What is candidiasis?
The candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by overgrowth of any of the yeast family Candida. About 150 species are known, but the most frequent and virulent is Candida Albicans. Normally it lives in small amounts in the skin, the digestive system, the respiratory system and the mucocutaneous regions (mouth and vagina). It is part of the intestinal microflora and, in a healthy body, coexists in perfect symbiosis with beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidus.
In its yeast state it helps maintain optimal pH and plays an important role in heavy metal absorption and sugar digestion. The problem arises when, for various reasons, this balance is altered favoring the proliferation of opportunistic organisms, some of which are pathogenic. This anomalous state is known as dysbiosis, and can cause serious health problems, some of them irreversible.
· Candidiasis in the intestine:
In the case of intestinal candidiasis, it is yeasts that take advantage of the shortage of “good” bacteria to multiply rapidly and colonize the entire intestinal canal. When this occurs, Candida Albicans can transform into a fungus of the pathogenic type and develop filaments (hyphae and pseudohyphae) capable of adhering to the gastrointestinal mucosa, weakening and passing through it, thus invading the bloodstream. This sudden permeability of the intestinal mucosa impairs cellular nutritional receptors, favoring the poor absorption of nutrients and also allows the introduction into the blood of poorly digested proteins, bacteria, peptides and waste substances from the fungi themselves.
“It is known that the metabolic action of Candida Albicans produces at least 79 toxic substances”.
Two of these toxins are alcohol and acetaldehyde (the cause of the hangover), which are found in high doses in people with systemic candidiasis, and which can lead to states of “drunkenness.” Acetaldehyde also produces histamine, blocks metabolic enzymes, destroys glutathione and cysteine (which serve to detoxify the body, among other things), destroys vitamin B6 and reacts with the neurotransmitter dopamine (whose deficiency can cause depression, irritability, anxiety …). The immune system reacts against all these toxins by generating antibodies indiscriminately, unnecessary antibodies that cause allergic reactions to certain foods and chemicals such as cleaning products, perfumes, tobacco smoke, paint… In addition, Candida can seriously interfere with the endocrine system, as it can fit into certain hormone receptors in cells competing with the hormones themselves but without carrying out their functions. It also has in its cell membrane receptor organs capable of accepting certain hormones, such as progesterone, preventing them from reaching their destination. In short, candidiasis triggers a whole series of events that collapse the immune system and causes a very varied picture of symptoms that makes it difficult to diagnose patients, often treated as hypochondriacs or depressives. They do not receive adequate treatment, the problem getting worse and resulting in an increasingly devastating vicious cycle.
Disorders Directly or Indirectly Related to this Fungus:
- Crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Other Types of Frequent Candidiasis:
Oropharyngeal candidiasis or “thrush.” It is quite common in babies up to 3 months and in the elderly due to the use of dentures. The most common symptom of oral candidiasis is white spots or plaques on the tongue and other membranes of the oral mucous membranes. Candidiasis cutaneous. It can compromise almost any skin surface on the body, but it occurs most often in hot and humid areas such as the folds of the armpits or under the breasts, the English or in the hands and nails of people who usually have wet hands, maybe because of the routine use of rubber gloves. There is a redness and inflammation of the skin, skin rashes sometimes appear with satellite lesions, some degree of peeling and itching (may be intense). Candidiasis vaginal. Vaginal candidiasis is very common in women, especially in pregnant women, affected by diabetes, who have been treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics or use oral contraceptives. The most frequent symptoms are vaginal itching, burning, redness, inflammation, and a thick whitish flow similar to cottage cheese, which can smell like yeast. You may also experience pain during sexual intercourse or frequent need to urinate. Genital candidiasis (male). Genital infection in men is not very common. Some of the symptoms are inflammation of the glans, burning, itching, pain during sexual intercourse, sometimes a whitish discharge or rashes on the foreskin.
Causes of Intestinal Candidiasis:
The Candida is an opportunistic organism that requires specific conditions for their development. Although not always when the conditions occur, the infection develops, there are several predisposing factors:
- Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics (which kill friendly bacteria but not candid) as well as the consequent weakening of the immune system.
- Immunosuppressive diseases: HIV, diabetes, tuberculosis, hepatitis, other infectious diseases…
- Prolonged use of corticosteroids, cytotoxic agents, chemotherapy, surgery, transplants…
- Pregnancy: Yeasts contain receptors for estrogen and progesterone, which are found at high levels during pregnancy, which favors their development.
- Unhealthy habits: habitual consumption of alcohol, tobacco, excessive consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates…
- Nutritional deficiencies: iron deficiency, vitamin B12, folic acid, sulfur or zinc.
- Hormonal contraceptives. They destroy certain nutrients vital to the body’s health (such as vitamin B6) and contain high levels of progestanes, which Continuous stress. Excess cortisol (stress hormone) depresses the immune system and increases glucose levels.
How to Know If You Have Intestinal Candidiasis? (Symptom)
The symptoms of candidiasis are usually very different and confusing, they are difficult to relate to each other and, above all, to associate them with simple fungi … Its diagnosis is usually limited to its most visible and localized manifestations (such as oral or vaginal infections). However, that ‘not seen’ does not mean that ‘it does not exist’ and we should not ignore that the origin of the problem is almost always intestinal. The symptoms of candidiasis vary from one person to another and not all occur simultaneously, but some of them are:
- Desires to eat sweets
- Feeling of “unreality” or “drunkenness”
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Muscle and joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea and / or constipation
- Abdominal distension
- Anal itching
- Itching or vaginal discharge
- Menstrual irregularities and / or menstrual cramps
- Lack of sexual desire
- Indigestion or acidity
- Cold hands and feet
- Frequent need to urinate
- Mucus in the stool
- Intolerance to certain foods
- Numbness or tingling
- Nasal itching
- Sore throat
- Itchy eyes
Treatment of Intestinal Candidiasis:
The treatment standard of candidiasis is the oral administration of antifungal drugs such as fluconazole , or topical creams such as clotrimazole or miconazole (for vaginal candidiasis), however, they have effects significant side, further weaken the system immune and Candida Albicans strains can develop resistance to them. For a complete recovery we must apply a treatment that acts directly on the factors that give rise to the infection. In many cases, and to avoid the recurrence of this stubborn organism, changes should be assumed for life, especially in eating habits. Therefore, and knowing that an oral or vaginal candidiasis is usually only a visible and localized manifestation of an internal, intestinal problem, a comprehensive and natural treatment is recommended that will depend, of course, on the patient’s profile. It is a long process (it should last at least 3 months) and requires commitment and perseverance, but the results are very satisfactory and begin to be noticed from the first weeks.
· Natural Treatment for Candida Infection in the Intestine:
1. Avoid predisposing factors: use of antibiotics, corticosteroids, oral contraceptives …
2. Weaken candid: slow their growth and weaken them by suppressing their main sources of food and helping to purify our body. We must avoid sugar in all its forms (dextrose, glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose and lactose) and the foods that contain it; the fruit, except (in moderation) grapefruit, strawberry, lemon and lime; yeast and fermented foods such as bread, pizza, beer, wine, vinegar … We should also avoid dairy products, refined flours, carbohydrates, high starchy vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash), alcohol, mushrooms… See the full list below. To facilitate intestinal cleansing, both of the candid and of the toxins they produce, we must ensure that we consume a sufficient amount of fiber and water in the diet.
3. Eliminate candid: there are a lot of natural antifungals of equal or greater potency than pharmacological ones, such as garlic, oregano oil, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract , caprylic acid or Pau d ‘ Arc. The best results are obtained by combining and alternating them (for example, rotating them every week).
4. Rebalance and repair the system: take probiotics; Natural yogurts with living organisms such as Lactobacillus acidophilus (check that they are organic and contain such bacteria, most contain Lactobacillus Bulgaricus) or supplements with lactobacillus acidophilus that contain much higher amounts than yogurt. Stimulate the immune system with the seal of gold, selenium, zinc … Repair the intestinal membrane: vitamin A, L-glutamine, essential fatty acids (fish, nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame, flax …), quercetin …
Prohibited Foods in the Diet for Candidiasis:
- Sugar (sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose …) and all foods that contain it.
- Fruit. Except grapefruit, strawberry (in moderation), lemon and lime.
- Yeast: bread, pizza, pastries …
- Dairy products: milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt …
- Refined flour and wheat
- Fermented products: vinegar, beer, wine, soy sauce …
- Stimulants: coffee and tea (except green tea)
- White rice
- Mushrooms: mushrooms, mushrooms.
- Some vegetables (high in starch): pumpkin, potato, sweet potato.
- Nuts: peanuts, pistachios.
Moderate the consumption of:
- Red meat
- Fish: avoid tuna and farmed fish.
Also Avoid any Toxic Agent or Habit that Produces Toxins in our Body:
- Drugs in general
- Absence of physical exercise