When we talk about yeast overgrowth, we’re often referring to an overgrowth of Candida albicans in the gut. Usually, this yeast co-exists with our gut flora in ratios that are not detrimental to you the host. It is estimated that more than 70% of us have strains of this yeast in our guts. The issues arise when it grows out of control. An overgrowth of yeast such as Candida can cause inflammation in your gut leading to compromised health across a myriad of systems causing a wide range of symptoms.
The six common symptoms of Candida albican overgrowth
What are pathogens and do I need to worry about them?
A pathogen is defined as a bacterium, parasites, or other microorganism that may cause disease. Pathogens including Candida albicans release up to 80 different metabolites, including uric acid, ammonia, and a neurotoxin named acetaldehyde. Pathogens rarely exist in isolation because the toxins they produce create and environment and terrain that are favourable to the proliferation of other pathogens. It is important to identify the chief pathogen and tailor your protocol accordingly.
Candida and headaches, migraines and brain fog
What causes yeast and candida albican overgrowth?
How to get rid of candida albican and other pathogens
Treating Candida is not always easy because it is such an opportunistic pathogen and many of the symptoms of yeast overgrowth also coincide with parasite infections and dysbiosis (an imbalance in gut microbiome with high levels of non-beneficial bacteria present).
What is Candida die-off
When large amounts of fungal and yeast cells are killed of rapidly, candida die-off may occur. The medical term for this is the Herxheimer reaction also referred to as a Herx reaction or healing crisis. The symptoms you experience can be a worsening of the very issues you are aiming to treat. Hence the term healing crisis to describe the process of getting worse before you get better.
The Herx reaction is caused by an immune cascade that challenges the immune response due to the rapid release of endotoxin like products released by the death of harmful microorganisms within the body during antibiotic, antifungal or antifungal treatments.
Certain key factors can exacerbate the severity of a Herx reaction, including and already overwhelmed or ‘stressed’ liver. In fact, an underlying cause of yeast being able to overpopulate the gut is a liver that has become increasingly stressed and unable to clear out the toxic by-products of normal metabolic processes. This can then cause a knock on effect to the gut health and is associated with many of the same symptoms as candida overgrowth. Our method is designed to avoid and reduce the level of Herx reaction our clients experience. For instance, in most cases the liver will also be working at maximum capacity to filter out normal day to day toxins out of the body. Therefore, in our treatment protocols we show you how to avoid die-off symptoms by strengthening the 5 elimination organs first: the gut, the kidneys, the liver, the lungs and the skin,
How to get rid of Candida albican and other pathogens (without die off)
In our clinic, we use a multitude of antifungal compounds, beneficial yeasts, binders, probiotics and, plants, herbs, dietary interventions, and nutrients to deal with yeast, bacteroid, parasites and their unpleasant metabolites
However, for a permanent and immediate solution it is important to address the underlying factors that allowed the yeast or pathogen to take up residence in the first place.
We recommend a gradual process that results in improved energy and wellbeing that makes it easier to want to adhere to the dietary and lifestyle changes that underpin the bespoke natural medicine protocol. The approach we use is not massively restrictive because we focus on strengthening you and your digestion first.
Step 1 Test – we like to use the Health MOT Screening with Food Intolerance because it shows the levels of pathogens but also the systems affected but we also use stool testing if appropriate -details available on request.
Step 2 Improve your diet:
Candida overgrowth is often associated with gut inflammation, intestinal permeability (leaky gut), and chronic digestive problems.
These symptoms can be addressed by a whole food natural diet that is high in fibre, low in refined sugar, and full of anti-inflammatory foods.
Here are some simple rules to get you started:
The most important of these (and sometimes the hardest) is to avoid added refined sugars. To reduce die- off you can do this gradually and by replacing refined sugars such as dextrose and high fructose corn syrup with whole fruit sugars with the fibre rich skin on where possible.
Where possible, you should also avoid inflammatory foods like processed foods, alcohol and caffeine as much as possible. By doing this, you can boost your gut health and speed up your recovery.
Step 3 Pathogen Cleanse
Taking a good probiotic will crowd out the Candida yeast and start to heal your gut. And natural antifungals will help to reverse the Candida overgrowth. Again, knowing the chief king pin pathogen (i.e. bacteria, yeast or parasite) will save time and generate more permanent results.
Naturopath Nutritional and Herbal Medic Therapists providing programmes designed to restore health & optimise wellbeing.