- extreme fatigue, headaches, depression, mood swings, memory loss, poor concentration, infertility, prostatitis, vaginitis, chronic urinary tract infections, halitosis, white spots on tongue/mouth, phlegm/congestion, nagging cough, asthma, sinus congestion/infection, chronic muscle and joint pain, arthritis
- SKIN: dry itchy skin, skin rash (particularly in warm damp grooves), acne, eczema, psoriaiss, athletes foot, cracked/peeling skin on fingers and toes, cracked/discolored nails
- DIGESTIVE: gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, stomach cramps or pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, Colitis, mucus in stool.
DID YOU KNOW THAT THESE SYMPTOMS CAN BE CAUSED BY CANDIDIASIS???
Candidiasis can be caused by various things; sugar, yeast or carbohydrate consumption, antibiotics, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, pregnancy, immune suppression due to prolonged infection, chemotherapy, etc., chlorinated water, sexual cross contamination...the list goes on. Action must take place to starve the yeast out of the body by eliminating its food source (yeast-feeding foods like sugars, carbohydrates and vinegars) which is necessary for the fermentation and proliferation of yeast. The important thing to address is a condition called 'dysbiosis' of the gut flora by increasing friendly intestinal flora with probiotics. With the balance of good/bad bacteria off in the intestinal tract, the yeast is allowed to overgrow.
A daily broad spectrum probiotic is #1. Probiotic bacteria replenish the microflora balance within the GI system and influence digestion.
Vitazan Ultimate Acidophilus is an excellent broad spectrum probiotic.
Vitazan Caprylic acid formula is an antifungal formula containing Caprylic acid (medium-chain fatty acid which exerts antifungal effects), Garlic (antifungal), Pau d'Arco (antifungal) and Cloves (antifungal, Eugenol component of cloves alters yeast cell walls and membranes).
Pau d'Arco and/or Clove tea is also an option.
Boil 1 quart distilled water with 2 Tbsp Pau d'Arco herb for 5 min. Cool and store in the refrigerator with tea leaves in. Strain before drinking, 3-6 cups daily.
Boil 1 quart of distilled water and turn off the heat. Add 1 Tbsp ground cloves and steep for 20 min. Strain using a fine mesh strainer, place in a glass jar in the fridge. Drink one cup twice a day in between meals for up to 5 days at a time.
A bowel cleanse using a bulk forming laxative is beneficial.
Psyllium husks ½ to 1Tbsp with fluids at night
Ground flaxseed 2 Tbsp/day with meals This extra fiber also provides prebiotic benefits, meaning it allows the friendly intestinal flora to thrive.
Aloe vera juice has been shown to boost WBC ability to kill yeast cells. The juice also provides fiber and helps to soothe areas of irritated bowel mucosal linings.
A liquid colloidal silver called In Vive also is a strong antispetic that can help with extreme cases of yeast overgrowth.
Oil of oregano and grapefruit seed extract are other anti-fungal options, for less aggressive conditions.
Lastly, diet changes make a HUGE difference. Following a yeast free diet as best you can is a must. This is avoiding processed carbohydrates, simple sugars and fermented foods which all allow yeast to thrive.
Called 'complex carbohydrates' and are found in vegetables, whole grains and fruits. The glucose (sugar) molecules in these foods are bound together in long chains that are metabolized slowly thus providing a slow, steady release of sugar into the blood. Fruits and vegetables also contain vitamins and minerals and are therefore an example of 'nutrient dense' foods. A yeast free diet should focus more on these complex carbohydrates rather than the simple carbohydrates.
Referred to as 'simple carbohydrates' and consist of refined sugar, brown sugar, corn sugar/syrup, white rice, white bread, white pastas and other white flour products. These simple carbohydrates are converted into glucose very rapidly and cause blood sugar levels to rise quickly. You may notice a quick burst of energy when you eat sweet foods, however the burst of energy doesn't last long and fatigue sets in.
When you eat a lot of sugar-containing foods, your pancreas tends to overreact and you put out too much insulin. This causes your blood glucose to drop quickly and can cause feelings of nervousness, fatigue and hunger. The result? More sweet cravings! Loading the body with these simple carbohydrates only relieves these symptoms for a short period and blood sugar levels go up and down like a roller coaster.
The diet should be free of tropical fruits, yeast, dairy, sugar, chocolate, fried foods, pop, juice, coffee, alcohol and food colorings and additives. Food allergies and sensitivities should be ruled out.
So what can you eat?
Vegetables (except corn, peas, beans & other legumes)
Meat & Fish (except bacon, sausage, hot dogs & luncheon meats)
Grains & alternatives (except wheat and corn; include amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and teff)
Special Bread and Crackers (containing no wheat, rye or corn)
Beverages (drink distilled or filtered water only. Peppermint tea is beneficial)
Drink at least 8, 8oz glasses of water per day. This will help to minimize yeast die-off symptoms.
Miscellaneous (fresh shelled unprocessed nuts, seeds and oils are OK. Avoid peanuts or pistachios)
- Use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of vinegar in salad dressings.
- Sweeten oatmeal with cinnamon and apples.
- Eat a large protein-packed breakfast to help curb sugar cravings.
- Use protein powder (must be yeast and sugar free).
- Bake eggs or meat with vegetables, brown rice or quinoa salad.
- Make a vegetable omelet.
- Make a stew, chowder, or homemade soup.
- Make a ground beef and 5 bean chili. Make a large batch and reheat at your convenience.
- Sauté rice with shrimp, chicken and vegetables.
- For a quick lunch on the run, make tortilla wraps with your favorite filling.
- Eat vegetable sticks with guacamole or hummus dip.
- Snack on nuts, berries and rice/rye crackers.
- Check food labels carefully for hidden sugars and yeasts.
Gain control of your bowel microbiome now and realize how much of a difference it can make
By Michelle Kramer B.Sc. Nutrition & Food Science
Integrative Microscopist at Choice Nutrition
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