It causes, allergies, auto immune disorders, depression and linked to cancer. And every one of us has it to some degree! As discussed in Part 1 Yeast fungus and health, we learned that every one of us has yeast in our body as it serves an important function in our mouth and gut to aid in the digestive process. What most do not know is there is a large percentage of our population that has yeast over growth. In severe cases, it is called Candida and it can wreak havoc on our health, more than any other one factor we know of. It is yeast over growth causes a condition called Leaky gut and this is where so many of our health problems begin. It could be responsible for contributing to more than 60% of our health issues.
Common Symptoms and Diseases of Candida
It is crucial in order to manage our health to understand how to manage your yeast fungus in your body. Here are a few of the key symptoms/diseases that are caused by Candida and Leaky Gut. 1) Brain fog 2) Food sensitivities 3) Food Allergies 4) Irritability and Depression 5) Pain and Inflammation lower back, neck, shoulders 6) Auto Immune Disorders 7) Digestive Issues such as gas, bloating and loose stools 8) Exhaustion and tired all the time 9) Skin issues 10) Poor concentration and memory 11) Sugar cravings
Candida causes Leaky Gut?
Leaky gut is a condition in which little tiny holes are created (by the fungus) in the lining of your intestine (small) which allows for the fungus to travel to other parts of the body through the blood and colonize. Leaky gut may be responsible for more health issues than any other condition in the medical world. What truly is amazing is that very few know of the condition and how to treat it. The problem with Leaky Gut, is that the yeasts get everywhere. While they might start off in your gut, they soon pass into the blood stream and colonize throughout the body. Candida makesalcohol as a by-product of their very existence which initially causes brain fog, a key symptom of Candida.
Main Causes of Candida
- Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar(which feed the yeast).
- Consuming a lot of alcohol
- Taking oral contraceptives.
- Living a high-stress lifestyle.
- Taking too many antibiotics that kill many of our friendly bacteria
How to test for Candida
- Blood test
- Stool testing
- UrineOrganixDysbiosis Test
You’ll want to check your levels for IgG, IgA, and IgM candida anti-bodies. These can be checked through most any lab. High levels indicate an overgrowth of candida. It is possible that these can often be negative even when the stool or urine test is positive.
I find this to be the most accurate test available. This will check for candida in your colon or lower intestines. The lab can usually determine the species of yeast as well as which treatment will be affective. (Note: be sure that your doctor orders a comprehensive stool test rather than the standard stool test.)
This test detects a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth known as D-Arabinitol. An elevated test means an overgrowth of candida. This test will determine if there is candida in your upper gut or small intestines.
How to take control NOW: Three steps
Effectively treating candida involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, and healing your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.
- Diet Modification: Getting rid of the candida overgrowth primarily requires a change in diet to a low carbohydrate diet. Sugar is what feeds yeast, so eliminating sugar in all of its simple forms like candy, desserts, alcohol and flours.
- Reducing to only one cup a day of the more complex carbohydrates such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes will prevent the Candida from growing and eventually cause it to die.
- Take Anti-Yeast supplement or drugs: Using diet alone could take three to six months before the candida is back under control. Because of this, using an anti-fungal medication such as Diflucan or Nyastatin for a month or longer. If you are self-treating you can take a supplement of caprylic acid.Caprylic Acid comes from coconut oil and basically “pokes holes” in the yeast cell wall, causing it to die.
Restoring Healthy Bacteria
- Enteric coated : to protect the probiotics while traveling to the colon
- Time Released: to allow for the greatest number to populate in the colon
- Mult- Strain of probiotics:: more bugs, the stronger the digestive tract.
I have recently found one probiotic that is in its own league and a technological breakthrough of which I will write about next week.
Repair Lining of Intestine
- Digestive Enzymes
- Betaine Hydrochloric Acid (HCL)
- Slippery Elm
- Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)
- Marshmallow Root
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is fundamental to the well-being of the digestive and immune systems. Glutamine is great for repairing damage to the gut, helping the gut lining to regrow and repair, undoing the damage caused by leaky gut, and reducing sugar cravings. I recommend 3-5 grams a day.
Digestive enzymes are plant or microbial-based supplements that support the breakdown, absorption, and utilization of macronutrients. Taken with meals, they work with the body’s own reduced supply of enzymes to achieve maximum digestion and support intestinal repair mechanisms.
Betaine hydrochloride (HCL) promotes optimal gastric acidity for support of protein digestion and absorption of minerals and other nutrients such as vitamin B12. There is simple at home test you can do to see if you have low stomach acid and are in need of HCL replacement. Begin to eat a meal and ⅓ of the way into your meal take 650 mg of HCL and then finish your meal. If you experience heartburn, you have sufficient levels of HCL. If you do not experience any burning sensation in your upper abdomen, then you likely would benefit from HCL at each meal.
It might have kind of a strange name, but slippery elm has been used as an effective gut healer for centuries in the United States. This supplement both contains mucilage and stimulates nerve endings in the body’s intestinal tract to increase natural mucus secretion, which is an instrumental part of the stomach’s protective lining and helps combat ulcers and excessive acidity in the digestive system. It also contains important antioxidants that help relieve inflammatory bowel symptoms
DGL is an herb that has been used for over 3,000 years in the treatment of digestive issues including ulcers and indigestion. It’s made from whole licorice, but the manufacturing process includes the removal of glycyrrhizin, which can cause an elevation in blood pressure. DGL supports the body’s natural processes for maintaining the mucosal lining of the stomach and duodenum.
Marshmallow root is a multipurpose supplement that can be used for respiratory or digestive relief. Like slippery elm, it contains a high mucilage content. It eases the inflammation in the stomach lining, heals ulcers, and treats both diarrhea and constipation by creating a protective lining on the digestive tract.