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Candida is an essential fungus, a form of yeast, that lives in the human body. You can find it in the mouth and the intestines. Although it is normal to have some of this fungus in the body, candida can also invade the body beyond what is acceptable. This is called candida overgrowth, and it can have some detrimental health effects.
Having too much candida in the body can result in several health problems. This includes all types of digestive issues because too much candida can break down the walls of the intestines. In addition, candida overgrowth may cause problems such as depression, lack of energy, and a whole lot of annoying ailments.
When the production of candida in the body is out of control, it can manifest the following problems:
The sad part is that candida overgrowth may be easily mistaken for other illnesses. Therefore, medical professionals often treat the symptoms of candida overgrowth, and not the actual problem of candida.
One of the biggest culprits in candida overgrowth are antibiotics. These medications wipe out all bacteria, including beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. On the other hand, antibiotics do not affect candida, because it is a fungus. As a result, taking antibiotics can create an imbalance in the body.
Now, if the immune system is strong, it can usually handle the effects of candida overgrowth. Unfortunately, many people have a weakened immune system because the typical western diet lacks the nutrients necessary to maintain strong immune function.
The standard diet consists of lots of carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, sugar, white flour products, and processed foods. In addition, food growers often treat live foods with pesticides and herbicides. As well, they grow these foods in nutrient-depleted soil and radiate them to extend shelf-live.
Consequently, mainstream food choices do not give us the nutrients and healthy probiotic properties necessary to maintain a healthy immune system. As a result, when candida overgrowth happens, the body frequently starts to break down.
Some other factors that may contribute to candida population growing beyond what is healthy are:
The best way to know for sure if you have candida overgrowth is to see a holistic practitioner. However, you can try the following test at home:
There is a process that you can follow to control candida overgrowth. The important thing is that you execute the following five steps simultaneously:
1. Eliminate sugary foods that feed candida.
These include foods with sweeteners such as honey and fructose. In addition, you may want to limit the intake of fruits because they are high in sugar.
When buying processed meats, always read the ingredients because many contain sugar. In fact, read the ingredients list for all processed foods. You’ll be surprised just how many contain sweeteners. Of course, don’t forget that alcohol and many drinks, like a chai latte and coffee drinks, also have lots of sugar.
2. Strengthen your immune system.
This requires a healthy diet, high in lean proteins, good fats and low carbohydrates. All the foods you eat should be fresh and as natural as possible. This means limit processed foods so you eat fewer additives, heavy metals, pesticides and other food industry chemicals.
Another step in supporting a healthy immune system is to supplement with essential vitamins and minerals. The best way to understand what supplements you need is to ask your healthcare practitioner to administer a blood test. Some typical supplements that typically help fortify the immune system are:
3. Kill off candida overgrowth.
The most effective way to start getting rid of excess candida is to fortify your diet with anti-fungal foods. These include the following:
Remember that taking too many supplements can be a strain on the liver, so always check with your healthcare provider if you plan to take several supplements at one time. The ideal way to supplement is to eat a large variety of organic raw vegetables.
4. Introduce more good bacteria into the digestive system.
It is essential that you re-establish the balance of candida and good bacteria in your body. The best way to do this is by eating foods rich in probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria. These are also called probiotics.
Probiotics are present in foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. The best way to get high quality probiotics into your system is to make fermented vegetables at home. Probiotic drinks are also very easy to make at home.
As well, you can buy probiotic supplements with a minimum of 50 billion CFUs (colony forming units). If possible, purchase probiotic supplements that require refrigeration.
5. Stay calm and expect the best results from your healing process.
When your body is already compromised, the last thing you need is stress. Stress on its own can make all the other previous four steps ineffective. In fact, it may have been a culprit in candida overgrowth in the first place.
It is important to utilize several stress relieving techniques during your healing process to help you stay calm. These include exercise, meditation and yoga. Also, don’t forget to have some fun!
Another important aspect of staying stress-free is to take it easy on yourself. Do your best following the steps above, and always be patient and kind to yourself.
Finally, having the right mindset is just as important as following a healthy diet. If you believe that your self-care efforts will pay off in improved health, then that will be your end result. There is a reason why the placebo effect works! The mind is one of the most powerful healing tools, so don’t forget to use it.
About the Author
Anna Hunt is writer, yoga instructor, mother of three, and lover of healthy food. She’s the founder of Awareness Junkie, an online community paving the way for better health and personal transformation. She’s also the co-editor at Waking Times, where she writes about optimal health and wellness. Anna spent 6 years in Costa Rica as a teacher of Hatha and therapeutic yoga. She now teaches at Asheville Yoga Center and is pursuing her Yoga Therapy certification. During her free time, you’ll find her on the mat or in the kitchen, creating new kid-friendly superfood recipes.
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Have you ever been frustrated by a really slow computer? A month ago, I was making a video and it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r to edit the final version. The computer was being choked by a group of programs called “Bloatware.” These programs ate up huge amounts of disk space and processing which turned my computer into a slow moving tortoise.
How is Bloatware that slows down your computer similar to recurring Candida infections in people also diagnosed with Lyme disease?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Candida lives on the skin and in the digestive tract without normally causing symptoms. Candida can cause local infections in the mouth, throat, esophagus and in the vagina. Candida can also cause systemic infections which affect the blood, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and other parts of the body1. Symptoms found in persistent Candida infections can include leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome2, chronic fatigue3, arthritis4, clinical depression5, cerebral abscesses6, neck stiffness, seizures7, fever, chills, weakness, and death8. An immune system weakened by Lyme disease may make people more vulnerable to Candida infections.
A Lyme disease infection may weaken the immune system and make people more susceptible to opportunistic Candida infections9. Also, many Lyme patients receive prolonged antibiotic therapy which can kill off healthy gut microbes and can lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut and Candida overgrowth10. Another theory for chronic Candida in Lyme patients is an inability to produce the necessary inflammatory compounds for eliminating yeast infections.
In a UK study on chronic Candida infection patients, Interleukin-2 (IL-2), Interleukin-12 (IL-12) production was significantly lower and Interleukin-6 (IL-6) production was much higher11. The study indicates that Candida patients over produce IL-6 which can lead to decreased IL-12. Lower IL-12 is correlated with the inability to clear fungal infections. Patients with gastrointestinal Candida have higher levels of Interleukin-17 (IL-17) which promotes fungal colonization12. Not only Candida, but also Lyme infections can lead to excess inflammation production.
Increased IL-6 leading to decreased levels of IL-12 may enable Lyme and Candida infections to persist. In neurological Lyme patients, higher levels of inflammatory compounds including IL-6, IL-2, Interleukin-5 (IL-5), Interleukin-10 (IL-10), and CXCL13 were found in spinal fluid13. In a Borrelia infected mice study, decreased IL-12 lead to decreased arthritis and increased levels of Lyme disease in tissues14. In another study, increased IL-17 led to the development of destructive arthritis in mice infected with Borrelia15. Drug resistant strains of Candida may also lead to persistent yeast infections in Lyme patients.
In the US and Canada, multi-drug resistant strains of Candida have been found in immune compromised patients16. Candida can also produce a protective slime called a “biofilm” which may make infections up to 1000x more drug resistant17. As a result of resistant and biofilm forms of Candida, Lyme patients undergoing antibiotic therapy may experience recurring Candida infections.
Are there natural remedies that can help to reduce recurring symptoms by targeting antibiotic resistant and biofilm forms of Candida?
In a multiple studies, essential oils were effective at inhibiting drug resistant forms of Candida than anti-fungal medications. Other essential oils were highly effective at reducing Candida biofilms. Many of these essential oils have been used safely for years in our food supply18 and to help patients with Candida and Lyme disease to reduce relapsing symptoms. Microparticle “liposome” essential oils have greater penetration into organs and tissues in animal and lab studies19.
Clove bud essential oil demonstrated considerable anti-fungal properties against Fluconazole-resistant strains of Candida in one lab study20. In another study, clove bud exhibited anti-biofilm activity against Candida species biofilms21. In another lab study, clove bud inhibited IL-6, interleukin-1beta (IL-1β), and IL-1022.
Clove bud essential oil eradicated all Lyme disease persister cells and dissolved biofilms in a lab study23. In multiple animal and lab studies, clove bud oil has also been effective against biofilms produced by Staphylococcus aureus24, E. Coli25, and Aeromonas hydrophila26. In multiple lab studies, clove oil inhibits Salmonella typhimurium, E. coli, B. cereus, Listeria innocua, Morganella morganii, Listeria monocytogenes, Enterobacteriaceae, S. aureus, and Pseudomonas species27. This oil also posses potent anti-fungal properties against Aspergillus flavus28.
Clove bud oil use is cautioned in pregnancy. This oil has anti-coagulant properties and is cautioned with the use of diabetic medications, anticoagulant medications, after major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, and other bleeding disorders. It may interact with pethidine, MAOIs or SSRIs. It is also cautioned against using this oil on diseased or damaged, or hypersensitive skin, and with children under 2 years old This oil has US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status29. Similar to clove bud oil, tea tree has excellent anti-Candida properties.
In lab studies, tea tree oil inhibited drug resistant Candida strains30 and was effective at inhibiting biofilm growth31. Tea tree oil was also effective against Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Saccharomyces cerevisiae32, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its biofilm,33 Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus34, Aspergillus fumigatus, Penicillium chrysogenum35, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Mycoplasma hominis and Mycoplasma fermentans36, group A streptococcus37, Fusarium graminearum, Fusarium culmorum, Pyrenophora graminea38, Alternaria alternata, Botrytis cinerea and Fusarium oxysporum39 in lab and animal studies.
In an endotoxin lab study, tea tree essential oil was effective at lowering inflammatory compounds IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-1040. In another lab study, tea tree oil decreased IL-2 and increased anti-inflammatory compound IL-441. Caution: some cases have been reported where tea tree oil caused allergic dermatitis when placed on the skin42. In five cases, high doses of this oil internally, 0.5-1.0 ml/kg, have produced central nervous system symptoms of loss of coordination, drowsiness, unconsciousness, diarrhea, and abdominal pain43. Just like tea tree, geranium essential oil has multiple anti-Candida properties.
In multiple lab studies, geranium oil inhibited Fluconazole resistant Candida strains44 and inhibited multiple Candida species biofilms45. Geranium oil was also effective at significantly decreasing inflammatory compounds IL-6, IL-10, IL-2 and COX-2 levels when exposed to Candida proteins in another lab study46. In a mouse study, this oil inhibited the degranulation of mast cells47.
The use of geranium oil is cautioned with diabetes medications, drugs metabolized by CYP2B6, and has a low risk of skin sensitization48. Just like geranium, savory reduced resistant forms of Candida.
Due to their compositional similarity, winter and summer savory essential oils are grouped together here. In one lab study, winter savory essential oil was highly effective at inhibiting drug resistant strains of Candida glabrata49. In another lab study, summer savory essential oil demonstrated substantial anti-fungal activity against Candida albicans and it’s biofilms50.
Since these oils may inhibit blood clotting; use is cautioned with anticoagulant medications, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia, other bleeding disorders. Use is also cautioned with diabetic medications, use on mucous membranes due to a moderate risk of irritation and use on hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin due to a low risk of skin irritation. Use is also cautioned in children under 2 years of age51. Similar to savory, lemon has demonstrated anti-Candida properties.
In lab studies, lemon essential oil was effective at inhibiting drug-resistant Candida species52. This oil was also 100% effective at reducing a mixed species Candida albicans and E. Coli biofilm53. If applied to the skin, skin must not be exposed to sunlight or sunbed rays for 12 hours54. These essential oils in combination may help to reduce relapsing symptoms caused by drug resistant and biofilm forms of Candida in patients with Lyme disease.
Similar to deleting the Bloatware off your computer to speed it up, a powerful combination of essential oils may help you to overcome energy draining and relapsing symptoms caused by drug resistant and biofilm forms of Candida. Formulating these remedies into microparticle liposomes may enhance the stability and extend the anti-fungal activity of these essential oils. Since these essential oils have cautions and contraindications on their use, work with a Lyme literate essential oil practitioner to develop a proper, safe, and effective strategy for your condition.
“Recitas, author of ‘The Plan,’ calls MSM the wonder supplement for your gut. It can alleviate allergy symptoms, helps with detoxification, eliminates free radicals, and improves cell permeability. She states that with given time, MSM will start to actually repair damage caused by leaky gut – a common problem with Lyme/MSIDS patients. It can also help the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Many Lyme patients struggle with paralysis of the gut where the muscles of the stomach and intestines stop being efficient. MSM helps this muscle tone as well.”
If you’ve been in holistic health or chronic illness circles for any length of time, you’ve probably bore witness to the panic that ensues at the very mention of the word “candida.” But just what is it about this microbe that causes a particular stir among people? And, what role does it play in contributing to the health challenges so many of us struggle with?
Here, we aim to answer your most pressing questions about candida so that you can implement any changes you may need to improve your health.
Candida is a type of yeast — a single-cell microorganism — that normally takes up residence in various niches in the body such as the skin, mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. “Candida has to have a host to survive, and it’s commensal,” says Dr. Bill Rawls, Medical Director of Vital Plan, meaning it’s opportunistic and benefits from its association with other organisms.
This is compared to the mutualistic relationship we have with our normal flora that’s been honed for millions and millions of years, explains Dr. Rawls, where the microbes are taking advantage of us, but we have also learned to take advantage of them.
For instance, there are numerous bacteria in our digestive tract that, in exchange for being well fed, aid with nutrient metabolism, vitamin production, and waste processing. Candida is an exception when it comes to providing advantages: It does nothing that we know of to support or improve our overall health and well-being.
Candida belongs to the kingdom of organisms known as fungi, which also includes mushrooms, mold, mildew, and more. Along with a spectrum of different types of microbes, everyone has some amount of candida in their gut. If you’re a healthy individual, other microorganisms that make up your body’s unique flora (the total sum of which is called your microbiome), such as bacterial constituents Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum, work synergistically to maintain a balance with one another so that one or more don’t become problematic to your health.
Currently, there are more than 20 known species of candida that cause infections or yeast overgrowth in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common type to affect humans is known as Candida albicans (C. albicans).
You may already be familiar with the more common types of candida overgrowth like oral thrush (often seen in babies and older adults) or vaginal yeast infections. Generally, a candida infection isn’t life-threatening, though it may make you feel lousy. But if overgrowth remains untreated, it can spread to the bloodstream, causing a serious infection called invasive candidiasis, which can affect the blood, certain organs, bones, and more, states the CDC.
The symptoms of a candida infection can range from mild to severe, and they vary from person to person. For instance, one person may experience bloating and nothing else; another may struggle with every possible side effect. Candida overgrowth symptoms include any number of the following:
If you’re thinking that sounds like a long laundry list of symptoms that could easily be confused with a number of other health problems, you’re right. What’s more, candida infections rarely exist by themselves, says Dr. Rawls. Most likely, if you have an overgrowth of the yeast, you also have an excess of other opportunistic microbes in the gut, and it can be difficult to differentiate between them.
If we all carry some candida in our body, why do some of us experience overgrowth and miserable symptoms, but the rest of us never know the fungus is even present? Here are the common underlying causes for candida infection.
For candida overgrowth to occur, you must experience a disruption in your immune system, Dr. Rawls notes. We are regularly exposed to microbes that can make us sick, but often our good flora are able to keep those pathogens in check.
“It’s the balance of the microbiome that we’re finding is so important to disease,” says Dr. Rawls. “And candida overgrowth, in particular, is a symptom of someone’s immune system being trashed, and their microbiome being disturbed — which is not in itself, an illness.”
Underlying immune dysfunction can be a result of chronic illness (including chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome) or any immune-weakening disease or condition. A number of lifestyle factors may also be at play, including lack of sleep, chronic stress, and inactivity—all of which can hamper immune function and upset your body’s balance of flora.
In addition to immune system dysfunction, candida overgrowth is typically preceded by a breakdown in your gut health, and microbiome imbalance is soon to follow. Conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and gluten intolerance often coincide with candida overgrowth. Chronic stress is a top culprit, as is consuming excessive refined carbohydrates (candida thrive on starch—more on that below).
One way the gut flora can be disrupted is through the use of antibiotics, such as when treating Lyme disease and common co-infections like mycoplasma and bartonella. Antibiotics target bacteria – including the ones that are helpful to your body. Researchers discovered that when antibiotics kill off various beneficial bacterial species in the gut, the balance of microbes that normally keeps candida in check begins to shift. This creates favorable conditions for fungal communities to thrive, and can set the stage for candida overgrowth, as stated in the journal, Trends in Microbiology.
To compound the problem, says Dr. Rawls, the diet most common in modern Western society – excess carbohydrates, refined grains, and saturated fats, and minimal fresh produce, lean protein, and healthy fats – is neither natural nor nourishing to our bodies. The reason sugar and refined carbohydrates get a bad rap is that they act as fuel sources for candida. When you feed candida, you facilitate overgrowth and microbiome disruption, which further disrupts the immune system and impairs its ability to maintain a symbiotic relationship with numerous other microbes.
Another cause of yeast overgrowth includes exposure to environmental and chemical toxins. A prime example of an environmental toxin is mold. All houses have some mold inside of them, about half of which are at problematic levels. Both mold spores and mold metabolites, known as mycotoxins, are present in the air. When inhaled, they can suppress your immune system and allow candida overgrowth, explains Dr. Rawls. Plus, candida itself can produce its own mycotoxins that make you miserable.
Regarding chemical toxins, Dr. Rawls suggests that people are often unaware of the barrage of hidden, chemical exposures present in homes and the environment, which can contribute to hormone imbalances, and ultimately, immunosuppression. Top sneaky toxins found in homes include:
In many cases, candida overgrowth can be assumed based on an assessment of your symptoms and a risk factor analysis—no separate candida-focused testing needed, says Dr. Rawls.
But in severe cases where symptoms are persistent and life-disrupting, there might be a need to gather additional medical information, such as the strain or species of yeast you’re trying to combat. Other people simply feel more comfortable with an official diagnosis. In those instances, work with your doctor to determine whether the following tests may be appropriate:
There are a variety of specialty labs offering a comprehensive stool analysis, which checks for the strain and species of yeasts that reside in your gut. They can tell you whether your candida levels fall within the normal range (though not what might be a normal for your particular microbiome).
Blood work examines the IgG, IgM, and IgA antibody levels of candida. Elevated antibody levels can indicate a candida overgrowth somewhere in the body. But similar to antibody tests that check for Lyme disease, it’s possible to get a false negative. That’s because when candida suppresses the immune system, your body may not be able to yield a sufficient response and produce measurable levels of antibodies for the test.
If an overgrowth of candida is present in the gut, it creates a metabolite known as D-Arabinitol, which will be excreted in the urine as a byproduct.
Another way to assess immune function, a CBC can detect a low white blood cell count, which has been associated with yeast overgrowth. But it’s important to note that results are very non-specific, says Dr. Rawls. A low white blood cell count could indicate any number of other illnesses, so a CBC test alone will not help you pinpoint candida infection.
This detects the DNA of certain specific candida species. A negative test indicates that either the species-specific DNA is not present, or that levels are present at a concentration below the detectable limit.
It’s important to note that no testing methods provide a foolproof way to detect the presence of candida overgrowth. Positive test results or no, if you suspect you’re suffering from yeast overgrowth, treatment aimed at restoring immune and gut health and balancing the microbiome will address yeast overgrowth along with too-high levels of other problematic microbes and related health concerns.
While there may be instances where a short course of antifungal medication is warranted to jumpstart the treatment, over time, candida can become resistant to conventional therapies. To get well, Dr. Rawls emphasizes the importance of treating the underlying illness, which includes restoring healthy immune function and balance in the microbiome.
Step one? Herbal interventions. “Virtually any herb is going to have some effect on yeast,” says Dr. Rawls. “One of the nice properties of herbs is they tend to suppress pathogens without affecting the normal flora. So herbs have a balancing effect on the gut, which is very different than prescription antifungals and antibiotics.”
Certain herbs have been shown to be particularly effective against yeast. They include berberine, andrographis, cat’s claw, garlic, and Japanese knotweed. Additionally, herbs like Reishi mushroom and cordyceps are highly helpful. Both Reishi and cordyceps are fungal species, and some people are hesitant to pit fungus against fungus, but Dr. Rawls assures that both are especially beneficial for balancing the immune system and normalizing immune response.
Also key is reassessing your diet and nixing excess sugar, refined carbohydrates, and starch—yeast’s favorite foods. “If you don’t feed candida, they can’t thrive—simple as that,” says Dr. Rawls.
That means staying away from sweets, fruits, alcohol, processed foods, and grains, and avoiding starchy vegetables such as potatoes, acorn and butternut squash, peas, corn, pumpkin, parsnips, and plantains. Stick with this candida diet until your symptoms subside, then gradually add foods back in — one every few days or so—and watch to be sure your symptoms don’t flare up again.
Beyond that comes adopting all the habits that are vital to supporting a strong immune system, one that’s capable of maintaining healthy balance in your microbiome and keeping yeast and other troublemakers at bay. That includes cultivating eight hours of sleep each night, taking steps to minimize the stress in your life, and reducing your exposure to toxins.
Finally, empower and educate yourself about your condition. While most people with candida overgrowth are able to get a handle on the problem all on their own, sometimes a stubborn infection calls for additional support. So if you do consult with a physician, you’ll be armed and ready with plenty of information to discuss your needs and treatment options with them.
Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio, OTR/L, is a medical, health, and lifestyle writer and editor, and a licensed occupational therapist. Her work has been found in leading publications like HuffPost, Men’s Health Magazine, Prevention Magazine, and many others. Her areas of expertise include chronic health conditions, wellness, mind-body fitness, and chronic illness management. You can find her personal Lyme story on her blog, The Lyme Road or diving into the grassroots, Lyme disease awareness movement, Lyme Disease Challenge. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.