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: LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Testing (Tests your immune response to 150 food and chemicals including Candida Albicans¸baker’s yeast, and mushrooms) GI-MAP Stool Testing Testing your saliva at home 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: The importance of the gastrointestinal tract on the management of Candida Ways to optimize your bacterial ratios in the GI tract Foods to help “heal and seal” the gut The role of stress on the body Therapeutic foods to incorporate Foods to avoid for symptoms relief Targeted nutritional supplementation What are the suggested lab tests? LEAP MRT Food Sensitivity Test SpectraCell Micronutrient Panel SpectraCell Cardio-metabolic Panel Diagnostics Solution GI-MAP Stool Analysis Call us at 281-741-9447 or contact us online to schedule your private consultation today.