Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to Candida

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candida-anxietyCandida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc.

It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth, which is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream, and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Taking a natural approach to candida can help many with addressing this condition. 

What are the Symptoms of Candida?

  • Abdominal gas and bloating
  • Indigestion, heartburn and acid reflux
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginitis/vaginal yeast infections
  • Rectal itching
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Inability to think clearly or concentrate
  • Hyperactivity
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Eczema
  • Depression
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome
  • Dizziness
  • Poor memory
  • Persistent cough
  • Earaches
  • Low sex drive
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Thrush
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic pain

Candida Diet Recommendations

Village Green’s nutrition advisors can provide a full range of solutions to meet everyone’s specific dietary needs. However, a great starting point to reducing candida is to avoid these foods:

  • Trans fats, hydrogenated oils (margarine or shortening), and refined polyunsaturated oils such as sunflower, safflower, cottonseed and corn oil
  • Conventional red meat – grass-fed is preferred
  • Grilled and processed meats
  • Foods high in yeast (bread, pastries, baked goods, cheeses, vinegar containing foods, malt products, mushrooms, dried fruits, fermented foods, leftovers)
  • Refined carbohydrates (white rice, white flour, white bread, noodles, pasta, biscuits and pastries containing wheat, barley and rye)
  • Sugar
  • Fruit juices
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy products
  • Chemical additives and preservatives

Supplement Recommendations for Candida

As with any condition, it is best to consult with a naturopath or nutritionist to find out what supplements are best for you. Two supplements that are beneficial for most people with candida are Allimed and Candida Rescue.

Allimed has been shown in published studies to be effective against candida albicans. Allimed contains 100% pure allicin, the active ingredient in garlic. Allicin is the “mother” substance that breaks down to form a family of compounds that have a beneficial effect upon human health and general well-being. Garlic has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments from hypertension and coughs, to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and diarrhea. However, nearly all garlic supplements are largely inactivated by stomach acid rendering them incapable of producing any allicin. Recent studies have shown that less than 5% of the potential allicin is actually released by the vast majority of garlic supplements. Allimed, manufactured through a patented distillation process, is the first garlic supplement to produce a 100% allicin yield.

Pathway CANDIDA RESCUE is a powerful liquid formula that contains anti-fungal herbs to address candida overgrowth. This comprehensive blend of botanicals supports intestinal flora balance. It makes an excellent adjunct to eating an anti-candida diet.

Candida can be a difficult condition to get under control, unless you follow the right steps. Many who take an anti-fungal, but don’t follow the diet recommendations will find that their candida will return. At Village Green, our nutritionists or naturopaths can work with you to develop the right natural treatment plan specific to your needs. They can help to discover the root cause of your candida and recommend natural remedies such as nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. They can also create a diet and lifestyle plan for you.

If you’d like to make an appointment with a nutrition advisor or naturopath at Village Green, click here for more info,

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