Candidia - What is it? And Natural treatments

27 Jul 2015 2:46 PMLicensee Person Candidia - What is it? And Natural treatments

Too many people go through life suffering from symptoms like fatigue, recurrent yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome, itching and headaches. But as diverse as those symptoms sound, they often all have the same cause – an opportunistic fungus named Candida Albicans.

Candidia - What is it?

Too many people go through life suffering from symptoms like fatigue, recurrent yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome, itching and headaches. But as diverse as those symptoms sound, they often all have the same cause – an opportunistic fungus named Candida Albicans.

Candidia albicans is a type of yeast, which occurs naturally on the mucous membranes of the intestines and vagina.  It is important to use the correct probiotics (bacteria) to correct acidity and normalise immune function. 

If these controls are disrupted proper bacteria can change to a pathogenic form, which overgrows and invades the blood. This can also lead to leaky gut syndrome.

When to Suspect Candida Overgrowth

  • Repeated courses of Antibiotics.
  • Contraceptive pill.
  • Corticosteroids.
  • Immunosuppressive factors.
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menstruation.
  • High intake of sugars and refined carbohydrates.
  • Poor digestion, bloating, indigestion.
  • Depressed, feelings of unreality, irritability, can’t make decisions, poor memory.
  • Dizzy, numbness.
  • Tingling, burning, itching on urination
  • Muscle weakness, painful joints and muscles.
  • Recurrent vaginal thrush or other disorders of reproductive organs.
  • Spots before eyes, blurred vision.
  • Symptoms worse on damp days, in moldy places.

Effects of Candidia

The immune system defends the body against foreign microbes and toxic substances; it also breaks down worn out cells in your body.  

Candidia overgrowth occurs when the immune system is already weakened.  The pathogenic form can damage the intestinal lining and produce a variety of toxic by-products and disrupt the immune system. This leads to food and chemical sensitivities, mental symptoms, hormonal imbalances, and auto-immune attack on cells in the stomach, thyroid and ovaries.  Various symptoms throughout your body that seem to be unrelated stem from this. 

Candidia can vary in severity, from simple digestive problems to the full syndrome. It should be remembered that candida is only part of the problem.  Other factors are involved that disrupt the immune system, such as nutritional deficiencies, excess harmful foods, unfriendly bacteria in the bowel, emotional stress, chemicals and toxins in the environment and chronic viral infections.     

Treatment

  • Bring candidia back to the non-invasive form.
  • Re-establish correct bowel flora.
  • Improve digestive function.
  • Strengthen the immune system.  

An Anti-candidia Diet is important to follow as when the candidia is killed off, toxins are released from the dead cells, which may cause uncomfortable symptoms such as headache, aches and pains, irritability, skin rashes and general tiredness.  These will pass after about 2 weeks and you will feel better than you have in a long time.  

Forbidden foods and alternatives  

Bakery 

Forbidden: Commercial breads and biscuits with wheat Oats, Commercial muffins, cakes and pastries. Wheat and semolina based pasta. All foods containing yeast.

Alternatives: Rice, corn, buckwheat, millet. Rice or corn crackers. Puffed millet and rice flake cereal. Rice, corn, millet or buckwheat pasta.

Beverages 

Forbidden: Alcohol, fruit juice, soft drink, cordials, tea, coffee, dairy milk, soymilk with malt or sugar.

Alternatives: Pau D’arco tea, red clover tea, dandelion tea. Filtered water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Diluted vegetable juices (no carrot).

Condiments oils and spreads 

Forbidden: Sugar, artificial sweeteners, malt, honeys, fructose, lactose. Vinegar, salt, pepper, soy sauce, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, etc. Margarine, butter and all commercial spreads – jam vegemite, etc

Alternatives: Make you own dressing with cold pressed linseed oil or olive oil and lemon juice.  Add garlic or herbs if desired. Use tahini or avocado as a spread.

Dairy Products 

All forbidden as the contain milk sugar. Ice cream, cheese, milk, yoghurt, cream, butter, milk powders, whey, and buttermilk. Allowed soymilk with no added sugar or malt.

Fruit 

All forbidden for first 4 weeks.  Fruit contains sugar During the 5th to 8th weeks you are allowed small amounts of paw paw, pineapple, and kiwifruit.

Meats 

Avoid: shellfish, sausage, salami, ham and other processed and/or preserved meats.

Alternatives: Lean beef, skinless chicken, lamb and fresh fish.  Try organic where possible.

Nuts and Seeds

Avoid peanuts, coconut, old nuts and seeds.

Alternatives: Fresh nuts and seeds

Vegetables

Avoid for 1st 3 weeks: sweet corn, sweet potato, potato, beans, squash. Avoid mushrooms, other fungi.

Alternatives: All other fresh vegetables

 

Although diet plays a large role in killing off the bad bacteria in your gut please remember to build and support your immune system. Drinking plenty of filtered water helps to flush the bad toxins once released.

Some candidia can be hard to shift this is where a full naturopathic consultation can benefit you and your family.

To make an appointment to speak with a qualified Gold Coast Naturopath contact us today.