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Acne? Eczema? Psoriasis? Weight gain? Sinus infection? Athletes foot?
Vaginal thrush? Bloating? Gas? IBS? Constipation? Diarrhoea?
Heartburn? Anxiety? Brain fog? Depression? Low energy? Headaches?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Fibromyalgia?……………..
The list goes on and on and on…….the cause………..CANDIDA ALBICANS!!!
In clinic, I am seeing an increasing number of clients coming in with
the above skin complaints and during assessment it becomes evident
that many of the other listed symptoms are present also.
So what is Candida Albicans?
Candida Albicans is a harmless yeast, a type of fungus, that we all
have living inside our gut. However a significant number of us have an
overgrowth of Candida aka Candidiasis.
When Candida overgrows, it can burrow roots into our intestinal
lining, creating a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome, allowing the
fungus and it’s by-products, mycotoxins, to travel, via the
bloodstream, to various parts of our bodies, causing many chronic and
debilitating symptoms some of which are listed above.
Candida population is generally kept in check by the friendly bacteria
in your gut, however, when our immune system is compromised, Candida
can quickly multiply and take over.
But what causes Candida overgrowth?
The main causes of Candida Albicans overgrowth are anti-biotics, birth
control pill, poor diet, alcohol overuse and stress. Fungus overgrowth
thrives in the presence of diets high in refined sugars, refined
carbohydrates, dairy products, alcohol, processed foods and hormones
secreted during times of high stress.
Once an imbalance occurs, the fungus will continue to multiply as it
is fed by sugar in its various forms – alcohol, milk & cheese,
desserts, white flour etc. As it multiplies so to do your symptoms!
So with our Western lifestyles, Candida is becoming rampant and I am
seeing it more and more in clinic.
Unfortunately, Western medicine will only attempt to treat the
symptoms and not the cause and so the problem prevails.
Infection > Antibiotic > Wipes out good & bad bacteria > Candida
multiplies > Weakens immune system > Infection > > >
How can you treat an overgrowth of Candida Albicans?
You can probably guess from above what the protocol is to treat a
fungal overgrowth.
– Acupuncture is a great treatment to help relieve stress, strengthen
the digestive system and boost the immune system to help support your
body during the detoxification process.
– We have to starve the fungus as if we keep feeding it sugar, it will
keep multiplying. cutting out sugar from our diet is essential. This
also includes natural sugars such as fruit and starchy vegetables like
potatoes. So what left you ask (this is the hardest part of the
protocol)?
Stock up on your greens- asparagus, broccoli, cabbage etc. onions,
tomatoes and garlic.
Beef, chicken, lamb, turkey and eggs are all fine but aim for organic
to avoid added sulfates and sugars
Fish like herrings, sardines and wild salmon.
Nuts and seeds such as almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, sunflower
seeds and flax seeds as these have a low mold content.
Grains such as buckwheat, millet, oat bran & quinoa have high fibre to
cleanse the digestive tract of toxins.
Teas like peppermint, ginger and liquorice and a coffee alternative
such as chicory root coffee ( coffee stimulates blood sugars, more
food for the fungus!!)
Sweeteners such as stevia and xylitol.
– Repopulate your gut with friendly bacteria! While there are many
good quality probiotics, I really like the Advanced Nutrition
Programme Probiotic (€22) as its a powder so treats the whole
digestive tract and perfect for kids and people who don’t like
swallowing capsules. It’s also milk-free and suitable for vegetarians,
plus it was formulated by renowned UK nutritionist Patrick Holford, so
you know you’re in good hands!
– Anti-fungals work by breaking down the cell walls of the Candida
fungus. Popular ones are caprylic acid which is found in coconut oil
(great for cooking), grapefruit seed extract, garlic and oil of
oregano.
When Candida cells are killed they release toxins into your
bloodstream, including acetaldehyde and ethanol. This can result in
you not feeling too good while your body is detoxing, with symptoms
ranging from headaches to fever!
To help your body through this process, you can support the liver and
lymphatic system to detox.
* dry skin brushing will boost circulation which will aid detoxification
* gentle exercise like walking, yoga or tai chi will improve your
immune system. But remember, less is more, your body is working hard
enough to detox so don’t over-exercise.
*sauna, especially infrared sauna, will help pull toxins from tissues
(where candida like to hang out!!) and eliminate them through sweat.
* oil-pulling is an ancient remedy to pull toxins from the body.
Simply swirling 1 tsp of organic coconut oil around your mouth for
10-20 minutes and spitting out can help reduce the Candida die-off
symptoms.
For more info on Candida Albicans treatment protocol, acupuncture and
ANP Probiotics, you can contact me on 087-2508772
Many thanks,
Belinda

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