All of us have the fungus Candida Albicans in our bodies. The problem occurs when the Candida overgrows and thus, causes numerous conditions and diseases. This pathogenic fungus starts growing abnormally when there is an imbalance of the microorganisms in the bowel. The balance of the gut flora is pivotal for a strong immunity and digestive health.
The balance can be easily disrupted as a result of too much stress or excessive use of antibiotics. When this occurs, the Candida colonies begin to grow uncontrollably and inhibit a large part of the bowel.
Candida releases 79 types of byproducts which have a harmful effect on the organism, that is, they weaken the immunity. Some of these byproducts are uric acid and acetaldehyde, a strong neurotoxin. This neurotoxin can cause strong headaches and it has recently been classified as a carcinogen. Uric acid can cause joint ache and lead to gout. The excessive growth of Candida can also cause digestive problems, food intolerance, infections, and rashes. When not treated timely, this fungus may cause other serious health problems and even cancer.
The most common triggers of Candida are:
- A diet rich in sugars and carbohydrates
- Excessive intake of antibiotics
- Long-term use of birth pills
- Amalgam and mercury fillings
- Surplus amount of chlorine and fluoride in the body
Symptoms and diagnosis
Candida infection is a problematic condition which can be manifested through a variety of symptoms and every person experiences different symptoms. The following signs may ease the process of diagnosis, however, in order to confirm the diagnosis you need to consult your physician. Let’s take a look:
- Poor concentration
- Weakened memory
- Panic attacks
- Weakened libido
- Chronic fatigue
- Sugar and alcohol cravings
- Poor coordination
- Acid reflux
- Stomach cramps
- Itching in the anal area
- Mucus in the stool
- Fungal infections on the skin and nails
- Athlete’s foot
- Unpleasant body odor
- White tongue
- Swollen lower lip
- Metal flavor in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth ulcers
- Persistent cough
- Mucus in the throat
- Dry throat
- Sinus congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Flu symptoms
- Pain in the eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Blurry vision
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Ear infections
- Frequent fungal infections
- Irregular menstrual bleeding
- Fungal rash
- Frequent colds and flu
- Food, flavor, and chemical intolerance
- Inability to lose weight
- Excessive weight loss
- Fluid retention
- Frequent headaches
- Heart palpitations
- Pain in the muscles and joints
These symptoms are also common in other diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diaper rash, athlete’s foot, Crohn’s disease, and gastroenteritis.
If you experience more than 10 of the abovementioned symptoms, you can self-test at home. You just need to fill a glass with water before going to sleep and put it beside your bed. In the morning, after you wake up, spit in the water. Leave the glass for 15 minutes and then look at it. If the saliva is on the surface or if it has dissolved, it means that you don’t have Candida infection. However, if the water has become blurry or if there are saliva layers on the bottom of the glass, you may have Candida infection. Consult your physician for further laboratory tests. These are some of the following laboratory tests that you will need to undergo:
The most reliable lab test for Candida is immune complex test and IG test. There are 3 types of antibodies that should be tested for Candida overgrowth, that is, IgG, IgA, and IgM. High levels of these antibodies indicate the presence of Candida.
You may need to make stool analysis for several consecutive days as sometimes Candida may not be visible immediately.
Presence of tartaric acid in the urine
This conventional medical test detects the presence of tartaric acid through the urine. Tartaric acid is a byproduct of Candida.
Prevention and treatment
Cleanse the body and improve your diet
-eat more raw and steamed food
-avoid starchy vegetables
-conduct a bowel cleanse as well
-drink a lot of water
-drink a beverage made from clay on a daily basis (mix a spoon of Bentonite clay and a spoon of fiber like psyllium, apple pectin, and Acai powder. Drink the mixture 3 times per day, an hour before meals)
-drink a liver-cleansing beverage (mix 2 deciliters of water, a tsp of olive oil, a clove of garlic, and a small piece of fresh ginger. Drink the mixture at night, an hour after the clay shake)
Although there are a lot of Candida diets, every individual should find what diet suits them the most. One thing’s for sure, you need to avoid the following foods as much as possible:
- White flour
- Hydrogenised fat and oil
- White sugar
- Artificial flavors
- Dairy products except kefir and yogurt
- Ingredients with high glycemic index
- Processed foods
- Foods rich in additives
You need to include more of the following foods:
- Fermented foods
- Raw fruits
- Virgin oils
- Apple cider vinegar
- Herbal teas
- Himalayan salt
- Foods rich in omega-3 acids
- Gluten-free grains
- Herbs and spices like black pepper
You need to consume the following ingredients moderately:
- Integral cereals
- Fruits with high glycemic index
You need to include more probiotics:
Probiotics improve the intestinal flora. The good bacteria destroy the surplus Candida yeast, regulate the acidity in the intestines, and better the overall immunity.
Research has shown that good bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifido, present in probiotics, increase the amount of antibodies in the organism. This results in improved immune response and prevented growth of pathogenic organism. Consume more kefir or homemade yogurt, bananas, sauerkraut, etc.
Anti-fungal natural remedies
You need to increase the dosage gradually and begin consuming the remedies 2 weeks after you have been consuming probiotics.
The recommended dosage is 600 mg 2 times per day.
Wild oregano oil supplements
According to a 2001 study, oregano oil has the power to destroy Candida. The recommended dosage is 1 to 3 drops three times per day, after meals. Increase the dosage gradually. Make a pause from one week every three weeks.
Grapefruit seed extract
This extract is effective in the treatment of fungus, bacteria, and parasites. Take 25 drops 3 times per day.
It relaxes the intestines, eliminates Candida, and prevents further overgrowth. At first, drink one cup of the tea and then increase the dosage gradually to 5 cups per day.
Additional methods for treatment of Candida overgrowth: