When someone tells me that they have “Candida” in the clinic, I usually respond “Me too”. Candida is one of the normal flora of the body and is a part of us whether we like it or not. It resides on the skin, mucous membranes, GI and urinary tracts. However, when people get candidiasis (also known as Candida-related complex), it is usually due to overtreatment with antibiotics, glucocorticoids, oral contraceptives, as a result of a diet too high in refined carbohydrates, during chemotherapy, or a combination of the above.
Main symptoms of Candidiasis are frequent oral thrush, or vaginal yeast infections as well as a brain fog that comes as a consequence of excess fermentation in the intestines from a diet high in refined carbohydrates. Can you say “Sugar Tax”?
Although lab tests such as stool cultures and blood alcohol levels can be taken to help with diagnosis of candidiasis, clinical history is a far more reliable way to determine it’s possibility. Confirmation of the diagnosis is also often based on the clinical response to treatment, which brings us to the interventions.
The easiest thing to do is to lower your consumption of refined carbohydrates such as all soft drinks, juices and alcohol. In addition, trials eliminating both grains and dairy are also useful.
Supplementing daily with magnesium 3-500mg, Zinc/copper combined supplement 15mg Zn/2mg Copper, Pantethine (Vitamin B5) 300mg after each meal, and daily probiotics also bolster the immune system, allowing it to better deal with excess candida.
Oregano oil (50mg, 4x/day) and garlic (1 raw clove/day) also have anti-candida function.
Supplementing with Iron via liver & onions 1x/week is also recommended during anemia (a condition your doctor can diagnose).
Anti-fungal agents such as Nystatin and Fluconazole require a prescription from your doctor and are combined with the previous interventions it they are not enough.
Join us next week when we’ll talk about Vitamin B5 aka Pantethine.
Be Well and Be Zen
Gaby., Candidiasis., Nutritional Medicine (2011)., ps.40-46., Ch. 9., ISBN13: 978-0-9828850-0-0. Fritz Perlberg Publishing, Concord, NH.
Murray., The Healing Power of Herbs (1995)., ps.121-31., Ch. 11., ISBN: 1-55958-700-8. Prima Publishing.