October 25, 2011

CANDIDA: The white threat for our health

Candida is a type of yeast which is classified in the same group as fungus.
Even when you are healthy, bacteria and yeasts, including Candida albicans, are present in your body. Normally, these micro-organisms exist on and in you without causing any harm.
Thriving in a dark, moist environment, Candida can be found in the mouth, digestive tract, vagina, or skin folds. Other areas of the body that may be colonized by Candida are the ears, dental cavities, groin, under the breasts or nails. When in correct systemic balance, Candida is not a harmful organism and will not cause troublesome symptoms.

But sometimes it became a causal agent of opportunistic oral and genital infections in humans.
Prevention is important, as treatment for Candida albicans can be unsuccessful and infections can become recurrent.
DIAGNOSING CANDIDA: Overgrowt can be diagnosticated as follows:
- Candida Immune Complex Assay Test;
- Stool Test;
- A Candida culture may also be tested with samples taken from your oral cavity (thrush) or during a gynecologic visit;
- Some modern lab test search for fungine cathabolites in urine or blood;

● Oral Thrush - A mouth infection caused by Candida that manifests with white sores or spots around the lips, on the tongue, gums, and inside the cheeks
● Esophagitis - Candida that spreads to the esophagus from the mouth
● Skin candidiasis - A diaper rash that is common in babies
● Vaginal yeast infection - A white, curd-like discharge occurs along with itching and severe burning while urinating or during sex
● Deep candidiasis - Candida spreads through the bloodstream to the entire body which causes fever, shock, and multiple organ failure.
- Unbalanced diet, with a predominance of fermented substances and
- refined carbohydrates;
- Stress and hardship, conditions that alter one's emotional responses
- Intestinal imbalances and Leaky gut syndrome;
- Insufficient intake of minerals and vitamins necessary to ensure intestinal equilibrium and to keep the defenses active;
- Use and abuse of drugs and toxic substances.
THERAPIES: Fungine infections always need a medical consultation to evaluate the importance and the kind of yeast or fungus that is attaking our body.
According to the age of the patient and the site of the infection, treatments could be started by the general pratictioner, pediatrist, dermatologist or gynecologist.
Physicians usually follow the “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Candidiasis” 2009 Update by IDSA

But if we browse the guidelines we can find only indications
of anti-fungine drugs.
Not one word rearding diet, natural remedies or complementary approaches.
Not one word.

Now we will let the physicians to establish the best therapy and we will focus on what could be a complementary approach to the drug treatments.

DIET: Candida lives of sugars and carbohydrates. So you need to limit as much as possible sugar intake (included sugar –added foods) during treatment. These substances foment candida and encourage insulin overproduction, thereby favoring inflammation and immune system intervention. Food intolerances must always be kept under control (in the case of candidiasis, there is often the presence of a yeast intolerance), because they uselessly occupy the immune defenses with food. This will results in an unbalanced diet but it is necessary for the period of treatment. You should always be followed by a nutritionist when starting unbalanced diets.
Many natural products are known for their anti-fungine activity. The list include
- Berberine (Hcl or plant extract like Coptis (Coptis chinensis) root & rhizome or Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium);
- Blak Wallnuts;
- Cat’s Claw;
- Caprilic Acid;
- Essential Oils (Melaleuca, Tee Tree, Lavender, Rosmary, Sage, Oregano);
- Garlic estracts;
- Grapefruit seeds extracts;
- Melissa Officinalis extracts;
You’d better rotate these natural fungicide to obtain a better result, since our undesidered guest easely adapts itself to the treatment.
Intestinal barrier integrity is a key factor to stop fungine antigens before they get in. Fungine antigens can prompt inflammation and auto-immune responses.
Even if the inflammatory response can activate some kind of cell mediated activity, it will be not enough to contrast the parasite and it will create troubles to the guest.
To restore your intestinal barrier some ingresients could help:
- L glutamine
- Prebiotics that are not potential food for the yeast;
It works feeding the cells that form the interior lining of the instestinal tract. These cells use a lot of energy for cellular division. We change the inerior lining every 2-3 days.
Repopulation of the gut with good bacterial is essential.
In nature no space is left free. Every niche of our intestines is colonizated by bacteria, viruses or yeasts. Supplementing bacteria with probiotic activity can shift the equilibrium of the intestinal flora toward health.
The strongest is your immune system the harder will be for candida albicans to stay with you.
Some natural products can rehinforce your immunity:
- Vit D
- Pantotenic Acid
- Molibdenum
- Zinc
- Selenium
You can help your liver detoxify from Candida catabolites with
- N acetylcisteine (NAC)

- Glutatione
Re-infections from mouth and anus are very common.
Furthermore infections can reach the genitourinary tract creating more troubles.
You should use flourinated tooth paste and take care of your igiene.
Some of the remedies listed above should not be used during pregnancy or pbreast feeding because they are counterindicater (greapefrout seeds) or they can alter milk taste and force the baby o stop breeding (garlic extracts). In generar if you are pregnant or are breast feeding do not start any action before a medical consultation.


Samual James said...

There are many factors that can cause fungal infection, so it does not help to any of these factors to focus on just. Many conventional treatments for fungal infections using individual remedies such as antibiotics, pills or even detox diets. These often fail because they only address one part of the disease focus. The natural 3-step system provides you with important information not only on the treatment of fungal infection.

Unknown said...

Regarding having fungal infections in your mouth, although very rare, we must not be at ease that the chances of having one is thin; we still shouldn't take that as an assurance. It is really important to have regular dentist check-ups at least twice a year. General check-ups are not just about teeth cleaning, there's a routine dental procedure where the dentist checks your overall oral health, from your gums to your jaws. A professional dentist can easily diagnose any harmful activity inside your mouth.