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Dietary Options for Candida

Before I dive into this post, I want to welcome you to my new website! I’m excited to offer a new site and am working hard to fill in the areas that are missing content. Was it backwards to launch the site before it was done? Maybe … but desperate times call for desperate measures. Please forgive me. I welcome your feedback!

Let’s get down to business. Before reading this post, please read my previous post, Candida 101, to familiarize yourself with what Candida is, how it becomes overgrown and which issues it can cause in the body.

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Candida. Gross, huh?

When fighting a Candida overgrowth, it is essential to remember that you cannot defeat Candida without starving it. Think about it … you can take pills and supplements by the handful, but it will be very difficult to eliminate the overgrowth if you are still providing nourishment to the Candida organisms. What does Candida thrive on? It’s simple: SUGAR. Many of you are probably now thinking that eliminating sugar won’t be a problem. Good for you! However, simply eliminating added sugar from your diet is not sufficient because your body metabolizes and breaks down many foods into simple sugars. What foods provide sugar to feed Candida? This list includes grains, rice, beans and legumes, fruit, dairy, vinegar, kombucha and starchy veggies.
But … take heart. You don’t need to eliminate those foods forever. The protocol I use follows three phases, each of which lasts four-weeks. (You can do anything for four weeks, right?) I also combine each phase with increasing levels of three carefully selected supplements designed to eliminate the bio-film Candida uses to protect itself, kill the Candida, and restore balance.
Let’s keep it simple … during the first four weeks, I ask people to limit their foods to include:
  • Any (organic) meats and eggs, excluding processed meats and sushi with rice
  • Most organic nuts and seeds (I eliminate cashews and peanuts because they are typically high in fungal growth)
  • All veggies other than the starchy ones, beets and carrots
  • Unsweetened milk alternatives

Subsequent phases re-introduce some of the ancient grains, low glycemic-index fruits, and legumes. During this phase, all condiments containing sugar and vinegar are also eliminated. (Vinegar is one of yeast’s favorite foods. Yeast cells grow very quickly when exposed to vinegars.)

Most people can return to a fairly normal eating pattern following the 12-week program, although they still need to be careful to limit sugars and grains. Is it possible to go back to eating Snickers for lunch after completing the  program? Unfortunately, most people need to be cautious on a long-term basis. This doesn’t mean they can never enjoy a dessert or a dinner roll, it simply means they need to limit their intake of these foods and to listen to their body to recognize when Candida starts to rear its ugly head again. Most people report that they feel so much better and have so many health issues disappear while following the protocol that continuing to eat well becomes much easier.

My next post will cover the types of supplements that can be used to kill Candida and its bio-film, restore balance, and reduce die-off symptoms. The final post in this series will discuss common symptoms of “die-off” which may occur as the body works to eliminate dead yeast cells. You can view the next post here: Candida Battle Plan.

What do you think?

Planting Orchards in the Midst of Change

This post is being written with a heavy, although hopeful, heart and is penned in absolute shock. Yesterday, my employer informed me that his new business model can no longer support my services. I was told that yesterday would be my last day and was given no prior notice or warning. To say I’m in shock and absolutely devastated would be an extreme understatement.

However, I’m a firm believer that all things work together for good and that a door never slams shut in your face without a wide window of opportunity opening. That is what I’m trusting in at this point. I have been incredibly blessed to receive amazing support and encouragement from a few co-workers and from colleagues in other regions. Their encouragement has been a real boost. My husband’s unwavering, faithful encouragement and support has also been a true source of strength. I’m blessed!

I spent today updating my resume and taking care of the many administrative issues that suddenly being unemployed necessitates. My plans right now are to immediately return to private practice, to begin offering several classes and webinars each month, and to return to providing classes and seminars nationwide. I would also like to once again provide biblical wellness classes in churches, return to offering my 40-Day Negativity Fasts in women’s groups, and seek corporate opportunities to provide lunch-n-learn seminars. In the midst of all of that, I am getting ready to re-launch my lifestyle improvement program that has helped many people improve their health, gain fitness, and lose weight by changing their lifestyle and balancing their metabolism. My top priority is to get my website back up and running following a GoDaddy glitch. I’m obviously not sitting still!

The good news in all of this is that I can now devote more time to this blog. You can expert more posts on a weekly basis and will soon see it migrate to my personal URL. Other good news is that my rates will now be lower and more in line with the demographic average for my region. I am setting up a new office and will share information about that very soon.

Until then, please feel free to contact me (317.258. 5782 or pamela @ goodworkswellness -dot- com) if you would like to schedule a consultation or receive information about scheduling me to speak. I welcome all opportunities to serve. Your prayers for clarity of vision and sensitivity to God’s call right now are much appreciated.

It’s all good … and I sense it will soon be even better! I’m not just making lemonade out of these lemons, I’m juicing them, making an alkalizing smoothie, and planting the seeds to grow an orchard!

Candida Basics: Important Info

I confess I’ve started this post multiple times and then rejected it because the topic of Candida is too large to tackle in a Candidasingle post. I therefore chose to share multiple posts about Candida and its effects. Those posts include:

Introduction

Candida is, quite simply, yeast. We all need a tiny bit of it in our systems to maintain balance in our digestive tract. In a perfect world, our immune system keeps Candida in balance. Sometimes, however, Candida growth can reach a level where it overwhelms the immune system. Please note that systemic fungal overgrowth may or may not include strains of Candida. The natural health world has come to use the term “Candida overgrowth” to refer to any fungal overgrowth. It’s not accurate, but it’s a term people recognize and are becoming familiar with.

As with any yeast, Candida feeds on sugars. Because the Standard American Diet (SAD) is loaded with carbohydrates that our bodies metabolize into simple sugars, Candida overgrowth is a very common problem in today’s world. Other factors that can trigger Candida overgrowth include antibiotics, birth control pills, diabetes, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances (including imbalances in reproductive, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and hypothalamic hormones), drinking tap water (chlorine kills beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to Candida overgrowth), immune challenges, genetically modified foods, and alcohol consumption.

Candida Overgrowth

Candida overgrowth can affect the body in a wide variety of ways. The overgrowth tends to start in the digestive tract. In the early stages of Candida overgrowth, symptoms may include indigestion, GERD, diarrhea or constipation, cramping and more. As the Candida continues to grow, it gains strength and will begin to bore holes in the colon. This results in what is commonly known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Although Leaky Gut can have a variety of causes, Candida is one of the most common.

Things tend to go downhill after Leaky Gut Syndrome develops. The holes in the gut allow undigested food particles to enter the blood stream. Since the body doesn’t recognize undigested food molecules, it may launch an attack against those molecules, causing an immune response. Food allergies are a common result of Candida overgrowth. There is also a hypothesis that Fibromyalgia is the result of undigested food molecules in the bloodstream which become lodged against muscles and in joints, causing pain. 

Candida can also cause other immune issues. One of the most common immune issue I see resulting from Candida overgrowth is an allergy to mushrooms and to environmental molds. This makes sense logically, since each are other forms of fungus. If the body is already reacting to and trying to control an internal fungal overgrowth, it will logically negatively react to fungi in the environment or fungi that are consumed.

Effects of Candida Overgrowth

Candida overgrowth can have a multitude of symptoms. It would take multiple posts to cover them all, but many of them are not issues most people would associate with yeast. The belief that the only indicators of fungal overgrowth are vaginal yeast infections, jock itch and/or athlete’s foot are false. Many mainstream doctors don’t believe there is any such thing as Candida overgrowth, in spite of multiple studies proving they do indeed exist and do indeed cause serious health challenges. Following are just a few of the most common side effects of Candida overgrowth. Please note that each of these may also be an indicator of other health issues and may not solely be related to a fungal overgrowth:

  • Digestive problems
  • Tan-colored stools
  • Fatigue (sometimes extreme due to the energy the body exerts to fight the Candida overgrowth)
  • Headaches
  • Food allergies
  • Brain fog and problems concentrating
  • Sugar cravings
  • Alcohol cravings (a treatment facility in California starts treatment with a yeast cleanse to help diminish alcohol cravings)
  • Skin rashes including eczema, psoriasis, ring worm, etc.
  • Weight gain or an inability to lose weight
  • Acne
  • Mood swings, depression, irritability
  • Anal itching
  • Itchy skin
  • Dandruff and itchy scalp
  • Dizziness
  • Chronic sinusitis, sore throat, post nasal drip, cough
  • Fungal infections of finger and toe nails
  • Heavy white coating on the tongue
  • Itchy ears and nose
  • Athlete’s foot, jock itch, vaginal yeast infections
  • Thrush (oral yeast infection)
  • Joint and muscular pain 
  • Impaired immunity resulting in frequent colds and flus

Unfortunately, that long list is just the tip of the iceberg related to the symptoms Candida overgrowth can cause. The toxicity of Candida is the primary cause of these symptoms. Unfortunately, Candida overgrowth puts quite a strain on the body’s immune system and immune system. The most common test used to identify fungal overgrowth are tests of the stools. Many practitioners don’t do the stool tests, since the symptoms of Candida overgrowth are often easily recognized. Medical history and lifestyle habits are also often a sufficient means of identifying a Candida issue.

Correcting the Problem

The biggest problem with treating Candida overgrowth is that yeast are incredibly adaptive. One of the first organisms to return after fires or nuclear attacks, yeast quickly adapt to changes in their environment. This means they quickly become resistant to the more commonly used herbal treatments. Oil of Oregano used to be very effective, but in the past few years yeast organisms have become very resistant to Oregano Oil. Yeast also have a tendency to protect themselves with what are called biofilms. 

A biofilm is a wall of minerals and organisms yeast use to create a protective barrier to Microscopic Image of Candidasurround themselves with. The biofilm effectively prevents antimicrobials and antifungals from reaching the yeast cells and prevent them from being killed. Unfortunately, biofilms can even prevent prescription antifungals (such as Nystatin, Diflucan, Nizoral, etc.) from killing Candida cells.

So how can Candida be brought into control? It takes commitment and a multi-faceted effort including dietary changes and a variety of different supplements. It also requires the use of specific enzyme supplements to “eat through” the biofilm so that the antifungal and antimicrobial supplements (and pharmaceuticals in extreme cases) can reach the yeast cells. It is also 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 into control can take several months. It can also cause uncomfortable symptoms as the yeast cells die and the body begins eliminating them, but there are many ways to reduce those symptoms. 

This is my first post in a series of posts covering Candida. Please read the entire series to get a greater understanding of how yeast overgrowth can affect health and how the overgrowth can be brought back into balance.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your health issues and to begin my 12-week Biofilm Protocol and Gut Restoration Program.


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