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The Gut Flora – Food Allergies Connection

The Gut Flora-Food Allergies Connection

on July 19, 2017 by Chris Kresser
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The prevalence of food allergies and intolerances has risen exponentially within the past decade. Emerging research indicates that alterations in the intestinal flora may play an important role in the development of these disorders. Read on to learn how a disrupted gut microbiome predisposes to food allergies and intolerances and how restoration of the microbiome may be beneficial in the treatment of these conditions.

What are food allergies and intolerances?

Food allergy is defined as an immune response to a food that occurs reproducibly on exposure and generates adverse health effects. (1) Food allergies may be IgE-, non-IgE-, or IgG-mediated. IgE-mediated food allergies occur when the immune system produces IgE antibodies to foods; the antibodies bind to mast cells and basophils, stimulating the release of proinflammatory cytokines that induce an acute, and sometimes life-threatening, allergic response. Non-IgE-mediated food allergies involve components of the immune system other than IgE and can take up to several days to manifest; the symptoms are usually isolated to the GI tract. (2) While still controversial, there is evidence to suggest that food allergies can also be IgG-mediated; this type of allergy causes a delayed hypersensitivity to foods. (3, 4)

 

Food allergies and intolerances are on the rise

Nowadays, allergy-friendly aisles have become commonplace in grocery stores, and many schools and restaurants offer dietary accommodations for individuals with food allergies and intolerances. However, food allergies and intolerances have not always been such a big concern. In fact, it is only within the past decade that the prevalence of these conditions has skyrocketed. (6) Between 1997 and 2011, IgE-mediated food allergies increased by 50 percent in American children. (7) In addition, research has found that more than 20 percent of the population of industrialized countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and China, suffer from food allergies or intolerances. (8, 9, 10)

Despite the dramatic rise in food allergies and intolerances, few treatment options are available. Conventional medicine advises patients to strictly avoid their trigger foods and to have epinephrine on hand for accidental exposures. However, neither of these strategies addresses the underlying cause of food allergy and intolerance. Novel treatment approaches are desperately needed. An emerging body of research indicates that alterations in the normal human gut flora play a role in the development of food allergies and intolerances. Modulation of the gut microbiota may alleviate food allergies and intolerances and potentially restore tolerance to triggering foods. (11, 12)

 

Alterations in gut flora, food allergies, and food intolerance

Notable differences have been observed in the gut flora between food-allergic and nonallergic individuals, suggesting that alterations in the normal human gut flora play an important role in the pathogenesis of food allergies and intolerances. (27) The normal human microbiome is composed of a diverse array of bacteria, including Bacteroides, Enterobacteria, Bifidobacteria, and Lactobacilli. These commensal bacteria interact with the mucosal immune system of the gut to promote immune tolerance of foods. (28) Lifestyle factors that decrease numbers of beneficial gut microbes can impair immune tolerance, resulting in allergic sensitization or intolerance to foods.

Alterations in specific types of gut bacteria have been linked to the development of food allergies. Most of the studies examining this phenomenon have been conducted in infants and children. In children, decreased Lactobacilli and increased Staphylococcus aureus are associated with egg and milk allergies. (29) Children with decreased levels of L. rhamnosus, L. casei, L. paracasei, and Bifidobacterium adolescentis during their first two months of life were found to be at a higher risk of developing allergic sensitization to cow’s milk, egg white, and inhalant allergens. (30) Reduced Bacteroides, Proteobacteria, and Actinobacteria are also associated with food allergen sensitization in infants. (31)

In addition to increasing the risk of food allergies, a lack of microbiome diversity may predispose to non-immunologic food intolerances such as gluten, FODMAP, and histamine intolerance. Certain species of bacteria assist in the breakdown of gluten proteins, and a lack of these may predispose to gluten intolerance. (32) Bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine is a common cause of FODMAP intolerance. (33) Histamine intolerance may occur when there is an overgrowth of bacteria that produce histamine or that make enzymes that interfere with the metabolism of histamine. (34, 35)

 

Eat a whole-foods diet

A whole-foods, nutrient-dense diet may proffer additional protection against food allergies and intolerances. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins C, E, and A; beta-carotene; and zinc are associated with a decreased incidence of food allergies. (56) Conversely, a diet high in refined carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, gluten, omega-6 fatty acids, and food additives may predispose to food allergies and intolerances. While the evidence is not conclusive, the consumption of genetically modified foods may also contribute to food allergies and intolerances, due to the potential allergenicity of the technologically altered proteins in these foods. (57)

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How stress, anxiety and depression affect the gut – steps to improve gut health & digestion

Your gut is the most underrated organ in the body. The gut is directly connected to your brain, thus having a major impact on your mood, hormones, weight (loss/gain), and health. This means that if your digestion is sluggish, chances are that you’ll feel sluggish too.

So what are the steps to improve gut health and digestion?

#1 Food
Food is one of the key factors when it comes to taking care of your digestive system. Over the years, the quality of food has changed. I’m sure you have all heard people say that “organic food is better” well truth is – they are 100% right! We all know that chemical fertilisers, fungicides, insecticides and pesticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and are often harmful to wildlife. Even though they help fresh produce to look more “appealing” and have a longer shelf life, they also reduce the quality of product themselves. Take for example eggs: If the packaging states that the eggs are “Organic Certified” this means that the chickens are fed organic chicken feed, this therefore reduces your exposure to pesticides, as the chickens are not pumped with unnecessary antibiotics.

Eating organic food not only reduces the toxins in the body from nasty pesticides, chemicals and sprays but it is also more nutritious, therefore nourishing our body and aiding in absorption.

Try to shop at your local farmers market where possible, but if you’re not an early riser, you’ll now find an organic food section in the health food isle and organic produce in the fruit and vegetable section of all major supermarkets.


#2  Reducing Stress – How stress affects the digestive system

Stress can activate the “flight or fight” response in the central nervous system, causing the digestive system to shut down. This response limits blood flow and begins affecting other parts of the digestive system such as muscle contractions and secretions.  Stress can also be one of the main causes of inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, increasing your susceptibility to infection and can play a key part in understanding why you may be experiencing an upset stomach or irregular bowel movements (constipation or diarrhoea) hence why reducing stress is crucial if you are wanting to improve gut health and digestion.

 

#3 Managing Anxiety, Depression & Mental Health 

Research shows that people who suffer from abdominal pain, digestive discomfort and irritable bowel related symptoms commonly suffer from anxiety and depression and that the gut microbiota plays a significant part in influencing the brains chemistry and behaviour. [Read more about the mind-gut connection here]

 It is recommended that you seek medical advice if you are having symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression that is interfering with digestion as you may have am undiagnosed digestive disorder that needs treatment.
If stress, anxiety or depression management is the main issue, a trained medical professional can refer you to a mental health professional that can offer advice.


Recommendations:

  • Diet : Eat a well- balanced diet (organic is best)
  • Regular Exercise
  • Relaxation techniques: Such as meditation to help reduce stress
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy: To learn how to manage stress & anxiety
  • Learn to listen to your body and understand your food triggers
    [Read more about the FODMAP diet here]

The Herxheimer Reaction – What to expect when re-introducing good bacteria into the gut

By eating more regularly taking a therapeutic grade probiotic, eating more cultured, fermented foods (such as kefir, yoghurt or kombucha) and slowly re-introducing good bacteria into the gut, it is highly likely that you will go through a phase called “die-off” symptoms. Some symptoms you may experience throughout this phase may include: headaches, dizziness, nausea, and other mild flu-like symptoms.

This is completely normal. As the bad bacteria die off and clear out of the body, they will naturally produce toxins. In a healthy gut, the body is able to eliminate these toxins without any symptoms. However, when a radical shift in gut microbiota takes place and such large quantities die-off, the body can’t effectively eliminate the toxins quick enough. This reaction is called “Herxheimer Reaction”
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. Information and statements on www.goodguthealth.com.au are made purely for education and informational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. www.goodguthealth.com.au does not offer medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views expressed are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical treatments. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, it is recommended that you consult with a medical professional.

 

 

When is it time to reintroduce FODMAPS?

When is it time to reintroduce FODMAPS?

The structure of the gut treatment plan Low FODMAP Diet App developed in Melbourne, Australia by Monash University not only helps you eliminate bad foods, but also in the recovery by reintroducing foods into your diet through a systematic approach to a healthier lifestyle.

After a lot of trial and error, you have hopefully learnt to understand your FODMAP triggers, have eliminated high FODMAP food and successfully navigated stage one of the diet plan(the elimination stage). By now, you are feeling much better, have reduced the belly bloat and you are probably wondering when is the ideal time to reintroduce high FODMAP food back into your diet.
The truth is, there is no scientific answer because everyone who suffers from a GI disorder does so, differently.

The three stages of this plan are elimination, reintroduction, and liberisation/personalisation.

Phase #1:  ELIMINATION  = 8 week high FODMAP elimination
Phase #2: REINTRODUCTION = Dietitian reviews food diary’s and identifies your triggers
Phase #3: LIBERISATION (freedom!) = Long term self management of symptoms

Reintroducing fodmaps

Following a low FODMAP diet and refraining from specific food consumption aids in giving the body time to heal. However, a long-term continuation on a low FODMAP diet can have an adverse effect on your body, so you will want to reintroduce high FODMAP foods at some point in your treatment plan because of the nutritional value of some of the foods on the top scoring FODMAP food list.

Here is a list of indicators that you are ready to reintroduce FODMAPs back into your diet, leading to the liberalization stage & saying bye bye to the belly bloat!

  1. You have been seeing an accredited Dietitian to ensure your diet is nutritionally complete
  2. You have successfully alleviated symptoms for at least four weeks. 
  • You have taken the time to learn about low and high FODMAP foods, and you have a list of ones to avoid. Luckily there are many apps (such as the Monash University Low Fodmap) that you can use to help track your food intake and symptoms. Some sufferers may be able to eliminate foods immediately while others may have a bumpy ride trying to figure it out which is why it requires four weeks of consistency before striving for reintroduction.
  1. Your body has recovered and healed.
  • Any digestive disorder can starve you of nutrients. Certain conditions can even damage the GI tract. The goal is to learn how to manage your diagnosis while also improving health.
  1. You understand FODMAP food intake.
  • It is hard to look at broccoli and see anything negative about its existence where health is concerned. However, knowledge of the low FODMAP diet will teach you that it is on the list of avoidable foods. Sometimes, practice is an excellent teacher because this program introduces one FODMAP food group each week as you build your tolerance list. You are the deciding factor as to when it is time to add a new set of food. Many websites also promote FODMAP recipes that can make the transition more comfortable for you to adjust.
  1. You have a plan in place to deal with triggers of your condition.
  • Research shows us that food, anxiety, and stress can bring on symptoms. If you are not yet sure of what triggers your symptoms, you may not be ready to reintroduce certain foods. With all meals, you will want to slowly introduce foods and keep track of the ones that disagree with you.
  1. You have done your homework on your condition, and you are confident in the treatment and recovery stages.
  • Knowing you have a medical illness and knowing how to manage it is two different things. Learning to read labels, cooking   FODMAP recipes, and choosing appropriate portion sizes should       be a focus of your research before starting step two.

Stage three (the liberalisation phase) is much more comfortable because you learn to personalize your diet plan while also returning to a normal routine. If you experience a symptom, you are far more knowledgeable about identifying its cause and avoiding it in the future.

Dietitians or trained nutritionists can also be allies in helping you overcome your GI condition because of the complexity of illnesses and treatment plans. Ideally, you will want to work with someone before starting FODMAP so that you improve your health quickly. Without proper guidance, it is easy to make mistakes or consume food that goes against the FODMAP diet plan. Either way, your body will let you know if you are on the right track or not. Just take your time, investigate, and have a plan in place before reintroducing food.

The Mind-Gut Connection

Gut and psychology syndrome dietThe Mind-Gut Connection

Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) are now, under the 2016 Rome IV update, classified as disorders of gut-brain interaction (DBGI).  Data collected internationally between neuroscientists and microbiologists are now trying to determine the best diagnosis and treatment for the general health & wellbeing of patients who suffer from GI disorders. Scientists have collected data from a series of lab tests that suggest the microbiota in the gut can communicate with the brain. What is clear is that gut microbiota is related to psychological behavior patterns like stress, depression, irritability, and anxiety. As this research continues, it will be necessary to pay close attention to the microbiota-gut-brain axis because it could revolutionize the diagnosis, treatment, and the knowledge to stop the debilitating illnesses related to an abnormal GI tract. The unknown factor is if the gut microbiota interacts with the immune, endocrine, neurological systems (or all three cohesively) as pathways to the brain.

Gut Microbiota and the Central Nervous System (CNS)
The gut microbiota plays a vital role in the body. Our bodies have trillions of microbiota that include fungus, bacteria, and viruses, and a large number of them live in the gut. When an imbalance occurs, it affects a person’s physical and psychological health. The immune system, nutritional intake, and mental health behaviors all originate in the stomach which explains why there is a reactive state from different areas in the body.

The enteric nervous system, or the second brain, is enclosed in the lining of the gastrointestinal system. The lack of balance over time branches out from the ENS and affects the entire GI tract, the central nervous system, and the brain. It is during this stage that patients begin to suffer from stress, irritability, anxiety.


Gut Health and AnxietyGut health and anxiety
The Microbiome Journal recently published new research that shows that neurological and psychiatric disorders are associated with unhealthy gut microbiota that disrupts the microRNA molecules in the amygdala and prefrontal cortex of the brain. The amygdala is a set of nuclei in the temporal lobes that are thought to be a part of the limbic system which controls the body’s emotions. The amygdala communicates with the prefrontal cortex which determines personality, attention span, and emotional behaviors.     The loss of communication between the gut, the amygdala, and the prefrontal lobe shows excellent promise in explaining how the body works as one unit instead of many organs with separate duties. Being able to link many of the leading physical and mental illnesses back to the gut is extraordinary. It gives hope to people suffering from GI conditions that doctors are on the cusp of a breakthrough where things like gut health and depression are concerned.


The GAPS Diet
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas was adopted from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). What is interesting about the specific plan is that it is a natural approach to treat the inflammation in the GI tract because of damage to the gut lining (which houses the ENS that communicates with the brain).

The GAPS Diet removes foods that the body has difficulty digesting and replaces it with nutrient-heavy foods that help the intestinal lining heal. The diet also helps rebuilds the immune system and restore the microbiota balance in the stomach.

The introduction has six phases that can take as much as six weeks to complete because the severity of symptoms differ in people suffering from Ulcerative Colitis, IBS, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Candida, gastritis, and other leading GI conditions where diarrhea, pain, and constipation are present. The Full Gaps Diet recommends daily consumption of fermented foods, meats, vegetables, eggs, and fish.

For people suffering from Candida, it will be necessary to eliminate sugar, yeast, and nuts. With Celiac Disease, avoiding grains, oats, rye, barley, and gluten-containing products will allow the gut to heal while also creating a lifestyle change that will permanently stop physical reactions. The diet plan also notes that a nutritional supplementation may be necessary which recommends a blend of therapeutic probiotics, digestive enzymes, fatty acids, Vitamin A, and other supplements that will support a healthy environment for gut microbiota.

 

Candida overgrowth – how it can affect the body

4 Common Stages of Candida Overgrowth
The majority of the symptoms related to candida are so familiar that you could, in theory, be diagnosed with several medical conditions that have nothing to do with the actual medical condition you are suffering. It is the unusual symptoms paired with the typical signs that will help you further identify which condition you suffer. As with all medical illnesses, the stages can help you figure it out. The earlier you pinpoint your symptoms, the better your chances of seeking treatment that stops the progression of the illness. Once the damage occurs to your symptoms in the later stages, restoration of the immune system can occur. However, the devastation to the immune system speaks to the importance of early detection.

There are four stages to candida overgrowth that patients should be aware of when living with this illness.

  • GI symptoms
  • Oral/Vaginal Infections
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Chronic IllnessesCandida

Stage one:
Candida infections begin in the stomach.

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • UTIs
  • Skin conditions like acne or eczema
  • Sugar craving
  • Recurrent ear, nose, and throat infections or inflammations
  • Rashes
  • Diaper rash (in babies)
  • Colic (in babies)
  • Thrush/Yeast infection (Candida Albicans)

Doctors often diagnose these symptoms as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, however, after candida enters an overgrowth stage, it invades the intestines where it spreads to various parts of the body.

Stage two:
Oral and Genital Candidiasis Symptoms

  • Yeast Infections
  • Itching, inflammation, white discharge
  • Leaky gut/Irritable Bowel symptoms
  • Endometriosis
  • Muscle and joint conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia
  • Sore and painful throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Bladder infections
  • Reflux

Candida toxins can enter the bloodstream because of the invasion of yeast throughout the body. These symptoms often lead people to seek out the services of a general doctor who will treat the symptoms with prescribed antibiotics. Be cautious when taking antibiotics, as they tend to be problematic to those who are prone to thrush. By taking antibiotics, you are not addressing the illness so much as the signs which will only make the overgrowth enter the third stage. Probiotics, such as homemade kefir coconut yoghurt, or even oregano oil may be a good alternative.

Stage three:
Cognitive Impairment

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Fatiguecandida albicans
  • Thyroid issues
  • Weight issues (gain or loss)
  • Memory Loss and Confusion
  • Anxiety

Stage four:
Chronic Illnesses

  • Chronic insomnia
  • Chronic muscle pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic depression
  • Failure of adrenal system
  • Failure of endocrine system
  • Hives

Can candida lead to death?
Invasive candidiasis is the process of yeast entering the bloodstream. The CDC notes that about 30% of candida sepsis cases are fatal. It is necessary to keep in mind that of these cases, many relate to hospital stay exposure which could be a contributing factor.

Chronic candida overgrowth is a medical condition that will eventually affect every system and cell in the body.  It is advised that you seek treatment for the medical issue before symptoms progress. It is the combination of syndromes that help doctors accurately diagnose a patient with yeast overgrowth.
The key is to discover them early enough to make a difference.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did my illness start in the stomach with GI symptoms?
  • Did you take antibiotics for longer than a month at one time?
  • Have you suffered from recurring yeast or UTI infections?
  • Have you taken birth control for an extended period?
  • Have you taken any cortisone or ear, nose, or throat medicine by mouth or nose for an extended period?
  • Do you suffer from chronic fungus infections?
  • Do you have symptoms that are allergy-like which seem worse on rainy days?
  • Do strong odors, perfumes, or smoke bother you?
  • Do you crave yeasty bread, alcohol, or sugary products?

These questions should be considered indicators. If you are suffering from an unknown ailment, start a daily journal and make a note of symptoms, food and medicine intake, and any relevant circumstances that brought on changes in your body. You must keep in mind that gastrointestinal diseases affect the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, and the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas organs. Symptoms may vary greatly, so do not discount them just because it is in a different part of the body. The yeast, once it begins to travel, can disturb the physical well-being of the entire body. As yeast overgrowth first occurs in the stomach, one should start there and work outward.

Symptoms you may experience once the candida begins to die off
Now that you have identified candida overgrowth as the cause of your symptoms, you need to focus on your treatment to get the yeast back into a healthy range. To do that, you need to experience a rapid yeast die-off with medications. When this process happens, you may experience a Herxheimer Die-Off detoxification reaction that occurs from a few days to weeks depending on the severity. As the yeast dies, they release large amounts of toxins into the body that also has symptoms you should be aware of:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Sugar cravings
  • Stomach ailments
  • Muscle cramps and joint pain
  • Stomach discomfort

Please note: It is important to seek medical advice and treatment from a medical professional, rather than self diagnose.

Getting rid of an overproduction of yeast can improve your health significantly which allows you to rebuild your immune system. Be proactive and not reactive in your health care needs!

 

5 Reasons to Maintain a Candida Free Lifestlye

Candida free lifestyleFive Reasons to Maintain a Candida Free Lifestyle
More than twenty yeasts live within the human body that can cause a candida yeast overgrowth to occur. For a smaller group of those sufferers, more than four yeast infections in one year significantly increase the prognosis of a chronic candida overgrowth-related medical illness. Be it from genetics, health risks, diet, or lifestyle choices; it is essential that you make changes to live free from an environment that caters to an overgrowth of candida.

  • Health Benefits
  • Builds Immune System
  • Living Candida free
  • Diet lifestyle change
  • Promotes mental well-being

 

#1 Health Benefits
Chronic candida overgrowth can occur because of routine medical and personal lifestyle choices. Health benefits, therefore, are the first reason to follow a candida free lifestyle. Proper treatment can eradicate candida, but it does not replenish the body’s defenses after damage occurs. This area is one that many people who write about candida get wrong in that yeast is normal, but an abundance of it is not. Yeast is typical in the body. However, when an overgrowth happens, it will weaken the natural defenses in the body which sets in motion other medical conditions. There are a few reasons why candida can reoccur which can contribute to chronic problems.

  • Failure to properly treat the underlying issue in the initial
  • Weak immune systems.
  • Prolonged antibiotic use.
  • Using contraceptives (jellies, sponges, creams, or diaphragm).
  • Diabetes / High glucose-related medical conditions.
  • Genetics: Familial candidiasis: chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis

#2 Builds Immune System
Another reason to maintain a candida free lifestyle is that avoiding certain foods and promoting practices like vitamin intake can build your immune system. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 70% of the immune system is housed within the gastrointestinal system which is why responses to fungi, bacteria, viruses, and parasites can devastate the human body. Eighty percent of the plasma cells within the lamina propria produce the IgA antibody commonly found in a positive candida overgrowth test. The Toll-like receptors (TLR family of 13 known receptors) and dendritic cells (DC) are main defenses against pathogens and foreign substances which is why gastro-intestinal responses vary between immediate and timed reactions in the body. Another factor associated with the immune system as it relates to a GI system is the ‘gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) that use lymphocytes like Th1 and T cells (Tregs) that directly connect to the breakdown of food proteins that explicitly allows the body to tolerate certain things like sugar or gluten. It is the commonality between these body functions that cause medical diagnosis complications to occur. Learning to differentiate the candida symptoms is imperative to a better outcome when dealing with this problem.

Candida overgrowth is treatable, and the immune system can rebuild. The body is then able to fight off other illnesses rather than concentrating on the candida cells that allows people to maintain a healthy existence.

#3 Living Candida free
A primary issue that people with chronic GI issues endure is the debilitation that the body undergoes as it enters a new stage as the fungus spreads from one system to the next. As explained in number two, the body grows weaker, and it no longer functions as it did. People know when their bodies are not working as it should, but they become frustrated by people claiming that candida overgrowth is ‘normal’ which provides an uneducated authority of serves no purpose or value. The misinformation on this subject that is available online does a disservice to those suffering from it. It is a ‘suffer-in-silence’ medical condition that affects people both mentally and physically. If people do not recognize it, how do they get adequately treated? It is the very reason why chronic candida is an issue that needs further medical and academic investigation.

#4 Candida Overgrowth Diet lifestyle change
A permanent diet lifestyle change is essential to prevent recurrences. It may be the most challenging thing that a person does because of the difficulty of removing certain foods. The overgrowth of candida cells must starve to die off.  Avoiding fruits, lactose-containing sugars, fructose, some grains, alcohol, and yeast-containing foods follow a candida-free diet. For chronic sufferers, it is essential to avoid these foods by making a permanent lifestyle change that will prevent candida from growing at an unhealthy rate. After eliminating the foods that feed candida, it allows a person to live healthier.

#5 Promotes Mental Well-being
Anyone suffering from a long-term illness knows that when a person enters a later stage of a medical condition, the psyche suffers exponentially. Psychology Today notes that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis causes the body to respond to stress. Chronic stress from candida overgrowth advancement is an indicator that the illness has advanced to the stage of high blood pressure, headaches, memory lapses, anxiety, brain fog, stress, and depression. At this level, the human body has suffered damage that requires a person to make some lifestyle changes that will allow the body to begin reparations. It is only through the complete expulsion and renewal that a person will gain control over their mental and physical well-being. It is the only avenue for people who suffer from chronic illnesses because the body works in unison to maintain its existence. If a single element is off-balance, it creates a domino effect where the other bodily functions fail to work as they regularly do.

Candida in an early stage may alleviate the problem entirely. However, because of the difficulty in seeking proper diagnosis and treatment, it is essential that people understand how the body works to become better informed about the importance of taking care of it.

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What is Candida?

What is Candida?
First of all, what is Candida? Candida, (also commonly referred to as thrush and/or a yeast infection) is a fungal overgrowth that lives on and in the body. Yeast is regularly found on and in the body in small amounts. When the yeast multiplies beyond a healthy measure, it forms a condition known as candidiasis. The most common form of candidiasis is from the fungus Candida albicans. Shen, Weihui, and Köhler[1] writes, “In humans, Candida albicans causes more invasive disease than any other fungal species.” People with immune disorders are susceptible to Candida, and it can be fatal if the infection reaches the bloodstream which is why it is essential to eliminate candida.

There are three common types of candida found in the body:

  • Cutaneous Candidiasis is an infection found in the nails and skin. Conditions may include ringworms, nail fungus, or athlete’s foot.
  • Vaginal Yeast Infections occurs in women in and around the vaginal area.
  • Thrush forms in the mouth. It is common in patients with Candida albicans.

Common Symptoms
The symptoms of candida are similar to other common illnesses, and it can be challenging to diagnose. Symptoms include GI issues like bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Other symptoms include fatigue, pain, muscle aches, swelling of joints, insomnia, prostatitis, a white coating on the tongue, and bad breath. In women, it may also cause vaginal itching, UTI’s, discharge, and infertility. In men, it may lead to impotence. Both genders have also reported hormonal imbalances and a loss of sexual appetites as well.


What feeds candida?
Candida in or on the body feeds on dead tissue and foods containing sugar or yeast. A person who is suffering from a fungal infection can eliminate candida by removing the carbohydrates from your diet. People with candida should avoid citrus, fruit juice, lactose-containing dairy products, corn, cereal, barley, yeast-containing bread or alcohol, and anything with sweeteners to starve the fungus from the body. It promotes a healthy diet response internally to symptoms for such related illnesses like candida stomach treatment, GI issues, and candida allergies.

Spittle test How to get rid of candida overgrowth?
There are three ways to test for a fungus infection.

  • The candida spit test is a homeopathy test that can be self-administered to test for candida albicans and overgrowth. Before brushing, eating, or drinking anything in the morning, fill a glass with water at room temperature. Spit saliva into the
  • glass, and check it in 20-minute intervals. If the mucus appears stringy, specks, or cloudy, you should consult a doctor. A positive response to the test is an indicator rather than a diagnosis since the symptoms and results of the spittle test can relate to other conditions. If you experience any abnormal results, you might consider a homeopathy treatment plan before seeking a private lab test or a doctor’s advice.
  • Lab testing is available through a private lab service or a physician’s order.
    • A stool analysis
    • A candida overgrowth test detects the antibodies IgG, IgA, and IgM are present in abnormal numbers.
    • A urine analysis

What foods Kill Candida?
An essential element of an anti-candida diet plan is a change in lifestyle. Anti-candida diet plan is relatively similar to all candida plans in that diet is essential. In the anti-candida diet plan, sugar, caffeine, most fruits, starch, and products that contain a glycemic index and glycemic load like carbohydrates that affect high blood sugar counts.

Candida remedies may include both homeopathy and traditional medical care. Treatment may consist of a balance of diet, probiotics, and over-the-counter or prescribed anti-fungal medications. Patients who experience frequent recurrences of yeast infections throughout the year may need to take a prolonged antifungal medicine. Most especially, a balance of diet and medical care may be beneficial if you are seeking a candida gut treatment. Talking to your doctor is recommended for both symptoms and medication if you are unsure of the best path forward.

 

References:
Shen, Junqing, Weihui Guo, and Julia R. Köhler. “CaNAT1, a heterologous dominant selectable marker for transformation of Candida albicans and other pathogenic Candida species.” Infection and immunity 73.2 (2005): 1239-1242.

 

Diatomaceous Earth – Proven health benefits

Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth derives from fossilized Bacillariophyceae algae known as diatoms whose skeletons consist of a natural substance called silica. An estimated one-fourth of the earth is made up of silica, and types include emerald, clay, glass, sand, feldspar, quartz, and asbestos. When its core component, silicon, mixes with water, it forms silicon dioxide which naturally forms amorphous and crystalline. Diatoms collected in the sediment of water sources like streams, oceans, and rivers are extracted during mining expeditions. Because DE is associated with our water sources, it is commonly found in the human body in small quantity.

The Food Chemical Codex (FCC) for diatomaceous earth is grouped into calcined powder, natural powder, and flux-calcined powder. The FDA, in turn, approved food-grade DE as safe for consumption. However, they do warn that if purchasing your own DE that you must verify that you receive the food-grade product as it contains a chemical makeup of 88% SiOz and 12% of iron, aluminum, calcium, sodium, potassium, and a small measure of metallic elements.

6 Proven Health Benefits of Diatomaceous Earth
There are numerous benefits of using DE including health, beauty, bug repellants, pet products, supplements, toothpaste, skin care products, medicines, beers, wines, and cleaning supplies. It is also helpful as a natural remedy for eliminating bugs, fleas, ticks, and bed-bug infestations. In the human body, it promotes medical benefits like enhanced liver functions, removal of toxins, cleanses of the gastrointestinal system, and reductions of gas and odors in the body. DE also has been found to be useful as a dietary benefit that strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis.

Additional benefits in the body include:

  • It detoxifies metals, parasites, and viruses.
  • Improves joint, ligament, and bone ailments
  • Cleans and strengthens skin, teeth, hair and nails
  • Improves liver functions
  • Improves GI functions
  • Promotes healthy cholesterol levels

It is important to remember that Diatomaceous Earth containing products are safe for both human and pet consumption. It is vital that you purchase food grade for internal use and non-food grade for industrial use.

How to Use Diatomaceous Earth for the Body
Experts advise using one teaspoon of food-grade DE in one glass of water per day. For added benefits, one additional glass of water can improve hydration levels in the body. Over the span of a few weeks, you may then increase your intake slowly from one teaspoon to two teaspoons daily. Experts warn that three teaspoons (or 1 tablespoon) should be the maximum daily consumption allowed. Doses of more than one teaspoon should be divided in half between the morning and evening.

Purchasing Diatomaceous Earth
The product sells in health food, hardware, and pet stores. You may also purchase it online worldwide. It is important to remember that when buying Diatomaceous Earth that you make sure to choose the food-grade product that is FCC and FDA approved. Otherwise, you might receive a product that was chemically treated or contaminated with byproducts. It is wise to buy your product from a trusted source as shown below.

In Australia you can purchase here:
Love your gut powder from Supercharged Food

In the US, you can purchase here:


In Europe, you can purchase here:

How to use Diatomaceous Earth as part of your beauty regime
Silica plays an important role when it comes to healthy hair, skin and nails. Regular intake of DE strengthens the cuticles of the hair and the nails. DE both topically and internally can help clear the complexion. When Diatomaceous Earth is used topically on the skin (in the form of a scrub or face mask) it can effectively aid in removing deep pore deposits of dirt, oils and dead skin on the microscopic surface without causing any discomfort or irritation.

How to use Diatomaceous Earth in the home & garden
The non-grade, industrial DE powder can be used in the home, yard, or the garden as a means to drive away bugs and insects. You may sprinkle a small amount on your carpet and allow to sit for more than four hours before vacuuming. Experts recommend repeating this process for three or four weeks to maximize the results. Be sure to wear a mask to prevent breathing in the powder as it may be in more significant quantities than your body can consume at one time.  If you have small pets, you will want to remove them before using this product.

 

References:

[1] Bunch, T. R.; Bond, C.; Buhl, K.; Stone, D. Diatomaceous Earth General Fact Sheet; National Pesticide Information Center, Oregon State University Extension Services. 2013. Accessed 11 Oct 2017.

[2] Kahl, Linda. World Minerals. Food and Drug Administration. 2001. Accessed 11 Oct 2017.

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