Fungi are living organisms that live in their kingdom. They are not animals, plants or bacteria. They have complex eukaryotic cell-like animals and plants, and they are microorganisms such as yeast and moulds. They can live in and out of the human body. They are under control by our healthy bacteria and our immune system.
What is Candidiasis?
It’s a fungal infection caused by a yeast called candida, there are many candida species, but the most known is Candida Albicans.
Where can candidiasis be found in and on the human body?
Candida is usually found in the mouth, intestine, skin, and vaginal.
Thrush: is the name for a mouth infection caused by Candida Albicans fungus. The truth’s symptoms are a white-coated presence on the tongue, mouth, and throat. It affects moist surfaces around the lips, inside the cheeks, and tongue and palate.
In most cases of esophagitis, Candida infections can spread to the oesophagus, causing esophagitis.
Cutaneous skin candidiasis: candida can cause skin infections. It can be found on your toenails, which results in yellow nails, in the cease of the buttocks, around the groin, and the skin folds under large breasts.
Vaginal yeast infections: vaginal yeast is usually not transmitted sexually. Vaginal yeast infection is more susceptible to happen during pregnancy or if you have diabetes. The use of antibiotics or birth control pills can promote yeast infection.
Deep candidiasis: can be found in the intestines, which takes control of your body, create inflammation, change the pathway of your hormones, and the function of your organs, and it can be the result of your illness, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, gastric ulcers, hypothyroidism and diabetes
When the candida becomes candidiasis?
We are all living with a small amount of candida in our body that it’s under control by our good and healthy bacteria and our body’s immune system. But unfortunately, when there is a compromise in our immune system or an unbalanced in our beneficial bacteria the candida can grow and starts to infect parts of our body which is known as candidiasis.
What are the factors of candida growth?
Eating a diet high in sugar and refined carbs
High alcohol intake
A weakened immune system
Taking oral contraceptives
When candida overproduces, it creates a cascade of signs and symptoms
Oral thrush (white/yellow coated in the mouth, geographic tongue)
Digestive issues ( bloating, constipation, indigestion)
Recurrent skin infection and nail fungal infection
Recurrent vaginal infection /urinary tract infection
Lack of nutrients
Fever and chills
How can I test for candida?
How can you treat candidiasis?
I have seen many protocols or websites saying controversial protocols. In my practice, my protocol is no one-size-fits-all. It is a personalised protocol that suits you and your needs, as candidiasis affects people with different symptoms.
Diet: Mostly, the candida diet would be the first diet that you will see everywhere, which is to stop having yeast and mouldy food - This includes removing the following:
Yeast food: bread, Biere
What science is behind it?
Some sources say eating and avoiding certain foods can reduce Candida yeast infections. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to support this claim.
My expertise: We know that candida is an opportunist, and when you have dysbiosis (unbalanced of your microbiome ), the candida will grow. When you follow a candida diet, you are mainly cutting the important food that nourishes your microbiome, with could weaken your microbiome more and push the overgrowing of your candida. Also, I see many clients who decide to cut all carbs for too long, which is hard to reintroduce as they don't tolerate them anymore.
Studies suggest that plaque and tartar in inpatients with candida are significant. 83.4% of patients with candida have poor oral hygiene. 67% of patients have an amalgam filling, which shows to have a significant impact on candida overgrowth.
My expertise: you should check your oral hygiene often and do a deep cleaning twice per year. Some dentists suggest changing your toothbrush at least 1 per month to avoid the build of bacteria on it.
Supplements: when following a protocol, you need to ensure that the supplement is suitable for you. The 360 GIp map indicates the antimicrobial if you are sensitive to and wish antimicrobial is ideal for you.
My expertise: when you start a candida diet, you need to check a few things before your detox pathway is wide open to eliminate the toxins produced by the candida.
Mould: Studies show that living in a mouldy environment can be the root cause of your candida.
My expertise: Have your house clean by experts and avoid using bleach products as the mould will come back. It needs to be treated from the root
Need personalised help?
You need to think of candida as an issue and not the root cause of your health issue.
If candida is present, it could mean that you also have a dysbiosis and a leaky gut
If you feel that you have a candida or find out that you have one, contact me!
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As a gut specialist, I will help you find the root cause of your candida and help to re-establish a healthy gut.
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