Furry white tongues come in two varieties: a tiny furry and very furry. A small furry is fine – it is the standard layer of bacteria that each and every tongue should have. A very furry tongue is often not fine – especially if it is a thick and cheesy-looking white fur coat. Scrape a fingernail across your tongue and examine the route it carves. A significant groove could indicate a problem.
A very furry tongue typically indicates an overgrowth of Candida albicans – a yeast that lives in each digestive tract (which may go to the moutharea, and elsewhere). When Candida albicans thrives on the tongue, it might only be an annoying local overgrowth. The official name for this is oral “thrush.” But keep in mind that a very furry tongue may indicate that Candida can also be present in massive numbers from the digestive tract, concealed from view, and may have spread beyond the boundaries of the intestines.
When Candida albicans overgrowth runs rampant in the digestive tract, it mutates from a yeast infection to a fungal disease. The problem is then known as Candidiasis. Candidiasis is capable of pushing through the mucosal intestinal lining which divides the gut flora (intestinal bacteria) in the bloodstream. When this happens, toxins normally eliminated by passing through the digestive tract now “flow” into the bloodstream.
The immune system is made to manage this constant drizzle of toxins at the expense of other important tasks – such as gobbling up ever-present cancer cells before they nest somewhere (among other things). A compromised immune system is a recipe for chronic health issues. The first line of defense in a healthy immune system is the intestinal wall and the probiotics (good bacteria) that colonize there. Generally speaking, probiotics maintain Candida albicans in a manageable level so that Candidiasis doesn’t develop.
Antibiotic usage and general unwellness, though, can diminish the amount of bacteria that are good and provide Candida the upper hand. Like many fungus infections (gloomy toenails anybody?) , Candidiasis is a bear to eliminate. And when it gets going, the symptoms show themselves in numerous obnoxious and puzzling ways.
There’s a long list of symptoms for Candidiasis: bloating, constipation, and nausea are the most familiar. Less recognizable symptoms include chronic fatigue, frequent nausea and headaches, neck and back pain (muscles), depression, anxiety, irregular menstrual cycles, itchy nose, and even eye floaters and/or blurry vision. To put it differently, symptoms are so varied that you don’t know whether to see your family doctor, allergist, orthopedist, gynecologist, psychiatrist, ophthalmologist, or witch doctor for relief.
And yes, girls are more vulnerable – but do not kid yourselves fellas, it isn’t only a gal-thing. If you think you’ve got Candidiasis (or a yeast infection), and you’ve got symptoms telling you that”something” is simply not right with your general wellness, get thee to a doctor for a test. You believe you have a sweet tooth? Well so does Candida.
You adore sugar – Candida loves sugar. Does sugar make you fat and happy? Sugar makes Candida fat and happy also. And does sugar supply you with a wonderful rush of energy? It gives Candida a rush of energy also. To keep Candida in check, you must cut back on sugar. Yeast get their energy by fermenting sugar (like cancer cells). But fermentation is a really inefficient way to make energy – in other words, it requires LOTS of sugar to create a small energy. A high sugar diet packs Candida (and cancer cells) – and we all know all about the dangers of glucose and type 2 diabetes. Every living thing ‘excretes’ something.
Yeast excrete alcohol. If you’crave’ sugar frequently to heal a shaky feeling or to eliminate headaches (and you do not have diabetes), you may be a casualty of Candidiasis. No, you are not an alcoholic. But your body needs its’fix’ of alcohol – and if it does not get it, you get low-level withdrawal symptoms that temporarily’go off’ using a bag of jelly beans. Now you understand why.
Probiotics and digestive enzymes also help keep Candida at bay. Also consider taking a fantastic garlic supplement (if you don’t love fresh garlic and have found ways to combine it in your daily food intake). Candida is ruined by garlic, as are some of other pathogenic gut bacteria. Remember: Candida albicans from the digestive tract can never be eliminated – but it can be managed quite effectively. Should you test positive for Candidiasis, an anti-fungal drug could be prescribed – and that is fine. But you can not take such a medication forever, so you have to become pro-active in maintaining your gut flora in balance. To find out more about Candidiasis, speak to your physician or do a Google search. There’s a wealth of great information Online.