How to Treat Candida Albicans?
What is Candida Albicans?
Candida Albicans is a species of yeast — a single-celled fungus, in fact – that lives naturally in the body. This yeast is a normal part of the normal microflora of the human body (mouth, throat, intestine, genitals, skin).Its species name, albicans, comes from the Latin word for "white." The yeast appears white when cultured on a plate. And in the case of certain infections, like thrush, it can create white patches.Candida albicans is the most prevalent cause of fungal infections in people.Candida’s numbers are usually kept in check by the colonies of friendly bacteria and other microorganisms that live both in your gut and on your body.In some cases, however, Candida albicans can multiply out of control. This is when it becomes Candidiasis, also known as thrush, a yeast infection, or Candida overgrowth.
There are different reasons for the overgrowth of Candida:excessive use of antibiotics, contraceptives, organ transplantation, AIDS and HIV, chemotherapy, weakened immune system etc.
Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Candida
Here are the most common signs and symptoms of candida:
Fatigue, bloating, flatulence (gas),
Earaches, headaches, and dizziness,
Food allergies, carbohydrate craving,
Impaired memory, poor concentration, a “foggy” brain with feelings of unreality, and general weakness
Cystitis/urethritis (urinary tract infection – painful, burning or “stinging” sensations when trying to urinate),
Loss of libido,
Stiff,creaking and painful joints,
Inhalant allergies,multiple chemical sensitivities,
Mucus or catarrh, hay fever, sinusitis, persistent cough,
Discoloured nails,acne and other skin eruptions ( nail and skin issues are classic tell-tale symptoms of candida).
Candida Treatment Protocol
What you have to do if you have a suspicion of a fungal infection?
My advice is to make laboratory tests such as candida stool test, saliva test (not the spit test!), blood test, urine test, candida antibodies test, skin test, vaginal discharge test, and others.
Patients who have positive test for candida have to follow some important items for the best treatment(candida treatment protocol):
1.Starve the yeast by changing the diet.
2.Oxygen colon cleanse.
3.Kill Candida with antifungal supplements.
4.Repolulate the gut with probiotics.
7.Boost the immune system.
Starve the Yeast by Changing the Diet.
Starve the yeast.This is the first step and we do this with diet.First,no sugar,which will feed candida.Eliminate gluten,dairy,processed foods, beverages, alcohol,and ideally grains( gluten free grains can be expected,but Irecommend removing all grains because they break down into sugars and contribute to intestinal inflammation).Focus on organic eggs and animal protein+vegetables+good fats.
Foods to Avoid
- Sugar, molasses, sucrose, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup or processed sugar syrup
- Canned vegetables, preserved fruits, unless cooked in their own juices
- All grains such as wheat, barley, corn, rye, buckwheat, millet, spelled, rice, oatmeal, and cereals, flours, bread made from them, kuskus, bulgur, corn germ, rice bran, wheat or oat bran, linseed, amaranth, kinoa and others.
- Some leguminous plants and flours thereof, including chickpeas, legumes, soya, mung beans, beans beans
- Starchy tubers such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and parsnips, soybean or rice milk.
- Seaweed, by-products such as agar-agar (gelatine made from algae)
- Canned and most processed meats, especially those containing additives (corn starch and sugar - lactose or sucrose) as frankfurters, sausages all spicy, breaded fish, smoked meats (unless no added sugar). Most smoked meats have a significant amount of refined sugar. Smoked bacon can be eaten once a week, slightly fried.
- All types of milk with high lactose content, cheeses (mostly soft cheeses mature in less than 30 days as ricotta, mozzarella cheese and processed cheese and cheese, cottage cheese, cream) and commercial yogurt and kefir, high-fat butter and milk, milk proteins.
- Bread, pasta, and other foods containing starch, such as pasta, spaghetti, sausage, etc.
- Rapeseed oil, a commercial mayonnaise (due additives), starch, ice cream, candies, chocolate, carob, whey powder, margarine, commercial ketchup, steviya, bouillon cubes, pectin, baking powder, balsamic vinegar and products containing FOS (fructooligosaccharides).
- Beer, sweet wines, liqueur, brandy, sherry.
- Black tea and coffee.
Food for eating
- unprocessed meats (fresh or frozen beef, veal, lamb, pork), poultry, fish, mussels, eggs, olives
- Can only fish with oil or water
- fresh, frozen, raw or cooked vegetables (excluding sugar or starch), such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, lettuce , spinach, tomatoes, alabash, cress. Various beans without the flours of them, including ripe white beans, lentils, red beans, beans (must be soaked before cooking), green peas, green beans.
- cashew nuts uncooked, as well as peanuts in a shell, natural peanut butter, almond milk.
- coconut milk and coconut flour, tahini (ground sesame seed)
- cheeses matured for more than 30 days as cheddar, flasks, dry curds, home-made yoghurt, fermented for at least 24 hours, tofu, blue cheese, cheese, cheese, limber cheese,
- Honey for sweetener (if tolerated)
- Fruits (fresh, raw, cooked or frozen without added sugar), such as apples, avocados, apricots, bananas (well ripened with brown spots), all small berries, cherries, dates, oranges, papaya, pears, grapes, pineapple, watermelon, prunes, mandarins. Some people are allergic to sulphates added to dried fruit. To be considered limited.
Most nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts without any additives. Roasted peanuts are taken in limited.
- Olive oil, almond oil, corn oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil and other oil used for salad, butter oil.
- Various types of sour and pickles without added sugar.
- Weak tea and low coffee (no substitutes, milk and other additives), mustard, vinegar and juices without additives, herbs. Some herbal teas are laxative. Limit your use to peppermint and mint only.
- Only dry wine
Others: Vitamin C, salt, Sodium benzoate, Sulfates (used in canning), Sodium bicarbonate.
What are the Main Food Combination Principles?
So what are the main food combination principles that should be followed during the candida overgrowth diet?
Eat Fruits on empty stomach, do NOT mix with other foods.
Fruits pass the stomach very quickly compared to other foods, and they only break down in the small intestine. This means that if the stomach isn’t empty, the fruits can stay trapped in the stomach by the previous meal and start to rot very quickly
Do not mix different type of fruits – as different fruits tend to have different digestion times and can interfere which each other digestion
Do not mix starches, proteins, nuts, seeds and oils with each others as they need completely different conditions (e.g. Meat need acidic stomach environment, while starches need alkaline) It is OK however to combine leafy greens and other veggies with these foods.
Avoid fried foods.
Drink between meals but not during the meals – drinking dilute the stomach acids making them less effective in digesting the food.
Eat slow and stop when you are almost full. The fullness feeling usually comes 30 mins after.
A Candida elimination diet will likely involve some big changes in your lifestyle, but it can be made much more difficult by something called Candida Die-Off. This is particularly important because die-off symptoms are one of the biggest reasons why people prematurely abandon their Candida diet.
What is Candida Die-Off?
When large numbers of yeast and fungal cells are rapidly killed, a die-off (or Herxheimer reaction) occurs and metabolic by-products are released into the body. This often occurs when introducing antifungal or probiotic foods and supplements into your regimen.
When Candida cells die, they release all the noxious substances that they contain, including (according to some sources) at least 79 different toxins.
These toxins can get anywhere in the body, suppress the immune system and cause many discomforts and health issues all over the body.
The candida die off symptoms list is extensive, and can impact many different body systems.
Most common candida die off symptoms may include:
Abnormal vaginal discharge.
Skin rash, acne, itching.
Joint and muscle pain.
Constipation or diarrhea, yeast in stool.
Increased mucus production.
Mood swings, unexplained depression or anxiety.
Treatment of Fungal Infection
Nystatin is an antifungal agent with a very mild effect on the body.It is suitable for the treatment of candidiasis and will not kill the good bacteria in your gut.But, according to some authors,the long use of nystatin can help Candida albicans to be replaced from Candida Tropicals, and the latter one is very resistant to treatment. So I do not recommend a long use of nystatin.The usual doses are in range of 1 000 000 units.
Remember: Nystatin can act as a chelating agent,that is,it binds to metals and blocks them. Therefore, it should not be taken with nutritional supplements that contain zinc, magnesium etc.It would remove them.
Alternatives include Diflucan capsules- it is more systematic and processed by the liver(which is aslo its downside)
Nizoral-antimycotic,recommended for really bad cases.I personally would not recommend it. It's not good for the kidneys and the liver.
There are other treatments with less risk and better results like candida supplements. For sure you will find many supplements against fungi, but unfortunately many people do not use them properly or they take the wrong supplements.Many of these anti-candida supplements contain aggressive ingredients that can damage your body and the others are not enough powerful and effective and they are not supported by the science.My recommendation is to clean your colon before to start treatment with antifungal supplements.The colon is overloaded with toxins and it is a breeding ground for candida and other parasites. No matter what medications and antifungal supplements you take,until your colon is overwhelmed by toxic waste buildup that can feed candida, it will continue to flourish.
Which is the best way to clean your colon?
Candida Specialist Team (www.candidaspecialist.com) recommends Oxy-Powder. As its name suggests, Oxy-Powder uses oxygen in the colon to detoxify and loosen toxins, undigested food particles and waste buildup so they can be flushed out naturally by the body.Doing an colon oxygen cleance means less harmful organisms and creates an ideal environment in the gut and in the body that can encourage friendly probiotic growth,while limiting the growth of Candida and other harmful organisms.Oxy powder works in a totally different way than other colon cleansers, such as fiber and laxatives, and are the preferred choice for many practicing doctors,because of their efficiency, ease of use and safety.The progress that many people achieve in the short time(5-15 days) with oxygen cleansing of the colon is so significant,that in many cases the use of antifungal agents is optional. Oxy-powder has been on the market since the late 1990s with millions of people that have already used it.
In case of a persistent and severe candidiasis, you decide to use antifungal supplements, here is a list of the most used additives:
Caprylic acid has been frequently advocated as an antifungal.It is believed that its healing antifungal effect is increased by taking together with omega-3 fish oil.
Pau D`Arco- Research shows that pau d`arco stops the growth of fungus and thins out existing communities of Candida. It has the advantage of being pleasant to taste. Good combination with a ginger or rigan.
Oregano leaves: In laboratory research,oregano leaf targeted Candida and killed yeast cells.A recent study suggests that it may also be able to destroy biofilm-a protective,gummy matrix that shieds Candida from antifungal drugs.
Olive leaves-contain powerful oxidants, their advantage is that they do not destroy the beneficial intestinal flora.
Grapefruit seed extract -its effect is increased by taking with other antifungal additives( for example with Caprylic acid).
Garlic bulb- one of the most potent antifungal agents, effective against 200 pathogens. It is known for its ability to get rid of parasites,eliminate gas and relieve painful joins.It kills insects and also destroys Candida`s ability to make lipids-which are found in the cell membrane of Candida and its biofilm. It is more effective to take with a coconut butter or broccoli.
Pepermint leaves.Pepermint is antiviral,antibacterial and antifungal.
Neem-one of the most powerful means of purifying the blood and toxins.
Propolis has a strong antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral effect.
Colloidal silver - one of the oldest remedies for all types of infections. Strong oxidant, no toxic dose.
Other antifungal agents - Clove, echinacea, wormwood, black walnut.
A very good combination is wormwood + carnation + black walnut. It kills many parasites, very effective against cancer,too.
Don`t forget these important principles:
Dosage: Always start with the lowest dose of antifungal supplements and test your body. So you will reduce the side effects of the Herzheimer's reaction,or die off reaction..If you are having severe Die-Off symptoms, there are a couple of important things that you can do.Firstly, slow down your treatment and reduce your dosage of probiotics and antifungals.Secondly, add a liver-supportive supplement like milk thistle, or increase your dosage of the one that you are already taking. The liver is one of your main pathways for eliminating toxins, and the Die-Off symptoms mean that it is likely overwhelmed.
The second important principle is: Rotation of antifungal additives. Very often Candida develops a resistance in a longer use, so rotate supplements in every 1 or 2 weeks.
Third principle: Do not mix different additives, this can cause health problems. Just alternate them!
Probiotics for Candida Albicans
Systemic candida and yeast issues are usually a result of gut flora imbalances between candida to the friendly organisms that normally control candida from overgrowing. Probiotics supplements work by populating the intestines with beneficial organisms that can help to restore these imbalances.
What are the best probiotics for candida overgrowth and yeast issues? During the candida treatment,you have to focus on probiotic strains that their main characteristic is yeast and candida elimination.
It is important to make sure the probiotic strains used are backed up by science as effective against candida, but on the other hand safe and not too aggressive.
Another important factor to consider has to do with stability – the probiotic strains need to be stable inside the body so they can survive the stomach acids, as well as stable outside the body with a solid shelf life profile; many probiotic strains must be kept refrigerated and by the time you get them lose their strength significantly; other may be potent at the time of manufacturing, but lose their strength due to low stability or poor manufacturing methods; to avoid these common scenarios, it is essential to choose probiotic strains known to be stable from a trusted source.
What you have to do? I advise you to take massive probiotic bombs (VIVOMIXX that contain 450 billion beneficial bacteria).Take once a day,even I`d recommend 2x a day,about 1 hour later after the antimycotic you are using right now. Why do I recommend taking a large number of bacteria? The reason is that they compete candida and reduce the space and nutrients available to the fungi.The small probiotic capsules won`t do anything for you, it's like sending a soldier to fight a whole army.So take massive amounts of probiotiks and don`t forget to take regular a lot of fermented foods,too such as home-made yogurt, home-made kefir, sauerkraut. Fermented vegetables contain microflora that helps to protect the intestines and improve the immune system.Avoid yogurt from supermarkets that contains sugar. You better ferment yougurt yourself.
And remember: you have to wait 40 to 60 minutes until the antifungal cleanses the intestinal mucosa, and then take probiotics.
Why Should You Take Enzymes?
Many health providers recommend their patients to take enzymes supplements.The reasons are digestion issues.They lead to fermented and undigested food particles that can feed candida and other harmful organisms. They can even weaken the entire immune system. This can create an environment in the body that makes it very hard for the body to naturally balance the excess yeast overgrowth. In many cases it can even cause the candida overgrowth to become worse.Besides the many discomforts and the ongoing stress on the body, having digestion issues may also mean you are not absorbing all the nutrients from the foods you eat. Overtime this can lead to vitamins and minerals deficiencies which can evolve to more serious, sometimes permanent health complications. Enzymes supplements, coupled with proper dietary changes, it is a very effective way that can significantly promote healthy digestion while helping the body to naturally balance the candida overgrowth.
Plant enzymes are a good choice for a multi-enzymes supplement during the candida treatment. Plant enzymes formula use plant based wide pH range enzymes, that are highly stable in the body, are not destroyed by the stomach acid and can work throughout your entire digestive tract and body.
They effectively break down excess yeast, candida, mucus, allergies and other toxins.
During Candida therapy it is essential to enhance the liver function. When you try to get rid of Candida, your liver works optimally,because it is responsible for the excretion of about 80 kinds of toxins from your blood.
Milk thistle is the best-known natural medicine to boost your liver’s functioning capacity.
Milk Thistle is a powerful liver medicine that can enhance liver function more than any other herb. It increases production of glutathione, which is the body’s most important antioxidant. Glutathione helps to ward off damage from free radicals that are generated by our environment.
Milk thistle has been used in traditional medicine to treat liver or biliary disorders for centuries, thanks to this superior antioxidant activity. As a major bonus, the silibinin content of milk thistle has been reported to have its own antifungal effect, due to its "fungal apoptosis"(killing of yeast cells) against Candida albicans. This makes it an excellent choice for your Candida treatment!
Molybdenum is a medicine that can enchance liver function,too. It is especially useful during the Die-Off periods, as it helps your body to produce enzymes that convert the neurotoxin acetaldehyde into acetic acids. This can then be flushed out of the body, or else converted into helpful digestive enzymes.
Boost Your Immune System
If during the detoxification does not take into account the role of the immune system to correct the fungal imbalances, then the results you achieved during therapy will be short-lived. The goal is to boost the immune response of the white blood cells, known as neutrophils, for effective elimination of Candida.The best results are achieved by a combination of herbs and vitamins.There are several herbs with proven properties for strengthening the immune system.
Echinacea -this herb have an activating effect over the immune system. Echinacea activite the production of immune T-cells, increase the tendency of lymphocytes to phagocyte ("eaten") bacteria.In combinacy with vitamin C has a better effect. I recommend 1000 mg vit. C 2 twice per day.Vit.C helps to boost adrenal glans,and helps to restore your imunne system.
Astragal is one of the best choices for a healthy immune system. It works by the same principle as echinacea - increases the activity of the immune cells and creates new ones. Unlike echinacea, astragal focuses on building of the immune system and therefore astragal can be taken daily.
Cat's Claw-Increases the capacity of the immune system and helps it to destroy pathogens.
Elderberry-immunostimulant. Accelerates the production of antibodies and helps them to destroys pathogens.
Aloe Vera-boosts the immune system and destroys cancerous tumors. Scientific studies show strong immunomodulatory and anti-tumor properties of aloe vera polysaccharides.
Other herbs enhancing the immune system - ginseng, black and Brazil nuts, grape seed extract, mushroom extracts,turmeric,grape seeds extract, etc.
Remember: Do not use these herbs for a long time and alternate them.
Vitamins and Minerals.
Vitamins and Minerals.
In addition,I higly recommend to get tested for vitamins and minerals deficiencies, especially for these common ones:vitamin B12 and the rest of the B vitamins,vit.D,vit.D3,vit.C and E.
This is a very important step that goes above and beyond candida overgrowth issues.
Overtime, certain deficiencies (such as vitamin B12, Vitamin D and others) can cause serious health complications that can’t be reversed and may even become permanent.
Important minerals are magnesium, zinc, selenium, iron, iodine, potassium, calcium.The deficiency of some of them can break the delicate balance in the intestines.
Taking vitamins and minerals together with the inner leaf of aloe vera was suggested by research to significantly enhance their absorption. Consuming aloe vera daily is also known to promote a healthy digestive tract. These make aloe vera especially beneficial for cases of candida overgrowth where there is a known issue of nutrients absorption in the digestive tract.
Vitamins and minerals tablets can be added for a short time to correct the malabsorption,but it is not recommended to take large doses of vitamins.The best sourced of vitamines and minerals are balanced and healthy eating.
Do not forget to take plenty of pure water every day to be hydrated and keep your immune system moving.Drink a minimum of 72 ounces per day to help flush the candida and by-products from your system.
In conclusion, I can add that the antifungals kill candida and other pathogens, but they leave behind spores and other inactive forms that under certain conditions can be re-activated for various reasons such as stress, antibiotics, weakened immune system, etc. To keep them inactive, try to keep a healthy lifestyle, and in case you notice some problems, re-run the anti-Candida program.