Candida and endometriosis


Many  have had  success in dealing with their endometriosis by following a diet regime that is designed to deal with Candida Albicans.   

There is much speculation that there is a link between Candida and endometriosis. The foods that should be eliminated in a diet for Candida are very similar to the foods that should be eliminated to deal with endometriosis.  There are a few variations but the basics are the same.


Candida treatment with endometriosis

For Candida, avoiding all forms of yeast forming foods, fermented foods, and mould foods is essential, as these will all help to feed the Candida yeast over-population.  Candida albicans yeast normally lives harmlessly in the gastrointestinal tract and genito-urinary areas of the body. But, Candida may infect virtually any part of the body. 


The most commonly involved sites include the nail beds, skin folds, feet, mouth, sinuses, ear canal, belly button, oesophagus, intestine, vaginal tract and urethra. Candida also infects deep internal organs, which sometimes results in serious disease. Likely sites of infection include the thyroid and adrenal glands, kidneys, bladder, bowel, oesophagus, uterus, lungs and bone marrow. 


In the past, Candida infection was regarded as a woman’s problem because of its connection to a vaginal yeast infection. Today, we know that both men and women are equally likely to develop Candida.


Candidiasis is really a state of inner imbalance, not a germ or bug.  When immunity and resistance are low, the body loses its intestinal balance and Candida yeasts multiply too rapidly, voraciously feeding on sugars and carbohydrates in the digestive tract. 


It is probably caused by a compromised immune system especially when the bodies natural defences are low.  . Unless the body’s weakened defences are given assistance, Candida colonies will flourish throughout the body and keep releasing toxins into the bloodstream.


Lifestyle factors that promote Candida infection 


  • Poor diet - especially excessive intake of sugar, starchy foods, yeasted breads and  foods high in chemicals
  • Repeated use of antibiotics - long-term use of antibiotics kill protective bacteria (that keep Candida under control). 
  • Hormone medications like cortico-steroid drugs and birth control pills. 
  • A high stress life, too much alcohol, too little rest. 


Symptoms of Candida 


  • recurrent digestive problems, gas, bloating or flatulence 
  • rectal itching, or chronic constipation alternating with diarrhoea
  • a white coating on your tongue (thrush) 
  • unusually irritable or depressed, unexplained frequent headaches, muscle aches and joint pain       
  • feel sick all over, yet the cause cannot be found.   
  • chronic vaginal yeast infections or frequent bladder infections 
  • psoriasis, eczema or chronic dermatitis
  • catching frequent colds that take many weeks to go away 
  • oversensitive to chemicals, tobacco, perfume or insecticides.  Crave sugar, bread or alcoholic beverages 
  • Fatigue and tiredness


Treating candida


There are a number of supplements on the market designed specifically to treat candida but you can also use individual supplements that can help. As mentioned earlier you need to omit foods that feed the candida like yeast foods and fermented foods.

Supplements that can help include:

Aloe vera juice - which can be taken a couple of times a day

Garlic (1) - which is a well known antifungal and can act against the candida overgrowth

Coconut oil (2) - Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which has been shown to fight Candida infections in multiple test-tube studies

Probiotics (3) - which help to balance intestinal flora of the gut and reduce the bad gut flora that feeds the candida.


References:

   ( 1 ) Garlic

   ( 2 ) Coconut oil

   ( 3 ) Probiotics



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