Candida - too much sugar, too many carbs
Throughout my time as having diabetes, I have occasionally experienced thrush
The doctor’s approach was to temporarily raise insulin intake and give me an
“anti-thrush” pill…Nystatiin. Temporary relief, and then it would return.
For a while in 2014 when I was very stressed, suffering from all manner of health
conditions, and attending to my younger sister’s daily medical needs as she had
become immobile with cancer treatment, I developed thrush on the tongue.
I was also not paying attention to my nutrition. Prescribed more Nystatin and
for 12 months mothing improved.
So in neither case, the pills offered little relief and certainly didn’t cure.
And no one talked to me of diet.
Interestingly, before all that, about two years earlier, I spent some time in New Zealand and there synchronistically met a wonderful man and his wife ; he was Dr Eric Baaker – author of Candida Crusher.
Through him I realised that simply taking Nystatin was not the answer, and pumping up the insulin didn’t work and only added to weight issues. The answer lay in my gut flora, my gut microbiome, and in particular, what I fed myself.
Only when I radically shifted my eating habits and decided to cut out all carbs and sugars, and take more vegetables which grow above the ground ie leafy greens, peppers, cabbage, kale etc have I seen permanent relief.
So, if YOU are not at the best of health, could candida be at fault?
Since the mid-1980s, there has been an increase in the number of patients going to doctors with digestive gut problems … yeast-related illnesses … skin problems … vaginitis [and] fatigue … mind fog, spaciness, head aches, irritable bowel syndrome, thrush, muscle and joint aching,… it’s just, doctors are not trained to read the signs.
If only they would read, and you can too, the books,
The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough Paperback – 9 Jun 1988 by
William G. Crook (Author)
The Candida Crusher by Dr Eric Baaker
Both books, in addition to focusing on candida, also highlight links between
chronic fatigue, chronic pain problems and fibromyalgia-type symptoms.
But most doctors are brainwashed into the pharmacological model hook, line and sinker….
So pills are the answer to kill the yeast in the body.
But simply, that does not work. Your candida and thrush may clear up AND it will return.
What Is Candida, and How Does It Become a Problem?
Candida albicans is a very determined little blighter; it is yeast. Most everyone has it in their system, and for most, it poses no problem at all. However, if your immune system becomes disrupted from exposure to antibiotics, poor diet or lack of sleep, stress, for example, candida can begin to take hold and grow out of control. You have a lifestyle issue that needs treated – not just a pill to kill a yeast infection. You need to see this as a mixture between modern lifestyle and diet, a range of symptoms that indicates some degree of immune suppression; not in the extreme sense, but simply an immune system and gut system not functioning well enough and there’s where treatment needs to begin.
The issues seem to initially start in the gut … any change in the gut flora — which can be triggered by antibiotics; or it can also simply be nutritional, you are wittingly or unwittingly eating too much sugar and high refined carbohydrates eg bread and pasta and cakes and cookies.
When things in the gut change, the yeast can change. The normal flora of the gut produce biotin, a normal healthy flora. It suppresses the ability of yeast to change into a more aggressive mycelial form, and so it puts down little rootlets and penetrate the gut mucus membrane, starting a process where we start to absorb toxins (nasties) from the gut, and begin to get sensitivity allergic-type symptoms not just in the gut but body wide, especially penis, vagina and tongue. Think of what they have in common – warmth and moistness.
But body wide also can mean pain and fatigue (now think fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.)
In short, once we lose the functionality of the normal gut flora, problems mount.
Signs and Symptoms of Candida
Breathing – improper and not normal
Fatigue which is unnatural and persistent
Food - sudden onset of food sensitivities
Gut problems, such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea
Pain - unusual aches and pains without a determinable cause (such as an injury)
Penile thrush (in men)
Skin - dry and other skin issues
Tongue - a white coating on your tongue whereas, in good health, your tongue is typically clean and pink)
Upper chest breathing patterns – especially in young women
Vaginitis (inflammation of the genital area in women)
Treatment is not simply about shifting your eating regimen; this is about changing your lifestyle, conscious breathing (aided by the Buteyko Breathing Technique – research on YouTube.)
It is about starving the yeast infection, thereby suppressing it naturally rather than killing it outright as GPs tend to want to do. Your natural yeast is there for a function, don’t kill it.
Unless you have to take them avoid antibiotics (for anything) unless your life depends on them, avoid too steroid hormones and oral contraceptives, for example, all of which change your internal environment, predisposing candida to grow into an invasive form of infection that can cause serious problems.. Ask if there is an alternative treatment to an antibiotic for your condition.
Get better sleep, more exercise and improved your diet – ie cut out sugars and refined carbs which you’ll get in pastries, breads, and cakes and biscuits.
Avoid foods from animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), as most are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics to counteract poor sanitation and crowded living conditions, and to boost growth.
Eat allot of dietary fiber, a diet low in natural and other sugar, incorporate enzymes and probiotics, incorporate a daily antifungals drink like Bragg apple cider vinegar
Cut right back on fruit – no more than %5 of your daily food intake should be fruit
Avoid heavy metals and consider working with a certified holistic health practitioner to do a metal cleanse. Metals such as aluminum come from antacids, food additives, while wood preservatives antiperspirants, water supplies, pesticides, paint, have arsenic. Some sources of cadmium are cigarette smoke, refine grains, shell fish, tuna, organ meats, soft drinks, batteries, tea and coffee
Fermented Foods Are a Great Source of Probiotics
High quality probiotic supplements are pricey, but you can easily cut your bill by using homemade fermented vegetables instead. I found it took me some persistence to get used to but shop bought fermented vegetables can have unwanted additives. Search the web for health, EASY recipes. The more complicated you make the fermentation process, the less likely you will be to use it.
Sometimes it is easier, though pricier, to take prebiotics [and] probiotics that come in a simple, easy form to take.
In his book, Crook recommends Nystatin, an antifungal drug that is available as a powder, liquid, or or tablets. It has few side effects . Diflucan is a type of antibiotic that may also be prescribed if all else fails. (But continue the lifestyle changes. They take a wee while to kick in.)
Supplements now recommended against candida are almost identical to the ones known to improve mitochondrial health. These include:
• Caprylic acid,
• Pau d'Arco
• Aloe vera
Do your research on the benefits of the above. Key in eg Pau d’Arco + candida.