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Does Stress Feed Candida? – Part 3

August 20, 2019


This is going to be part three of Does Stress
Feed Candida? What I’m going to talk about now is a concept called gluconeogenesis, so
the production of new blood sugar; “gluco,” meaning blood; “neo, meaning whatever it means,
I’m not sure genesis,meaning basically new, so I know that gluconeogenesis means the production
of new blood sugar. What happens is when your energy drops and
you’re feeling tired, the brain starts telling the hypothalamus, I can stimulate the pituitary
to get onto the adrenals to produce more amounts of cortisol. Because what cortisol does in
the presence of low blood sugar is to stimulate the release of fatty acids, which these fatty
acids get converted into eventually in a long convoluted process into blood sugar. Stress, we know that high stress particularly
in the alarm phase, initiates the production of increased blood sugar. If you’re going
from one stress to another or in the alarm phase quite a lot, if you’re phone is ringing
all the time, your children are placing demands on you, your employer is placing demands on
you, you get pissed off or stressed out quite a lot, you’re going to be in the alarm phase
of stress quite a lot. I see this commonly in my patients, so these sort of people have
too much blood sugar elevated. Unfortunately, with high blood sugar, we also
got insulin elevated. Insulin is produced by the pancreas gland that allows blood sugar
basically to be pushed into the cells. In the initiating phases where people have too
much stress, they get too much blood sugar, too much insulin. I guess what too much blood
sugar means for Candida, it means if you’ve got systemic Candida, it can really help the
Candida to grow. It can really promote Candida. We’ve had emails before about people asking
if ketosis induces Candida. Ketosis being a condition when the body is in a very low,
extremely low, carbohydrate state, when the body produces energy from stored fatty acids
produced by the liver. But in this case, the fatty acids are not produced because of starvation.
They’re produced because of low cortisol. Low cortisol or low cortisol state when the
patient has an issue there and blood sugar is produced in abundance there; it gives you
high cortisol. We can get a problem with Candida, and I often
see the patients who get the most severe Candida aggravations are the ones often who get the
most anxiety and stress, vaginal infections or jock itch, toenail fungus are recurrent,
systemic infections, tinea cruris, tinea vulgaris, all kinds of microsporum. Various kinds of
fungal reactions we see in patients are often as a result of high cortisol levels and continual
production of too much blood sugar. So keeping your blood sugar under control
can be arranged by making sure that you’ve got a handle on your stress by eating three
square meals a day, taking time to relax, and identifying what the stressors are in
your life. I hope you understand the concept that high stress or continual low grade stress
punctuated by events of high stress will eventually mean relatively high cortisol levels, stimulate
the liver to produce products basically which get converted to glucose, which can certainly
have an effect on continuing Candida. Always remember stress certainly does feed
Candida. It’s the best-kept secret, and it’s one that you really need to look at if you
want to get a handle on your chronic or severe Candida. I hope that sort of rings a bell with you.
Thanks for tuning in.

3 Comments

  • Reply BUXTONBLUE7 May 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Thank-you so much for these videos. The Stress/Cortisol Effect is the most overlooked and yet  biggest contributor to Candida/Systemic Candidiasis that there is and I am so Grateful to you for putting it out there in such a clear understandable and concise way. Bless you, Sir.

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  • Reply LankyBrendon September 1, 2018 at 10:28 am

    This is helpful to hear. I went through some very extreme and prolonged stress near the beginning of the year. It was so bad I thought I was gonna die. On top of that, I never new I wasn't eating nearly enough and that was adding to the stress – I got a BMI test recently and my naturopath told me I had the highest metabolism of anyone shes ever tested. Starting around March I noticed my energy levels were going down and I needed to sleep significantly longer. Months later I got brain fog. Looking back I am quite sure my Candida came in large part to the Stress and have realized that it is something I've needed to deal with on a permanent level.

    My advice is 'don't put off dealing with your stress'. Do it now. Because the response your body will have to that stress is worse.

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