for a healthier tomorrow.  Addressing digestive issues, detoxifying and cleansing, identifying food sensitivities, balancing blood sugar and hormones are just some of the reasons clients come to see me.  

As an Electrodermal Screening Practitioner, (BioEnergetics)  I am able to utilize my EDS device along with symptom questionnaires to help you, help your body to return to balance. 

Published in Services

Today I want to talk to you about something I see quite frequently in my practice.

The majority of my clients are coming to me either in the office or online, because they feel helpless and have been unsuccessful with managing symptoms like those I am going to list later on.

You see they go to the doctor and have tests done that come back inconclusive, so therefore they are told that nothing is wrong with them. The problem remains, and they still feel horrible.

Now, I know this may not apply to you.. however, you may know someone who would benefit from this information. Typically my clients are coming to me because someone like you has shared your experience with me. For that I am grateful. When you read my newsletters and share the information or you share with your friends and family about what I do, I am able to help more people feel better.

I am not faulting our doctors, they try to the best of their ability, however time is short, testing methods may be out of date or the parameters are so narrow that certain conditions may go undetected for some time.

I am not able to diagnose as a Holistic Nutritionist, nor do I need to. However, with the use of questionnaires and other assessments, I am able to help certain body systems utilize nutrients more efficiently so the body can do what it needs to do.

With every client we start with Digestion and Gut Health.

If the digestive system is out of balance we do not absorb the nutrients and could develop greater health issues.

Did you know that your small intestine has these little things like tiles and grout that cover the entirety of the intestine? Over time the “grout” like material starts to erode. Perhaps you have heard the term “Leaky Gut”?

Leaky gut allows undigested food particles to pass through the intestines into the blood stream causing inflammation and immune system responses like allergies and inflammation. The body goes on full alert and may start to attack itself, think Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Hashimoto’s etc.

If you have food sensitivities you have Leaky Gut and vice versa.

Often times when the digestive system is out of balance we can develop an overgrowth of bad bacteria, parasites and mycotoxins. The enzymes in the stomach become depleted and they are unable to keep the bad bacteria in control and the good bacteria becomes outnumbered.

If you have had chronic yeast infections, UTIs, athlete’s foot, jock itch, fatigue, depression, weight gain, nail fungus, irritability, uncontrolled sugar cravings keep reading.

Candida is an opportunistic fungus (or form of yeast) that takes many forms and is the cause of many undesirable symptoms ranging from fatigue and weight gain, joint pain and gas.

The Candida yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestines. When the Candida population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body.

As they spread, these toxic byproducts can damage your body tissues and organs, and weaken your immune system. The major waste product of yeast cell activity is Acetaldehyde, a poisonous toxin that promotes free radical activity in the body. Acetaldehyde is also converted by the liver into ethanol (drinking alcohol) so some people even feel like they are drunk or hungover, along with debilitating fatigue from the high amounts of ethanol is their system.

You should be concerned about this because an increase in free radicals may lead to disease.

Candida is usually kept under control if our immune system is in balance, however the overgrowth can occur when healthy gut flora becomes altered by the following factors:

  • Diet: a high sugar or refined carbohydrate diet will feed the yeast
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Use of antibiotics, steroids or birth control pills
  • Decreased immunity

Symptoms of Candida

  • Gas and bloating
  • Intestinal disturbances like belching and bloating, flatulence
  • Sugar cravings and fruit intolerance
  • Allergies
  • Itchy ears, nose
  • Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis
  • Chronic yeast infections
  • Bladder infections and UTIs
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Depression
  • Nail fungus
  • Skin issues like eczema, athlete’s foot and jock itch, nail fungus

"A healthy gut & balanced intestinal flora will lead to proper digestion and a strong immune system." Heather Schoffield, BioMed

There are several methods available for testing: Candida questionnaires, blood testing, stool testing and urine dysbiosis testing.

Several factors can damage our gut micro biome, and being aware of the effect it can have on our body can help us prevent overgrowth. The type of delivery at birth is the first major factor. Beneficial bacteria are passed to us via a vaginal birth. Of course, if the mother is deficient, then the child will also be deficient in good bacteria. As well, beneficial bacteria are passed to us through the mother’s breast milk. Therefore, bottle fed babies will not have this added benefit.

Chronic infections, heavy metals, the types of foods we eat, chronic stress, over-acidity of the body, food allergies and sensitivities as well as various medical interventions and medications can all have an effect on our intestinal flora.

In order to bring back balance we need to Restore, Regenerate and Regulate the gut bacteria.

We likely all have heard of someone on a Candida diet. They are not fun for sure, and limit many different foods making it difficult to maintain.

By following a comprehensive approach with a health practitioner, gut flora can be restored through diet, the addition of good bacteria supplements to heal the mucous membrane lining of the gut and bring down the number of bad bacteria. It is also imperative to identify food sensitivities so the body is not subjected to further stress and is able to regenerate healthy balance. Following which, regulation of foods, beneficial bacteria and enzymes resident in the body to keep the body in balance.

A word of caution: if you have had treatments in the past for Candida either natural or pharmaceutical, the type of Candida then change into a cell wall deficient form and will then go systemic. Dealing with this type of Candida will require different tactics. Please consult with your Natural Health Practitioner.

Deanna Trask RHN

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resources:

Sayer Ji, Green Med Info

Dr. Elson Haas, Staying Healthy with Nutrition and The Detox Diet

Heather Schofield B.Sc, DHMHS

Published in Digestion
Monday, 23 November 2015 19:08

Candida

Today I want to talk to you about something I see quite frequently in my practice.
The majority of my clients are coming to me either in the office or online because they feel helpless and have been unsuccessful with managing symptoms like those I am going to list later on.
You see they go to the doctor and have tests done that come back inconclusive, so therefore they are told that nothing is wrong with them.  The problem remains, and they still feel horrible.
 
Now, I know this may not apply to you.. however, you may know someone who would benefit from this information.  Typically my clients are coming to me because someone like you has shared your experience with me.  For that I am grateful.  When you read my newsletters and share the information or you share with your friends and family about what I do, I am able to help more people feel better.
I am not faulting our doctors,  they try to the best of their ability, however, time is short, testing methods may be out of date or the parameters are so narrow that certain conditions may go undetected for some time.
I do not diagnose as a Holistic Nutritionist, however, with the use of questionnaires and other assessments, I am able to help certain body systems utilize nutrients more efficiently so the body can do what it needs to do.  
 
With every client we start with Digestion and Gut Health.  
 
If the digestive system is out of balance we do not absorb the nutrients and could develop greater health issues.  
Did you know that your small intestine has these little things like tiles and grout that cover the entirety of the intestine?  Over time the “grout” like material starts to erode.  Perhaps you have heard the term “Leaky Gut”?  
Leaky gut allows undigested food particles to pass through the intestines into the blood stream causing inflammation and immune system responses like allergies and inflammation. The body goes on full alert and may start to attack itself, think Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis, Hashimoto’s etc.
If you have food sensitivities you have Leaky Gut and vice versa.
 
Often times when the digestive system is out of balance we can develop an overgrowth of bad bacteria, parasites and mycotoxins. The enzymes in the stomach become depleted and they are unable to keep the bad bacteria in control and the good bacteria becomes outnumbered.
If you have had chronic yeast infections, UTIs, athlete’s foot, jock itch, fatigue, depression, weight gain, nail fungus, irritability, uncontrolled sugar cravings keep reading.
 
Candida is an opportunistic fungus (or form of yeast) that takes many forms and is the cause of many undesirable symptoms ranging from fatigue and weight gain, joint pain and gas.
The Candida yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestines. When the Candida population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body.
As they spread, these toxic byproducts can damage your body tissues and organs, and weaken your immune system. The major waste product of yeast cell activity is Acetaldehyde, a poisonous toxin that promotes free radical activity in the body. Acetaldehyde is also converted by the liver into ethanol (drinking alcohol) so some people even feel like they are drunk or hungover, along with debilitating fatigue from the high amounts of ethanol is their system.
You should be concerned about this because an increase in free radicals may lead to disease.
 
Candida is usually kept under control if our immune system is in balance, however the overgrowth can occur when healthy gut flora becomes altered by the following factors:
-Diet:  a high sugar or refined carbohydrate diet will feed the yeast
-Alcohol
-Stress
-Use of antibiotics, steroids or birth control pills
-Decreased immunity
 
Symptoms of Candida
-Gas and bloating
-Intestinal disturbances like belching and bloating, flatulence
-Sugar cravings and fruit intolerance
-Allergies
-Itchy ears, nose
-Autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ulcerative Colitis
-Chronic yeast infections
-Bladder infections and UTIs
-Fatigue
-Brain fog
-Depression
-Nail fungus
-Skin issues like eczema, athlete’s foot and jock itch, nail fungus
 
A healthy gut & balanced intestinal flora will lead to proper digestion and a strong immune system.  Heather Schoffield, BioMed
There are several methods available for testing: Candida questionnaires, blood testing, stool testing and urine dysbiosis testing.  
Several factors can damage our gut micro biome, and being aware of the effect it can have on our body can help us prevent overgrowth.  The type of delivery at birth is the first major factor.  Beneficial bacteria are passed to us via a vaginal birth.  Of course, if the mother is deficient, then the child will also be deficient in good bacteria.  As well, beneficial bacteria are passed to us through the mother’s breast milk.  Therefore, bottle fed babies will not have this added benefit.
 
Chronic infections, heavy metals, the types of foods we eat, chronic stress, over acidity of the body, food allergies and sensitivities as well as various medical interventions and medications can all have an effect on our intestinal flora.
In order to bring back balance we need to Restore, Regenerate and Regulate the gut bacteria.

We likely all have heard of someone on a Candida diet.  They are not fun for sure, and limit many different foods making it difficult to maintain.  
 
By following a comprehensive approach with a health practitioner, gut flora can be restored through diet, addition of good bacteria, supplements to heal the mucous membrane lining of the gut and bring down the number of bad bacteria.  It is also imperative to identify food sensitivities so the body is not subjected to further stress and is able to regenerate healthy balance.  Following which, regulation of foods, beneficial bacteria and enzymes resident in the body to keep the body in balance.
 
A word of caution:  if you have had treatments in the past for Candida either natural or pharmaceutical, the type of Candida then change into a cell wall deficient form and will then go systemic.  Dealing with this type of Candida will require different tactics.  Please consult with your Natural Health Practitioner.
 
Deanna Trask RHN
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Resources:  
Sayer Ji, Green Med Info
Dr. Elson Haas, Staying Healthy with Nutrition and The Detox Diet
Heather Schofield B.Sc, DHMHS
Published in Digestion