Candida is, quite simply, yeast. We all need a tiny bit of it in our systems to maintain balance in our digestive tract. However, due to a variety of factors (the most well-known of which is overuse of antibiotics), this balance can be upset. In turn this allows the candida to proliferate and wreak havoc in the body.
Candida can make you feel simply awful, and includes symptoms such as lethargy, tiredness, inability to focus, nail fungus, bloating and indigestion, sometimes diarrhoea, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and scleroderma, mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, thrush and other fungal infections, severe seasonal allergies and itchy ears, strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings and a tell-tale sign that you have a candida overgrowth is a white or green fuzzy coating on your tongue. (Ugh)
Now that you’ve checked your tongue in the mirror, here are some practical solutions to addressing this annoying problem.
Correcting the Problem
Unfortunately, candida is incredibly adaptive, which means that it quickly becomes resistant to the more commonly used herbal treatments. The trick then is to cycle your supplements every few weeks or so.
Candida also has a tendency to protect itself with what’s called a biofilm. A biofilm is basically a protective barrier that the yeast surrounds itself with, and this then blocks antimicrobials and antifungals from reaching the cell. Only specific enzyme supplements are able to “eat through” this biofilm so that the antimicrobials and antifungals can do their job.
So how can Candida be brought under control?
Keep things simple to bring candida under control:
1. Stop feeding it – A diet that is comprised of processed foods, excess carbohydrates, sugar, rancid oils, and commercial animal and dairy products containing antibiotics – all feed candida.
Eliminate these foods and adopt an anti-candida diet, which is low in sugar and full of raw or steamed vegetables, green juices, green powders, fermented foods, seaweeds, healthy fats (especially coconut oil) and superfoods. Those who are strict with this diet see the best results.
2. Kill it internally – Supplements that are particularly helpful for candida are pine tree derived MSM crystals, Caprylic acid, systemic enzymes (serrapeptase and bromelain), olive leaf extract, black walnut, cloves, Pau d’arco, cat’s claw, colloidal silver, oregano oil, goldenseal, berberine, grape seed extract and garlic. Remember to cycle these.
Edible clays such as zeolite powder, bentonite clay, and mineral rich earth compounds such as fulvic acid are especially helpful. Biotin is also useful as an adjunct to antimicrobials by helping the fungi detach from the surfaces they cling to.
3. Add probiotics – It is necessary to take large doses of probiotics to help re-establish a positive balance of good bacteria in the digestive system.
The process of bringing Candida overgrowth under control can take several months. It takes commitment and a multifaceted approach including diet and lifestyle changes, and a variety of different supplements. However, do not give up. It is a gift to have good health.