Candida is a major contributor to Weight Gain

Did you know Candida is a major contributor to Weight Gain and Weight Loss challenges? According to research by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers in Dallas, Texas, yeast overgrowth (candida) is linked to an average weight gain of 32.5 pounds. That’s shocking but true. Therefore, getting to the bottom of your Candida problem is an important factor in losing those excess pounds.

You might be wondering, what on earth is CandidaCandida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines.  Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic by-products into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check.  However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feeds the yeast)
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • Eating a diet low in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, Kimchi, sauerkraut, & pickles
  • Living a high-stress lifestyle
  • Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria

Here are 10 common Candida Symptoms:

  1. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as Athlete’s Foot or toenail fungus)
  2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  4. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatioid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, or Multiple Sclerosis
  5. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog
  6. Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  7. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  8. Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
  9. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

Simple At-Home test for Candida:

-First thing in the morning (before intaking anything), spit into a clear glass of water

-Watch for a hazy, white, spiral (or icicle) heading towards the bottom of the glass within 90 seconds (considered a positive test for Candida)

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Do you NEED to lose some weight?

In 2007, $1.7 billion was spent on weight loss or diet pills, according to research from Nutrition Business Journal, appearing in Newsweek magazine. That’s a lot of money. Some appetite suppressants are on the market as dietary supplements, which are not regulated by any governing body, and can be purchased over-the-counter. Other appetite suppressants must be prescribed by a medical provider. They require a prescription and are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, but should be used with extreme caution and close monitoring by your doctor, says WIN, the Weight Control Information Network.

Here’s something you might want to consider if you’re using these appetite suppressants.


According to PubMed Health, phentermine, whose brand names are Adipex-P and Lonamin, is one of the two most commonly prescribed appetite suppressants. It is prescribed as a single daily dose—if taking the extended release–or before each meal, and they say it should be taken with food. The recommendation is to use phentermine for three to six weeks, as it can be habit forming, states PubMed. Mild side effects include constipation, dry mouth, diarrhea, vomiting and altered taste, cites PubMed. However, it is the severe side effects that must be reported to your doctor immediately such as increased heart rate and blood pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, swelling in your legs and ankles, tremors and chest pains, states PubMed. Just remember that anytime you take any kind of drug you’ll be dealing with side effects, and some of these can be deadly.


Phendimetrazine, whose brand names include Adipost, Bontrol, Obezine, Anorex, Plegine and Appcon, is taken two or three times per day before meals. Like phentermine, it should only be taken for three to six weeks and discontinued when it is no longer having an appetite suppressant effect, according to the National Library of Medicine, or NLM. Phendimetrazine has properties similar to amphetimines, which are highly addictive, and can lead to dependence, insomnia, irritability, increased heart rate and psychosis.


Diethylpropion, whose brand names are Tenuate and Tenuate Dospan, is taken once or three times a day with meals. It can be habit-forming and is only recommended for three to six weeks, like phentermine and phendimetrazine, according to PubMed. Its side effects include dry mouth, dizziness, depression, vomiting, and severe effects of chest pain, increased heart rate and blood pressure and swelling. With all diet pills, you should tell your doctor of any side effect immediately.

Lorcaserin Hydrocloride

Lorcaserin hydrocloride, sold under the brand name Belviq, controls your appetite by affecting the level of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin interacts with your brain cells, and this serotonin signaling regulates your appetite. By regulating your serotonin levels, Belviq affects your appetite. However, it also comes with serious health risks, including serotonin syndrome — a serious health risk characterized by high levels of serotonin in the brain — as well as less serious side effects, including dizziness and headaches.

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Melt Away Extra Pounds Easily

If stress, hypothyroidism, or a breached immunity is bulking you up, try ashwagandha. This adaptogenic herb can lower cortisol levels by 28%, hike the BMR by raising T4 output, and bolster immunity. Rich in iron, it boosts RBC count and circulation, fights inflammation, and augments energy. This spurs weight loss.

Ashwagandha Benefits For Weight Loss:

  • Beat Stress-Related Weight Gain
  • Give Metabolism A Boost
  • Boost Immunity, Burn Fat
  • Overcome Fatigue And Improve Circulation

Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is a wonder remedy in the Ayurvedic arsenal. And now it looks like ashwagandha could hold the key to your weight-loss woes too. Its adaptogenic, stress-busting effects not only make it a good weight-loss aid but can also help you with your fitness goals.

Beat Stress-Related Weight Gain

Whether you’re struggling to lose weight and stressing about it or binge eating to beat stress, it’s time to consider the possibility that the two might actually be connected. Too much cortisol in the body has been linked to weight gain, nervous eating, and muscle loss. As experts explain, this “survival hormone” triggers a hunger response as it stimulates glucose production. And stress-related weight gain tends to cause fat to accumulate around the belly.

Ashwagandha works at an elemental level to help you cope better with stress. If your stress levels are under control, you are less likely to binge eat. Studies have shown that the herbal remedy is particularly beneficial for those who have a tendency to eat either too little or too much when environmental stress levels rise. Its adaptogenic properties help regulate the “stress hormone” cortisol levels in the body. According to research, taking ashwagandha could help you reduce cortisol levels by nearly 28 percent.1

Give Metabolism A Boost

The antioxidants found in ashwagandha help the body burn fat better and improve overall vitality by revving up your metabolism. For some people, excess body weight is a result of a malfunctioning thyroid. Your thyroid regulates your metabolic rate as well as fat, carbohydrate, vitamin, and protein metabolism. Ashwagandha stimulates the production of T4 thyroid hormone from your thyroid, enabling your basal metabolic rate (BMR) to remain high.

If you have hypothyroidism, the sluggish performance of the thyroid causes the scales to creep up as you pack on extra pounds. Ashwagandha can mitigate some of this by triggering the production of T4, allowing metabolism to improve and the weight to drop. Animal studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of ashwagandha root extract on stimulating the thyroid.2

Boost Immunity, Burn Fat

When the body’s immunity is compromised, weight loss generally halts as the body focuses on restoring normalcy rather than burning excess fat. When it is in this survival mode, it is hard to lose weight. As an antimicrobial, ashwagandha can improve your immunity and help weight loss progress unhindered.

Inflammation is also quite commonly seen in people who are overweight. While getting fitter, fighting this inflammation is also important. Ashwagandha helps you do exactly that.3

Overcome Fatigue And Improve Circulation

Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng, like its Chinese counterpart, is famous for its ability to energize and bring vigor and vitality to those taking it. By doing away with persistent fatigue, you will feel much more open to exercising. Staying active is an important part of any weight-loss regimen and Indian ginseng can put your body in the right zone to work out. One study of cyclists found that ashwagandha consumption improved their aerobic performance, cardiorespiratory, and cardiovascular endurance.4

What’s more, due to the high iron content in this herbal remedy, your body will be able to create more red blood cells and your blood circulation will get the shot in the arm it needs.5

How To Take Ashwagandha

If you are using our  West Coast Fusion Minerals you are already taking Ashwagandha! West Coast Fusion Minerals is a powerful supplement with high concentrations of herbal ingredients including Ashwagandha that provides minerals from whole foods given to us by nature.


  1. Chandrasekhar, K., Jyoti Kapoor, and Sridhar Anishetty. “A prospective, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled study of safety and efficacy of a high-concentration full-spectrum extract of ashwagandha root in reducing stress and anxiety in adults.” Indian journal of psychological medicine 34, no. 3 (2012): 255.
  2. Panda, Sunanda, and Anand Kar. “Changes in thyroid hormone concentrations after administration of ashwagandha root extract to adult male mice.” Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology 50, no. 9 (1998): 1065-1068.
  3. Tiwari, Ruchi, Sandip Chakraborty, Mani Saminathan, Kuldeep Dhama, and Shoor Vir Singh. “Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Role in safeguarding health, immunomodulatory effects, combating infections and therapeutic applications: A review.” Journal of Biological Sciences 14, no. 2 (2014): 77.
  4. Shenoy, Shweta, Udesh Chaskar, Jaspal Sandhu, and Madan Paadhi. “Effects of eight-week supplementation of Ashwagandha on cardiorespiratory endurance in elite Indian cyclists.” Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine 3, no. 4 (2012): 209.
  5. Mishra, Lakshmi-Chandra, Betsy B. Singh, and Simon Dagenais. “Scientific basis for the therapeutic use of Withania somnifera (ashwagandha): a review.” Alternative medicine review 5, no. 4 (2000): 334-346.

What Causes Inflammation?

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury, infection, or a foreign invader that may cause an acute or chronic reaction. The inflammatory response serves several important functions in your body, which are listed below.

  1. The body tries to defend itself against what it perceives as a foreign invader (virus, bacteria, fungi, etc.).
  1. The body attempts to detoxify itself when it has inflammation.
  1. The body wants to facilitate healing if there is any inflammation.

Inflammation is “necessary” for healing, but when it becomes chronic
and gets out of control, problems start. The chronic reaction is usually a low-grade reaction.

You have probably experienced various symptoms related to cuts and bruises, or infectious diseases like the cold or flu. If you have pus running out of an infected cut – – this is a warning sign, as are runny noses, watery eyes, and coughing.

Any disease ending in ‘itis’ refers to an inflammatory condition, such as arthritis, bursitis, neuritis, and bronchitis.

But other diseases can also result from the inflammation process, and any cell, tissue, or organ in the body can be affected by inflammation.

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Do You Want Your Children To Be SMARTER?

Smart pediatricians, the ones that stay on top of the research, are urging pregnant women to take iodine due to an apparent epidemic in iodine deficiencies, reports Reuters.

The recommendation, published in the journal Pediatrics, comes as researchers recognize that an overabundance of processed foods in the American diet has led to less consumption of iodine-fortified table salt, (which is really not a good thing when you look at what it can do to you) leading to an uptick in iodine deficiencies.

Iodine is essential for a baby’s thyroid hormones and brain development, doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health admit in their first statement on iodine in the academy’s history.

Obviously iodine is critical to the fetal and child brain,” high-risk pregnancy expert Dr. Loralei Thornburg told Reuters. “Therefore having a diet that’s rich in iodine is critical.”

Research in the U.S. has found that one third of women who are pregnant are marginally iodine deficient, with only 15 percent of women taking iodine.

The Academy recommends pregnant women, and lactating mothers, should consume iodine every.

Iodine is something that every person needs and every single cell in your body needs iodine.

You need 20 to 50 milligrams, which is 20,000 micrograms to 50,000 micrograms of iodine a day, and everything that happens to you… depends on it.

Women that are deficient in iodine (when they’re pregnant)… what happens to that baby? Possible mental retardation, and a lower IQ.

Mainstream research is finally getting around to admitting the importance of supplementing one’s diet with iodine.

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