Many people suffer from Candida Infections or Candida Overgrowth (Candidasis). It is an extremely common infection that can cause a whole host of every day and more debilitating symptoms. There are very few people that actually don't have some candida overgrowth because of the rampant use of prescription medications that destroy the healthy balance inside the body and the Standard American Diet. Due to long-term childhood use of antibiotics, I had Systemic Candida Infection for most of my life. It was destructive to my health and deeply affected my life. Once one's immune's and digestive system has been compromised, It can take persistence to heal Candida Overgrowth completely. But, the good news is that once the Candida Overgrowth is cured, staying healthy only involves eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy balance of intestinal flora.
Candida Overgrowth Symptoms & Yeast Infection Symptoms
- chronic fatigue, feeling tired or rundown
- excess mucous
- white coated tongue
- vaginal infections, itching and discharge,
- urinary tract infections
- rectal itching
- digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and fungal infections
- difficulty concentrating, brain fog, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD
- irritability, mood swings
- sugar & carbohydrate cravings
- season allergies
- autoimmune disease such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ulcerative colitis, and Psoriasis
What is Candida & Candidiasis?
Candida Albicans is the scientific name for a whole family of yeasts that are naturally found in the intestines of healthy people. In small amounts, they're helpful for digestion and nutrient absorption. Candida becomes Candidiasis when it overgrows in the body and becomes out of balance. The causes of the overgrowth or infection include: antibiotic use, a processed and sugary diet (candida feeds on sugars), nutrient deficiencies, heightened toxic exposure, and any illnesses, drugs, or treatments that cause immune suppression.
While sites of Candida Overgrowth infection can include the bloodstream and organs (a systemic candida infection), it is most common in the skin and mucous membranes. In the skin, this results in inflammation, redness, and itching. In the mucous membranes, this results in the typical symptoms associated with yeast infection or thrush. Candida Overgrowth is the cause of yeast infection and oral thrush.
Some studies have shown that as many as 1 in 5 people test positive for candida overgrowth in their mucosal linings. While some people show no symptoms, most have several areas of compromised health. Any excessive bacteria or yeast that is growing where it shouldn't will lead to an overworked immune system, and can cause a huge host of symptoms that many people mistake for other causes or simply just think they have to live with.
How do I know if I have Candida Overgrowth?
Candida Spit Test
1) First, do this simple home test:
In the morning, before eating or drinking anything, fill a glass with water and spit some of your saliva into it. Then, all you have to do is keep an eye on the glass of water every 10-15 minutes for the next hour. If your saliva does nothing but float on top of the water, you have nothing to worry about. If, however, tiny sprout-like strings have begun growing, or the water has turned dusty or cloudy, or your saliva soon sank to the bottom, you likely have a candida issue.
2) Second, to confirm the test, do this questionnaire.
How to Heal Candidiasis - Candida Overgrowth
Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection, Thrush, and Candida Overgrowth
Here's how to heal candida overgrowth in 3 steps:
The Anti Candida Diet
1) If you want relief from the symptoms above, you must follow a strict anti-candida diet for at least 3 months. This involves absolutely zero sugars, fruits, grains, dairy, or sweet veggies. Dr. Gabriel Cousens has an excellent "Phase I Diet" that you can follow in his book Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine. You can view the entire Phase I dietary plan here.
You can include superfoods, mostly green or non-sweet vegetables (no potatoes, beets, or carrots), green juices, occasional seeds (be sparing with nuts), seaweeds, and young wild coconuts (no sugary Thai coconuts). Also, raw coconut oil is composed of 48% lauric acid, which has anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties that make it very helpful in combating candida overgrowth.
Probiotics for Yeast Treatment and Candida Overgrowth
2) Take high doses of healthy intestinal probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus infantis, L. salivarius, L. plantarum, L. bulgaricus, etc.) that will colonize in the intestines. These are my favorites.
Prebiotics are also valuable. These are foods that nourish probiotics (healthy bacterial flora). Prebiotics are indigestible foods that stimulate the growth and maintenance of beneficial gut microflora. The best ones to take to while on the anti-candida diet include chicory root, dandelion root, burdock root, and slippery elm bark.
Herbs and Supplements for Candidasis
3) Seek out the following herbs, which are excellent allies against candida:
- Pau d'arco and Cat's Claw
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Clove & Cinnamon
- Vitamin C (Camu Camu Berry, Acerola Cherry, Amla Berry)
- Medicinal Mushrooms, such as: agaricus blazei, chaga, cordyceps, coriolus, lion's mane, maitake, reishi, shiitake, tremella
There are many herbal anti-candida formulas that I've tried too. There are several good one's available. CandiGone is a simple, more inexpensive one you can find at any health food store or here on Amazon. I've used this one several times. I also like to add a drop of Organic Therapeutic grade Oregano Essential Oil to a full glass of water - this pretty much knocks your socks off but is an effective, simple, natural treatment.
Curing Candida Overgrowth - The Process
Healing Candida Overgrowth is at least a 3 month process, for those with more severe cases, it can take up to a year or longer. Most importantly, strictly follow the diet for long enough (3 months - to a year) depending on the severity of your case. Second, take high dose probiotics. And finally, supplement with the above herbs/supplements or an anti-candida formula in high doses daily. It will not be effective if you take only the herbs and probiotics, but do not remove all sugars and carbohydrates from your diet. Fellowing the Anti-Candida Diet is essential.
Some herbs used for anti-candida affects like oregano or neem are very potent, and should only be used in small doses for no more than a month or two at a time. Take a break from them and if you still have Candidiasis symptoms, start again. You may need to repeat herbal dosages, meaning if you are using an all-in-one formula, - you take all the pills / tinctures until you have finished all of it. Then, you take a break for about a week. After that, purchase a new one and start the formula again until you have used all it.
If all of the symptoms go away and have been completely gone for weeks, then stop the herbs. Also, you can now move to Phase 1.5 of the anti-candida diet for 3 months. If any of the symptoms come back, go back to Phase 1 for 3 months and start with the herbs again. You'll want to always continue to take probiotics and prebiotics as a regular part of your diet, but you can eventually lower the dosage. It's also important to always be taking MSM, Vitamin C, and optionally Medicinal Mushrooms for good health. I take all of these everyday, candida overgrowth or not. If you are symptom-free long term, eat a healthy, whole-foods, unprocessed diet with zero refined sugars and starches. The only sweet things to eat are fruits and natural sugars, like honey or coconut sugar. Keep high and medium-glycemic fruits and natural sugars minimal.
Fighting Candida Overgrowth can be challenging and being consistent with the diet and the herbs for as long as you need is completely essential. Over time, all of the symptoms should fade away for good, as long as you maintain a healthy diet free of sugars and refined and processed foods. . . and it will be more than worth it to have your health and your life back.