Candida: More Than A Yeast Infection?
Published at 3 Feb 2014

Candida yeast infection is an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans that normally lives in the human body.

The underlyng causes of Candida overgrowth might be antibiotics, oral corticosteroids, birth control pills, a high-sugar diet, a weakened immune system, stress, hormonal changes, autoimmune conditions, metal intoxications, etc.

 

The most common forms of Candida infections are vaginal, oral, and skin candidiasis. However, Candida can proliferate within intestines as well.

Candida is commonly treated like a simple fungal infection. Yet, according Dr. William Crook Candida infections is a real syndrome.
In his book The Yeast Connection, he believed that the “yeast syndrome” was a condition featuring many other symptoms besides those commonly associated to this kind of infection, including fatigue, mood swings, irritable bowel, skin rashes, sugar cravings, premenstrual syndrome, food intolerances, sinusitis, recurrent vaginal/prostate/bladder infections, etc.

According to Dr. Crook, Candida can be addressed starting with diet changes.
It might be advisable to avoid or reduce the intake of wheat, yeast, sugar, refined carbohydrates, beer, wine, starchy foods, mushrooms, processed food, etc.; whearas, a high-fiber diet could help dealing with it.

Then, it might be useful increasing the uptake of nutrients that could help fight off the infection, support the immune system and rebuild the natural balance within the intestines, such as:

  • Probiotics (like Lactobacilluis acidophilus, L. bifidus and Saccharomyces boulardii) in order to restore the balance within the intestines
  • Immune boosting nutrients such as echinacea, cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa), garlic
  • Nutrients with anti-fungal properties such as Grapefruit seeds, Goldenseal (Hydraste canadensis), Anamu (Petiveria alliacea), Jatobà (Hymenaea courbaril), Pau d'Arco/Lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa), Caprilic acid, Oil of Oregano, etc.
  • Supplement to help natural liver ability to detoxify (such as milk thistle)



Finally, some life style changes are required such as stress reduction, better sleep quality, wearing cotton or silk fabrics.




Sources:
www.wholehealthchicago.com
www.lef.org
www.drwilson.com
www.livestrong.com