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Candida Overgrowth

Posted by on March 22, 2015

What is Candida?

Candida is a yeast or fungus that naturally lives in the human body.  It is one of billions of organisms that live in the body and serve a useful purpose.  One of candida’s functions is to identify and destroy harmful bacteria.  When its levels are balanced and the immune system is strong, candida presents no problems.  However, when the levels grow out of control, it begins to cause a variety of symptoms and health problem that can affect us from the top of the head to the tips of the toes.  Yeast overgrowth can create symptoms that affect us not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.


What causes Candida Overgrowth?

There are a variety of things that can contribute to candida overgrowth.  A healthy immune system keeps candida balanced with other organisms in the body.  A weakened immune system allows for the yeast to grow and flourish.  The causes of immune weakness are vast and complex.  Antibiotics greatly tax the immune system by eliminating many friendly micro-organisms in the digestive system.  Candida is resistant to antibiotics.  As the medications kill off good bacteria, it creates an imbalance that allows candida to take over.  Candida is a living organism that excretes toxins.  The more yeast present, the more toxins created and circulated through the body, which even further stresses the immune system.  The candida can actually produce long formations (resembling a tree root) that can penetrate the intestinal walls, creating leaky gut.  The holes created in the intestinal walls are microscopic, but large enough to allow toxins, bacteria, yeast, and undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream.  Leaky Gut Syndrome can then lead to the development food allergies, further immune weakness, and a variety of other health problems.

Other factors that lead to a weak immune system include poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, excess stress, and exposure to toxins or allergens.


How do I get Candida Overgrowth under control?

1 – Eliminate foods that feed candida

2 – Support and rebuild the immune system

3 – Reintroduce good bacteria into the digestive tract

4 – Kill off the excess candida      

5 – Minimize the healing crisis that can occur when killing the yeast too quickly



1 – Eliminate Foods that Feed Candida:

There are 5 main categories of food that feed candida: sugar, dairy, carbs, grains/glutens, and vinegars (apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar are not included here).  If the diet is constantly poor, the yeast will continue to grow.  Eating the right foods is one of the most important aspects in getting candida back under control and maintaining proper yeast levels. 

Here is a list of Foods to Avoid

Here is a list of Foods to Include



2 – Support and Rebuild the Immune System:

Fresh, organic foods as well as quality supplements can aid in rebuilding the immune system. Make sure that the vitamins are free of yeast, sugar, gluten, and GMO’s.

Healthy Fats – important to get yeast under control and increases absorption of nutrients

  • Essential Fatty Acids
    • Two types: Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s
    • Our body can’t produce essential fatty acids, so we must consume them in our diet
    • Most people get plenty of omega-6 in their food
    • Important to get more omega-3 to create a better balance
  • Coconut Oil
    • Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral
    • Boosts the immune system
    • Full of nutrients that promote better digestion and absorption of nutrients

Vitamins –

  • Vitamin B Complex
  • Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids)
  • Vitamin D (with vitamin A)
  • Vitamin E (with alpha tocopherol, not d-alpha tocopherol, which is the synthetic)

Minerals –

  • A good quality multi-mineral (We get a lot of the vitamins we need from our food, but our soil is depleted of minerals, making it more difficult to get enough minerals just from food sources.)
  • Calcium Citrate
  • Magnesium Citrate

Other Supplements –

  • Chlorella – builds immune system, detoxifies heavy metals and toxins, supports digestion, balances blood sugar and blood pressure, and contains a large assortment of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes (necessary for the body to function properly)
  • Caprylic Acid – supports the immune system and fights yeasts (can be found in coconut oil)
  • Vitamin C – boosts the immune system


3 – Reintroduce Good Bacteria into the Digestive Tract:

Yeast thrives when there is an imbalance of micro-organisms in the gut.  It is important to repopulate the “good” bacteria in the digestive tract. A good, quality probiotic supplement can provide a variety of strains of bacteria to help rebalance the gut.  For instance, Lactobacilli are a type of bacteria found most in the small intestines, while Bifidobacteria are mainly located in the colon. 

Many people grab yogurt when faced with yeast overgrowth.  Yogurt or kefir are sources of probiotics, but many times the dairy can aggravate symptoms.  Kombucha tea is a non-dairy source of good probiotics.


4 – Kill off Candida Overgrowth:

There are a variety of natural anti-fungal options that target candida overgrowth.

  • Garlic – fresh garlic is more potent than other forms
    • Supports the immune system
    • Kills yeast, intestinal parasites, and bacteria
    • Improves circulation
    • Balances blood pressure
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • Kills yeast overgrowth
    • Balances micro-organisms in the digestive tract
    • Alkalizes the body
  • Caprylic Acid
    • Anti-fungal
  • Pau d’Arco
    • Anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic
    • Can be taken in supplement for or can drink as a tea
  • Oil of Oregano
    • Immune booster
    • Fights yeast, bacteria, and viruses
  • Olive Leaf Extract
    • Immune  booster
    • Fights yeast, bacteria, and viruses
  • Coconut Oil
    • Excellent source of caprylic acid
  • Other Anti-Fungal Options
    • Aloe Vera
    • Black Walnut
    • Cinnamon
    • Cloves
    • Ginger
    • Goldenseal
    • Grapefruit Seed
    • Oregon Grape
    • Turmeric



5 – Minimize the Healing Crisis:

A healing crisis occurs when the body is overloaded with toxins.  As the body releases toxins, the cells and tissues are burdened and begin to release the toxins into the bloodstream, which flows to the organs of elimination (kidneys, liver, bowels, genital organs, lungs, throat, sinuses, and skin).  As these organs become stressed, unpleasant symptoms can occur.  The die-off symptoms resemble the flu.  This can include fatigue, headaches, fevers, cold or sinus infection, kidney or bladder infection, and more.  Supporting the body can help to minimize the symptoms.  Vitamin C can be taken several times a day, preferably in powder form.  Allergy Research Group offers a great powdered vitamin C from a cassava root source. 

In order to avoid a healing crisis, make gradual changes and support the body as the yeast dies off.