Candida albicans is a type of yeast, more commonly known as thrush. A normal inhabitant of the intestine, it can cause active infection when it occurs in places other than this, such as on the skin, or in the vagina or mouth. More widespread and serious infection can affect people who are seriously debilitated, from illness, including cancer, or as a result of extreme old age.
There is little scientific support for the idea that an overgrowth of Candida within the intestine itself can cause symptoms. However, it is recognized that themicrobes that normally control the amount of Candida can become unbalanced after taking antibiotics.
There is also evidence to suggest that if this imbalance persists, the sufferer’s intestine may become leaky, resulting in incompletely digested foods being absorbed, leading to stress of the immune system.
Some doctors believe that the resulting symptoms are best called dysbiosis, because it is likely that Candida is not always the cause, even though the symptoms may often include recurrent episodes of thrush infection. Alternative practitioners, however, and the general public, frequently use the term Candida Problem when faced with these symptoms.
Clearly there is much work to be done to understand this puzzling condition, particularly as it has become more common over the past twenty years. Its feature include:
- Chronic fatigue, loss of energy, poor concentration
- Indigestion, distension and bloating
- Altered bowel function, such as increased frequency or constipation, passage of mucus, and stools that are either harder or softer than before
- Muscle and joint pain
- Itching around the anus and, in women, recurrent vaginal thrush or cystitis in which no microbe can be identified as the culprit
- Alterations in the immune system, causing frequent infections, the development of new allergies,
- Increased symptoms from preexisting allergies, decreased tolerance of chemicals, such as perfume, cigarette smoke, household cleaning agents or alcoholic drinks
- Previous use of steroid medicines (example, for asthma or arthritis), the birth control pill, or
- Frequent or long term courses of antibiotics
- Craving for sweets, sugar, carbohydrates or yeast
Anal itching can have a number of causes, including thrush infection and food intolerance. If symptoms persist after conventional diagnosis and treatment, you need to try the diet plan.
Home Remedies – Candida
Seek extra help from proven Candida fighters:
- Helpful foods include normal culinary use of: raw garlic, live yogury, probiotics, ginger, oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, peppermint, and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- useful supplements include caprylic acid, grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, pseudowintera colorata, and as a supplement or made into a tea
- helpful herbal preparations include plants that contain a substance called berberine, goldenseal, barbery, oregon grape and goldenthread
- eat food that is rich in fiber and consider supplementing your diet with fructo oligosaccharides
Ideally, candida fighters should be taken under professional supervision but, if this is not possible, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, taking a break every month to see if you need to continue taking them. If either you, or your partner, suffers from frequent attacks of thrush, wash underwear at 80C to eliminate thrush from the facric and reduce the risk of infection.
What Can You Do – Candida
1. If you think you may have a candida problem, try to have the diagnosis confirmed by a doctor. Even if your doctor is reluctant to confirm the diagnosis, he or she will be able to exclude other possible conditions and, if necessary, to prescribe conventional anti thrush medication.
2. Improve your diet. Consider taking a sugar free, yeast free multi mineral and vitamin supplement, some extra vitamin C, amd one or more candida fighters. Keeo your bowels regular with psyllium or linseeds or flaxseeds, taking with plenty of water. If your symptoms have not improved after three months, consider taking the diet plan.
3. Get plenty of rest. Consider starting a stress management program including gentle exercise, that increases as you begin to feel better.