the cause and effect
Candida is most commonly known to be associated with “yeast infections” in women, thrush when in a baby's mouth, or athlete's foot. Yet, it is a fungus that can cause many more conditions in the human body. It is part of our normal terrain, however, when it overgrows is when problems arise. Ever wonder why you are so tired, have sugar or alcohol cravings, headaches, indigestion, itchy skin or rashes, mood problems and more? It is possible that candida albicans could be the culprit, although there are more than 150 other strains. Don't blame it entirely though, because it can only be problematic if something else isn't keeping it check or balance with the other natural flora in your body. Possibilities could be a diet that is high in sugar acts as a food source for this fungus, a weakened immune system that allows its overgrowth, or antibiotic use that disrupts the balance of bacteria.
Naturopathic medicine principles suggest to identify and treat the cause. This is important to do when treating candida or any condition, as it will help decrease the chance of recurrence. To determine if you truly have candida, a variety of testing is available, although not always 100% reliable. Some suggest simply taking a questionnaire, such as the one in “The Yeast Connection by Dr. Crook, as well as talking with your holistic doctor.
Here are a few tips help your body be in balance:
1. Eat mostly protein and low carb vegetables. Consider a diet like the Paleolithic which focuses on foods that are natural and nutritious. There are resources on the web for anti-candida diets and sometimes even fruit is restricted because of the sugar. Fruits that are low in sugar include:
Low carbohydrate vegetables include:
2. Avoid sugar. Reserve these the sweet tooth for special occasions if you can. Remember, sugar is the other white powder, as in highly addictive! Go 3 weeks without sugar and you will most likely break the bad habit. You can satisfy a sweet craving with stevia though as that doesn't affect your blood sugar or feed candida.
3. Consider some supplements: probiotics will help recolonize your digestive tract with healthy bacteria which will help keep your immune system up to par. Other immune boosters can be vitamin D and colloidal silver, amongst many others. There are also natural anti-fungals such as garlic that is available in capsule form. It is always best to talk to a professional to see which supplement is right for you.
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.