Anxiety is a common symptom that accompanies Candida, but it has a variety of other contributing factors as well. We explore this issue more thoroughly in the following question from a site visitor…
Q. I have been ill for many years and drs have told me its anxiety but I know my body and there is something causing me to be this way. Yes I get anxious but its because I feel so ill. I get a lot of ear and head symptoms, stuffy nose, fluid in the ears and a feeling in my head that I find hard to explain like poisoned, bad breath, white tongue the list goes on and on. It is destroying my life, I have tried to do the Candida diet but it never lasts long, what is your advice. ~Anne
A. Hi Anne,
Your symptoms sound like classic Candida issues. Unfortunately, labeling all health conditions that they don’t understand as anxiety, stress or psychological is the typical response from mainstream medicine.
You are right, there is something causing you to feel this way. Anxiety is a sign that at least one and probably a few of your systems are not functioning properly. On the other hand, feeling anxious when you’re sick and nobody hears you is a normal response.
I’ve written about anxiety several times here so instead of repeating, I’m just going to give you links to the pages you should read. Here they are:
Symptoms of Anxiety – Tracking Down the Culprits
Briefly, I will say that Candida is usually always involved in anxiety issues. It was a major issue for me. In my experience, the most crucial factor for eliminating anxiety was the removal of sugar from my diet. Anxiety attacks I had suffered with for about a decade magically disappeared when I stopped eating sugar. The elimination of caffeine, nicotine, grains, fruit juices and environmental toxins were also very important.
The other symptoms you are experiencing will probably improve as well with the removal of sugar and these other foods and substances. As the amount of sugar in your body is reduced, then the amount of Candida overgrowth will decrease. When there is less Candida, then there are less toxins being emitted from the organism and symptoms improve.
Yes, the Candida diet is difficult initially, but it must be achieved. Following the diet is the most crucial step in recovery. Progress can not be made if the diet is not changed. It will get easier over time. You can do a search on this blog for Candida diet and find numerous tips for getting through it and adhering. Here’s one of the most recent:
Other things that sabotage one’s ability to follow the diet include caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and common everyday chemicals. These substances alter and damage neurotransmitters, the endocrine system, central nervous system and metabolic system and will trigger cravings that can override one’s desire to stick to the diet, so they must be eliminated as well.
If you have exceptional difficulty staying on the Candida diet, sugar addiction is probably involved, so you’ll want to read this page on how to overcome sugar cravings .
A diet that encourages Candida, is also one that will lead to numerous health problems like heart disease, blood sugar problems, obesity, mood swings, hyperactivity, type 2 diabetes and many more. So making a change to a healthier diet is one of the best things you can do for yourself all around.
Once you begin to see improvements in your anxiety and other symptoms, you’ll feel more motivated to take care good of yourself. My Ebook, Candida Secrets, provides a lot of tips for helping with the diet, as well as comprehensive overview of all issues that contribute to yeast overgrowth.
On the other hand, the symptoms you are experiencing can also be the result of some other factors. Unidentified food sensitivities and/or allergies are almost always involved, so you’ll want to be sure to read up on this as well.
Candida rarely occurs by itself and anxiety has other contributing factors as well. Neurotransmitters, hormone imbalances and adrenal fatigue are usually part of this scenario as well. Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer or a magic bullet. It takes time, commitment, determination and a little detective work to explore and address all the avenues.