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Candida Symptoms & Triggers

Candida albicans bacteria
Candida albicans bacteria

Candida overgrowth or thrush is a fungal infection which is experienced most noticeably as oral thrush, vaginitis, thrush on the penis etc. Left unchecked, it can develop, especially if other medical conditions are present, to become more serious and systemic, affecting every aspect of a persons well-being.

The healthy bacteria in the gut that are part of our digestive process usually keep candida in control as there is a natural symbiosis between competing bacteria and fungus. In fact, candida helps with digestion and absorption of food, but, when it overgrows, it can damage the wall of the intestine, leading to toxic waste leakage into the body. The waste from candida is called Acetaldehyde, which is a known toxin. It is for this reason that candida is judged to be a leading cause of “leaky gut”.

In normally healthy people, Candida overgrowth is often associated antibiotic overuse because unfortunately, antibiotics kill friendly bacteria along with pathogenic bacteria. This broad spectrum killing of bacteria is a known cause of gut dysbiosis.

Candida Triggers

Some other known triggers for candidiasis (overgrowth of candida) are:

  • Refined sugar (some sugars are essential to good health)
  • Stress
  • Antibiotics used consciously and hidden in foodstuffs
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Fluoride
  • Diabetes

Candida infections that are systemic and serious are also referred to as candidemia and are seen in severely immunocompromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients.

Candida Symptoms

Candida overgrowth sufferers may also be experiencing some or all of the following:

  • Unwarranted tiredness
  • Cravings for sugar
  • Foul breath
  • Furry tongue
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Pains in joints
  • Lack of libido
  • Sinus problems
  • Digestion problems (gas and bloating)
  • A compromised immune system
  • Frequent UTI’s
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Vaginal Infections
  • Mood Swings

Candida and Refined Sugar:

Candida’s food supply is sugar, including dairy products containing lactose, bee honey, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, and even sugar substitutes including aspartame and saccharin.

Removing sugar from our diets is one of our best weapons in the fight against chronic candida. Fruits maybe healthy and nutritious, but are also very high in fructose. Fruit and vegetables that are high in sugar, such as sweet potatoes, parsnips or beets should perhaps be avoided if you are struggling with candida overgrowth.

Sugar is in most processed foods, frequently used to bulk low-fat products, because the flavour is enhanced by sweetening the product. The same applies to all sugary drinks, even the so-called healthy ones.

There are hidden sources of sugar everywhere, for example in:

  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces
  • Yoghurts
  • Cereals
  • Jams
  • Dried Fruit
  • Diet foods

Dealing with Candida

So, how best should we deal with Candida?

Seek medical advice to be sure of the correct diagnosis but also think about changing what you eat and what natural support you can introduce.

Suggestions

To support a healthy gut balance:

  • Cut down on sugar and carbohydrate intake.
  • Quality probiotics provide friendly bacteria that compete with the fungal spores and restore gut balance.
  • Coconut milk/oil (= Caprylic acid, Lauric acid) Up to 3.5 tablespoons daily
  • Consider supportive supplements such as Oregano Oil intermittently

Oregano is Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) status. Indicating that it is widely regarded as a safe product to use. However, essential oils, like everything else, must be used sensibly:

  • If you are taking blood thinners such as Warfarin, aspirin etc. remember that oregano oil has a naturally occurring slight blood thinning effect.
  • Not suitable during pregnancy.
  • Not suitable for children.
  • Take in milk or milk alternative such as soya milk and follow with milk or milk alternative.
  • A few days on, a few days off is recommended.
  • Never exceed recommended dosages.
  • If you drink excessive amounts of alcohol regularly, take prescription drugs, or you have any other health concerns please consult your doctor before to taking Wild Oregano Oil.
  • Use carrier oil when applying to skin.

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