While everyone has yeast inside & on us, it becomes a problem when conditions promote an overgrowth called Candidiasis, Candida albicans, yeast infection, or thrush.
Changes in our gut are changes in our microbe’s environment, & they react strongly to antibiotic use, weakened stomach acid production, weakened immune system, hormonal changes, or certain chronic conditions such as diabetes.
Candida Like It Alkaline
Candida fungus overgrowth dramatically hinders our digestive capabilities & immensely negatively modifies our gut microbiome. The commonality of almost every sufferer is that they have low stomach acid levels. While the human body ideally operates in a slightly alkaline state, our intestinal tract is an important exception.
Candida prefer an alkaline environment. It should be understood that stomach acid not only helps in our digestion, but it helps keep opportunistic microbes in balance.
Despite popular belief, acid reflux is caused by not having enough stomach acid, rather than having too much. Stomach acid should ideally have a very strong pH of 2.0 or lower.
Once Candida has colonized our gut & its biofilm in place, it releases high amounts of toxic by-products, many of which further neutralize stomach acids in our tract.
Candida’s Link to Leaky Guts
The gastrointestinal tract keeps food, viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, & toxic microbial gut by-products from spilling into the rest of our body. When this barrier becomes compromised, undigested food particles, pathogens & their toxins leak into our bloodstream, causing mood changes, food cravings, & inflammation.
Once Candida shapeshift into their branching spear shape, they’re able to penetrate the single-cell layer of the gut lining quite easily. This increases intestinal permeability & creates a “leaky gut”, which greatly stresses our immune system, endocrine system & thyroid, as well as our brain, the largest recipient of our blood.
Other well-known conditions that share this increased intestinal permeability include food sensitivities, IBD & IBS, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, Hashimoto’s disease, & diabetes.
As our gut remains chronically more permeable, the immune system sends out continuous waves of inflammation, soon becoming exhausted & inaccurate. Over time, even our own body’s tissues can end up in the crosshairs our immune system, leading to the development of autoimmune disease.
Candida’s Link to Brain Disease
The problem is that Candida overgrowth produce aldehydes & alcohol by-products, which when they leak into our blood & into the brain become neurotoxins & trigger an inflammatory response that impairs memory.
Even worse, a chronic yeast infection of our brain tissue leads to the formation of abnormal structures that look the same as amyloid plaques, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.
Candida yeast infections are also common in people who have mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Candida’s Link to Cancer
Candida can only produce energy via burning sugar in the absence of oxygen, called fermentation. Without sugar, yeast cannot grow. The same is true for cancer cells.
There are many parallels between cancer cells & yeast proliferation. When an individual restricts carbohydrate intake & lowers sugar in their diet, cancer cells & Candida both start to die off.
The coexistence of cancer & Candidiasis has been well documented over the years. At the most fundamental level cancer & yeast have very similar characteristics, since they only grow & reproduce in sugary, anaerobic environments; & that when viewed inside our body, cancer cells appear white & uneven in texture, just like yeast colonies.
The Gut-Vagina Axis
Most vaginal yeast infections occur only after Candida is already raging in their gut. In the same way that diet affects the intestinal microbiome, it also affects the microbial diversity of the vagina. Reducing or eliminating carbohydrates, sugars, & alcohol often alleviates vaginal yeast symptoms & prevents them from recurring.
Exposing Candida albicans to estrogen increases its virulence, so women taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy tend to be more susceptible to yeast infections.
The risk for vaginal infections can be reduced by wearing breathable fabric underwear, avoid douching, & only washing the area with water, never using any kind of soap.
Causes of Candida vs. SIBO
Candida overgrowth & SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) share many of the same symptoms; both produce protective biofilms, & have many of the same causes. The only major differences are that SIBO is a bacteria overgrowth mainly housed in our upper GI tract, whereas Candida is a fungal overgrowth primary colonizing the lower tract.
Pathogenic microbial overgrowth can be caused by a number of factors including taking antibiotics, excessive stress, alcohol, birth control pills, diabetes, or eating a diet high in sugar or refined carbs. Yeast feed on sugar & eventually a typical Western diet will over feed them.
Alcohol contains high amounts of sugar & many are already teaming with the yeast used to ferment them, like wine & beer, which just adds to an imbiber’s pathogenic overgrowth.
Although antibiotics may be needed to kill bad bacteria, unfortunately they’re unable to differentiate between those pathogens & vitally necessary bacteria. So, when the ratio of balancing beneficial bacteria is suddenly reduced by antibiotics, yeast get a chance to proliferate.
Also, a perception of chronic stress will lead to a weakened immune system, which will set the stage for Candida overgrowth within our gut.
How to Cleanse Yeast & Rebalance Our Microbiome
Yeast is the oldest microbe on earth with a cell wall, so they really know how to survive & hold on. We need to understand how long it takes to completely rid & heal the body of Candida & their biofilm, & not to give up too early.
Our yeast symptoms will just keep coming back until we rebalance our gut microbiome using a three pronged attack: starving them, killing them, & reseeding over them.
Step 1 – Starving Fungus & Yeast
Remove yeast’s mostly sugar & carbohydrate food sources via water fasting for 24 hours &/or dietary changes. Without enough nutrients & energy, Candida won’t be able to reproduce, gradually leading to their colony’s degradation & elimination.
Unfortunately, starving our intestinal yeast leads them to excrete toxic by-products in their effort to survive, leading to an exacerbation of symptoms for weeks or even months before things get better, depending on the severity of the biofilm’s takeover.
If prone to Candida infections, the foods to avoid are:
- Non-Organic Food, as pesticides indiscriminately harm or kill gut microbes
- Processed Foods / Low Fiber Foods
- Sugar / Beverages / Processed Food / Condiments, Sauces, & Gravies
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Starchy Vegetables
- Gluten & products that contain yeast, like bread & baked goods
- Mushrooms & other fungal foods
- Vegetable Oils/Seed Oils contribute to intestinal inflammation in the gut
- Dairy is naturally full of sugar & often has even more sugar added. Milk’s casein protein passes easily through a leaky gut, triggering allergies & inflammation
- High-Lectin foods
- Fabulous homemade fermented foods may have to be suspended if they cause upset to our intestinal condition
- Sweet Fruit, which has been bred to be basically just a sugar delivery system, getting dozens of times sweeter in just the last 100 years
- Coffee is a well-known gut lining irritant, & often found to be very high in molds. Decaf has been found to be actually worse when it comes to both mold content & acidity
Step 2 – Killing the Candida Overgrowth
There are numerous Candida cleanses on the market today, & since antibiotics only work on bacteria & not on yeast, we must rely on herbal & natural remedies. Most yeast busting cleanses usually begin with caprylic acid, an antifungal found in coconuts, combined with certain antifungal herbs, along with:
- Drinking lots of water
- Oregano & Thyme essential oils
- Ceylon Cinnamon
- Cruciferous vegetables
- ACV (apple cider vinegar), organic, in dark amber bottle with “mother”
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Radish / Radish Microgreens
- Vitamin C
- D-Mannose supplement
- Betaine HCl to improve stomach acidity
- Healthy whole fats like well chewed nuts, seeds, avocadoes, & coconuts. These fats slow digestion, boosting our nutrient absorption, as well as repair the damaged cells in our gut lining caused by yeast overgrowth
- Nude sunbathing, as Candida prefer cool, moist environments to spread & grow. So get as naked as possible in the warm weather sun whenever possible for 20 minutes at midday, not just for the vitamin D
- Pink Himalayan ancient sea salt contains potent anti-microbial & anti-fungal properties. Sea-salting food to taste is a natural way to inhibit the growth of Candida in our body. Himalayan sea salt also contains an abundance of the mineral chloride, needed for the formation of stomach acid. Avoid industrial toxic table salt at all costs.
Natural Candida Biofilm Busters
Removing an intestinal biofilm is critical for the basic functioning of absorbing nutrients from our food. The following herbs have been effectively used for centuries in order to treat both digestive disorders & various types of fungal infections. These are plant medicines, only for short term use:
- Pau D’Arco
- Uva Ursi
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Oregano Leaf Extract
- Cat’s Claw
- Olive Leaf
- Caprylic Acid
Step 3 – Restoring the Gut Microbiome
The final stage of healing almost any modern disease is to seal our body up in its new state of health, by re-securing the balance of guards along the entrance of our digestive & immune systems.
Treating Candida overgrowth doesn’t just involve stopping the growth, it also means restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, so that the Candida overgrowth & its by-products can no longer enter our bloodstream.
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By taking a diverse probiotic supplement, good bacteria can recolonize our gut, making it an unpleasant environment for Candida to thrive. Restoring the delicate balance of our microbial ecosystem is essential to our overall health & the health of our immune system.
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