Candida Albicans

Candida Albicans, commonly just known as “Candida”, is a type of yeast that is naturally present in small amounts in the body.  It plays a role in digestion and absorption of nutrients.  Issues arise, however, when levels of this opportunistic fungus get out of the right proportions.  The bacteria naturally present in the gastrointestinal tract typically helps to control the amount of yeast.  Yeast and other bad bacteria take advantage of when “protective” bacteria have their guard down.  When yeast is overgrown, toxic by-products are released into the bloodstream and can cause “leaky gut” and subsequent health issues such as headaches, brain fog, food sensitivities, and autoimmune issues, to name a few.

Several factors can alter the amount of yeast present, including:

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates (sugar, sweets, etc.)
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Too much stress
  • Frequent antibiotic use
  • Insufficient physical activity
  • Lack of sleep

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth:

  • Skin and nail infections (i.e. athlete’s foot, nail fungus, skin breakouts)
  • Fatigue, feeling run down, lack of energy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, flatulence
  • Autoimmune diseases (i.e. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, etc.)
  • Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • Joint pain, headaches, muscle pain
  • Skin issues (eczema, hives, rashes)
  • Urinary tract infections, rectal itching, vaginal itching
  • Severe allergies, itchy ears
  • Sugar cravings

Testing for Candida:

 

Management Protocols to Stop Yeast Overgrowth:

It is important that yeast are “starved” off while also killing with anti-fungal supplements.  Diet alone is often not effective enough to completely eradicate yeast and could take months for symptoms to resolve, so medical grade nutraceuticals (or medications prescribed by your physician) need to be utilized.  Candida feeds off sugar, so it is absolutely important for sugar to be limited in the diet.

Eliminate inflammatory foods: “Common offenders” as well as those tested on LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Test

Introduce healing foods

Coconut Oil
Garlic
Apple Cider Vinegar
Cruciferous Vegetables
Ginger
Olive Oil
Cloves
Cinnamon
Wild-caught Salmon
Lemon Juice
Bone-broth
Aloe Vera
Grass-fed & pasture-raised meats
Healthy Fats

 

Antifungal Supplements & Medications

S. Bouldarii
Caprylic Acid
Oil of Oregano
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Garlic (Allicin)
Goldenseal (Berberine)
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
Olive Leaf Extract
Medications (like Nystatin, Diflucan)–these must be prescribed by a doctor

 

Nutrients that Play a Role in Candida Management:

Vitamin D
Vitamin K2
Vitamin A
Zinc
Magnesium
Choline
Glutamine
Vitamin C

Note: These supplements and nutraceuticals listed are not intended as a personalized recommendation. Please seek medical advice or advice from a professional that can guide you as to the best option for you.

Nutritional Therapy Discussions include:

  1. The importance of the gastrointestinal tract on the management of Candida
  2. Ways to optimize your bacterial ratios in the GI tract
  3. Foods to help “heal and seal” the gut
  4. The role of stress on the body
  5. Therapeutic foods to incorporate
  6. Foods to avoid for symptoms relief
  7. Targeted nutritional supplementation

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