Candida albicans is an opportunistic human fungal pathogen that causes Candidiasis.
Candidiasis is generally characterized by “feeling sick all over”.
Fatigue, allergies, immune system malfunction, depression, chemical sensitivities, and digestive disturbances are just some of the symptoms that may be experienced.
The approach of Naturopathy suggests that proper digestion is a necessity for
and incomplete or disordered digestion can be a major contributor to the development of many diseases.
The public and many physicians became aware of the importance of the Candida problem In 1983, After Orion Truss published “The Missing Diagnosis” and one year later William Crook published “The Yeast Connection”.
In our Gastrointestinal tract, there is a population of microflora
This microflora refers to the entire population of microorganisms that colonizes a particular location and includes not just the friendly bacteria, but also other microbes such as fungi, archaea, viruses, and protozoans (1)
The intestinal microflora is a complex ecosystem containing over 400 different bacterial species (2)
The composition of human gut microbiota changes over time, when the diet changes, and as overall health changes.
Candida albicans is the most common fungal opportunistic pathogen in our gut.
At normal levels, the fungus is not problematic.
However, when Candida begins to grow uncontrollably under certain circumstances, it can cause an infection known as candidiasis.
Candida is usually controlled by friendly gut flora, our immune defence system and intestinal pH.
When the bacteria that normally balanced Candida is destroyed, it causes what is commonly known as a yeast infection because it produces a smell like yeasty bread.
Symptoms of Candida:
- Tiredness that worsens after eating
- Food allergies and/or other allergies
- Digestive disorders- wind, bloating, constipation, bad breath, diarrhoea, swelling and abdominal pain
- Craving for sweets and pastries, nervousness, mood swings, a feeling of “cloudiness”, depression, anxiety, disturbances of concentration, restlessness, irritability.
- Headaches, migraines
- Vaginal infections
- Irregular menstruation, menstrual cramps
All these symptoms can also be related to other conditions.
In order to diagnose Candidiasis, when we notice the symptoms, it is recommended to do a stool and blood lab tests.
There is also a comprehensive questionnaire.
The diagnosis is best made by evaluation of a patient’s history and clinical picture.
Candidiasis risk factors:
- Taking antibiotics
- Poor nutrition
- Gastrointestinal acidity or lack of digestive enzymes
- Nutritional deficiencies
- A weak immune system
A number of dietary factors appear to promote the overgrowth of Candida albicans.
The most important factors are a high intake of sugar, milk, and other dairy products,
foods containing a high content of yeast or mould, and food allergens.
If you suffer from Candidiasis – avoid the following:
- Sugar of any kind
- Artificial sweeteners
- Yeast and mould
- Starchy vegetables – corn, potatoes
- Food colours, preservatives
- Processed foods, including snacks, sausages
- Caffeine, smoking
- Vinegar (In some case unrefined apple cider vinegar will be ok)
- Tap water (Chemicals that added to the tap water, will encourage candida overgrowth)
In Naturopathy we suggest treating Candida by improving the immune function, supporting the liver function, and balance the activity of the digestive system.
We adjust herbal medicine, aromatherapy and mind-body support.
Herbal Remedies, with anti-inflammatory and antifungal activities, may support the body while treating Candida:
Tabebuia impetiginosa, Known also as Pau D’Arco
An evergreen canopy tree that is native to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical regions of South and Central America.
In the traditional medicine, pau d’arco is used for bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections.
Rich in concentrated phenols that prevent fungal infection.
It also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties.