Healing Systemic Candidiasis
To protect your body from this toxic overload and to prevent Candida from spreading to healthy tissue, it is vital to balance your inner ecosystem first.
A leaky gut will overburden the liver and the immune system, which will give Candida full power to spread throughout the body.
Read my “Gut & Disease” article for more information on healing leaky gut.
Systemic Candidiasis takes time to heal. Patience and persistence are the keys to dealing with this or any other chronic illness.
First of all, we need to weaken the fungus by not feeding it sugar, starches and excess carbohydrates. Many modern diets contain excessive sugar and refined carbohydrates, including sugary drinks, confectionery, chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookies, bagels, bread, pizza, pasta, breakfast cereal, pancakes, waffles, chips, etc.
Everything containing sugar or converting to sugar quickly inside the body will overload the system and feed the intestinal fungal population, such as Candida, triggering a series of pathophysiological responses.
Here are some tips for healing Candida overgrowth:
- Eliminate sugar, including fruit and refined carbohydrates (bread, cookies, cakes), for three months to one year. Try a natural sugar substitute like stevia (300 times sweeter than table sugar) to get that sweet taste instead.
- Use traditionally cultured foods each day like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and yoghurt to re-colonize intestinal flora and naturally reduce Candida levels in the gut.
- Eat high quality saturated fats (butter, coconut oil, avocado) to help strengthen the integrity of your cells
- Avoid foods high in yeasts (e.g. wine, beer, kombucha and mushrooms) which Candida feeds on. Stuffy nose or itchy ears are common after a glass of wine and kombucha can make you feel tired, slightly drunk or bloated
- Eat a nutrient dense diet that includes bones stocks, animal proteins and organ meats (rich in vitamin B12)
- Chew food thoroughly – digestion begins in the mouth NOT in the stomach.
- Use herbs & spices that have anti-fungal & anti-inflammatory properties and because they are delicious (oregano, rosemary, thyme, cumin, garlic, ginger, paprika).
- Drink non-chlorinated water and non-fluorinated water
- Eat seasonally and locally to help strengthen the ileocecal valve
- Treat with natural anti-fungals such as garlic, oregano, essential oils (such as tea tree, lemongrass, clove, dill), coconut oil, and boric acid
While treating Candida with food and herbs, go out for a run for some cardiovascular activity to help dry out the damp condition you may have in your body. Candida thrives in a damp environment.
If you alter your internal environment and support your adrenals at the same time, Candida cannot survive… and you will be victorious indeed. And hopefully frequent infections will be a thing of the past.