Our lives already seem to be on hold from our hypothyroidism. Did you know that an overload of Candida was picked up at birth or shortly thereafter? We were supposed to be getting good friendly bacteria from our mother’s at birth, but “our” mother’s had Candida overgrowth and unknowing passed it on to us. And over the years, our bodies has become more and more compromised. Your gut microbes could be dramatically affecting your thyroid health. There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about Candida. Both from the medical profession and on the internet. It is easy to get fooled into thinking, as many sites will try to convince you, that all anyone needs to do is to take their product or buy their e-book. Of course, they will all have testimonies. What they don’t tell you in those testimonies is how the Candida came back — in a month or two or in six months. However long it took for the Candida to overgrow enough to start causing symptoms again. It is important to know that dealing with Candida is not an easy fix.
“Hypothyroidism causes low body temps which allows fungal overgrowth. Get the temps up and the fungal/yeast will have nowhere to live.”
If you are reading this blog, you either know you suffer from Candida overgrowth and are searching for a way to deal with it, or your don’t have any idea what might be the cause of your vaginal yeast infection, oral thrush (or your babies), psoriasis, poor digestion, depression, anxiety, food allergies — and have no idea that most likely Candida overgrowth can be the cause of these problems.
1. In the 1950’s antibiotics hadn’t been around a long time. Their use was relatively small back then compared to now. Antibiotics work on bacteria. They will kill your friendly bacteria along with bad bacteria. But not yeast. At least not most of them. When your friendly bacteria are killed off, and the Candida yeast in your intestines aren’t, the Candida yeast have a lot of room to overgrow, and they do.
2. Antibiotics are fed in huge quantities to cattle on feedlots and in dairies, meat pigs, and non organic meat chickens. Many of these antibiotics make their way into the meat or the milk they produce, and you consume them when you eat non-organic animal protein. This chronically reduces the amount of friendly bacteria in your intestines.
3. Sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption has surged since the 1950’s and these are Candida’s favorite foods. These refined carbohydrates also reduce the amount of friendly bacteria you have. This creates an imbalance of too few friendly bacteria and too much Candida. Sugar also weakens the immune system, and the immune system can’t keep do as good a job of keeping Candida in check.
4. There has been a huge increase in exposure to other drugs, especially birth control pills, vaccines, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and more, over this time frame. The Candida yeast do a better job of surviving this onslaught of toxins than your friendly bacteria do. In addition, the environment in your body, including the immune system response, weakens.
All of this ultimately destroys much of the friendly flora and weakens the immune system so that the oxygen-loving Candida yeast begin to flourish and overgrow in the intestinal tract. At this time they put on their traveling legs and morph into anaerobic Candida fungi. No longer needing an oxygen-rich blood supply, the fungi are able to exist anywhere in the body.
Take this quiz to find out if YOU have a problem!
These are common symptoms that may occur with yeast overgrowth in the gut. Keep in mind, these are not specific to yeast alone, but if you experience them on a regular basis you are likely to have a real problem with fungal dysbiosis, or yeast overgrowth.
Give yourself 1 point for every one of these symptoms you experience regularly:
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Premenstrual symptoms
- Muscle pain/fibromyalgia
- Poor focus/concentration
- Brain fog
- Headaches or migraines
- Cravings for sugar or carbohydrates
- Drowsy after meals
- Gas and bloating
- Rectal itching
- Vaginal discomfort or burning
- Low libido
- Joint pain
- Crying spells
- Dizziness or light-headedness
- Sinus pressure/congestion
- Trouble sleeping
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Body odor
- Frequent sore throat
- Coughing/wheezing/shortness of breath
- >8 You may have intestinal dysbiosis
- >14 It is likely you have an issue with intestinal dysbiosis, which could include yeast overgrowth
- >20 It is almost certain that you have fungal dysbiosis or yeast overgrowth
Candida overgrowth can ruin your life, or the life of your child, why Candida yeast infections are so hard to get rid of and what can be done to get healthy again.
So What can be the Cause?
Here are some of the most common things that can upset the balance of gut microbes and contribute to yeast overgrowth.
- Chronic stress, which impacts your immune system, also contributes to yeast overgrowth
- Diabetes (due to abnormal blood sugar)
- Pregnancy (due to change in hormone levels)
- Eating too much sugar and too many grains. Sugar is the main fuel for yeast.
- Taking antibiotics, which kill both your good and bad bacteria.
- Exposure to environmental toxins, which can lower your immune system’s ability to keep yeast in check. Mercury is especially problematic with yeast overgrowth
- Taking other medications, such as birth control pills and steroids, which are both known to increase yeast
Here is a list of 10 foods that include that are surprising probiotic and antifungal foods and they will help your body’s own detoxification processes.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a potent Candida killer, and one of the most potent antifungals there is. It contains Lauric acid and Caprylic acid, which both help prevent Candida overgrowth and strengthen your immune system.
Coconut oil is very heat stable, so it’s an ideal oil to use for frying and cooking. It is also cheap to buy and has a much longer shelf life than other oils, so there’s no excuse! You can 2-3 tablespoons per day.
Garlic has powerful antifungal properties to attack Candida, while also preserving and boosting the good bacteria in your digestive system. Garlic stimulates the liver and colon, giving it a potent detoxifying effect on the body.
If you love garlic, then use it liberally to flavor your food. You can also drink 2-4 cloves per day, crushed and mixed with water as an anti-Candida tonic. Avoid taking it on an completely empty stomach, and try it with a tablespoon of coconut oil to cut down on the stomach burn.
Onions have strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. They also help to flush excess fluids out the body – this is useful because many Candida sufferers experience water retention. Onions along with garlic can give you breath issues, so a handy tip is to eat them with a bit of parsley to counter the smell.
Seaweed is a nutrient-dense healing food that will help the body in the fight against Candida. It is rich in Iodine to help balance your thyroid gland – Candida sufferers often experience hypothyroidism and its many symptoms. Seaweed flushes toxic pollutants and heavy metals from the body, and cleanses your intestinal tract.
Kelp extract supplements are one of the most potent sources of Iodine, but you should also try eating lots of different types of seaweed.
Rutabaga is one of the most potent antifungal foods that you will find. Although you might think it falls into the same category of foods to avoid as sweet potatoes and yams, it actually has some very strong antifungal properties. Try it in small amounts first – if you find that it causes Die-Off symptoms then you might want to try a milder antifungal like turnip instead. Rutabaga is a versatile vegetable – you can make a rutabaga mash, cut up some rutabaga fries or mix it into your vegetable soup.
Ginger has a detoxing on the body by increasing circulation and detoxifying the liver, in addition to stimulating the immune system. It has a positive effect on the digestive system and helps reduce intestinal gas. It also has a soothing effect on any inflammation that the Candida overgrowth may cause in your intestinal tract.
Ginger tea is incredibly easy to make – here’s how you do it:
1 square inch piece of fresh Ginger root
Squeeze of lemon
2 cup of water
Cut off the outside of the ginger root, then grate it and add to boiling water. Boil for 20 minutes. Strain and serve with a slice of lemon.
7. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains a plant chemical named Oleuropein, which is found in both olive oil and olive leaf extract. It contains powerful anti-fungal properties and stimulates your immune system response to Candida. It has also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels – this is important for Candida sufferers because elevated blood sugar levels can feed your yeast overgrowth.
8. Lemon and Lime Juice
Lemon and lime juice stimulate the peristaltic action of your colon, increasing the efficiency of your digestive system.
Both lemons and limes are great options for seasoning your vegetable, fish and meat dishes.
9. Raw Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties. ‘Omega-3’s also help combat depression and symptoms of Candida inflammation such as pain and skin conditions. It is a well established fact that most of us do not get enough Omega-3 oils in our diet to maintain optimum thyroid health. Deficiencies in this fatty acid have been linked to lower thyroid hormone levels. For an easy Omega-3 boost, add these pumpkin seeds to cereal, smoothies, salads or even use them as a portable snack.
10. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper gives natural support to your digestive system and immune system. It helps to digest food and reduces constipation by cleansing the bowel of Candida and other toxins. Cayenne also increases metabolism and circulation, which will help to reduce one of the most common Candida symptoms, fatigue. Use cayenne pepper liberally to spice up your favorite foods.
So Tell Me How to Get Rid of It!
1. DIET The most important starting point is diet. In fact, I frequently tell patients that no amount of anti-fungal drugs or herbal medications can overcome a high sugar, high carbohydrate diet. In order to eradicate the yeast, one must do the following:
- Eat a diversified, whole foods (in as natural and fresh a state as possible) diet, emphasizing non-starchy vegetables, proteins, like fish, organic chicken, turkey, lamb, wild game and organic grass-fed beef. Healthy oils, like coconut, grape seed and olive are also essential. Include pastured ghee or butter as well for a rich source of Vitamin K and other fat-soluble vitamins
- Chose organic, free-range meat and be sure they do not contain added growth hormones or antibiotics. I advise all patients to avoid cow’s dairy due to lactose content, which is a sugar that yeast likes.
- Avoid all foods that feed the yeast! That would include all forms of sugar (honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave, xylitol, and artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, splenda)
- Avoid all dried fruits and fruit juices. Stevia may be used to sweeten teas and beverages.
- You may need to eliminate fruit in the beginning or at least stick to no more than one serving of low-glycemic fruit per day – best bets are berries, green apples, or citrus.
- Eliminate any allergenic foods – these commonly include gluten, dairy, egg, soy, corn, and cane sugar
- You should also eliminate the following: alcohol; vinegar (and anything containing vinegar, like salad dressing and sauces); all bread (which contains yeast); high starchy vegetables, like carrots, potatoes and beets; peanuts and corn (due to high mold content); mushrooms (fungus); and aged or moldy foods, like blue cheese.
- Drink plenty of purified water daily. If you are feeling dizzy, add some electrolytes (ElectroMix or Elyte Sport) to your morning water.
- Get some form of daily exercise (walking, hiking, yoga, bicycling). Pick an activity you enjoy and try to get in 30-40min every day.
- Make time for rest and relaxation. Epson salt baths can be especially helpful for the yeast die-off symptoms. Use 2-3 cups of salt in warm bath and soak 20min.
2. AVOID ANTIBIOTICS
3. DECREASE STRESSORS
4. IDENTIFY AND ELIMINATE FOOD ALLERGIES
5. TAKE A PROBIOTIC! (Click on the link to order yours today. My favorite is by Klair.)
6. TREAT ANY DIGESTIVE IMBALANCES (like insufficient pancreatic enzyme production or low stomach acid)
- Compounded Oral amphotericin B
8. HERBAL REMEDIES
- Caprylic Acid
- Undecylenic acid
- Garlic (Allicin)
- Oil of Oregano
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Pau D-Arco
- Grape Seed Extract
9. OTHER ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
- Essential Fatty acids
- Coenzyme Q10
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