What is Candida
Candida is a yeast that changes over time into a fungus that spreads,sending out roots which then grow new shoots. It multiplies under the ideal conditions in our gut to undermine the working of our immune system. It is this overloading of the candida in the body which then causes the body to have various symptoms such as digestive disorders and of course Chronic Fatigue.
A yeast cell produces over 70 known toxic substances that contaminate the tissues where it weakens the immune system, the glands, bladder, kidneys, lungs, liver and especially the brain and nervous system. The candida yeast can become so invasive that it penetrates the mucos lining of the gastrointestinal wall. From here it is able to breakdown the protective barrier between the intestinal tract and the bloodstream, allowing toxic substances to enter and pollute the body systemically.
From this point onwards the proteins and food wastes that are not completely digested can assault the immune system, causing allergic reactions and fatigue. It is also free to enter the bloodstream from where it attacks other tissues.
Candida covers the intestinal wall interfering with the digestion and assimilation of food nutrients. Many sufferers of CFS / ME digest less than 50 % of their food because the candida robs them of their nutrients and greatly slows down the healing process.
The major waste product of yeast cell activity is a substance known as acetaldehyde and it’s by-product of ethanol. Many people have low iron content because the mineral is hard to absorb when candida is present, and therefore have little oxygen in the tissues which is vital for the healing process. Ethanol causes excessive fatigue and reduces the strength and stamina of individuals, sounds familiar also it destroys enzymes needed for cell energy.
How Diet can help in the Fight against Candida.
Yeasts thrive on any type of sugar, so you need to remove from your diet , sucrose ( table sugar ) and also avoid fructose ( natural sugars in fruit ) lactose ( in milk ) and a high glucose intake from refined grains. Also avoid yeasted products ( bread ) fermented products ( vinegar, soya sauce, alcohol, cheeses ) and stimulants such as tea, coffee and cola. Read supermarket labels carefully many products contain sugar as preservatives.
Foods to eat
Beans and pulses
Organic white meat
Seeds and nuts
Yeast free bread. Oat cakes, rice cakes
Cold pressed vegetable oil
Foods to avoid
Sugar in all it’s forms
All foods containing or derived from yeast
Refined grains such as white rice and white flour products
Fermented products ( as above )
Fresh dried fruit as they are high in fructose
Tea and coffee
All artificial sweeteners
Supplements that help
Immunopro Rx to encourage cell rejuvenation and detoxification
Chromium and vitamin B3 - shown to balance blood sugar levels
Vitamin C - for it’s immune boosting properties
Essential fatty acids - Both Omega 3 and Omega 6
Natural anti fungals - such as caprylic acid
Probiotics such as acidophilus and bifido bacteria
Milk thistle to encourage detoxification
Digestive enzymes to improve digestion and absorption
Before taking any supplements it’s best to take professional advice by a qualified nutritionist because every ones requirements are different. In my case I had a detailed form to fill out giving varied information such as family history of medical conditions, diet, supplements currently taking , weight and many more things. All this information was vetted by the nutritionist before my current supplement programme was issued, and this has been followed up with regular telephone consultations to see how effective my treatment is.