There are many species of yeast and fungii and numerous types have positive benefits. For example, yeast helps bread to rise and triggers the fermentation process that allows brewers to make beer and wine. Like mushrooms, yeast microorganisms are a type of fungus. They an important part of the mix of organisms needed for soil health. Yeasts are also among the dozens of species of microorganisms that inhabit our intestines. This blend of microbes is known collectively as the intestinal “microflora” and are critical to health.
Under the right conditions, however, these normally friendly micro-organisms can multiply out of control and change from friendly allies to nasty little “beasts” that wreak havoc on our health. One yeast that can do this is a little creature called Candida albicans, or candida for short. When candida gets out of control, one develops candidiasis. Other species may also turn beastly, so we’re going to call the problem of excessive yeast in the body yeast overgrowth.
Yeast overgrowth undermines good health because yeast secrete toxins which weaken the body’s immune system. Obvious signs of yeast overgrowth include recurring vaginal yeast infections, thrush, athlete’s foot, nail fungus and jock itch, but yeast overgrowth can also be an underlying factor in chronic indigestion, asthma, allergies, chronic sinus congestion, skin problems like acne and general immune weakness.
Remember that it’s normal and natural to have some yeast growing in the intestines, as yeast is part of the natural balance of intestinal microflora. However, when the yeast is out of balance and multiplying out of control, serious problems result.
How Do You Get Candida?
These include alcohol, chlorinated drinking water, MSG, nitrates and sulfates. Since yeasts feed on sugar, excess consumption of sugar also plays a role in yeast overgrowth.
Once the yeast is out of control, it secretes substances that weaken the integrity of the intestines (resulting in intestinal inflammation and leaky gut syndrome) and are absorbed into the blood stream, thereby weakening the immune system and causing us to crave more sugar. It’s almost like the yeasts hijack the body and cause us to want to perpetuate the environment that sustains their existence.
However, you need to be aware that it’s not just yeast that can mulitply out of control because of antibiotics and other chemicals and drugs, it’s also bacteria. An overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines can cause similar problems to excessive yeast. Fortunately, many of the therapies that work for yeast overgrowth also help to reduce bacterial overgrowth in the small intestines. Thomas Easley and I did a webinar on this topic, which we are re-recording and will be offering for sale soon.
Anyway, if you do have a problem with yeast, here are the steps to correcting it.
Well, if you have ever:
- Taken antibiotics for an extended period (for acne for example)
- Taken broad-spectrum antibiotics (which kills even more types of bacteria) for more than a month
- Taken steroids
- Had your immune system compromised (from illness or chemotherapy for example)
- Been pregnant
- Taken birth control pills for a long time
you could have Candida Albicans to some degree.
Step One: Modify the Diet to Stop Feeding the Yeast
The first and most important step in eliminating yeast overgrowth is to stop feeding the yeast beast. Yeast love carbohydrates – especially simple sugars. So, to calm the raging yeast beast, limit his food supply! This means eliminating all simple carbs, sugars and refined grains from the diet for a short period of time (usually 2-4 weeks).
Simple sugars include table sugar (or sucrose), glucose, fructose, corn syrup and even natural sugars like honey, brown sugar and fruit juices. Refined grain products include, but are not limited to, white flour, white rice, corn chips and breakfast cereals. In order to successfully eliminate these foods from your diet, you’ll have to read labels carefully, as most prepackaged foods contain them.
It is also important to avoid alcohol because it is converted to sugar in the body. In fact, if your problem is severe, you may want to avoid even whole grains, fruits and starchy foods like potatoes for the first two weeks.
It’s also a good idea to avoid foods that contain yeast or mold, such as bread, beer, aged cheeses and so forth. Many experts also recommend avoiding pickled and fermented foods with vinegar. These foods don’t cause yeast overgrowth, but eliminating them for a period of time seems to help get yeast under control.
Have a 3-4 ounce portion of high quality protein at each meal, such as fish, poultry, red meat, eggs, plain yoghurt, nuts or legumes. Meat and dairy products should be organic, as animals raised in non-organic farms are often routinely fed antibiotics, which contribute to yeast overgrowth.
Fill the rest of your plate with low glycemic carbohydrates (non-starchy vegetables) such as green beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, chard, celery, lettuce, radishes and cucumbers. Green foods are especially valuable. You can also eat low glycemic fruits, particularly berries like raspberries and blueberries.
It is also important to include good fats in your diet. A particularly good fat for fighting candida is coconut oil because it contains a medium chain saturated fatty acid called caprylic acid that helps control yeast. Other good fats are organic butter, flax seed oil and olive oil.
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Although present as a normal component of the intestinal flora, Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen (infectious organism). The overgrowth of Candida albicans is responsible for a variety of diseases, particularly among individuals with weakened immune systems, including candidiasis of the mouth and throat, also known as “thrush;“ genital candidiasis; and, invasive candidiasis, in which Candida enter the blood and spread throughout the body causing serious systemic infection. Statistics show that invasive candidiasis is a leading cause of fungal-related death in the United States, with more than 50% off all cases caused by Candida albicans.
Candida Clear is a 14-day program formulated to promote a healthy balance of Candida albicans among the intestinal flora. Candida Clear consists of two different supplement packets: the Candida Clear Combo pack, containing a powerful blend of herbs and nutrients with proven anti-fungal and immune-enhancing activity; and the Candida Clear Enzyme pack, which contains a proprietary enzyme formula to enhance the anti-fungal activity of the program.
Each Candida Clear Combo packet contains:
Pau d’Arco (Tabebuia heptaphylla) is a large tree found in Eastern Paraguay. Known by the common name “tayï pyta´“ or “lapacho“, the wood or stem bark is traditionally used in Paraguay and other South American countries to treat fungal infections, inflammatory conditions and wounds. In fact, “lapacho“ wood chips are widely traded as a crude drug across Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Pau d’arco has been studied for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, including candida yeast. Although pau d’arco contains over 20 active constituents, the most studied of these ingredients are the quinones, lapachol and beta-lapachone, which have antifungal properties comparable in action to the antifungal drug ketaconazole. Lapachol has also demonstrated gastroprotective and antibacterial activity. In addition, pau d’arco contains xyloidone, which inhibits several species of fungus, including Candida albicans, Candida kruzei and Candida neoformans.
Caprylic Acid Combination – Caprylic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid derived from coconut oil. Fatty acids have been used for centuries as antimicrobial agents and most organic fatty acids exhibit fungicidal (fungi-killing) properties. Caprylic acid has demonstrated proven activity against Candida albicans and is reported to be an effective antifungal for the treatment of candidiasis. Caprylic Acid Combination also contains elecampane, black walnut hulls and red raspberry, which provide additional antimicrobial activity against Candida albicans: Research has shown that the major constituent found in elecampane, Isobutyryloxy-epoxythymol isobutyrate, provides moderate antimicrobial activity against Candida albicans; black walnut exhibits broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal activity, especially against Candida albicans; and, red raspberry inhibits the growth of various bacteria, as well as Candida albicans.
Yeast/Fungal Detox is a nutritional formula designed to inhibit the growth and facilitate the detoxification of candida yeast and other pathogenic fungi. Yeast/Fungal Detox contains herbs and nutrients with proven antifungal and immune-enhancing activity, as well as the ability to improve liver function and promote detoxification, two critical factors in the successful treatment of yeast and fungal overgrowth. Yeast/Fungal Detox contains selenium, zinc, echinacea, caprylic acid, sodium propionate, sorbic acid, pau d’ arco, garlic and oregano. Selenium and zinc are essential for healthy immune function, with research confirming that mild zinc deficiency is associated with recurrent vaginal candidiasis; echinacea has been shown to stimulate immunity and reduce Candida albicans-induced mortality (death) in animal studies; sodium propionate and sorbic acid are short-chain fatty acids that have been shown to inhibit the growth of Candida albicans and other fungi in vitro; garlic has been shown to effectively inhibit the growth of fungi, including Candida albicans; and, oregano contains an essential oil with potent antifungal activity even against drug-resistant Candida albicans.
Each Candida Clear Enzyme packet contains biotin and a proprietary blend of enzymes that break down carbohydrates, fiber and protein. Since the Candida albicans cell wall is largely comprised of polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates) and proteins, enzymes are used to help destroy the cell wall, thus making candida more vulnerable to the anti-fungal nutrients. Enzymes also facilitate healthy digestion and the elimination of toxins.
Biotin is a water soluble B-complex vitamin primarily derived from food—one of the richest dietary sources of biotin is cow’s milk. However, biotin can also be synthesized in the body by intestinal bacteria. Biotin is involved in important metabolic pathways, including the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein. Biotin deficiency can cause impaired immune function, alopecia (hair loss) and dermatitis (skin rash), and may contribute to a higher incidence of candida yeast infections. A deficiency of biotin can result from long-term use of antibiotics, anticonvulsants or sulfa drugs, as well as from consuming large quantities of raw egg whites.29-36
Candida Clear Enzymes – Cellulase and hemicellulase break down cereal glucans, cellulose and hemicellulose, the indigestible components of plant fibers; amylase and glucoamylase break down carbohydrates; bromelain, derived from pineapple, is a proteolytic enzyme that stimulates the killing of Candida albicans by human white blood cells; and, protease concentrate provides proteolytic enzymes that are largely responsible for keeping the small intestine free of parasites, including bacteria, intestinal worms, protozoa and yeast—a lack of protease can greatly increase the chances of intestinal infection and the overgrowth of Candida albicans.
Foods to eat: vegetables, foods high in protein, meats, plain yogurt, nuts (almonds), berries (strawberries, raspberries), grains low in gluten (quinoa, chia, flax), and green foods. Ultimate GreenZone is an important whole food supplement to complement this diet.Diet: Do not eat oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, pineapples for 2 weeks. 1 fruit of pears, bananas, peaches, strawberries , or grapes is o.k. Do not eat gluten from wheat, oats, barley, rye (except sprouted wheat bread). Rice cakes and brown rice are o.k. Can have skinless turkey, eggs, fish, chicken. bake potatoes at 500 degrees. Eat lots of vegetables, seeds, and nuts.
Douche – female: A stream of water, often containing medicinal or cleansing agents, that is applied to a body part or cavity for hygienic or therapeutic purposes. Mix 1 cup pure water and 2 Propiotic Eleven capsules, then douche.
The importance of probiotics: Nature’s Sunshine’s probiotics will help to populate the gut with friendly bacteria, a key strategy to help combat Candida overgrowth. Take either Bifidophilus Flora Force # 4080-4 or Probiotic Eleven # 1510-1 to help boost and repopulate your friendly bacteria.
How Do I Know If I Have It?
1. First thing in the morning put some bottled water (Poland Spring for example) in a glass.
2. Spit in the glass and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
3. Then look through the glass from the side. If strings of saliva are hanging down in the water, or cloudy specks of saliva floating in the water, or there is a layer of cloudy saliva on the bottom of the glass, you may have a Candida problem.
Step Three: Repopulate the Body with Friendly Bacteria (Probiotics)
The final step in taming the yeast beast is to repopulate the intestines with friendly bacteria or probiotics. Naturally fermented foods such as yoghurt, raw sauerkraut and miso are good dietary sources of these friendly microbes to use when cleansing, but you’ll probably want to also take a probiotic supplement like Probiotic Eleven – a formula containing eleven strains of friendly bacteria to help restore normal intestinal flora. Bifidophilus Flora Force # 4080-4 is another good probiotic supplement.
Probiotics should always be taken after a round of antibiotics. They should also be taken regularly by anyone on medications that disrupt and destroy friendly flora. For chronic yeast infections, probiotics can also be introduced into the vaginal area via a douche.
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