Candida Albicans - Kill the Yeast to Restore Balance


A Simple Approach to Eliminating Candida and Restoring Gut Bacteria

THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY BEING RE-WRITTEN.  PLEASE CHECK BACK IN A FEW DAYS FOR THE NEWLY UPDATED VERSION.  Update - it's taking longer than I thought, will probably be another week or so.

My approach is much simpler than others I have encountered but please don't confuse simple with easy,  You will need to be dedicated and willing to make changes for long term gain.  It will be worth it.  This step-by-step guide is produced with my clients in mind however I hope it will also be helpful to others.

I have worked with thousands of clients over the years working to eliminate candida and over that time I have shifted my approach and changed my viewpoint on the condition.

What is Candida?

Candida Albicans is a yeast which is a normal part of your intestinal bacteria.   It is one of a very small group of fungi that is able to colonize in the gut.  When there is candida overgrowth in the gut  it is an indication that the gut bacteria is out of balance.  If the gut microbiome is well balanced, then the good bacteria feed on candida and keep it in check.  So candida is essentially a symptom  of a lack of balance and diversity in the gut microbiome which in turn creates a whole host of other issues.

What are the Consequences an Imbalance in Gut Bacteria?

In recent years increasing numbers of scientific studies are finding links between poor gut microbiome and health issues.

Candida itself is associated with recurrent urinary tract infections, thrush, jock itch, itchy scalp, ear problems, furry tongue, fungal nail issues, chronic bloating, foggy thinking, emotional disturbances, and when it becomes systemic (ie it has crossed the gut wall and is colonising in other parts of the body) it can cause itching everywhere and a whole host of other issues.

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
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • 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)
  • Hypoglyceamia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Lung problems
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Obesity
  • 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.

The bigger picture however is concerned with the lack of diversity in the good bacteria.  Although we have a very long way to go before we truly understand the gut microbiome, early indications are that taking care of it is absolutely vital to good health long term.  

Studies have made links with a whole variety of conditions including:

  • Parkinsons Disease
  • MS
  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity 
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Alzheimers

to name just a small selection.  If you are interested in knowing more about studies then I suggest you Like my facebook page/Detox Leeds as I regularly share reports on the findings of studies.

In addition, the absence of good gut bacteria means you will not absorb nutrients from your food effectively (the good bacteria are believed to act as carriers taking nutrients beyond the gut) nor will you be able to create your own nutrients such as vitamin K and many of the water soluble B vitamins. 

Modern Life is Not Good For Your Gut

We live in a toxic soup and the pressures of life in the 21st century and not conducive to maintaining optimal gut bacterial balance without conscious effort.

The following all contribute to the destruction of our gut microbiome (in no particular order):

  • Antibiotics destroy probiotic bacteria

  • Stress

  • Low Stomach Acid

  • Food Sensitivities

  • 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 and creating an environment does not encourage good bacteria.
  • Vitamin, mineral, and enzyme deficiencies
  • Low fat (high sugar) foods
  • Diabetes
  • Alcohol
  • Heavy metal contaminaton (think vaccinations, amalgam fillings and heat stripping pre-1960s paint without protection and environmental pollution)
  • Prescription drugs  
  • ?Lack of sleep
  • Hormonal changes (puberty, sexual maturity, pregnancy, sterilization, menopause including peri- and post-menopause)
  • Environmental toxins
  • Constipation or diarrhoea and conditions such as Crohns, coeliac disease etc
  • Insufficient of leafy greens (which provide good bacteria) and resistant starches (which feed good bacteria)??
  • Artificial sweeteners have been found to be very destructive to gut bacteria?

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.

The Good and Not So Good News

The Good News: You can make significant improvements in your gut bacteria (in terms of killing off the bad bacteria and yeasts) in as little as three days if you follow the instructions and are 100% disciplined.

The Bad news:  You can destroy all your good work in a 3 day bender.

The Good News:  You can undo the damage of the bender by going back to the start.

The Bad News:  When gut bacteria is out of balance it can be very difficult to be disciplined. Gut bacteria communicates directly with your brain via the Vagus.  When bacteria is in good order it seems the communication is  clear and harmonious.  When bad bacteria is dominant then the messages are not useful and you may experience increased brain fog, anxiety, stress, sadness, cravings etc. 

More Bad News: In the early stages, the bad bacteria and yeasts will be fighting for their survival and are likely to make you crave sugar, a lot, more than you have ever craved it.  You will need to be strong, be ready for the cravings and don't give in.  

And More:  It is common for people to feel worse before they feel better.  In the early stages of the protocol you may experience a cleansing reaction and could feel very tired and listless, snappy, angry, sad, more anxious, depressed etc.  Any skin conditions may worsen, you may feel as though you have the flu or are coming down with something. Stick with the plan.  For most people the cleansing reaction will be short lived but for others it can go on for a few weeks.  Be sweet to yourself, rest, relax, get plenty of sleep and know that it will pass.

Preparation
Candida Spit Test - Evidence of Candida Overgrowth

Do The Spit Test

You will need still, bottled water.  First thing in the morning, before you do anything else (no drinks or eating),  fill a tall glass (preferably a plain one) with the bottled water and then spit on top of the water.  Leave it to stand for between 10 and 30 minutes.  If the spit disperses amd disappears, its likely you are in the clear but then you would probably not be reading this. If anything grows under the spit, speckles appear in the water, a cloudy pool sinks to the bottom or all the water turns cloudy it's an indication your gut bacteria is out of order and yeast is dominant.

Do The Stomach Acid Challenge

After the spit test do the bicarbonate of soda test.  Take a small glass of water (a half pint with three to four inches of water will be fine).  Add a heaped teaspoon of bicarbonateof soda, stir briskly and when it's dissolved, drink the lot.  When the bicarbonate of soda reaches your stomach, if there is sufficient stomach acid there will be a chemical reaction and you belch loudly and several times.  If you do not belch like an uncouth person then you need to supplement  with digestive enzymes.  You can buy my Well Digested here but hang fire because there are other supplements you need.

Increase Your Water Intake

Many people don't drink the amount of water they need.  None of the essential functions of your bodies various systems work properly if you are dehydrated.  Dehydation leads to impaired:

  • Cognitive function
  • Concentration
  • Digestion
  • Detoxification
  • Elimination of waste (both through the kidneys and the bowels)

and a whole host of other issues.

It can take up to a year to be fully hydrated on a cellular basis.  When you first start drinking enough, you will urinate a lot but this will settle down.

Supplementing with Essential Fatty Acids is important for general health and also to aid the rehydration process.  Take a high quality Cod Liver Oil (make sure you find one with zero mercury contamination) or for vegetarians and vegans take Algal Oil.

Have a Food Sensitivity Test

Most people have some foods that do not agree with them however people with a gut which is out of balance are likely to have multiple food sensitivities.  You can be sensitive to absolutely anything, including healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.  So its important before you embark on this plan to establish which foods are not good for you or your gut.  Even though the week one diet is fairly hardcore there is no guarantee that it doesnot contain foods which are all OK for you, so best to check.

I offer food sensitivity testing at my practice in Leeds. You can either have a full test or I would be hapopy to do a mini test and just check the foods you will be eating.

Constipated?

As I have mentioned previously, if your bowels are working at 100% efficiency and you eat 3 meals a day, with sufficient fibre and bulk, you should be evacuating two to three times per day.   You cannot improve gut bacteria if your digestive system is constantly full.  Getting your bowels moving more efficiently will pay dividends in the long run.

Colonic Irrigation 

You beat colonics for getting a good clear out.  If your bowels are functioning reasonably (i.e. you go once a day) then three sessions, close together, should get you on your way. Its also a good idea to factor regular colonics into your health and beauty routine to keep things sweet after you have done all the hard work.  I have lots of clients who come once a month.

If you are constipated, then you need to have regular colonics until you are emptying your colon a couple of times a day.  Have as many colonics as you can afford.  Everyone responds differently.  I have had people come to my clinic who are only eliminating once a week, they've had three colonics, followed the instructions and their gut has worked ever after so you just never know.

Enemas

Enemas are a good option if you can only budget for one course of colonics.  You won't get as good a cleanse but it is adequate.  Buy a decent enema kit and it will last you for years.  Keep it simple.  Use bottled water if you don't have a good filter.  Heat the water to body temperature.  Use your tongue to test it (way more accurate than your fingers).  You want the enema bag as high as possible above your head (2 to three feet when you are sitting).  Sit on the loo, let a little water out of the enema bag (to get rid of any air), then insert the speculum and turn the tap on.  Let as much water in as you can bear, hold for as long as you can and then release and repeat.  You will get better at it very quickly if you just persevere.

Colon Cleansing Supplements

Oxy is, without doubt, my most efficient colon cleansing product.  In addition, it is also gentle and not habit forming so you can use it long term if your gut remains sluggish.  It helps to create an environment which is friendly to good bacteria and keeps waste moving through and out.

Teeth - Upgrade Your Dental Care
This person is going to have issues with his gut!

It's an issue that many people don't consider but bacteria from your mouth can have a negative impact on your gut microbiome.  If you get blood when you brush, have any inflammation or tenderness in your gums then its worth having a trip to see both your dentist, to discuss any gum disease, and the hygienist for a deep clean.  

I use a Waterpik and find it invaluable for keeping my teeth and gums in tip top condition.  I also use a tooth and gum oil made with essential oils which I put on my gums after brushing before I go to bed and in the morning.

Amalgam Fillings

Your dentist won't agree (I've been debating the issue with mine for years and we are both entrenched in our points of view) but I don't think amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, are good for our health.  It might be a good idea for you to research a range of opinions on line, both main stream and alternative, and make your decision from there.  You might like to start with looking at the British Dental Association page on this issue: https://bda.org/amalgam  Some cuntries, I believe Norway, Denmark and Sweden, have already banned the use of amalgam.

In common with the vast majority of alternative practitioners, I am all for getting them removed.  If you decide to go down this route, be sure to find a dentist that has experience of safe removal procedures.  Alternative dentists are few and far between but you may be lucky and find one.

General Rules About Food
  • Eat organic whenever you can.  When you can't buy organic use the EWG List to check which foods are OK and which should definitely be avoided.  There are now many box delivery services for organic fruit and veg and most supermarkets stock at least some.  
  • Wash all produce.
  • If you are using produce which is not organic, peel outer skins and discard outer leaves.
  • Eat only wild caught fish.
  • If you eat meat then buy only organic, grassfed and from producers that promise the very highest quality. In the Leeds area, for excample, there is Swillington Farm and near York there is Rosewood Farm  Remember that what your food is fed becomes your food.
  • Eggs - Look for the best quality you can find.  You want genuinely free range hens that get to eat what hens would naturally eat as part of their diet.  Small, local producers are generally going to be the best option.
  • Beans & Lentils - Absolutely must be pressure cooked.  As a result, they are easier to digest and lectins (proteins that are damaging to the gut) are neutralised.

Fats - Need to be undamaged and not produced with heat.  Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is great in the fight against candida as it is a natural anti-fungal.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil - make sure it's the real deal so avoid the bigger producers like Fillipo Berio and go for a better quality from a small producer.  Although you won't be eating dairy in general, butter is useful for adding flavour (and nutrients) - buy organic.  Avocado oil can be used for dressings (I don't find it useful at all for cooking).  For the carnivores, animals fats are good too: use dripping, goose fat etc.

 

Four Weeks To Eliminate Candida and Improve Gut health

Week One - Seriously Hardcore

Purging this harmful and destructive yeast from your body requires patience, perseverance, and a multi-pronged approach.  This week, its all about starving out the yeast and other yucky bacteria.

Supplements

Supplements will assist the process and deliver results more quickly than if you just go with the dietary suggestions.  You will need:

Well Digested - already mentioned earlier on.  Will boost your digestion, correct the environment of your stomach (increasing the acidity so your food cvan actually be digested and protecting against H.Pylori overgrowth)

Yeast Balance - a herbal preparation which kills yeasts and other pathogenic organisms

L-Glutamine - an amino acid which is used by your gut to repair itself.  

These supplements can be bought on this website.  I would advise going for the Total Gut Therapy Pack which also contains probiotics which you won't be taking at this stage but will be useful later on.  I will put a pack together which also includes L-Glutamine.

You will be taking Well Digested with every meal, Yeast Balance twice per day (morning an evening) and L-glutamine (1 teaspoon in warm water just before you go to bed).

Other Supplements

I do not stock these supplements but they valuable and will further enhance the results of your cleanse.

Slippery Elm - creates a layer of mucous inside the gut.  This helps to stop bad bacteria, yeasts etc from crossing the gut wall.  It also facilitates easy passage of waste through the gut and is both soothing and healing.  Take before every meal.

Psyllium Husk - Helps waste to pass through the gut cleanly, replaces the insoluble fibre you wont be having and facilitates more efficient evacuation of waste (better poos).

MSM - Is anti-inflmmatory, will assist healing of the gut and reduce inflammation.  Take as directed ont he pack or one before every meal.

Week 1 Diet

Protein: Two to three portions per day.  Eggs, Wild caugh fish, shell fish, grassfed meat, poultry, pressure cooked beans and lentils.  

Vegetables:  For this week, concentrate on cruciferous vegetables: kalettes, sprouts, cabbage (all types and colours), spring greens, kale, cauliflower, brocolli, spinach. Eat as much as you can.  Salad Vegetables:  radish, avocado, watercress, lettuce (all salad leaves), cress, celery, cucumber (without the skin and seeds).  NB: always eat veg and salad with fat of some kind.  It facilitates the absorption of the fat soluble nutrients (for cruciferous veg that's K andE).

Nuts & Seeds: Maximum 50g per day and stick to  Brazil, walmut, pecans, macadamia, pine nuts, flax, hemp seeds.

Drinks: High quality herbal teas (not fruit teas), water, water with fresh lemon juice, one coffee per day.

Milk Substitutes: Coconut milk

Mayonnaise:  If you can make your own using only egg yolk and olive oil then you can have it.

Convenience Tips: I react badly to chickpeas which have not been pressure cooked.  I do not react to shop bought humous so assume it is made with pressure cooked chickpeas.  Useful as a filling snack, lunch or breakfast.  Eat with raw cauliflower, celery, cucumber (with skin and seeds removed).  

Soups:   Soup is very filling and a nice easy meal.  As you will not be eating onions or garlic this week you can build flavour using Asafoetida which is used as a replacement.  Cauliflower soup made thick and creamy with coconut milk is especially pleasing.

Useful Health Food Store Buys: I see Bacon is a seaweed alternative to bacon and I love it.  You cook it in oil for 30 seonds per side and it turns into crispy, salty bacon.  Pricey but you only need a small amount for flavour: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Bacon-Seaweed-75g/dp/B074V9P381  also makes a great snack. 

Week Two - Resistant Starch

The cruciferous veg 

Detox Yeast Balance Contains:
Yeast Balance - Anti-Candida Remedy Based on Famous Dr christopher Formulation

60 capsules per pot

Suitable for vegetarians Gluten-free Kosher 

Per capsule:                   %NRV*
Zinc - 3.1mg                          31%

*NRV = Nutrient Reference Value

Also provides:
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.
Kosher approved.

Step 2: Nourish Yourself and Starve the Yeast - Anti Candida Diet

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:

  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Dextrose
  • Mannitol
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucrose.

Also avoid honey, maple syrup, agave syrup and molasses. 

You should also avoid artifical sweeteners such as:

  • Acesuflame K
  • Aspartame
  • Saccharine

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.

 

Processed Foods

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 or Intolerances

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.

Foods to Eat in Moderation
  • 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.

Step 3: Cleanse Your Colon Restore Healthy Intestinal Flora

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.

The Herxheimer Reaction: Cell Die-off

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). 

Extreme Herxheimer Reactions

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.

Probiotics

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.

Though there are numerous types of friendly bacteria strains, Lactobacillus acidophilus is the probiotic primarily recommended to fight yeast in the upper digestive tract (where its very acidic so likes an acid forming bacteria). Yeast Balance contains Lactobacillus acidophilus.  Lower regions of the digestive tract require less acid forming bacteria.  In the fight against candida I suggest using Go Daily (improves bowel evacuation, creates an environment favourable to colonisation by good bacteria, sweeps up dead and dying yeast cells, spring cleans your gut) together with either Good Bacteria or Probiotic Max
 
It is also important however to provide your digestive tract with other strains of bacteria. For example Bifidum bacterium, an alkaline forming bacteria, lives in your colon which is a mildly alkaline environment (when it is healthy). For this reason, detox Yeast Balance contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidum Bacterium and Probiotic Max, Beneficial Bacteria and Go Daily all contain eight different strains of  bacteria providing full spectrum support for your digestive trtact.
You should also support your gut to produce it’s own bacteria by consuming sauerkraut (make it yourself though because shop bought sauerkraut is unlikely to be live), garlic, onions, artichoke, goji berries and lots of leafy greens which all help your gut to produce and support it’s own bacteria. Go Daily also contains vegetable prebiotics to perform this function.
 
Olives are also helpful in the fight against Candida which has been observed, in scientific studies, to die on contact with olive oil in a petrie dish. Olives are however notoriously bad for additives. Many commercially produced olives contain glucous ferronates (check the label) which have been linked with Alzheimers in agricultural workers. The only olives in the UK I recommend are those produced by Olives et Al. Not only are they really delicious (even people who claim not to like olives are often converted once they taste them) they have absolutely no junk, no additives, preservatives etc. You can buy them online at http://www.olivesetal.co.uk.
 
Since food sensitivities are often experienced by people struggling with chronic Candida, part of any treatment regimen ought to include probiotics. Additionally, whenever antibiotic medication is necessary, it makes sense to use a high dose probiotic once the course of antibiotics is completed.

Step 4: Other Support - Multi-Vitamins and Digestive Enzymes

Multi-vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

Because yeast overgrowth depletes the nutrients in your body, it is necessary to incorporate a strong digestive support multi-vitamin into your yeast overgrowth regimen.
 
In addition to a high quality multi-vitamin that includes vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C, other specific nutritional support is recommended:
  • 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
Food Sensitivity Testing at detox also includes testing for 35 vitamins and minerals so you can identify particular nutrients you are short on. You can be tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies alone for £35 although if you have deficiencies it would then make sense to have a full test.

Hydrochloric Acid

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.

Hydrochloric acid is a powerful defence against bacteria and parasites as it activates pepsin, and works to kill the harmful fungi and bacteria found in food. Low hydrochloric acid or low stomach acid as it is often called, can lead to malabsorption, intestinal distress, and allergic reactions to various foods, all of which severely weaken the immune system.
Supplemental hydrochloric tablets with meals can help our bodies to more effectively break down food, fostering better use of the proteins, vitamins, and minerals in our food. Detox digestive enzymes complex, Well Digested, also contains HCI.

 

Digestive Enzymes

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.

Exercise

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.

Managing Expectations

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.

It is important to do everything you can, while not being too hard on yourself, or expecting miracles overnight. Eventually your body will respond, and let you know that your treatment regimen is working. And though for some it can take years before a serious reduction in symptoms occurs (this is however quite unusual and only in the most extreme cases or where there are other health issues), most people report significant improvement after as little as two weeks of treating the fungus, in addition to making various other changes.
 
The best part of the yeast overgrowth treatment process is that when symptoms do finally diminish, many people report – in addition to the disappearance of their symptoms – that their overall health has improved dramatically, beyond what they ever imagined to be possible.

Anti-Candida Products from Detox

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.

If you have reason to believe you have a light to moderate overgrowth or if the overgrowth does not have a long history (i.e. you can pinpoint a not too distant time when it started or have not been having any extreme symptoms) then you can go straight onto the full regime.

Go Daily
Go Daily Supreme - Skinny Fibre Supplement with Good Bacteria

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
Well Digested Digestive Enzymes from Detox Leeds

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.  

Yeast Balance
Yeast Balance - Comprehensive Anti-Candida Supplement

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.

Oxy
Oxy - Great quality low price oxygen colon cleanser

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

Probiotic Max
High Strength Broad Spectrum Probiotic Supplement

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.

Good Bacteria
Broad Spectrum, high quality probiotic supplement

High quality, eight strain probiotic for full spectrum support – perfect for use after Probiotic Max and for long term daily use.

Antioxidant Supreme

Highest level of antioxidants available in the UKNutrients from food source, highly bio-available, 22 fruits and vegetables. Clinically tested and proven to be anti-aging. 

Liv & Gall Flush
Liv and Gall Flush Supplement - herbal support for your liver

Aid the detox process and support your liver. An advanced combination of ingredients to support the liver and gall bladder. 

Happy to Help You Help Yourself!

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: info@detoxonline.co.uk I have personally used all these products and have been using them in my clinic for 10 years.

Disclaimer: Whilst we are happy to provide products and services and share information with you which may help you to improve your health and wellbeing, we do not “diagnose”, “treat” or aim to “cure” any disease. The information provided here is part of a self-help programme and is all readily available in the public domain. When you are making changes, particularly if you have significant underlying health problems, it makes sense to check with your doctor before going ahead. Please note that under UK Law only a medical doctor can diagnose or treat illness with a medical origin.

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