Many people who visit my practice have an overgrowth of the yeast Candida Albicans It’s both bad news and good: it can be tricky to get rid of, but at least they know why they feel so bad.
Everyone has some yeast (Candida Albicans), it's a normal part of your intestinal bacteria but an overgrowth, which indicates that the good bacteria have been overwhelmed, undermines your health, suppresses your immune system, makes you tired and depressed, causes IBS, poor digestion, food sensitivity or intolerance, skin problems, anxiety, bloating, makes you fat or thin, causes recurrent infections .......I could go on but I think you get the picture.
In a healthy body Candida is controlled by friendly gut bacteria. When the balance of bacteria is disrupted an overgrowth of yeast develops rapidly. The following create perfect conditions for yeast to flourish:
Antibiotics destroy bacteria that would normally have a protective, antifungal effect, and the imbalance enables yeast to thrive.
Low Stomach Acid
- Diet – especially those high in fermentable carbon sources such as mono- or dimeric sugars (sucrose, glucose, and lactose - so that's dairy (especially skimmed and semi skimmed milk), refined carbohydrates, confectionary etc) – plays a key role in encouraging yeast overgrowth.
- Vitamin, mineral, and enzyme deficiencies
- Low fat (high sugar) foods
- Too much alcohol
- Heavy metal contaminaton (think vaccinations, amalgam fillings and heat stripping pre-1960s paint without protection)
- Prescription drugs such as the Pill, steroids and HRT
- Hormonal changes (puberty, sexual maturity, pregnancy, sterilization, menopause including peri- and post-menopause)
- Environmental toxins
- Vitamin, mineral and enzyme deficiencies
- Constipation or diarrhoea and conditions such as Crohns, coeliac disease etc
Many of the things we consume and/or are exposed to coupled with health-related conditions, can create an environment in which healthy bacteria cannot thrive.
Many factors associated with Candida overgrowth are disruptive to the body's endocrine system, causing hormonal abnormalities that, in turn, can be aggravated by antibiotics, and even by Candida Albicans itself.
Candida can be tricky to eradicate and may take several months (for some, much longer). Following an anti candida diet and taking supplements to kill the yeast, improve digestion and restore healthy bowel bacteria, is the quickest way to turn your health around.
If you often feel under the weather (there are a list of symptoms further down) do the spit test. Have a glass of water by your bed. In the morning, before drinking or eating, spit on top of the water and observe. If the spit disperses you’re in the clear. If anything grows under the spit, speckles appear in the water, a cloudy pool sinks to the bottom or all the water turns cloudy, you probably have an overgrowth of Candida.
With the diet and supplements it is likely that you will start to feel much better very soon. Clients have reported noticeable improvement in as little as three days and significant changes in two to three weeks: you could feel better than you have for years.
Below is all the information you need to deal with a candida overgrowth. If you have any questions, need help or would like to book a Food Sensitivity Test or Colonic Irrigaton session or if you have any questions about the supplements then please e-mail: email@example.com
The following are all symptoms of Candida:
- bloated abdomen and/or abdominal pain
- slow and foggy mind
- white coating on your tongue or inside your mouth
- anal itching
- chronic sinus problems
- constant fatigue
- feeling old and worn out
- food cravings (especially for sugar)
- food sensitivities
- hair loss
- heartburn, indigestion, and/or gas
- intimate yeast infections and/or itchy skin rashes
- mood swings, memory or concentration difficulties
- premenstrual symptoms
- red, itching eyes
- sensitivity to moulds, dampness, environmental pollution, cigarettes, and certain smells
- skin fungus infections – recurrent ringworm, athlete's foot, tinea cruris (jock itch) or nail problems
- sore muscles and joints
- urinary tract infections
- waking up tired
- weight loss or gain
- worried and depressed about always feeling lousy
If you have several of these symptoms and your spit test grows a slimey critter then I suggest you try both the diet and the supplements. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain. The worst that can happen is that you lose weight, feel great and end up with really healthy bowel bactiera which is all good.
Candida decomposes cell membranes, so its presence in large numbers is a sign that your immune system is fighting a losing battle to keep yeast under control. A weakened immune system will wreak havoc on your overall health leaving you prone to infections, inflammation, colds and flu.
During a long-term infestation, yeast can change into its fungal form, developing roots that implant themselves in the intestinal wall or other mucosal linings.
These roots enable the toxic by-products of fermentation and other harmful material generated by the fungus to be absorbed, which can result in an immunological reaction. This, in turn, can develop into a yeast syndrome affecting all of the body's systems.
A host of health problems are linked to Candida overgrowth:
- Acne or psoriasis
- Digestive disorders including weight gain, gas, bloating, colitis
- Ear infections
- Emotional upsets and depression
- Energy imbalances or insomnia
- Hormonal problems
- Hyperactivity/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Lung problems
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Weight loss
- Pollen allergies
- Reproductive organ disorders
- Sensitivities to foods, chemicals, and/or moulds
- Susceptibility to viruses, bacterial, and other infections
- Thyroid problems
Take some time to think about when you first started to experience symptoms. When did you start to feel exhausted? Was it around the time or shortly after other events such as periods of stress, hormonal changes (such as pregnancy), antibiotic use, surgery etc. Doing this exercise will help you to determine how long you may have had your Candida overgrowth and will give you some idea of how difficult it will be to get rid of (although this is only a very basic guideline and it varies from person to person). If for example you have been feeling unwell for a long time then it is likely to take longer to completely eradicate the yeast.
Some practitioners believe that Candida overgrowth can lead to the onset of chronic illnesses such as chronic fatigue symptom (CFS), fibromyalgia, Epstein-Barr virus, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, arthritis, cancer, and autism.
Purging this harmful and destructive yeast from your body requires patience, perseverance, and a multi-pronged approach.
Step 1: Kill the yeast
Step 2: Nourish yourself
Step 3: Cleanse your colon and restore beneficial bacteria balance
Step 4: Re-build your health
The first step is to start work on reducing the amount of yeast in your system. There are two ways to reduce yeast overgrowth: starve it by cutting off it's food supply (sugar) and use natural supplements to kill it .
Diet and healthier lifestyle choices are sometimes enough to resolve mild cases of Candida. However, a product with antifungal activity is usually required in moderate to severe yeast infestations. Most require a course of three months or more.
Natural Antifungal Products:
Detox Yeast Balance contains a mix of ingredients which are recommended by a wide variety of practitioners. If you search on the internet you will find that just about every ingredient recommended by anyone for the fight against Candida is included in this formulation. The formula is based on the famous Dr Christopher preparations and contains:
60 capsules per pot
Per capsule: %NRV*
Zinc - 3.1mg 31%
*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value
Caprylic acid (from 250mg gross magnesium caprylate) - 212.5mg
Garlic powder - 25mg
Aloe vera extract (200:1) (equivalent to 3000mg fresh aloe vera) - 15mg
Quercetin - 15mg
Bifidobacterium bifidus (equivalent to 100 million colony forming units) - 10mg
Lactobacillus acidophilus (equivalent to 100 million colony forming units) - 10mg
Clove bud powder - 10mg
Grapefruit seed extract (5:1) (equivalent to 50mg fresh grapefruit seed) - 10mg
Thyme powder - 10mg
Zinc citrate - 10mg
Glucosamine Hydrochloride (vegetable source) - 8mg
Rosemary leaf extract (10:1) (equivalent to 80mg fresh rosemary leaf) - 8mg
Beetroot extract (5:1) (equivalent to 15mg fresh beetroot powder) - 3mg
Cinnamon extract (5:1) (equivalent to 15mg fresh beetroot powder) - 3mg
Oregano extract (4:1) (equivalent to 5mg fresh oregano powder) - 1.3mg
Ingredients: Magnesium Caprylate Powder, Vegetarian Capsule Shell: Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (HPMC), Garlic Powder, Anti-caking Agent: Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Aloe Vera Extract (200:1), Quercetin Powder, Bifidobacterium Bifidus Powder, Lactobacillus Acidophilus Powder, Clove Bud Powder, Grapefruit Seed Extract (5:1), Thyme Powder, Zinc Citrate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride (vegetable source), Rosemary Leaf Extract (10:1), Beetroot Extract (5:1), Cinnamon Extract (5:1), Oregano Extract (4:1).
Suitable for vegetarians.
It is one of the few comprehensive products on the market and represents very good value for money. You can also try:
- Colloidal silver (an alternative natural antibiotic/ant- bacterial/anti fungal)
- Pau d'Arco
Other Products and Treatment Suggestions:
Other natural yeast treatments include increasing vitamin C and other antioxidant intake (I stock a fantastic product Antioxidant Supreme which is made from 22 fruits and vegetables, is a highly bio available food state formula (which makes it easier for your body to absorb and use the nutrients). It has been clinically tested and found to be anti-aging and beneficial for cardiovascular health – (detox Antioxidant Supreme £15.00); Epsom Salts baths to assist in detoxification; lots of pure water to help flush out toxins. Dry skin brushing helps to boost your circulation and stimulates the lymph system aiding the detoxification process.
While there is no universal anti-fungal diet that will work for everyone, certain foods are best avoided by those prone to yeast infections.
In general, all sugars, baked goods, breads, refined flour, alcohol, vinegars, pickled vegetables, dried fruits, cheeses, and mushrooms ought to be avoided.
Foods to Avoid
Sugars and Sugar-containing Foods
All yeasts feed on and derive their energy from sugar, fermenting it to produce ethanol (alcohol) as well as a more serious toxic chemical, acetaldehyde – made during the digestion process.
By reducing the amount of sugar in your diet as well as starches, carbohydrates, and alcohol – which all break down into sugar in the body – you'll be limiting the amount of sugar available to intestinal yeast.
Check food labels for:
Also avoid honey, maple syrup, agave syrup and molasses.
You should also avoid artifical sweeteners such as:
- Acesuflame K
Ridding yourself of a sweet tooth will only happen if you eradicate extreme sweetness from your diet. After a couple of weeks you will become aware of just how sweet such foods as capsicum, carrot and tomato can be. There is also lots of new research which indicates that aritifical sweeteners are actually worse for you than plain old sugar. One study found that people given moderate doses of sweeteners had big negative changes in their gut bacteria very quickly and some went into a prediabetic state within just four days.
Most processed and packaged foods (bottled, boxed, canned) contain sugar and ought to be eliminated from your diet.
Mouldy Foods/Yeast Products
Intestinal yeast overgrowth can result in the development of immune reactions to mould and yeast products, so the elimination of these products is advised:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Cheeses, buttermilk, sour cream, and sour milk products
- Condiments – vinegar and vinegar-containing foods such as mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, relishes, and soy sauce
- Dried fruits – apricots, dates, figs, prunes, raisins, etc.
- Edible fungi – all types of mushrooms and truffles (I have however had numerous people who have eliminated everthing else but kept mushrooms and they were fine. If mushrooms are importabnt to you then you will have to try it out. Shitake mushrooms are said to be beneficial in the fight against candida.)
- Malt products – candy, cereals, and malted milk drinks
- Packaged fruit juices (may contain mould)
Food sensitivities can cause Candida and Candida can cause food sensitivities so it makes sense to have a test.
There are several methods available. The preferred method at detox is Vega Analysis (it was the method that established my own food sensitivities).
Food sensitivity testing is available by appointment. I test for 114 food, 35 vitamins and minerals and all the E-numbers. Foods tested are listed on the web site. Please check the list and if there are foods you consume regularly then these can also be tested. Up to five additional foods can be tested without charge. If you wish to bring more samples then an additional charge will be made.
Results of the food sensitivity test are immediate and you will be provided with information on conducting an elimination diet. Please phone 0113 3910415 if you would like more information.
- Whole Grains – buckwheat, barley, millet, oats, rice, amaranth, quinoa
- High carbohydrate vegetables – beans, parsnips, peas, squashes, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, and turnips
Food Suggestions – What Else Can I Eat?
For a few weeks, focus your eating habits on:
Protein: Meat, fish, eggs, poultry
Vegetables: Lots of them, have three servings of greens per day and at least three servings of red, yellow, orange, purple, white etc. If you know certain vegetables give you gas and bloating then eliminate them for now. Choose from:
Asparagus, courgettes, all salad greens, tomato, capsicum, aubergine, sweet potato*, carrots*, peas*, brussel sprouts, sprouted seeds and beans, french beans, runner beans, jerusalem artichokes, broccolli, cauliflower, onion*, leeks, swiss chard, cabbage, kale, spinach, spring greens, pak choi, radish, cucumber, avocado, turnip/swede*, sugar snap peas, celery, cress, water cress, pumpkin*, olives (especially good as candida dies on contact with olive oil) etc.
Those marked with an * consume only one per meal and no more than twice per week.
Nuts and seeds: Provide fibre, protein and essential fatty acids. Choose from:
Brazils, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower, pumpkin, pine nut kernels, sesame, black seed, pecan, chia, coconut, flax, poppy.
Fats: cold-pressed oils such extra virgin coconut oil, flaxseed, olive, sesame, and sunflower butter, rice bran oil, beef dripping (really). Avoid all light oils and the polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower that have been heat treated (generally the bulk of oils in the supermarket).
Fruit: Some people will need to cut fruit completely initially but others will be able to tolerate small amounts (2 to 3 small servings per day). Stick to the low carbohydrate fruits such as:
Berries: strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, cherry, apple, pear, lemon, peach, plum, kiwi, clementine.
While you may not enjoy the effects of limiting certain foods forever, the plan is that by eliminating yeast's favourite products from your diet for a month or so (might take a lot longer for some people), your symptoms will decrease.
A course of colonics will help expedite the removal of toxic waste from your body. This is especially important whilst treating a yeast overgrowth, as cell die-off can contribute additional waste for your system to cope with. Colonics can quickly remove stale and stagnant waste which may be harbouring hidden colonies of yeast. In addition gas and mucous will be removed as well as undigested food stuffs. You are likely to feel significantly revived after a colonic; light, fresh and clean, and will be well hydrated with a flatter tummy and no bloating. Colon hydrotherapy is available at detox by appointment.
If you do not wish to have colonics then similar results can be achieved by using herbal or oxygen colon cleanser supplements (please contact detox to discuss your requirements – choice of products will depend on bowel function). If you are constipated it is especially important to clean your colon as slow moving, putrefying waste simply encourages more yeast. You can also use enemas although they will not achieve the same result as a colonic but will still be useful.
Some Candida sufferers experience a die-off or Herxheimer reaction as a result of antifungal treatment, resulting in symptoms that can include headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and/or worsening of the symptoms already being experienced.
This die-off reaction may be caused by the rapid destruction of yeast, which can overwhelm the body with Candida cells and their toxins.
If waste is not eliminated rapidly during your yeast overgrowth detoxification regimen, your colon will simply re-absorb all the toxins accumulating from dead or dying yeast cells. A colonic at this point can be particularly helpful and can make a considerable improvement to how you feel.
By cleansing your colon, fewer toxins will get re-absorbed into your bloodstream from the colon, easing the workload for your other major cleansing organs during this time of added bodily stress.
It is a good idea to take additional fibre to aid the colon cleansing process. I stock an excellent product which contains digestive enzymes, psyllium husk, L-Glutamine (which aids recovery of the gut) and both pro and prebiotics (Go Daily).
If you feel very unwell at the beginning of the cleansing process then you may feel better if you slow down the die off process. Some people will experience a big reaction just by cutting out sugar. If you have an extreme reaction then cut back on supplements, particularly high dose probiotics, and concentrate in the short-term on getting the sugar out of your diet. Your symptoms are likely to settle fairly quickly. Please feel free to call me (Jane) on 0113 3910415 if you want to discuss your reaction, for further advice or even just for some reassurance.
The opposite of the term antibiotics, probiotics, are antagonistic to Candida and other yeasts. Yeasts in the colon deplete nutrients, and ferment foods, which often leads to gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and flatulence.
Multi-vitamins and Nutritional Supplements
- Antioxidants – to help the body deal with toxic by-products; improves immune functioning
- Organic germanium – to aid in immune support and improve gut mucosa
- Magnesium– some research links yeast overgrowth with magnesium deficiency
- A multi-B supplement to replace the vitamins normally produced by colon bacteria
- Coenzyme Q10 – is believed to be effective in treating yeast overgrowth
- Echinacea – to enhance immune system activity; provides antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties
- Flaxseed oil - the best source of essential fatty acids are flaxseed oil and fish oil; effective as a fungicide, fatty acids dislodge and kill deep-rooted Candida albicans
Without complete digestion, we cannot benefit from the healing properties of the food we eat. Unfortunately, the natural secretions of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs – necessary for breaking down food so it can be easily absorbed by the small intestine – tend to decrease as we age.
The tough outer cell walls of Candida are comprised of protein and cellulose, which can present a difficult barrier for anti-fungals to penetrate. By using both an antifungal (Yeast Balance) and digestive enzymes (Well Digested) to break down yeast cells walls – Candida Albican's cell walls are destroyed, enabling the antifungal to act more quickly to destroy the organism.
During your recovery you need to rest and be kind to yourself. Do not indulge in strenuous exercise which will only put more strain on your body. Yoga, Tai Chi and other calming forms of exercise will be far more beneficial and will help your body to heal and boost your immune system. Meditation can also be useful.
Yeast overgrowth is a complex and far reaching health problem, one with no easy answers or snap solutions. To resolve your specific struggle with Candida will require a commitment of both time and patience on the part of you and your health care provider. It is necessary, therefore, to work with someone you trust and with whom you feel comfortable.
The following Products are valuable and can all be used together. If you suspect you may have had Candida overgrowth for a long time or if you have been feeling very unwell then introduce the supplements slowly and one at a time. You may have less of a cleansing reaction if you first eliminate the sugar from your diet and let your system settle before taking supplements ( a week or so should be enough). Then introduce one supplement at a time allowing several days before adding anything else.
My best selling product Go Daily A combination of psyllium husk, pro and prebiotics, L-Glutamine, prebiotics and glucommanon (slows release of sugars from food and can help with weight loss). Normalises bowel function, improves digestion, aids gut repair and introduces beneficial bacteria as well as providing the right environment for the bacteria to colonise. Also useful when fighting candida as it speeds up evacuation of waste from your colon and sweeps the entire digest tract, everyday, mopping up yeast and other digestive tract debris. Go Daily
Well Digested is a comprehensive digestive enzyme formula to maximise digestive efficiency.In addition to improving digestion it also helps to crack the outer shell of the yeast making it easier to be digested and eliminated.
A combination of ingredients widely believed to be effective against candida overgrowth.Yeast Balance A comprehensive formulation that provides the convenience of just one supplement.
My personal favourite product. Much cheaper than other oxygen cleansers on the market and just as, if not more, effective. Cleanses your colon, kills candida and encourages colonisation of beneficial bacteria. Is also effective against parasites making the environment unfavourable to them. Oxy
High strength eight strain probiotic supplement with 20 billion bacteria per capsule. You can take it for two weeks then switch to Good Bacteria. Periodically switch back to Probiotic Max to boost results.
High quality, eight strain probiotic for full spectrum support – perfect for use after Probiotic Max and for long term daily use.
Highest level of antioxidants available in the UK. Nutrients from food source, highly bio-available, 22 fruits and vegetables. Clinically tested and proven to be anti-aging.
Aid the detox process and support your liver. An advanced combination of ingredients to support the liver and gall bladder.
If you would like assistance deciding which would be the most helpful products for you then please feel free to call me, Jane, on 0113 3910415 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org I have personally used all these products and have been using them in my clinic for 10 years.