Candida – Can you free yourself ?
Candida overgrowth is not recognized as a real health issue; therefore, most physicians don’t test for it.
However, you are experiencing symptoms such as:
- Brain fog, difficulty concentrating and/or focusing
- Fatigue, tired all the time
- Sugar cravings
- Sinus congestion
- Skin irritations, acne, rashes
- Depression, mood swings, even anxiety
- Vaginal itching
Everyone has Candida yeast in the gut, mouth and vagina. Candida is not all bad, as it helps with digestion and nutrient absorption. Other gut bacteria need to be kept in check, otherwise we end up with Candida overgrowth and once we have reached this point, we develop symptoms.
Causes of Candida overgrowth
Candida is called an opportunistic organism, which means it will get out of control like a child or teenager left alone at home. We need adults at home, which are other good bacteria to keep Candida in check. So, if there is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut, called Dysbiosis, Candida will do what it does best; multiply.
This brings us to the next question:
What are the causes of Dysbiosis of the microflora?
- Toxins from the environment
- Heavy metals
- Stress, lifestyle stressors, not enough sleep, poor diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Adrenal issues, too much or too little cortisol
- Parasite infection
How to get rid of Candida?
Well, we never can get rid of Candida, but we can get rid of Candida overgrowth.
As a Functional Diagnostic Practitioner, I look at underlying causes of symptoms. In the case of Candida overgrowth, I know that it is not the problem, but it is the result of the underlying problem.
Most of the time, the immune system is compromised and bacterial dysbiosis in the gut, due to a lack of supervision so to speak, creates the opportunity for Candida to grow uncontrollably.
- Candida lives on sugar and refined carbohydrates. In order to starve it, food items that contain those sugars need to be eliminated.
- In regard to the dysbiosis, we need to heal the gut, which includes balancing the gut flora.
- I mentioned stressors as the cause of Candida overgrowth; therefore, we need to look at those and eliminate as many as possible.
Takeaway: if you think you have Candida overgrowth and you follow one of those protocols to kill Candida offered online, it may not work for you in the long run.
My approach as a Functional Diagnostic Practitioner:
- Starving Candida with a sugar and starch free diet.
- Eating “Real” Foods such as grass fed beef, eggs from free roaming chicken not fed with grains, replenish minerals and vitamins and healthy fats.
- Stress reduction: Identifying inside stressors such as parasites and bacterial dysbiosis and correcting the problem with the help of herbal supplements. Identifying external stressors such as the influence of a negative person in one’s life, environmental toxins.
- Sleep hygiene. Going to bed around 10pm.
- Exercise: not everyone can go to the gym 3-5 times a week. Some are just too weak to even walk around the block. Whatever exercise you can perform is the one you could start out with.
- Biofilm disrupter: this is huge. All bacteria in the gut or sinuses block the immune system from reaching it by creating a biofilm. Most of the time, biofilms are several layers thick and are hard to break open.
- Identifying pathogens and getting rid of those with herbal supplements.
- Supplementation with antifungals to kill Candida.
- Gut healing supplements: they repair the mucosal barrier in the gut lining
- Probiotics play a big role in balancing the intestinal flora; they even help to digest food and produce nutrients.
- RestorFlora contains S.boulardii
This holistic approach to restoring balance and function in your entire body is the principle that I work with. It may not always be easy, but it is the best option to support the body in healing itself.