Candida is a fungus that causes yeast infections. It’s often called the “great imitator,” because it can cause or contribute to acne, ear infections, sinus infections, allergies, heartburn, irritable bowel and chronic fatigue – most of these symptoms can be traced back to a very commonly but often overlooked problem – Candida Overgrowth.
Worse yet is that by not identifying and treating the real problem, these patients are often given antibiotics one after another, further destroying their only chance at recovery – large numbers of healthy gut flora.
Candida has also been implicated in other illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue, Endometriosis and Autoimmune diseases.
Research from Rice University shows that 70 percent of all people have Candida.
Candida albicans is part of our normal microbial flora of the skin, oral cavity, gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. However, this organism is also an opportunistic pathogen that can cause invasive infections.
Left unchecked, overgrowth of Candida will lead to inflammation and a breakdown of the cell barriers in the body, including the lining of the gut, causing “Leaky Gut Syndrome.”
The number one cause of yeast overgrowth is the over-use of antibiotics. For the immune system to function properly, we must maintain a proper balance of good bacteria in our gut. However, widespread use of antibiotics has severely disrupted the numbers and diversity of these good bacteria.
Another huge cause of Candida overgrowth is the Standard American Diet (SAD), full of sugar and refined carbohydrates. Alcohol, corticosteroids, hormone replacement drugs and contraceptives, along with prolonged stress all contribute to Candid overgrowth as well.
First, in order to rid yourself of Candida, you must eliminate all sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and temporarily even fruit. Why? Because if there is any type of sugar or refined carbohydrate around to feed the Candida, they can reproduce and double their numbers every few hours.
Second, you must use clinical-grade antimicrobial herbs proven to eliminate Candida. These clinical grade herbs work well without killing the good flora in your gut.
Note: Prescription medications like Nystatin can reduce the numbers of Candida, but will not eliminate it without following a strict Candida diet, and they often disrupt your good flora.
Lastly, you need to Heal & Seal the gut by putting back massive amounts of clinical-grade probiotics and other nutrients to heal the lining of the gut and reestablish the gut flora. Proper gut rehabilitation generally takes about 3 months, however, it is the key to making sure the Candida does not come back!
After successfully helping thousands of patients eliminate Candida, I have identified specific products which not only heal the lining of the gut, but also help to reestablish the proper gut flora. I have also developed a specific protocol, diet and procedures which will allow just about anyone to conquer Candida.
Candida and Leaky Gut are two things we definitely specialize in here at The Center For Functional Medicine. Call our office today at 541-447-7230 and allow us to assist you in eliminating Candida.