Candida Albicans

Candida Albicans

 The following information came from a great web site: healthestores.com/canchrofats.htm. For further information on relieving the symptoms caused by an abundance of candida in the system, we recommend the book Candida: A Natural Approach by Shirley Trickett and Karen Brody. Candida albicans is a fungus which is present in every body. It is found on the skin and mucous membranes. In small amounts it is harmless but when its growth increases drastically it can be devastating. It is considered to be one of the most prevalent yet unrecognized conditions of modern man. In a healthy body the Candida albicans fungus is kept in control by the friendly bacteria. However, medicinal antibiotics and those found in some meats we eat have upset the delicate balance in our bodies. These antibiotics reduce and weaken the friendly bacteria, allowing candida to flourish. Birth control pills, cortisone and certain other drugs also upset this balance. Candida thrives on sugar and carbohydrates, moldy foods like blue cheese and fermented food such as beer, vinegar and pickles. The candida fungus releases wastes into the bloodstream that have a profound effect on the nervous system and immune system. This creates a variety of symptoms, including such common complaints as food cravings (for sweets, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, etc.) excessive allergies, diaper rash, vaginal infections, depression, food sensitivity, exhaustion, headaches, irritability, memory loss, obesity or excessive weight loss, gas and bloating, diarrhea or constipation, PMS, earaches, numbness and many others. Candida effects physical, mental and emotional well-being. Thinking becomes unclear and irrational and often is unnoticeable to the victim. Candida may be one of the primary causes of ill health and obesity in the country today because it creates a downward health spiral. As it becomes prevalent in the body, a person craves carbohydrates and sweets, allowing it to thrive even further, thereby impeding the immune system and creating symptoms and excess weight. On and on it goes until the body’s immune system is weakened and symptoms are no longer tolerable. At this time, a physician is usually consulted and antibiotics might be  prescribed which kill off more friendly bacteria, allowing further candida proliferation. In this advanced stage, acute depression and suicidal tendencies may emerge. Candida infection is difficult to diagnose since the fungus is present in every human tested and because it creates such a variety of symptoms. The best way to determine whether you are being adversely affected by this fungus is to look at your diet and your health. If you feel addicted to sugar, crave breads or other carbohydrates, are experiencing any other symptoms or just don’t feel well, chances are you are being affected by candida and should consider a change in diet. Basically, this change involves eating vegetables and proteins such as fish and other lean meats (seek a natural source) and avoiding carbohydrates, sugars, alcoholic beverages, fermented and even fruit and fruit juices since they contain concentrated fructose, a natural fruit sugar. Dairy products should be used in small amounts because they contain lactose, a milk sugar. This change in diet is not as simple as it may sound because the cravings for sugar and carbohydrates are extremely strong and may overpower any controlled approach to eating. Once you have been off sugar and carbohydrates for a few days, you begin to feel in control again, as though a fog has been lifted from your brain. After a week or so, you may slowly add fresh fruits. Fruits MUST be eaten alone and on an empty stomach. Fruit is very easily digested and moves through the body quickly. However, if it is eaten with a heavier food like protein, fat or starch, the sugary fruit will remain in the stomach until the heavier food is broken down. The fruit then ferments and spoils in the stomach, thus aggravating candida. This is why many candida victims have had problems eating fruit. You can also add natural whole grains like brown sugar to your diet. Continue to avoid yeast containing foods for awhile (like breads, wine and beer) to maintain control of the fungus growth. A program of herbal and nutritional supplements is as important as the change in diet. There are a number of natural fungus inhibiting herbs that are very helpful for treating Candida albicans. Once the candida is cleansed from the system, the friendly bacteria balance can be restored with acidophilus (in yogurt and in supplements). The benefits of regaining a yeast free lifestyle are tremendous. Your thoughts become clear again and your body begins to feel healthy and able to proceed with a happy life. In the future, when you see your symptoms recurring, you will become more aware of your diet and lifestyle and make appropriate  changes to foster your own health and well-being.

What you cannot eat: Foods containing yeast Foods containing sugar Foods containing cow’s milk, including cheese Alcohol Foods containing yogurt - ketchup, pickles, soy sauce, etc. Mushrooms Nuts, not the shell White flour White rice White floured pasta Stimulants Smoked or cured meats (ham, bacon, etc.)

What you can eat: Yeast free bread - tortillas, flat bread Meat, poultry, fish Potatoes Whole grains Beans and legumes Rice cakes Fresh vegetables Herbal tea, vegetable juice Flours other than white processed, stay away from wheat in beginning Soy milk, rice milk, goat or sheep cheese/milk Anti-fungal foods - garlic, leeks, chives, onions Supplements you need: 650 mg garlic daily 400 mg Echinacea, or 1 teaspoon tincture daily Pau d’arco tea

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