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Candida Albicans – Do you need to Detox?

Updated on June 21, 2010

Name that yeast!

Candida Albicans resides in the gut of every living human.  Normally it’s kept in check by the bacteria that cohabit there, but on more and more occasions, Candida takes over and we encounter what is called a Candida overgrowth.

Candida can begin to invade various parts of the body when favorable conditions occur in the bowel.  First it begins to overrun the bowel, then it branches out into various portions of the body, causing a multitude of symptoms and signs. 

Yogurt is full of good bacteria

Yogurt can be a great way to keep the candida in check.
Yogurt can be a great way to keep the candida in check.

Identify yourself, Candida!

The problem with Candida is that everyone has it.  Your doctor can’t just do a test and find it; it will always show up.  That makes it hard for the doctor to say you have a problem that he can treat.

In severe cases of overgrowth, there are symptoms which can be identified on sight.  One easily identifiable symptom is thrush.  Thrush is recognized by a white coating on the tongue or in the mouth.  It is also possible to get an overgrowth of yeast in the throat, or esophagus, and in the vagina.  These are all visible signs a doctor can identify.

Other locations of overgrowth must be determined by doing a biopsy and examining the tissue for signs of yeast.

But what if you just feel bad all the time?  Or you have any number of other symptoms that indicate you have an overgrowth of Candida?  It’s not likely your doctor will take it seriously.  He might tell you that you’re a hypochondriac, or that you are just imagining things.

You’re not imagining it!  It’s real, and you can do something  about it.

Do you have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans?

To help you determine if you might have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, I have created this list.  Just look over the list and see how many of the symptoms you have.  If you find yourself with quite a few of the symptoms, there’s a good chance you have an issue with Candida.

List of Symptoms of a Candida Albicans Overgrowth:

  • Bloating
  • Frequent belching
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sinus congestion
  • Itching of the nose, eyes, rectum, vagina or other body areas
  • Constant feeling of being tired
  • Irritability
  • Stomach cramps, distended stomach
  • Diarrhea alternating with constipation
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Ear infections, fluid in the ears, or difficulty hearing
  • White coating in the mouth or tongue (thrush)
  • Burning or tears in the eyes
  • Urinary frequency, urgency or burning
  • Difficulty with concentration, spaced out or lethargic feeling, drowsiness
  • Joint pain
  • Mucus in stools  
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent bronchitis
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Halitosis

What to do?

If you believe you might have an overgrowth of Candida, there are several alternatives. First, you can do a Candida Albicans cleanse, or detox. This will starve the yeast and make it die off.

To help the bacteria to reestablish itself in your intestines, it is also important to provide it with probiotics to help it to recolonize with good bacteria.

Just using probiotics to help reestablish the good guys is not the full answer, however, and that’s why it’s important to starve off the yeast and give the bacteria a chance to grow.

If this fails to correct your yeast overgrowth, it’s time to think about talking to your doctor. This is not always effective, as I have found. Years ago I had a problem with a vaginal discharge and visited a doctor to see how to get rid of it. Because it wasn’t what you’d call the standard yeast infection, the doctor simply told me it was nothing and I’d have to live with it.

Over time it became worse and I developed other symptoms. I had the itchy, watery eyes, the sinus problems, and ear fluid and infections. I never actually associated them with candida, however, until it all came to a head one day.

I had encountered problems with rashes, such as on my underarms, and other folds of skin, but I began to have a rash on my behind that just plain scared me. It had raised edges like a fungus, and it was red and burning. And it grew at an alarming rate.

So this time I went to the doctor and described my symptoms. In the past, doctors had given me diflucan, but only a single dose to be taken once a month. That dose wasn’t enough to rid me of the yeast, however. It only suppressed the symptoms a little…until the next time.

This time was different. I took ten doses, one per day for ten days. And something wonderful happened! Not only was the scary rash gone, but so was my vaginal discharge, my watery eyes, my ear fluid and infections, and any number of other problems I had lived with for years.

Later, when I read more about Candida, I realized how interrelated all the symptoms were.

Sometimes you have to take things in your own hands, and this is one circumstance where it can help. Take this list of symptoms to your doctor and discuss the ones you are experiencing. Then ask for a dosage of an antifungal, such as diflucan, that will rid you of the Candida overgrowth and hopefully restore your health.

While you work on killing off the Candida, I recommend you do the Candida Cleanse Diet, and take the probiotics. This way you will help to reestablish the good bacteria, and keep the Candida from coming back.

Did you know?

One of the main foods for Candida Albicans is sugar!  If you love desserts, or can't get by without just a few of those cookies for an afternoon snack, you're a prime target for a candida overgrowth.

The same goes true for simple carbs such as starchy foods.  Potatoes, pasta, bread and the like are promptly converted to sugar A.K.A.  fuel for candida.

So how do you handle a candida detox?  Nix the sweets!  Say no to starches, and starve the candida out. 

And, there are other reasons why you would want to delete sugar from your diet.  More than one health risk is associated with an abundance of sugar.  Read The Health Risks of Eating Sugar to see if you might have one or more of these risks affecting your health right now. 

So, if you find yourself with a sugar overload, how do you handle it?  The most recommended plan of action is to do a sugar detox.  Eliminate sugar from your diet and I guarantee you'll feel much better for it.


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