Candida imbalance is one of the most common disorders we treat in our clinic. Among its main causes are:
- Over use of antibiotics/steroids – Heavy metals/amalgam in teeth – The contraceptive pill or HRT – An infected partner – Excess sugar in the diet – Hormonal fluctuations – Oral contraception
Candida can even be contracted by babies in the birth canal.
The common symptoms of Candida are: bloating, IBS, diarrhoea, constipation, depression, anxiety, skin itching, dandruff, athlete’s foot, PMT, migraine, cystitis and even endometriosis, recurrent or persistent thrush, fungal infections of the skin and nails, chronic fatigue, loss of energy, decreased libido, allergies, psoriasis, eczema, menstrual problems, abdominal bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, frequent infections of the upper respiratory tract including coughs, colds, sinusitis and irritabilityIt can also cause depletion in stomach acid and digestive enzymes, which have the knock-on effect of poor supplement absorption.
A misconception about Candida is that it is, in itself, a “bad” thing. In fact, everyone has Candida! The common yeast Candida Albicans normally lives harmlessly in the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal tract, where it is controlled by friendly gut bacteria. It only becomes a health concern when it is grows out of balance.
A higher than normal glucose content of the mucous membranes of the body allows Candida to flourish. This can result in vaginal thrush, or the more chronic condition known as Candidiasis. This can occur through eating too many refined carbohydrates, sweets, soft drinks, white flour products, and the line; which find their way to the mucous to form food for the yeast. Other sugary foods which may aggravate the problem include fruits and alcohol.
As noted above, everyone has the yeast in their body; it just needs to be balanced. At The Centre For Integrated Health, we determine what any contributing medicinal factors may be. We also screen for dietary factors that could exacerbate the condition, and map out an eating plan for the period in which the yeast will “die off.” We then explain the dynamics of the whole system, so people can learn how to keep the yeast balanced.
Generally, probiotic therapy is often recommended. For children, we have very gentle treatments that are suitable to their growing bodies.
“P”, a photographer and piano tuner, suffered from severe Candida, as did his wife. When their baby was born, there were complications because of the severity of the case of Candida that he had been passed by his parents. Symptoms “P” was experiencing included experiencing chest pains, a lack of concentration and a constant feeling of lethargy.
This condition had taken its toll on both his personal life and his professional life (his job actually had played a part in the advancement of his condition – he’d spent a great deal of time entertaining clients over the years). He realized it was time he visited The Centre For Integrated Health.
First, his health status was comprehensively assessed using the pioneering non-invasive full system scan. This information was then used to devise a diet plan and a homeopathy and supplement regime.
“P”s Candida is now completely gone, and he has launched energetically into a new career!
At the risk of being repetitious, please let us say again: everyone has Candida! So please don’t feel embarrassed or uncomfortable if you’re dealing with this problem; it’s not a question of the yeast itself, it’s simply a matter of balance.
There follows a list of products that clients have enjoyed success with. For personalised advice, please email or call 01730 233 414.
Acidophilus is renowned to be of use for the balance of good and bad bacteria in the bowel. It can be used to return the intestinal flora back to normal, healthy levels (natural flora levels may be affected by fungus or antibiotics). It contains high potency lactobacillus and bifidus, both known to support your body's defenses against intestinal inflammation and diseases. Our formulation contains 8 billion live bacteria per capsule (at time of manufacture),and fructooligosaccharides (fos) for the best assimilation. Fos have been shown to help with improvement of calcium and magnesium absorption, balance gut ph, lipid profiles, strengthening of intestinal barrier and reduction of pathogenic bacteria.
Nutrivital B Complex can be used support the nervous system and boost energy as B vitamins are easily depleted when the body is stressed emotionally or physically. B Vitamins are required for the release of energy from food and aid in the proper function of the heart, nervous system and muscles, as well as being vital for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair, and nails. B6 is extremely important for hormonal balance, fatty acid metabolism, fluid balance, and the production of stomach acid. It can also help you to keep a clear head.In this complex, Vitamin B6 is included as pyridoxal-5-phosphate - an easily assimilated form. Our B Complex has a great blend of all of the important B vitamins.
Vitalyze was designed to help support the body in maintaining a healthy balance of Candida. This formula contains a selection of well-known herbs like Echinacea, Golden Seal, Pau D’arco and Garlic to compliment this, as well as chromium to support carbohydrate metabolism. Also included are Psyllium husk and Glucomannan as bulking agents to help cleanse the sides of the intestines. Removing candida from the system can be a lengthy process and needs to be combined with a yeast and sugar-free diet. High glycaemic index foods such as potatoes, bananas and white rice, corn should also be avoided for maximum effectiveness. For the best results combine with Nutrivital Acidophilus and L-Glutamine Plus as a powerful anti-fungal regimen to eliminate the symptoms of candida.
Nutrivital Yucca is traditionally used for cleaning the colon and regulating colonic bacteria as it is believed to have powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. This implies the support of the body's other eliminative systems, such as kidneys, liver, lymph and blood. It is also traditionally used as a gentle laxative to correct constipation.Yucca is high in vitamins A, B, and C, and contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper, all of which support the proper functioning of the digestive tract. Research Study Research Study In 1975, Dr. Robert Bingham, director of the National Arthritis Medical Clinic, tested Yucca saponin extract on 149 patients at the California center. Most of the patients later felt less pain, stiffness, and swelling in their joints. Others also received additional benefits, such as migraine relief, lower blood pressure, and cholestero/-triglyceride reduction. Dr. Bingham believes that the saponins aid digestion and absorption of fats. They work as cleansing substances, which help prevent absorption of harmful bacteria and protozoa from the bowel that cause stiffness and inflammation in the joints. Take10 drops in a little water or apply topically 2 month supply if 10 drops per day 1 month supply if 20 drops per day. Occasionally, Yucca can cause intestinal cramping and harsh bowel evacuation. In these cases, reduce the amount of Yucca taken, and/or combine with ginger. It is not recommended that Yucca is used from more than three months, as it may interfere with fat-soluble vitamins.