What You Need To Know About Candida

Marie Hayden


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What Is Candida?

Candida is a medical term used when a patient has an overgrowth of a natural yet harmful yeast species in their digestive system. This can result in a weakened immune system, digestion issues, chronic vaginal yeast infections, liver and bowel function issues and can lead to skin rashes.

There are approximately 150 species of yeast in and on the human body. The most prevalent type is candida albicans. This fungus usually inhabits the mouth, intestines and vagina. candida is usually kept under control by good bacteria that also make their home in the intestines, bowel and vagina. 

Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria bifidus are the predominant friendly flora that inhabit our bodies. Similar to the bacteria in yogurt or sauerkraut, these bugs make acetic acid, lactic acid and bacteriocins to help regulate the gastrointestinal and immune system. They are also known to inhibit overgrowth of candida, help reduce food intolerances, provide essential nutrients and lower cholesterol by preventing its absorption.

Negative Symptoms Caused By Candida Overgrowth

• Acid reflux

• Acne

• Allergies

• Anger

• Asthma

• Athlete’s foot

• Bad breath

• Bags under eyes

• Bleeding gums

• Bloating

• Blurred Vision

• Body odour

• Brain fog

• Burping after meals

• Canker sores

• Chronic body pain and/or joint pain

• Chronic fatigue

• Chronic post-nasal drip

• Constipation

• Cracked tongue

• Cravings for sweet & alcohol

• Crying spells

• Diarrhea

• Dizziness

• Ear infections

• Eczema

• Eye pain

• Flatulence

• Flu-like symptoms

• Frequent colds & flu

• Fungal infections of the nails & skin

• Fungal rash

• HalitosisHay fever symptoms

• Headaches

• Heart palpitations

• Hemorrhoids

• Hives

• Hyperactivity

• Inability to focus

• Inability to lose weight

• Indigestion

• Insomnia

• Irritability

• Itching anus

• Itchy eyes

• Low libido

• Metallic taste in mouth

• Mucus in stool

• Mucus in throat

• Muscle aches and stiffness

• Nausea

• Night sweats

• Panic attacks

• Persistent cough

• PMS & menstrual irregularities

• Poor coordination

• Poor memory

• Psoriasis

• Recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections)

• Recurring yeast infections

• Ringing in the ears

• Sensitive to light

• Sensitivities to food, fragrances & chemicals

• Sinus congestion

• Sinusitis

• Sore throat

• Stomach cramps

• Swollen lower lip

• Thrush (white coating on tongue)

• Water retention

• Weight loss

How To Recover From Candida Overgrowth

There are 3 steps changes you can make to your diet to reduce your candida overgrowth and improve your immune system.

• Eliminate all foods that are infamous for causing candida.

• Eat lots of whole foods including those from the ‘bitter’ family and high in glutamine.

• Take well-researched supplements.

Eliminate Foods That Cause Candida

• Alcohol

• Aspartame

• Coffee and caffeinated teas

• Dairy

• Gluten

• Mushrooms

• *Sugar (in all forms) 

• Vinegar

• Carbonated drinks

*When checking ingredient lists, words ending in ‘ose’, such as maltose, lactose and glucose, generally refer to forms of sugar

Eat Lots Of Whole Foods

• Vegetables

• Vegetable Juice (celery, ginger and beets as a recipe example)

• Well-cooked legumes

• Whole nuts and seeds

• Protein such as eggs

• Antibiotic-free/organic meats

Bitter Foods

• Radicchio

• Arugula

• Endive

• Beet greens

“Sweet feeds yeast” and “bitter is best” are two catch phrases to remember what foods to eat to reduce candida.

Other Foods Known To Starve Candida

• Garlic

• Onion

• Thyme

• Ginger

• Chili pepper

Garlic and onions are antimicrobial due to the sulphur content. Ginger and chili are beneficial to encourage digestion, cleansing and fight the infection.

Glutamine Rich Foods

• Celery

• Spinach

• Dandelion greens

• Lettuce

• Parsley

• Brussel sprouts

• Carrots

Candida can damage the integrity of our intestines. It’s recommended to repair & strengthen your intestinal membrane with glutamine rich foods. 

R.O. Water

Increase water intake to flush the kidneys and bowels of wastes and acidity.

Herbal Teas

• Peppermint

• Ginger

• Echinacea

• Lemongrass

• Fennel

Take Well Researched Supplements

High quality probiotic helps to re-inoculate the gut with good bacteria and produce anti-fungal enzymes. Many conditions of candida are directly contributed to the wrong bacteria being housed in the bowels. By taking an acidophilus supplement it helps to correct this imbalance and reduce symptoms such as bloating, thrush and constipation.

• Digestive enzymes

• Echinacea

• Olive leaf

• Vitamin C

• Goldenseal

• Wormwood

• Dandelion

• Andrographis

• Rhubarb

• Pau d’arco

• Gentian

• Meadowsweet

Extra Tips

• Candida is more likely to develop in warm, moist environments. Try to wear cotton rather than nylon underwear.

• Don’t overeat, and even allow yourself experience a little hunger before eating.

• Chew very well, combine your food properly and relax before meals.

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Health Disclaimer

This website (www.mariehayden.com) contains the opinions and ideas of Marie Hayden and is designed to provide useful information in regard to the subject matter covered. This website is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Marie Hayden disclaims any responsibility for any liability, loss, or risk, personal or otherwise, which is incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents on this website.

Intermittent Fasting Disclaimer

People with advanced diabetes or who are on medications for diabetes, people with a history of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not attempt intermittent fasting unless under the close supervision of a licensed physician.

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