Candida Remedies

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Brenda Watson, ND, CT

Most women know the uncomfortable symptoms related to the common yeast infection. However there are many types of yeast which affect different parts of the body, in women as well as men. The medical community recognizes the yeast Candida Albicans as the cause of problems like vaginal yeast infections and thrush in children. What is often unrecognized is that this yeast starts in the digestive tract. This overgrowth needs to be controlled in the gut, or the yeast may become systemic. Systemic is when the yeast is able to enter the blood stream and travel throughout the body, where it can spread to the vagina, urinary tract, skin, fingernails, toenails, mouth, organs and tissues. In this way, it becomes the underlying cause of many health problems.

Yeast is normally present in our intestinal tract in small amounts. The ideal ratio of Candida to bacteria in the body is 1 yeast to 1 million bacteria. As long as the amount of yeast in the body remains small, internal balance is maintained and all is well. Most holistic experts agree that the alarming number of Americans and Canadians with Candida is due to the over-prescribed use of broad spectrum antibiotics. Antibiotics kill not only the bacteria we want to get rid of, but also the good bacteria in the digestive tract. Other drugs which can affect the balance include; anti- inflammatory, cortisone, and birth control pills. Poor diet (too many refined carbs), stress and nutrient deficiencies can also lead to an imbalance.

Yeasts are parasitic organisms that take food from us and eliminate toxic waste. They have been found to produce over 70 known toxins. When Candida grows from its yeast form into a fungal form, it creates waste products known as 'mycotoxins'. Among the mycotoxins produced is 'acetaldehyde', a poison that is converted by the liver into alcohol. As alcohol builds up in the system, symptoms associated with alcohol intoxication develop. This is why one of the most common symptoms of Candida is 'brain fog'. In its fungal form Candida also grows long roots called 'rhizoids' that puncture the intestinal lining leading to a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome. This means that the digestive tract has holes in it, allowing Candida to pass through into the bloodstream.

When undigested food particles leak through these holes and enter the bloodstream, the body views them as foreign invaders. This can result in food allergies/ sensitivities, and ultimately, autoimmune disease including;

* Arthritis (Rheumatoid)
* Fibromyalgia
* Chronic fatigue syndrome
* Crohn's disease / Colitis
* Diabetes
* Lupus
* Skin disorders

Candida toxins are carried through the leaky gut to the liver. From there, they can proceed to any other organ in the body. In the initial stages of the process, symptoms may be mild including:

* Persistent bloating / gas
* Joint and muscle pain
* Recurring vaginal yeast infections
* Food sensitivities / allergies
* Recurring bladder infections
* Fatigue
* Sugar cravings
* Brain fog
* Bad breath
* Blurred vision
* Chemical sensitivity
* Depression
* Sinus problems
* Insomnia

As mycotoxins become abundant in the body, more serious and chronic conditions can develop. Toxins tend to settle in the organs and tissues of greatest weakness. As everyone has different areas of genetic or acquired weakness, we will each manifest different disorders.


1. ELIMINATE or minimize antibiotics, steroids, immune suppressing drugs and oral contraceptives (only after consulting your health care provider).
2. CLEANSE your system with anti-fungal herbs. Look for an Anti-Candida kit containing a mix of antifungals in your local health food store.
3. RE-ESTABLISH good bacteria with acidophilus and bifidus supplements.
4. INCREASE fibre consumption (flax seeds are an excellent source of fibre.) This will help absorb and sweep out the Candida toxins. 30 - 40 grams of fibre per day is required, but most Canadians only get 10-12 grams.
While on the Cleanse:
*CHANGE your DIET to one that will not encourage growth of Candida. Eliminate all sugar & sweeteners including fruit and fruit juices, refined carbs and dairy products. Eliminate all fermented & moldy foods including soy sauce, mushrooms, and peanuts. Eat plenty of vegetables and lean proteins.
*DRINK plenty of water (a half ounce of water per pound of body weight)
5. STAY ON probiotic and fibre supplements as maintenance.


1) Leon Chaitow, DO, ND, Candida Albicans, Healing Arts Press, 1998, p.2
2) Jack Tips, ND, PHD, Conquer Candida & Restore Your immune System, Apple-ADay Press, 1994, p.1
3) William G. Crook, MD, The Yeast Connection, Vintage Books, 1986, p.11
4) Cheryl Townsley, Candida Made Simple, LFH Publishing, 1999, p.33
5) Blumenthol, Busse, Goldberg, Gruenwald, Hall, Klein, Riggins, & Rister, The Complete German Commission E Monographs, Therapeutic Guide To Herbal Medicine, American Botanical Council, 1998, p. 225
6) Timothy C. Birdsall, ND, "Gastrointestinal Candidiasis; Fact or Fiction?," Alternative Medicine Review, (Vol. 2, No. 5), 1997, pp.351

Health Disclaimer. Content provided byRenew Life. Copyright 2007-2014. Published with permission. Brenda Watson, ND, CT is among the foremost authorities in North America on natural digestive support, detoxification and internal cleansing. As president of the International Association of Colon Therapists, she continues public speaking, teaching, researching and formulating new health products. Brenda Watson is not affiliated with

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