Did you know that you don’t have to have the symptoms of thrush to be suffering from a Candida infection? Maybe you just feel fatigued, having digestive complaints, being hassled by allergies and infections, or perhaps brain fog or depression is getting you down. Candida may be the problem. Many people suffer from Candida infections, but its wide-ranging symptoms mean it’s often not diagnosed for some time.
What is Candida?
Candida is the yeast (or fungus) responsible for a thrush infection. There are several species of Candida.
Candida albicans is a common yeast that grows in the gastrointestinal tract of every person.
Occasionally, the environment in the gut changes and an overgrowth of this organism occurs. This can cause an infection, known as Candidiasis, which can lead to health problems anywhere in the body.
How would I get a Candida infection?
Generally, a healthy immune system keeps Candida levels under control. However modern lifestyles and diets can lower anyone’s immune system. When the delicate balance of bowel flora is disturbed, it can create an environment where Candida thrives.
Factors that can weaken the immune system and encourage a Candida infection include:
- contraceptive pill
- poor diet
- alcohol abuse
How can I tell if I have a Candida infection?
Candida infections can have all sorts of symptoms or none at all.
Some symptoms of Candida overgrowth include:
Chronic fatigue, decreased libido, thrush, bloating, gas, intestinal cramping, rectal itching, altered bowel function, sinusitis, eczema, joint pain, muscle weakness, bladder infections, menstrual complaints, depression, irritability, inability to concentrate, allergies, chemical sensitivities, low immune function, vaginitis, ear infections, and nail infections.
When a Candida overgrowth takes hold, it excretes harmful toxins that circulate throughout the body, further weakening the immune system. It can also lead to a condition called ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome, which causes food allergies and many other health problems. A Candida infection can become very persistent. If you have an infection it’s important to get effective treatment immediately so you can return to feeling healthy once more.
What is the treatment for Candida?
The good news is there is a very simple test, and a simple treatment, to eliminate the Candida infection once and for all.
Once we have confirmed a Candida infection is present, treatment will include following an anti-Candida diet. This diet will be personalised for you.
Other Nutritional Supplements May Include:
Dysbiosis refers to the imbalance between good and bad organisms in the gut. Nutrients and herbs such as gamma-oryzanol, zinc, Pau D’Arco, potassium sorbate, and biotin can directly kill excess yeast and fungi in the gastrointestinal and vaginal tracts. They also assist in gut surface repair and the recovery from yeast and fungal infections. This helps the immune system and beneficial bacteria regain balance.
High Potency Garlic
Garlic specially grown in Xi Jang province in China has the highest levels of natural antibiotic-like compounds (allicin). Proper manufacture protects the sensitive enzymes required to convert those compounds to their active form, allicin. As a result, this form of garlic has more than three times the killing strength of other commercially available garlic and may, therefore, be required in more resistant cases of Candida overgrowth. To prevent stomach upsets, this high potency garlic is specially coated to delay its release and deliver it to problem areas in the lower intestine.
Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM)
Bifidobacterium adolescentis and the NCFM strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus are therapeutic, friendly micro-organisms known to colonise the gut wall. They reduce the growth of Candida albicans and other gas-producing organisms, thus promoting a healthy intestinal system. Treatment of Candida is usually followed by a course of these ‘friendly’ bacteria. Following your practitioner’s dosage directions, start with one bottle of Bifidobacterium adolesentis to help recolonise the lower bowel, then one bottle of the NCFM strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus, to recolonise the upper intestine.
Colonisation by L. acidophilus and Bifidobacteria is one of the primary internal mechanisms for preventing the overgrowth of harmful organisms like Candida albicans.
Ultra Prebiotic Power
This antibody concentrate helps the immune system eliminate bad organisms while increasing the growth of the beneficial acidophilus and bifidus. This, in turn, inhibits Candida growth in more severe infections. It has also been shown to promote the adhesion of ‘friendly bacteria (such as acidophilus and bifidus) to the gut wall and directly inhibit the growth of other harmful organisms.
Homeopathic phenolics are used to reduce reactions and assist the body to detoxify chemicals produced by the Candida organism. These phenolics include acetaldehyde, mannan, gallic acid, and caffeic acid. These compounds have been formulated with potent herbs in a special Candida formula available from your practitioner.
Your practitioner may also suggest a zinc taste test to check your zinc status, as zinc deficiency is common in Candida patients. Zinc is critical for repairing the damaged gut wall and stimulating your body’s immune system to overcome Candida overgrowth.
Nutritional supplements can help to restore organism balance in your gastrointestinal tract. Candida Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the Candida infection. Some people recover in four weeks, while others take a little longer.
Important Steps To Help Reduce Candida
·USE ANTIBIOTICS, STEROIDS, IMMUNE-SUPPRESSING DRUGS, AND BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ONLY WHEN NECESSARY.
· FOLLOW THE CANDIDA CONTROL DIET (CONTACT NATALIE FOX FOR THE CANDIDA DIET GUIDELINES).
· USE NUTRITIONAL AND HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS PROVIDED BY YOUR PRACTITIONER TO CONTROL YEAST OVERGROWTH AND TO PROMOTE HEALTHY BACTERIAL FLORA IN THE GUT.
· SUPPORT YOUR DIGESTION.
· SUPPORT IMMUNE FUNCTION
· AIM FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
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