Candida Information

Virtually everyone is born with Candida, passed on from mother to child. Candida problems are thought to be caused when the beneficial yeast form of Candida Albicans mutates to its fungal form. Candida is a common yeast/fungus that lives in healthy balance with other bacteria and yeast in the body; however, certain conditions can cause it to multiply, weakening the immune system and causing problems throughout the body. These certain conditions, or common causes of candida overgrowth include:

  • The use of antibiotics
  • Contraceptive pill or other hormone treatments
  • HRT
  • Hormones from food sources (meat and dairy products), water and non-organic diet
  • Steroids, including asthma and ezcema medications
  • High levels of stress
  • The use of anti-inflammatory medication
  • Diet high in sugar
  • Diabetes

When it infects the oral cavity, candida is called “thrush”; white sores may form on the tongue, gums and inside the cheeks. When it infect the vagina it results in Vaginitis; the most common symptoms include a large amount of cheesy discharge and intense itching. Very often allergies to foods are present. Oral Thrush, Althlete’s Foot, Ringworm, and Nappy Rash can develop as part of allergies and Candida Albicans. Because Candidiasis can infect various parts of the body (the most common being the ears, nose, gastrointestinal tract, and bowels), it can also be characterised by many symptoms. These include:

  • constipation
  • diarrhoea
  • colitis
  • adbominal pain
  • headaches
  • rectal itching
  • poor memory and poor concentration
  • mood swings and irritability
  • PMS
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • sores
  • persistent heartburn
  • muscle and joint pain
  • sore throats
  • congestion
  • nagging cough
  • numb hands, legs or feet
  • tingling sensations
  • acne
  • vaginitis
  • kidney and bladder infections
  • arthritis
  • depression and anxiety
  • hyperactivity
  • sugar and alcohol cravings
  • cravings for “yeasty” foods, such as bread
  • hypothyroidism followed by adrenal problems and even diabetes.
  • Some people may devlop sensitivities to the environment. Many cannot tolerate the smell of rubber, petroleum products, tobacco, exhaust fumes and chemical odours.

If your immune system is compromised, Candida can grow on mucous membranes or elsewhere in your body, causing symptoms known as Candidiasis. You may experience Candidiasis when your immune systems are temporarily depressed by factors such as stress or alcohol, or medical conditions such as diabetes. Candidiasis may also affect people taking antibiotics, because the antibiotic not only destroys the harmful bacteria, it also destroys the harmless bacteria that inhabit the body, providing an opportunity for Candida to take their place. It is extremely important that anyone taking a course of antibiotics should follow up by taking a course of a good pro-biotic to replace the friendly bacteria destroyed by the antibiotics, otherwise your immune system could be weakened for up to six months, until the friendly bacteria become re-established.

It may help to buy, or borrow from the library, a good cookery health book or two on Candida and follow the following diet and health supplement programme. Books on the subject are many and include such as Beat Candida Through Diet, Chronic Candidiasis — Your Natural Guide or the Yeast Connection. These may be of help. Do not be surprised if you sometimes feel worse before you feel better once you are on a programme: this can be a sign of Candida ‘die-off’.

The following suggestions may be of help:

  • Certain supplements help to kill off Candida, such as ‘Candiclear’ from Higher Nature, which includes caprylate (from caprylic acid) buffered with calcium and magnesium, plus traditional herbs including Pau D’arco; Oreganol, in oil or capsule form, from Tigon (GB) Ltd, (see www.oliveleaf.co.uk) ; and others – please contact us for further details.
  • Drink Pau D’arco tea (a Brazilian herb tea available at health food shops, which is known for its anti-fungal properties).
  • Take a pro-biotic supplement to help replace the ‘friendly bacteria’. We have contacts with various supplement companies again please contact us for details.
  • Do not use corticosteroids or oral contraceptives until the condition improves. Oral contraceptives can upset the balance of Candida albicans.
  • Drink at least 1½, preferably 2, litres of spring or filtered water per day.
  • Start each day with a glass or warm water with five drops of lemon juice in it to help detoxify the system.
  • Eat ground linseeds (flaxseed) every day; try them sprinkled on cereal or soups.
  • Eat brown rice, and millet.
  • Eat vegetables, salads with oil and lemon dressing, fish, beans, lentils, seeds, corn, popcorn, buckwheat and some oats, nuts (unsalted and raw — but avoid peanuts and pistachios).
  • Eat skinless, and preferably organic, chicken and turkey — avoid beef and pork.
  • Eat plain, live, dairy-free, goat’s or sheep’s yoghurt.
  • Avoid yeast and all yeast products, sugar (in all forms — beware ‘hidden’ sugar in pre-prepared foods), honey, jam, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, pickles, soy sauce, vinegar.
  • Avoid cheeses, and mushrooms.
  • Avoid oranges, grapefruit and limes for at least one month; slowly re-introduce citrus fruits one at a time. Avoid oranges and orange juice until Candida is totally under control.
  • Avoid chemical household products and cleaners, chlorinated (tap) water, mothballs and synthetic textiles.
  • Avoid mould in damp rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. If possible get someone else to clean damp mould in the bathroom or wear a mask.
  • Avoid antibiotics and steroid hormones if possible, under your Doctor’s advice.
  • If you are pregnant, or think you may be, it would be inadvisable to take anti-fungal supplements. If you are planning a pregnancy, it would be advisable to deal with Candidiasis first.

Try to rotate your food every five days. It is wise to follow these recommendations for at least two months; after which time it may be possible to slowly re-introduce new foods, one-by-one, leaving four days in between each re-introduction. Monitor any reactions closely. If symptoms re-occur, eliminate that food for longer.

If you suspect that you may have Candidiasis, it may be advisable to contact us to arrange an Allergy/Intolerance test. The Test would indicate whether or not Candidiasis appears to be present; and if found to be present, there may be certain foods, perculiar to you, that you need to avoid for a certain period of time, which would be indicated by the results of the Test.

Simple Candida Test

Within our Allergy/Intolerance Testing, we do include a test for Candida. Please refer to the Allergy Section for details of this Testing. However, the following is a simple test which is fairly accurate; it may indicate whether you have a problem with an overgrowth of Candida.

First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING into your mouth, get a clear glass, fill it with water and work up a bit of saliva, then spit into the glass of water.

Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour. If you have a Candida yeast infection, you will see strings (like legs) travelling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top of the water; or ‘cloudy’ saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass; or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water.

If there are no strings, or the other indications, and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour then you probably have Candida yeast under control.

If you value your health and think that we may be able to help you, do not delay; please contact us today.

Paul Malpass IIHHT MICHT VAI & Dip Hyp
Diane Malpass IHHT MICHT VAI Dip DYT & MDPN

Tel: 01922 446312 or 07745 232489