Candida


Overview

 

There are many types of Yeast Infections of which Candida Albicans are the most common. This fungus is typically found in the mouth, skin and the intestinal tract, but they can also present in other parts of the body.

In people with strong immune systems Candida occurs naturally in the body at normal levels and helps with the digestion of nutrients.

If your immune system is compromised for some reason or if you have a lack of good bacteria it can grow out of control. This is commonly known as Candida Overgrowth and can cause unwanted symptoms.

Candida Overgrowth can break down the walls of the Intestinal lining and release undigested food particles into the blood stream which is then known as Leaky Gut Syndrome.

This is a serious health condition and if left unchecked can cause food sensitivities or intolerance’s in some people. These include, but are not limited to dairy, eggs, gluten and corn.

 

Common Causes of Candida Overgrowth

 

A diet rich in sugar

Candida feeds off sugar and needs it to multiply and thrive. This not only applies to sweets and table sugar, but to anything that converts to sugar like certain carbohydrates, refined grains, processed foods and even some fruits.

Why I say only some fruits is I don’t believe that all natural sugars should be avoided.

Candida needs sugar to survive and when found in normal levels they help in nutrient digestion. Therefore by starving candida of all sugar you are forcing it to travel up the intestines.

If no sugar is found it will then find its way through the intestine walls and into the blood stream leaving you vulnerable to a systemic overgrowth.

Antibiotics

These guys are the most common cause of Candida Overgrowth and although a course of antibiotics is only supposed to kill the bad bacteria it also kills the good bacteria therefore leaving your immune system worse off than it was before.

Think of it like this , you have two armies of bacteria within your body the good bacteria and the bad bacteria. These armies are always at war with one another and whichever side has the most soldiers normally overpowers the side with the fewer count and therefore becomes the winner of these battles.

If the good bacteria win then you have a normal bill of health, but if the bad bacteria win then the result is Candida Overgrowth.

Antibiotics don’t help this situation as the bad bacteria can become immune to a particular antibiotic, but the good bacteria are still killed off leaving more bad bacteria and declaring Candida Overgrowth the winner.

Antibiotics are also found in the meat you eat as these animals also get sick and the first option for the farmer is to inject or feed them with antibiotics.

So my suggestion is if you are a meat eater is to eat ostrich or venison as these animals are less likely to be inoculated.

Now there are going to become times when antibiotics are necessary, but make sure you take them with a good probiotic to replenish the good bacteria that are killed off and maybe even continue this for a little while after the antibiotic course is finished.

Stress

In situations of stress your adrenal glands release a lot of stress hormones of which the most important is cortisol.

This hormone initially helps to boost the immune system to cope with the stress, but because cortisol is so highly inflammatory and cannot be sustained for long. It eventually works against you by weakening the immune system.

Another effect that stress has on our bodies is to temporarily shut down the digestive functions and only focuses the blood flow in the areas that need it.

Lets say that you are being chased and are running for your life, you are going to need all your energy and blood flow in you limbs, not in your gut.

So with a weakened immune system and a digestive system that keeps shutting down temporarily that leaves candida the opportunity to multiply and overpower the good bacteria.

Mercury fillings

By having amalgam or mercury fillings you are poisoning your body. Mercury vapor leaks from these fillings with all our daily activities such as brushing of teeth or chewing our food and of course any dental work done.

This gets released in small amounts, but over time can build up and become detrimental to our health.

Mercury is know to block the defense systems in our bodies and once again weaken our immune systems. It also kills off all the good guys giving the candida which is typically resistant to mercury a chance to overpower them and result in an overgrowth.

What I have done and what I suggest is that you remove all your amalgam fillings and replace them with composites, but when doing this it is necessary to have them out at a holistic dentist who uses the proper procedures.

Make sure that you are eating a diet high in protein with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, natural fats and water as this helps with the removal.

In my case, the protein could not come from any sort of fish and so I had to stick to wild game, but fish is your best source of protein.

Also eat a lot of foods with the vitamins E and C. Vitamin C foods help mobilize the mercury and vitamin E helps to protect the brain. If you need any help finding foods with a certain vitamin whfoods is a nice site.

If you want to go with chelating agents then you can go with Milk thistle and Cilantro which are both natural. Some people also like to take chlorella, but this is not well tolerated by many as their systems as they cannot break it down.

In my experience these agents are not needed as they tend to spread the mercury to other parts of your body and you tend to experience more severe symptoms than necessary.

 

 Final Thoughts

 

Candida overgrowth has been linked to gluten Intolerance and therefore go hand in hand so my view on the diet is that not only do you have to cut out gluten, but yeast as well.

Also I have found that eggs are a big trigger food and when I took these out of my diet I saw a remarkable difference. Now eggs don’t contain either gluten nor yeast, but are are a result of a food intolerance that is caused by leaky gut.

So in my opinion you can’t just follow a candida diet or a gluten free diet, but you have to combine them both and mix and match to see what benefits you.

 

I hope this article has been informative and that you have got some value out of it.

If you have any questions about this topic or have any candida experiences please drop me a Comment below as I would love to hear them.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your responses.

Cheers

Brett

 

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