Amy Myers MD says, Candida overgrowth in the gut is a fungus, which is a form of yeast that lives in your mouth and intestines in small amounts. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption. However, when it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream. This releases toxic by-products into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.

How Candida overgrowth in the gut happens

According to  Healthline, “having small amounts of candida in your gut is normal. However, if it starts to overproduce, it may cause various gut-related symptoms.

When Candida begins to overgrow it has the unique ability to change shape in order to protect itself from harsh environments.

Healthline, also says, Candida overgrowth in the gut is typically not life-threatening, but if left untreated, it can spread and eventually reach the bloodstream.

Once the fungus is circulating throughout the body, it can affect vital organs like the brain and heart and cause more serious complications, including death.

Amy Myers MD says, Candida overgrowth responds to a shift in temperature or acidity levels by transforming from a rounded yeast cell into an elongated hyphal cell. These elongated cells have the ability to permeate the gut lining, causing leaky gut, and, once in the bloodstream, invade other tissues. This means that Candida can quickly transition from a gut problem to a full-body problem. It can colonize the skin, mouth, ears, thyroid, genitourinary organs, or elsewhere. For this reason, symptoms for Candida overgrowth in the gut are wide-ranging and can present as the following:

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth 

Amy Myers MD says,  Candida Overgrowth patients can suffer from:

  • Skin and nail and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, and toenail fungus
  • Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea
  • Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and/or brain fog
  • Skin Issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Irritability, mood swings anxiety, or depression
  • Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings Candida colon cleanse

 Healthline, adds additional symptoms:

  • Oral thrush
  • Sinus Infections
  • Joint pain

Causes of Candida Overgrowth in the gut

 Healthline, says: there are 7 factors that can cause candida overgrowth in the gut:

  • Taking antibiotics
  • Eating a diet high in sugar and refined carbs
  • High alcohol intake
  • A weakened immune system
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • Diabetes
  • High stress levels

Health News adds refined sugars and carbs to the list above.

Amy Myers MD says that:

  • High carbs fuel candida
  • Excessive alcohol consumption weakens the immune system
  • Fermented foods feed active candida infections
  • Medications provide a perfect environment for candida to flourish
  • Stress impairs the immune system and shuts down the digestive system
  • Autoimmune diseases are treated with immune suppressants that reduce your bodies ability to fight infections

Diagnosing the condition

One of the ways to discover, or confirm, if you are suffering from Candida overgrowth in the Gut is to have an allergy test. There are various forms of tests. These include: Private blood tests, acupressure or kinesiologyClick here to find an allergy test. 

You can read more about private blood tests and see a video review here

Linking Candida to autoimmune conditions 

Amy Myers MD says Candida overgrowth in the gut has penetrated your intestinal lining and caused your gut to become leaky, it opens the floodgates for undigested food particles, toxins, viruses, and bacteria to pass through your intestinal wall and into your bloodstream. This triggers an inflammatory response from your immune system in an attempt to fight off these foreign “invaders”. Due to the leaky gut, your immune system continues sending out wave after wave of inflammation, and soon gets stressed, weakened, confused, and begins firing less accurately. When this happens, your own body’s tissues can end up in the cross-hairs of your immune system. Over time this can lead you to develop full-blown autoimmune disease.

A step in healing candida is to remove the problem of leaky gut. Harvard health says, The most common is to review your diet and eliminate known dietary causes of inflammation, such as excessive consumption of alcohol and processed foods, and to explore whether you have any food sensitivities — for instance, to gluten or dairy. “In theory, reducing inflammation from your diet like this also may rebuild the gut lining and stop further leakage.

The best way to protect yourself from leaky gut is to invest more in your overall digestive health. This means being more attentive about following a gut-healthy diet that limits processed foods and high-fat and high-sugar foods, and includes enough fibre. Sticking to a regular exercise program also can strengthen your digestive system. For example, studies have suggested that taking a 15-to 20-minute walk after a meal can aid in digestion.

How to treat Candida Overgrowth

 Healthline, says the best way to treat candida overgrowth in the gut, and prevent recurring infections, is to address the underlying cause.

The food you eat plays an important role in maintaining the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut.

Refined sugars, carbs and high lactose (dairy products) can encourage Candida overgrowth and other “bad” microorganisms to grow.

Eating too many of these foods may promote infection if you have a suppressed immune system.

On the other hand, certain foods have specifically been shown to encourage “good” bacteria to grow and inhibit the growth of Candida.

The Best Treatments for Candida Overgrowth

Amy Myers MD that you want to starve the Candida overgrowth in the gut. She says that candida feeds off of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and yeast-containing foods. For this reason, you will want to remove all gluten, sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, dried fruit, fruit juices, and fermented foods from your diet. Fermented foods not only feed good bacteria, but also feed Candida. It is also recommend that you limit legumes and grains to one cup per day or eliminate them completely from your diet. 

Foods that may help heal Candida Overgrowth in the Gut

According to Healthline,  The following foods have been shown to help fight Candida.

  • Garlic contains an antifungal substance called allicin, which has been shown to act against Candidayeasts in animal and test-tube studies
  • Coconut oil: is high in lauric acid, which has been shown to fight Candida infections in multiple test-tube studies
  • Curcumin: Test-tube studies indicate that curcumin may kill Candida yeasts, or at least reduce their growth
  • Xylitol: In one test-tube study, Xylitol helped fight Candida, decreasing its ability to stick to a surface and cause infection
  • Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel may inhibit the growth of Candida in the mouth and prevent infections
  • Pomegranate: A test-tube study indicated that the plant compounds in pomegranate are beneficial against Candida yeasts
  • Kombucha: Kombucha is rich in tea polyphenols and acetic acid, both of which have been shown to kill Candida in test-tube studies
  • Probiotics: Probiotics may protect against infections

Amy Myers MD adds:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Most vinegar contains alcohol or grains, but apples cider vinegar is sourced from apples. research on this is however limited, though it does show that apple cider vinegar has the ability to damage candida cell walls and protein structures. 
  • Cruciferous Vegetables – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula, cabbage, and radishes, contain isothiocyanates, the sulphur- and nitrogen-containing compounds that attack Candida.
  • Ginger – Ginger also contains gingerols and shogaols. These inflammation-fighting, anti-fungal components of the ginger root support a healthy balance of bacteria to help eliminate an overgrowth. While ginger is not the most powerful anti-fungal of the group, it does provide significant liver support while your body is detoxifying by promoting your body’s glutathione levels.
  • Olive Oil – Olive, flax, avocado, and primrose oils contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help your body fight Candida. 
  • Cloves – Cloves naturally contain eugenol, a powerful essential oil and extremely effective antifungal when taken internally. It almost completely inhibits the growth of Candida cells. Clove oil can also be effective as a topical aid for fungal infections of the toe and fingernails.
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon is a spice that helps your body fight inflamation, and it also exhibits antifungal properties.
  • Wild Salmon -Wild salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. This fatty acid may fight fungal infections, and help keep Candida in check. Additionally, omega-3s can help increase the production of inflammation-fighting compounds, such as short-chain fatty acids. They also work together with your immune system to improve the integrity of your gut lining, and help repair the damage done to the gut by an imbalance of bacteria.
  •  Lemon Juice – The essential oil of lemons contains mild anti-fungal properties.  Lemon’s main role in the diet is to help detoxify your liver as it tries to fight off the Candida.

Foods to avoid for Candida Overgrowth

When dealing with Candida overgrowth in the Gut there are foods you should avoid. These are typically foods that may cause the candida to grow. According to Amy Myers MD these include: sugar and sweeteners, wine and beer, dried fruits and fruit juices, gluten and grains, beans and other legumes, starchy vegetables, fermented foods, GMO foods and dairy.

Length of Treatment

How long treatment of Candida Overgrowth in the Gut takes can depend on how much the candida has grown before treatment starts. For example, Candida left unchecked for 18 months or so, could take 6 months or more to treat naturally.   

Can Homeopathic Remedies help Candida Overgrowth?

Nicole Cunningham is a Homeopathic Health Practitioner with 17 Years of experience has been called the “Mayo Clinic of Alternative Healthcare Practitioners”. 

Serving thousands of clients in her practice, she specializes in treating families who face the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hormonal Imbalance, Chronic and Auto Immune Diseases and Weightloss. 

Her line of Homeopathic formulas, PuraForce Remedies, have been tried and tested by hundreds of families.

Below she explains how homeopathy works in relation to candida…

Homeopathy is a 200+ year old system of medicine used by over 500 million people worldwide. It has the best record of safety in the history of all medicine, with hundreds of studies showing its effectiveness on humans, animals, plants, and cells. Seven research laboratories have confirmed that homeopathic remedies at all levels of potency contain nanoparticles of the original medicinal substance from which they were made – making homeopathy the first nano medicine known to humankind. Candida responds particularly well to Homeopathic Remedies as it targets the sites of overgrowth and the homeopathic remedies target the specific inflammation and imbalance in the gut.

What are Homeopathic Remedies made from?

Homeopathy is safe and non-toxic. While the remedies are made out of plant and minerals, they are the energetic essence of that substance so they are completely free of side effects and therefore useful for all ages and life stages. Candida Albicans affects people of all ages and stages of health. Homeopathic Remedies assist with symptomatic relief as well as improving the overall energy levels, well being and quality of life of people who suffer from Candida Albicans. 

What are the advantages of Homeopathy?

  1. Homeopathic Medicine treats the person as an individual, it evaluates and addresses the person as a ‘whole.’ Homeopathy treats the mind and the body creating harmony and enabling the individual to reach their highest potential.
  2. Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring about health and well being.
  3. You are treated as an individual, not as a collection of disease labels.
  4. Homeopathy treats all your symptoms at all levels of your being – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical and finds the ‘like cures like’ match for them.
  5. Homeopathically prepared remedies provide the minimum dose, are gentle, subtle and powerful. They are non-addictive, and not tested on animals.

Who can use Homeopathy?

Homeopathic Remedies are absorbed via the limbic system and not the digestive tract they can be taken along side and instead of pharmaceutical medicines with confidence. 

There are no interactions or special considerations needed. It can be used by all ages and stages of life including during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The remedies can even be used by newborn babies and the elderly. 

Homeopathic Remedies are tasteless and odourless! So ideal for children and babies who are averse to taking medications. You can even put it into cold drinks such as water, juice or milk without them knowing!!

1 *Bell, I., et. al., Adaptive network nanomedicine: an integrated model for homeopathic medicine. Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition) 2013; 5(2):685-708

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How Homeopathy be used to help Candida Albicans?

It has incredible benefits to patients who suffer with Candida. Homeopathic Medicine targets Candida by activating the body’s vital force – the body’s ability to heal itself. This is achieved by prescribing a constitutional medicine to the patient. This constitutional remedy is given to achieve homeostasis and balance within the biochemistry that then begins to reduce the overgrowth activity.

When Homeopathic Medicines are given to treat the yeast overgrowth we see a reduction in the associated symptoms linked with the overgrowth including  weight gain, bloating, thrush, acne, low energy levels and motivation. 

In addition a targeted Candida Albicans and Gut Protocol brings best results when given simultaneously. This push and pull action of the two targeted remedies pushes the microbiome to equalise while pushing the gut to expel the unhealthy and imbalanced cells of yeast and often other parasitic organisms. The faster that the body can detoxify and expel the unhealthy overgrowth through the bowel the quicker the body can get back to a place of complete homeostasis and pH balance in the gut. This then eliminates all of the remaining symptoms. 

Nicole Cunningham is a Homeopathic Health Practitioner with 17 Years of experience has been called the “Mayo Clinic of Alternative Healthcare Practitioners”. 

Serving thousands of clients in her practice, she specializes in treating families who face the challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hormonal Imbalance, Chronic and Auto Immune Diseases and Weightloss. 

Her line of Homeopathic formulas, PuraForce Remedies, have been tried and tested by hundreds of families.

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