Candida is a negative yeast infestation that begins in the digestive system and can slowly spread to other areas of the body. It is a strong, invasive parasite that attaches itself to the intestinal wall and becomes a permanent resident of your internal organs. Candida has become a chronic modern-day medical dilemma that seems to be increasing rapidly. The majority of people who have Candida do not realize they have it until they become seriously ill. The symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that it is very perplexing to both the health care provider and the patient. Often a multitude of complaints accompanies yeast infections causing it to be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of Candida are wide and varied. Many of the Symptoms are not caused by the Candida directly, but run parallel to or in connection with it. One symptom often contributes to another. Candida can damage the body in many ways and causes serious organ dysfunction. It is estimated that at least one-half of all Americans suffer from Candida. The following conditions are a mere sampling of how Candida can affect the body:
ALLERGIES TO FOODS
The Candida weakens the digestive system, which does not allow the total breakdown of amino acids, causing food allergies. When you combine poor protein digestion along with Candida toxins, the immune system becomes confused and chemical or nutritional sensitivities are developed. The allergy causing food or airborne allergen does not cause the allergy directly, but only triggers it because the immune defenses are compromised. If you had no Candida and you were very healthy, it would be next to impossible for you to have allergies.
The number of offending substances keep increasing until many individuals become so sensitive to the everyday environment that they must live in isolation or move away to another climate. Absorption of incompletely digested proteins is a major cause of allergy conditions. In cases where the immune system is clearly impaired, high levels of yeast toxins can interfere with normal tolerances, resulting in exaggerated sensitivities to specific substances. This creates allergic reactions of varying intensities within the systems of the body. It can include reactions to certain foods, pollens, odors, chemicals, and products such as shampoos cosmetics, perfumes, etc.
Fatigue is probably the major symptom or complaint of Candidiasis and can be especially noticed after a night’s rest, after eating, and in the middle of the afternoon. There are only two elements that cause fatigue, the increased presence of negative contaminants and the decreased presence of quality nutrients. The Candida toxins reduce the absorption of protein and minerals, which in turn weakens the ability of the body to produce enzymes and hormones. It also interferes with the reconstruction of cells and other necessary components of energy production. Because of poor digestion, the food you are eating is used to feed the Candida, instead of your own cells. Consequently, you are always hungry or have low blood sugar because the yeast overgrowth takes most of your nutrition and gives you all of its wastes. Iron deficiency anemia along with reduced levels of vitamin B-12 and folic acid are serious repercussions of a yeast infection. The result is fatigue, tiredness, poor endurance and weakness. In the majority of cases, Candida is the primary cause of Chronic Fatigue and Immune Deficiency syndrome.
POOR NUTRIENT ABSORPTION & COLON ELIMINATION
A yeast infested intestinal area undoubtedly contributes to gastrointestinal disturbances such as indigestion, heartburn, gas, bloated stomach, cramps, intestinal pain, nausea, gastritis, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, ulcers, plus coated tongue. Fifty percent of the population is digesting and absorbing less than fifty percent of what they eat. Without nutrition, you cannot and will not heal or regenerate the tissues of the body.
The presence of excessive yeast within the digestive system, which can then enter the bloodstream, may cause ailments such as irritability and mood swings, headaches, migraines, that fogged-in feeling, the inability to concentrate, poor memory, confusion, dizziness, and even MS-like symptoms such as slurred speech and muscular in coordination.
Vaginal infections and menstrual difficulties, impotence and infertility, prostatitis, rectal itch, urinary tract infections, urgency and burning can all be the result of Candida. Candida toxins and the suppression of the immune system can even contribute to the growth of cysts and tumors.
The respiratory system is also greatly affected due to a weakening of the immune system. Resistance problems include catching everything that’s going around – the flu, the cold, hay fever, mucous congestion, post nasal drip, even asthma and bronchitis, frequent clearing of the throat, habitual coughing that will not respond to anything, sore throats – even earaches are often associated with Candida.
The skin responds negatively to Candida with such conditions as athletes’ foot, jock itch, skin rash, hives, dry browning patches, cirrhosis, ringworm, rough skin on the sides of the arms, and acne.
Both of these conditions can be caused by Candida yeast if it gets close to or around the digestive organs. The pancreas not only produces enzymes for digestion, but also the hormone insulin, which allows blood sugar to enter the cells for utilization and energy. The symptoms of too little or too much sugar are devastating to many people, and in some cases Candida can interfere with or destroy the function of the pancreas, the adrenal glands and the liver, which controls the blood sugar levels.
A change in the diet is imperative for success in riding the body of Candida. If the program is followed strictly with the proper supplements in conjunction with the diet, Candida can be cleared in four to six weeks. Make the following adjustments to your diet:
- Eliminate all refined carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, all fermented and yeast containing foods (breads, buns, cakes, cookies, cheese, sauerkraut, soy sauce, vinegar, etc.)
- Eliminate dairy products (except butter) and all gluten-containing grains.
- Drink at least eight full glasses of pure water daily (no well water or water containing fluoride or chlorine).
- Eliminate all high carbohydrate foods such as peas, potatoes, apples, watermelon, corn (meaning all corn products – corn tortillas, chips, popcorn), and starchy beans (pinto beans are okay in moderation).
- Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and oils (margarine, soy oil, primarily found in junk food). Increase raw and fresh oils (flax oil and olive oil). The fresh oils well help assure that constipation does not occur.
- Eliminate all fruit juice (fresh, canned, or frozen) because they are extremely high in sugar that helps feed Candida and spread it.
- If you are overweight, maintain total daily carbohydrate intake at 60 grams. If you are of normal weight or underweight maintain daily total carbohydrate at a level where there is minimum weight loss.
The proper supplements and correct dosage is necessary for eliminating Candida. I have met several clients who have been on the Candida diet for months with little to no success. It is important to not feed the Candida by eliminating the foods that help it to grow and to kill it by taking the proper supplements and dosages necessary to get the job done.
ANALYSIS AND HERBAL PROGRAM:
With the use of Eastern Medicine, Kinesiology, and herbal medicine a specifically tailored program can be determined that will get to the root cause of your ailments and bring you to optimal health in the quickest manner possible for your body. Each person is unique! What works for one many not work for another. Proper evaluation and supplementation is crucial for attaining a balanced body.
For a complete evaluation and specifically tailored program to promote ultimate health
make an appointment today with Lynn McDonald-Cuba, CKP
Balanced Body Quest, LLC
2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 200-1
Fredericksburg, VA 22401