Candida Albicans is a yeast found in small amounts in the human body, it is harmless and part of the normal gut flora. However, when it is overgrown it can lead to serious health problems. Researchers have linked multiple sclerosis and candida.
A Harvard University study discovered Candida is the main fungal infection behind human diseases. When your gut is out of balance, your immune system is weakened causing you to have a greater risk for serve health issues. Most people don’t even realize they have a yeast overgrowth. That is until they start experiencing problems.
Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. People know it as other common names such as:
→ Athlete’s foot
→ Diaper rash
→ Jock itch
→ Nail fungus
→ Oral thrush
→ Vaginal yeast infection
As Candida grows its toxic byproducts enter the bloodstream. Affecting the blood-brain barrier also the organs. Once the toxins enter the bloodstream it triggers an autoimmune response. Eventually, this leads to the development of chronic health problems. Such as autoimmune diseases in addition to wreaking havoc throughout the entire body.
Candida and Multiple Sclerosis
Two separate studies in 2010 in Spain and 2012 in Switzerland have linked Candida with the onset of MS. It has also connected other autoimmune diseases (graves, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, lupus). The study found that cells of the fungus seem to trigger the immune system. Which produces more inflammation.
MS is caused by inflammation when the body’s immune cells attack the nervous system. This occurs in the brain and spinal cord nerve which breaks down the myelin that protects the nerves.
What causes Candida?
The standard diet is a smorgasbord for Candida since it feeds on sugar and carbohydrates. Most processed foods contain refined sugar. Which suppresses your immune system leaving it defenseless for the yeast to grow.
Whenever you take a round of antibiotics, it is not only killing the bad bacteria but it is also killing the good bacteria. Since it’s the good bacteria that keep Candida at a healthy level, it is now free to grow.
It is hard to completely avoid stress, however, when your body is under constant stress it releases the stress hormone Cortisol. This hormone weakens the immune system causing an elevated level of blood sugar, this is the “fight or flight” response. Since yeast feeds off sugar, it is able to grow much faster.
Birth Control Pills
Estrogen is the main ingredient in “The Pill” creating a hormonal imbalance. By disturbing this balance, Candida develops rapidly overwhelming the friendly bacteria.
How do I know if I have Candida?
Many people have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans and are unaware of its severity and remain undiagnosed. Doctors are trained in one area yet don’t recognize it as a system-wide connection affecting the entire body, especially the nervous system (examples: neurologist, gastroenteritis, rheumatologists).
Unfortunately, some doctors do not believe in Candida overgrowth and do not listen to what you are saying. You need to find a doctor or functional medical practitioner who will work with you to stop the damage. Not just put a “band-aid” on it.
What happens when I have an overgrowth of Candida?
Candida becomes an invasive overgrowth. It punches its way through a healthy gut lining attacking the entire body including organs. Toxins and larger food particles enter the bloodstream also into the blood brain barrier.
It is a debilitating condition that can trigger many conditions. Including MS and other autoimmune diseases. Candida feeds off sugar and carbohydrates, the more you eat the more it grows.
Unfortunately, many people’s gut bacteria is not balanced due to the overuse of antibiotics, birth control pills, and a poor diet. When taking antibiotics it not only kills the good but also the bad bacteria. Candida is not affected allowing it to grow.
How can I stop Candida?
You can have your doctor test you, unfortunately, most doctors don’t recognize Candida as a problem with MS. You can also do a simple test at home, however, this did not work for me. It showed I didn’t have Candida and I know I did due to oral thrush, dry skin, overuse of antibiotics, and MS.
Candida test you can try at home:
- After waking up in the morning, before you brush your teeth, eat, or drink, spit into a glass of room temperature water.
- Wait one hour, checking every 15 minutes.
- If there are strings coming down that is a sign you may have Candida.
Candida is evasive and cannot easily be cleared making it very hard to stop the overgrowth. Its cells can resemble human cells including cells found in our brain.
When you start taking antifungals, the Candida becomes resistant. Which makes the antifungals no longer effective. Change your antifungals every few weeks until you find what works for you. It is extremely important to continue taking them to fight against Candida! You may want to start slowly to prevent a “die-off” reaction if you do stop taking them then start again at a lower dose.
3 Steps to Healing
1 – Diet
A low sugar diet is the most important step to getting Candida under control. As the yeast form, Candida changes to systemic Candida as it feeds off sugar. That means you need to stop eating sugar! Not just sugar itself but all sugars. Including natural sugars like in fruit, starchy vegetables, honey, etc.
2 – Probiotics
Probiotics are the “good bacteria” that live in your gut. Probiotics not only compete with the Candida overgrowth, they also maintain the natural acidity in your gut. Preventing Candida from turning into the fungal form.
Probiotics can be taken as a supplement form, you can also include natural alternatives too. Try to eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, or fermented vegetables. If you do buy a store bought fermented food, make sure it has “live cultures” on the label also that it has NO ADDED SUGAR.
3 – Antifungals
There are two different prescription antifungals, Nystatin and Diflucan. Doctors don’t like prescribing these because they are hard on your liver. There are many supplements that can help. Contact your doctor or functional medical provider.
It is best to take the herbal antifungals, here are a few you can use:
- Caprylic acid (coconut oil)
- Oregano oil
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Herbal teas (Pau d’Arco, chamomile, chicory, ginger, licorice root, and peppermint)
It is also a good idea to drink some herbal teas to help your liver detox from toxins caused from the die-off of Candida. Good choices of herbal teas are dandelion and red clover teas. However, you may want to avoid these if you have grass allergies.
Natural sugars such as honey, maple syrup, fruit juices
Fruit except for lemons, limes, grapefruits, and berries
Birth Control Pills (unless medically necessary)
Yeast Containing Foods
Coffee due to mold
Vinegar except for organic apple cider vinegar
Mushrooms (they are a fungus)
Yeast (baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast)
Summing It Up
Overall, restoring your body back to health requires balance back into your intestinal flora. This is NOT a quick fix, depending on how long and how severe your Candida overgrowth is. This will determine how long it takes to get it under control.
Finally, you need to address Candida overgrowth from all levels. Including diet, lifestyle, stress, and toxins to help rebuild your immune system. This is not easy, it can take years to clear Candida overgrowth. Although some people begin to see results after a few months.
Don’t give up, stay positive in addition believe that you will heal!
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