How do you treat candida? Candida 103
Candida overgrowth is behind so many of our modern health challenges. And since candidiasis can be a risk factor to conditions it didn't directly cause, too, it's well worth investigating whether candidiasis is one of the challenges that you’re facing, and developing a strategy for dealing with your infection.
Candida flourishes as a result of three main factors:
- Yeast overgrowth,
- A lack of friendly bacteria,
- And gut dysfunction.
When we treat candida infection, we deal with these three factors - in this order - in order to restore health.
First things first: get rid of candida overgrowth.
The easiest way to achieve this is to switch to a low-carbohydrate diet. Candida is both a yeast and bacteria. Yeast feeds on sugar. When we speak of sugar, we're not just talking about the white grains of sweetness in the little jar on your table at Wimpy when you order a coffee. Sugar is in almost everything - and it’s certainly a constituent part of every carbohydrate. From the most simple carbohydrates, such as sugar itself, to the most complex carbohydrates available to us, in the end they all break down to the same thing: sugar. Candida loves sugar.
A diet rich in green leafy vegetables, and organic, hormone-free meat, will starve the candida of its source food, and it will begin to die. Other culprits when it comes to diet include fermented foods, fungal food such as mushrooms, and any alcoholic beverages. I'm afraid you're going to have to lay off your weekly glass of wine for a bit if you want to beat this scourge.
Now that we are no longer feeding the bacteria, we need to kill off the tough guys who survive. There are a number of ways to do this, although the most common way is to use medications. We always begin with a holistic, natural solution first, such as caprylic acid, or oregano oil. Pau D’Arco Has also been shown to be effective. . It's very important to bear in mind, when treating candida, that the die off of the bacteria in your gut can cause side-effects almost as bad as the infection itself. Of course, the side-effects are short-lived, while your body heals itself. But while you are going through them, it can be a serious challenge to your equanimity and state of mind. Not to mention, you’ll feel terrible. This is why it is really important to work with a professional who knows what he's doing. He can help you choose the right dosages of the medications, and monitor the results of your die-off, to ensure that you don't have a severe reaction.
The last step in the process is to heal your broken, dysfunctional gut. You may recall that last week we spoke about the effect of the lectins in gluten, which bore little tiny holes through your gut lining, and allow the candidate to get to where it's not supposed to be. Until those holes are plugged, the candida infection can never be effectively reversed.
Healing foods include such whole food staples as homemade or artisanal bone broth, warm squash and sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, and free-range, organic meats. Avoid common allergens such as dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, and very fibrous foods, as well as food which is high in sugar. Once your gut has been healed, you can begin reintroducing these foods slowly, testing each one for a reaction before you add it to your diet on a more permanent basis.
Do you think you might have candida overgrowth? Seeing a Functional Medicine practitioner such as Dr Sanua can give you the peace of mind you need, and an action plan for reversing and treating your condition. Call Dr Sanua today on 011 463 1614 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org, and start solving your health challenges today.