Frank Jordan has been my friend for over 20 years and we love him, his family and his products, all bearing the name, NSC. He forwards me his “Frankly Speaking” articles and I love reading them. Reading what Frank writes is like talking with him in person. I wanted to pass along his most recent article, because in it, he covers a subject that is dear to all of our hearts and he has some great tips! Thank you, Frank!
Frankly Speaking By Frank Jordan
Did you know there are more than 10,000 species of microbes in your gut that help determine your metabolism, your mood, and whether or not you get sick? Did you know 80 to 90% of the mood determining neurotransmitter, serotonin, is manufactured in your gut; while 60% of your immune system is likewise located in your digestive tract?
Most people don’t pay much attention to their gut microbes until they have digestive or other health issues. Then too, you probably have scant information about the most likely culprit – fungus most commonly in the form of pathogenic candida or candida albicans.
Benign candida is a fungus that in limited and proper amounts beneficially contributes to proper digestion and nutrient absorption. However, when overproduced, most often initiated by excess antibiotic usage that kills good bacteria to be replaced by candida; the pathogenic candida can permeate the wall of the intestines so that toxic byproducts get into the bloodstream, causing all kinds of health issues. Fungus is a health terrorist!
- Do you have candida or other fungi issues with one or more of the following symptoms?
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea – yes you can have both!
- Fatigue with no resolution or experiencing chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression.
- Vaginal and urinary tract infections, rectal or vaginal itching.
- Brain fog, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD or ADHD.
- Skin and nail fungal infections such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
- An autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma or even multiple sclerosis.
- Skin issues including eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes.
- Seasonal or weather related allergies or itchy ears.
- Intense sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings.
To avoid candida beware of excess antibiotics, sugar and chlorine from swimming, bathing or drinking water. Organisms like candida albicans need organic, carbon-based compounds to provide them with energy including sugars like glucose, fructose and sucrose. Candida and other fungi use sugars for their food and to build their cell walls comprised 80 percent of carbohydrates.
Swimming is great as an exercise, respiratory training and the sensual experience in water. However, if you have an unhealthy digestive tract with bad bacteria or candida overgrowth, spending an hour or more in a chlorinated pool a few times a week is sadly a negative rather than positive for most. Science now demonstrates chlorine is a major negative force against healthy microbes, and has detrimental effects on the good gut bacteria; often leading to an unwanted candida fungus overgrowth.
Be aware of chlorine in the water you drink and preferably use an entire-house filtration system that removes chlorine before entering the house so not only the drinking water but also the shower and bath water, and the water with which you do the laundry are protected.
Don’t use chlorinated bleach either directly or as an ingredient in laundry products. Sparingly use public pools and hot tubs containing high levels of chlorine to kill unwanted bacteria due to multiple users. Frankly speaking, go to the beach as much as possible for your swim, avoid sugar and chlorine and have a happy gut absent fungus to help avoid fatigue, bloating and other miseries when there’s fungus among us!