Monday, April 28, 2014

Signs You Have Candida & Treatments


Happy candida cleanse week! We had a great week last week talking about allergies and natural remedies and also signs and symptoms of dehydration (and how mason jars help with that).  I had mentioned Friday that a friend of mine and I are going to take a week off of our normal eating schedule and embark on a candida free diet.  I want to see how my body feels after a week and if I see a difference I may just continue down the path and keep myself feeling healthy.

Because of candida cleanse week I felt it was necessary to give you a bit of a background on the effect of yeast on our bodies. I have provided a quick introduction to candida and some symptoms and helpful natural remedies. I hope all of you have a wonderful week and again thank you for visiting!

What are the common causes of Candida overgrowth?

Candida is a fungus, which is in the form of yeast. Candida is naturally occurring in the body to help aid digestion and absorption in the small intestine. But if for some reason the yeast is overproduced it can break down the lining of the intestine and enter the blood stream. Once in the bloodstream it releases toxic byproducts and can cause problems ranging from rashes to depression.

There can be many different reasons for an over production of yeast in specific areas of the body. Most people associate candida as a sexually transmitted infection. Yeast can be transferred between sex partners but usually one or both of the partners are also struggling with candida overgrowth inside their body that is ultimately leading to the infection.

Your body uses yeast to break up small sugars that enter the small intestine after being broken down in the stomach. There are many minor causes to yeast overgrowth like taking antibiotics that kill off good bacteria, consuming hormonal birth control that can throw off your pH and even leading a stressful lifestyle. But there are two main reasons that can lead to an over population in the intestines. The first is if you are ingesting large amounts of carbohydrates or alcohol. The second is if your body is not correctly digesting the carbohydrates in the stomach. Both of these can lead to an increased amount of carbohydrate entering the small intestine which feeds the yeast and causes it to grow and multiply.

What are some of the symptoms of Candida overgrowth?
  • Skin and nail infections (including athletes foot, psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff)
  • Mouth sores
  • Thrush
  • Irritability, mood swings and depression
  • Vaginal infections, bladder infections and or rectal infections
  • Severe allergies and itchy ears
  • Fatigue
  • Foggy brain
  • Strong sugar cravings
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Respiratory issues
  • Arthritis or chronic joint pain
  • Bloating and stomach cramps 
  • Migraines 
  • Weight Gain that you are unable to loose 
  • Infertility

How can you test for Candida at home?

Of course you can have your blood tested to see how much candida is present in your body. There are also a couple tests you can do at home that might detect a candida overgrowth in your body.

Saliva Test

Take a clear glass of water and spit into it within 30 minutes of waking up. Make sure you build up a bunch of saliva, but just saliva from your mouth, don’t cough up anything. Do this
before you rinse, spit or put anything into your mouth. Then wait for 15 minutes.
Your saliva will float on the surface of the water, which is normal. However, if you see cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass like sediment, you may be seeing colonies of yeast. You may also see the saliva on the top with tiny strings that start to hang down that may look like jellyfish, hair, or spider legs, or suspended specks of yeast floating in the middle of the glass

Urine Test
Look for bubbles in your urine. Tartaric acid is a common byproduct of yeast and if your body is high in yeast your urine will have a high amount of tartaric acid which creates bubbles or a foamy look to the urine. 
Common Natural Treatments: 

Candida Diet

Diet and exercise can be the key to eliminate candida from your body.

The candida diet is essentially eliminating carbohydrates, alcohol, fermented foods and inflammation causing foods. (Later this week I will do a post where I talk about some Candida Diet Recipes). 

Enzymes are substances  produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction.

Enzymes from our food and bodies help aid in breaking up our food so that we are able to digest and absorb the nutrients in our food.

There are certain enzymes that can help break down excess yeast in our intestines and throughout our bloodstream. Plant enzymes especially cellulase and protease when taken in combination can be very effective at helping decrease yeast counts.

Biofase is a complete enzyme formula including these enzymes -cellulase, protease, hemicellulase, glucoamylase and amylase. All of which help to break down and destroy destructive candida. They also help to digest the carbohydrates that may be contributing to the yeast overgrowth. Many times it is essential to take your regular digestive enzyme, along with cellulase to rid of Candida. 

Essential Oils

Using essential oils can also be helpful in treating yeast infections. They can help reduce stress levels and also help normalize pH. Candida flourish in alkaline environments because probiotics that help stabilize yeast levels die off at extreme pH.

For yeast infections soaking in a mint oil bath can be effective. Other oils such as tea tree oil and ocotea oil are also effective in helping with this issue.


 You will want to increase your probiotic (good bacteria) intake with a high-quality probiotic supplement or by eating cultured foods like organic plain yogurt. These contain the good bacteria that keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy and will ultimately replace the Candida.

Decreasing stress levels

Lastly, it is extremely important to try and decrease your stress levels. All of us work too hard and put so much energy into our daily lives we forget that if we burn the candle at both ends we will eventually burn out.

Making sure you are taking the time to rest and get a good nights sleep is crucial. Also meditation techniques can be helpful in reducing stress. Keeping your body calm can be very beneficial in keeping you healthy.

Danielle's Candida Cleanse Recipe: 

Hi! Danielle, here now. I thought I would just include my Candida Cleanse "recipe" to this already established and thorough post of Laura's. She gives a lot of helpful and accurate information. In the recent weeks I've put a few people on this Candida Cleanse with surprising and amazing results. Below is the "recipe" I use for clearing Candida and it has worked with insane results.

To clear Candida I would prescribe: Digestive Enzymes, a Magnesium Supplement/Enzyme (or Colon Health Support), Cellulase (an enzyme specifically formulated that fights candida), good probiotics, the candida diet, a whole lot of water, and dry brushing. *It is also very important when considering cleaning candida that you take into account your bowel movements. The last thing you want to be doing is ridding of toxins in your body without having a way to eliminate them. You need to make sure you have at least 1-2 bowel movements a day while cleansing candida. If not, the candida will be released into your blood stream and it will only have a backlash of affects. If you do not have regular bowel movements, it is important to start with addressing that by taking a Colon Health Support or MagZ for up to two weeks before you start cleansing.* 

I only use specific brands that I trust, and that is very important in this process. If you have any questions about those specific brands for enzymes or probiotics, you can email us at To see some of our "candida friendly" recipes you can see these: Vegetable Soup with Garlic and Ginger,  Candida Friendly RecipesSpring Ratatouille Recipe, Roasted Chicken, Chicken Broth, Hard Boiled Eggs, and Parsley Chimichurri.

P.S. You can find the rest of the posts in this week's series here: Tuesday's: Dry Brushing (and how can alleviate candida), Wednesday's: Candida Diet Recipes, Friday's RecapYou can also view Dr. Shumway's interview where he talks about Candida as well.

Disclaimer: PRTLIVING (and all of those feature and interviewed) is limited to providing self-help education in natural health matters and advocating of a healthy lifestyle for the sole purpose of sharing personal experiences and historical information about the traditional use of God-given herbs and natural remedies. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any specific disease. No medical claims are made. If you have a medical problem, please seek the advice of your medical doctor.

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