Candida albicans is a single-celled fungus, always present in the genital and intestinal tracts. However, if it becomes overgrown, it can cause infection. Diaper rash, vaginitus and thrush are some of the candida infections. It can affect various parts of the body, such as mouth, ears, nose, toenails (athletes foot), fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina, groin (jock itch), skin (white patches) and can cause a very wide range of symptoms, so is often misdiagnosed.
Many people with candida develop food allergies (especially yeast), and if left untreated, may go on to develop environmental sensitivities and auto-immune diseases.
Yeasts, including candida, feed on sugar and other yeasts. If the body’s PH balance is upset for any reason, the friendly bacteria that normally break down sugars, cannot thrive and do their job properly. Consumption of sugars, high carbohydrates intake (especially breads) and processed foods greatly increase the risk of candida. Antibiotics, which kill beneficial bacterial along with the harmful ones, are another common cause of infections. People on long term antibiotics, chemotherapy, cortisone and acne based formulations based on antibiotics, as well as diabetics are at high risk for severe cases of candidiasis.
The type of treatment will depend on where the candida is located. Skin, ear and nail disorders can be treated with Citracidal drops or Calendula oil to which oregano and/or Tea Tree essential oil is added (total of 25 drops per 100ml calendula oil), although a higher concentration can be used on nails.
Vaginal thrush can be treated with vaginal creams with natural anti-fungal essential oils are available, although a tsp of the above mix can be injected into the vagina with a syringe. Use of conventional anti-fungal medicine can lead to the development of stronger strains of yeast that are drug resistant. Douching with plain organic yoghurt, probiotics (mixed in a little water) or 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water can be very helpful and alleviate the symptoms of itchiness, burning and odour.
Candida needs to be treated three fold to be effective.
The fungus needs to be killed off with a gentle but effective agent that will not cause drug resistance. Even so, you will need to use several products and alternate monthly.
A special sugar free, yeast free, low carb, healthy eating plan needs to be implemented (see below). Food intolerances may need to be tested and these foods avoided for up to 6 months
Resistance needs to be built up against overgrowth in the future with probiotics containing the strains that builds up resistance and for long term immune support, as well as special probiotics made for the vagina (in the case of vaginal thrush).
Thrush of the mouth can present as white sores or spots anywhere in the mouth and sometimes burning tongue or sore throats. Certain mouth sprays containing natural anti-fungals, such as Berberine, Pau D'arco, Olive Leaf, Warburgia, can be used or colloidal silver swished in mouth often. Spray probiotics should be used to re-establish the good bacteria to prevent further infection.
Intestinal candida presents as bloating, food intolerances, diarrhoea or constipation, irritable bowel, colitis, rectal itching, bad breath, abdominal pain, headaches, memory loss, moods swings etc. There are many different natural remedies that can be used that will not cause resistance, however, they should be rotated every 2-4 weeks to prevent this. They include: Oregano oil caps, Caprylic acid, Olive Leaf extract, Pau D’arco, Wurburgia Grapefruit seed extract (Citracidal), Colloidal Silver, Garlic, Oxygen formulas and MSM. Probiotics should be high strength. Vaginal cleansers that do not interfere with the pH balance are recommended (even 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in 1 glass of water – use a syringe).
Any fruit (not more than 2 portions per day) but avoid bananas or dates
olives/gherkins/mussels (no biscuits – only oatmeal (Nairns) no sugar)
Celery/carrot/cucumber sticks with hummous or home made dips
Sprouted or tinned chickpeas, quickly tossed with garlic and ginger
Use cucumber slices with cottage cheese, salmon, tomato.
Foods not allowed:
Bread – carb free, Paleo or Banting only
No white rice, (except with lentils, barley), or wheat cereals (quinoa allowed)
Fried foods, except eggs OR STIR FRY.
No cane sugar (or sugar products) or artificial sweeteners (use Stevia, Erythritol or Xylitol)
Alcohol in moderation, but preferably none
No yeast products.
Readers should not use this information for self-diagnoses or self treatment, but should always consult a medical professional regarding any medical problems and before undertaking any major dietary changes. This information is not meant to be substituted for medical advice.