CANDIDA / YEAST PROTOCOL
Do you (or a loved one) ever experience any of these health issues?
- Cravings for sweets
- Bad breath
- White coat on tongue / oral thrush
- Brain fog
- Hormone imbalance
- Joint pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic sinus and allergy issues
- Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
- Weak immune system
- Repeated jock itch or athlete’s foot
- Acid reflux
- Night sweats
- Anal itching
- Skin and nail fungal/yeast overgrowth
- Acne/ skin eruptions
If so, these are just some of the signs that you may have candida… a common yeast overgrowth in the gut or mouth.
If you do a quick GOOGLE search you’ll find thousands of articles written by individuals who want to sell you the latest greatest yeast cleansing products. They will tell you that that CAUSE of the yeast overgrowth is anything from: antibiotic use, birth control pills, oral steroids, diabetes, certain medications, too much sugar, a weakened immune system and of course “leaky gut syndrome”! You will find diet plans like “Phase One” or “Candida Diet” etc. that tell you to avoid fruits, sugars, grains, etc. you will be told to eat lots of yogurt and take high doses of probiotics.
Lining your gut are about 10 – 12 layers of good bacteria that are responsible for turning the food you eat into YOU by producing all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate correctly. Those bugs (the good bacteria) rely on you to put into your body what they need to do their jobs.
Most likely at some point in your life you were given antibiotics to kill off some undesirable parasite (bad bacteria) in your body. The problem is that when you took that antibiotic you also killed all the good guys along with the bad guys. A single full course of antibiotics can destroy up to 6 of the 12 layers of good bacteria. In your effort to “eat healthy” you might spend money on organic foods, you might be ingesting tons of probiotics and taking lots of vitamins and minerals… but it’s all almost useless because you aren’t actually absorbing the bulk of the nutrients… the good bacteria that do the heavy breaking down of foods are no longer present to help with that absorption!
Our guts contain over 1,000 varieties of good bacteria… as one researcher puts it: “a virtual zoo in our bodies!” These good guys really hate parasites that come in and disrupt everything… particularly they do not like CANDIDA ALBICANS. Candida is a specific pathogen (germ) that feeds off our sugar and grain consumption. There is no question that Candida illnesses are of epidemic proportions in our society today; mainly because we have not known how to “treat” it with a great deal of success.
The typical American adult consumes up to 150 pounds of added sugar a year. Processed grains are major sources of the sugar we consume. Even food we don’t think of as “sweet” like: Ketchup, nut butters, yogurt, milk products often contain sugar or sugar substitutes. (An example is: GREEK YOGURT has more sugar than a can of soda!)
Food cravings aren’t just in your head.
They are in your GUT!
You may think the reason for you pigging out on donuts and chocolate cake or tortilla chips is because you just love the taste and texture, but the real reason is this: the Candida in your gut thrive on sugar and to get their fix they release chemicals that bring on carb or sugar cravings.
Sweets excite the same centers in the brain that are stimulated by drugs like heroin and cocaine. They release the neurotransmitter dopamine, triggering a pleasure response, and you end up associating food with pleasure. Now that you want more pleasure, you eat more of that food… and the cycle just keeps repeating. (And the damn food companies KNOW this!!!!)
Ok… back to Candida… there are no known benefits of Candida to the human body. The job of Candida is to ferment your body after you die so it decays properly. Sounds gruesome, doesn’t it! The deal is… you certainly don’t want this process to start too early!!!
Athletes food (toenail fungus), vaginal yeast infections, yeast in the ears, or on your skin are all caused by this Candida overgrowth. Most doctors treat with a cream or suppository… as if treating the visual site will cure it. It doesn’t. It’s not a “localized” problem. It’s systemic (all over). If you see it as “athlete’s foot” … then it has really overgrown throughout the body and has set up housekeeping in your gut. So … when you give in to your “craving” for that blueberry muffin or donut or cookie or processed pasta, you are feeding the Candida in your gut!
Not only is Candida Albicans the cause of many vaginal, mouth, throat and gastro infections… it’s well known to also affect almost all body parts, organs, tissues and cells. Research physicians suspect Candida as a major contributor to AIDS, various forms of cancer, infertility in women, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, arthritis, pneumonia, meningitis, myasthenia gravis, and a multitude of mental and physical discomforts, etc.
Once Candida has taken over your gut, the good bacteria don’t have a chance. If you take a full dosage of antibiotics, the Candida proliferates. They set up house all over the gut and body. In your effort to combat this you run to your local health food store and buy a “good” probiotic thinking that will help. Sometimes you remember to take it and maybe sometimes you forget. You hope that this little probiotic will replenish all the good gut flora and ask the Candida to please move out. Sadly… the Candida is going to literally laugh at this attempt to repopulate with good bacteria. Imagine, if you will… if you walked into a Hell’s Angel’s biker bar and asked one of the bikers to move off his barstool so you can sit down!?!? Are you kidding? Not going to happen.
In order to fix this situation, you will have to completely remove the bad guys, the Candida. If you don’t… then all the probiotics you take are pretty much going into the toilet.
The best way to remove these “Hell’s Angel’s bikers” is to add into your body a “friendly yeast” called Saccharomyces boulardii, or S. boulardii. This strain is non-colonizing and isn’t going to create disease in your body… instead it competes with the Candida and displaces it, moving the Candida through your GI tract and out in your stool without killing it. Pretty ingenious, isn’t it? This particular type of yeast (S. boulardii) remains inside you only for about 5 or 6 days before your body naturally eliminates it. It only takes about 2 weeks (maybe a tad longer) to move out the bulk of the Candida in your gut. You do need to take a high-quality multi-strain probiotic so the good guys can move back in and start to colonize again.
You also MUST eat right. If you keep feeding the Candida there is no point in trying to move it out! And if you take S. boulardii while continuing a poor diet… then you will feel bloated and uncomfortable and pass a ton of gas!
STEPS to eliminate Candida
- Avoid all processed oils, sugar and grains (even whole grains) for 3 days then immediately start a high-quality S. boulardii supplement and take for 2-8 weeks straight while maintaining the diet ( Paleo diet without grains, added sugars; avoid all soy and most but not all fruits)
- Eat lot of complex carbs like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy, dark greens. Eat organic meat, fish, eggs for proteins. Eat fruit (berries & avocados & olives) ONLY at lunch. Walnuts, pecans and seeds are ok.
Avoid: wine, beer, breads, vinegars, honey, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, gluten, rye, oats, barley, and dairy. We may actually for an 8 -12 week period or a bit longer suggest you eating a PALEO-ish diet (see our option 1 plan)
- May need to add in GRAPEFRUIT SEED EXTRACT TO HELP KILL OFF any yeast (up to 8 daily)
We carry in our office the highest quality probiotics and S. boulardii that you can get. Please do not just purchase off the Internet or local health food store. Work with a practitioner who understands this.
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