When your naturapath looks into your eyes (through Iridology) and tells you, point blank, you have Candida, it can be a bit of a shock.  First of all the whole concept of Candida can be confussing and misleading and secondly you feel like your world has just been turned up-side down.  It’s like you’ve been given a ‘bland food sentence’ and your life will be miserable for ever more.  This is not the case at all, for those that don’t already know - Candida is, ….

Candida is naturally occurring yeast in the body generally found in the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract. When friendly bacteria and properly functioning immune system are not present, balance of the system may be lost and Candida overgrowth may occur, but you can help yourself by paying closer attention to your diet.

Someone with an overgrowth of yeast can experience any number of unpleasant symptoms such as a yeast infection, fatigue, rash, depression and anxiety. The symptoms of Candida overgrowth are frequently treated with anti-fungal remedies. Even with these remedies, however, if your diet is not changed to create an environment within the body to prohibit the overgrowth of Candida, relief is sure to be temporary, and problem symptoms will return.  When I’m explaining this condition to my client, I refer to it as ‘ Fire in the hull ‘ or fire in the belly.  It’s another form of fermentation… Quite common and you can do something about it… that’s the good news… The bad news is that just about everybody gets Candida at one time or another. 

Once you have established that you have a yeast infection,  there are a variety of dietary changes that you can make to improve your health.  You should  eliminate sugar from your diet entirely as it encourages the growth of yeast. Sources of this sugar include honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses, and the familiar white granular sugar. Be sure to read all labels carefully because these sugars are used in many products you may normally buy off the grocery store shelves. Don’t eat fruit – or drink fruit juices – as they contain natural sugars that promote the growth of yeast. Don’t drink beer, wine or liquor as the alcohol also provides sugar, and many of these products are fermented with yeast.  You are probably pretty upset about this, but if you are serious about good health then alcohol shouldn’t be part of your life.  Simple as that!

Bagels, muffins, pastries, breads and crackers should also be eliminated from the diet as they contain yeast and sugar. Anything with vinegar – (exception apple-cider vinegar) which is made with yeast culture – should be avoided as well. This would include salad dressings, olives, pickles, mayonnaise, steak sauce, barbeque sauce, soy sauce and mustard. Again, it’s important to read all the labels on grocery items. Mushrooms should be avoided as should peanuts and peanut butter, cheeses, and meats that are dried, smoked or pickled. Beverages that should be avoided are fermented drinks such as root beer and cider, black tea, and coffee, including decaffeinated.

Increasing your intake of raw garlic and soluble fiber will help your body to fight the yeast infection. A supplemental dose of acidophilus will help to make your intestinal track more acidic which helps to kill off the Candida.  I use Lactoferrin Gold 1.8 – see my website for more  info:  http://www.bewell.com.au/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/15/products_id/45.  Other recommended supplements include volatile oils, such as peppermint oil or oregano oil – these should only be taken in capsule form as the straight liquid may be toxic. Get plenty of sleep and keep your stress to a minimum as well.

Early in the diet many people notice a worsening of their symptoms. When the Candida is killed it releases proteins and toxins. This process is known as die-off and is temporary. With strict adherence to the diet, the client will usually begin to notice improvements in two to four weeks.  Yes you will crave SUGAR… It will drive you nuts, but if you put yourself in the right environment, away from your usual stresses, you should be able to handle it.  Don’t even try to go off sugar if you are not going to make some other lifestyle changes.  It will be just too hard.  You can talk to me about this, by making a time to see me at my retreat in Cooroy, or calling me on the mobile 0402 166 187… I look forward to helping you out with this common and frustrating condition. 

Keeping your immune system, “friendly” bacteria, and Candida in proper balance can be a lot of work; but it’s a small price to pay to reclaim your good health and transform your life.

blessings… Annie Clark.                                                             

Lactoferrin 1.8 Gold

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