Candida and Yeast can Cause Many Health Problems
itWhen God designed the human body, He placed good bacteria inside the body to act as a garbage recycling factory. This “factory” has an important job to convert dead organisms to a useable form. When the system gets out of balance, yeast can create a lot of problems and they can become our enemy instead of our friend.
Having an overgrowth of yeast in the body can cause over 100 different symptoms and make people feel “sick all over.” Following are some of the symptoms that can occur with an overgrowth of Candida Albicans (type of yeast.)
allergies athletes foot asthma
anxiety acne anemia
abdominal pain acid reflux bloating
belching blurred vision burning
bronchitis bad breath chest tightness/pain
chronic cough colic constipation
chronic fatigue chronic pain dark circles under eyes
diaper rash diarrhea dizziness
digestive problems depression ear infections
eye pain eczema endometriosis
fatigue fluid in ears fungus toe/fingernails
gas gluten intolerance headaches
heartburn hay fever hyperactivity
irregular menstruation impotence indigestion
insomnia irritability joint pain/swelling
jock itch learning difficulties low-grade fever
loss of sexual desire menstrual cramping mental confusion
miscarriages muscle pain memory problems
migraine headaches mood swings muscle weakness
numbness nasal itching/drip nasal congestion
obsessive disorders panic attacks PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
poor concentration projectile vomiting problems getting pregnant
prostatitis ringing in the ear restless leg syndrome
short attention span skin rashes sensitivity to heat/cold
sore throat see spots sweet cravings
sinus problems thrush (white on tongue) urinary tract infection
vaginal yeast infection weight gain wheezing
What is Yeast
Yeast is a single celled organism that thrives on the surface of other living things including fruits, vegetables, grains, the skin, and inside the body. Candida Albicans is a type of yeast that likes to live in the digestive tract.
The yeast doesn’t cause health problems when there is the correct balance in the body. It is when the candida multiplies that can cause different health problems. As the yeast multiples, it releases many toxins, which weakens the immune system, and then allows health problems to occur.
For yeast to grow, it requires a specific environment that is made up of a moist, dark place with a constant food supply which describes the gastrointestinal tract. Yeast grows on sugar and on any food that can quickly be broken down into sugar. For this reason, people with too much yeast in their body often crave sugar, bread, and other starchy foods.
“Good” Bacteria in Intestines
There are several different kinds of organisms living in the intestinal tract. The human body has both “good” bacteria and harmful “bad” bacteria. The key to good health is having the right balance of each in the body.
Trillions of these “good” bacteria live in the intestinal tract and keep the intestines clean by feeding on the waste, fungus, yeast, and other harmful bacteria. They help control the candida overgrowth by producing chemicals that inhibit the growth of the bad bacteria. For example, lactobacillus acidophilus produces chemicals that are toxic to the bacteria commonly known to cause ‘Montezuma’s revenge.’[iii]–[iv]
Dr. Serafina Corsello, director of the Corsello Centers for Nutritional Complementary Medicine in New York, agrees that there is a connection between candida and immune problems. “Imbalance of intestinal flora and delayed food allergies are almost universally present in people with autoimmune disorders.” [v]
Cause of Yeast Related Illnesses
The most common way the good bacteria is destroyed is from taking antibiotics. See the list below for other common ways to destroy the good bacteria in the body.
alcohol antibiotics birth control pills
chemical exposure chemotherapy chemicals in foods
chlorinated water compacted colon cortisone
coffee chocolate hormonal changes
drugs injury hormone injected meats
pregnancy poor diet poor digestion
prednisone pesticides in foods preservatives in food
pesticides in air refined flour steroids
stress sugar tetracycline (acne)
Once the good bacteria are killed, then the yeast takes advantage of the situation and starts to multiply. As it continues to grow, it kills other helpful organisms. It starts to create an environment that is inviting to parasites and other harmful bacteria.
The easiest way to add the healthy bacteria to the human body is through supplementation called probiotics. Probiotics is the term used to describe the healthy bacteria that naturally occur in the intestines. The term is also used to describe the supplements or nutrients that support the good bacteria. Following are a few ways probiotics benefit the human body.
-clean the intestinal tract, purify the colon, and promote regular bowel movements
–create lactic acid which balances intestinal pH
-help to destroy molds, viruses, and parasites
-aids in digesting lactose (milk sugar) and protein
-help to maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
-increase the number of immune system cells which enhances the immune response
-helps to protect the body from environmental toxins such as pesticides and pollutants
-manufacture vitamins B6, B12, K, folic acid, and assorted amino acids
-produce antibiotics and antifungals that prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi
-reduce toxic waste at the cellular level
-stimulate the repair mechanism of cells
Disorders Linked to Candida
adrenal dysfunction Alzheimer’s/Dementia attention deficit disorder
ADHD autism Auto-Immune Disorders
clinical depression chronic fatigue chronic sinusitis
celiac disease (gluten) Crohn’s disease dermatitis
eczema fibromyalgia hypothyroidism
immune dysfunction irritable bowel syndrome leaky gut syndrome
lupus lactose intolerance macular degeneration
psoriasis rosacea schizophrenia
tinea versicolor (skin) Tourette’s obsessive-compulsive disorder
How Candida is Treated
The first approach of getting rid of candida is to kill it by starving it. Since yeast like to eat sugar and thrive and multiply on it, then take it away. It is very important to eat lots of vegetables for they absorb the mycotoxins (fungal poisons) and carry them out of the body.
Kauffman explains that if the yeast is killed, then it is imperative that they are eliminated from the body (otherwise the dead fungus rots and release poisonous gasses throughout the body.) This is a job for the colon and AIM’s Herbal Fiberblend.
Non-digested fiber assists the body in ridding the dead fungus. The fiber binds to the yeast and prevents it from being reabsorbed back into the body.
Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D., an enzyme therapist in Oregon, recommends using plant enzymes to treat yeast overgrowth and to “eat up” the dead candida. AIM’s BarleyLife or AIM’s PrepZymes have many plant enzymes that can help with this situation.
Testimony of Sugar and Pain
I had a “crick in my neck” for 4 weeks. My neck hurt to move from side to side and to look up and down. Over the next month, I went to four different chiropractors and several massage therapists, and nothing brought relief to the pain and stiffness.
After four weeks of pain, I decided to go on the candida program. I was amazed for I had spent four weeks in pain but within three days of being on this program, the pain in my neck was gone!
Recommended Supplements for Candida
It can help to balance the pH in the body to be able to handle the cleansing program of the dead yeast.[viii] If the body is too acid, then it is harder to remove the toxins. This is a “whole food” and not a man-made product. It has thousands of live enzymes that help to destroy the toxins in the body. It is also has many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants to help restore the health of the cells in the body.
AIM’s Flora Food
This Probiotic contains a special blend of several powerful friendly bacteria—lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, and bifidobacterium longum.
AIM’s Fit ‘n Fiber
It is a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber that is considered a “prebiotic” that helps the heathy bacteria to grow in the intestines. It is also great for people that do not get their recommended amount of daily fiber. Studies show that it is important to have extra fiber to help remove the “die off” of the candida. It can be taken by itself or mixed with herbal Fiberblend to enhance the health of the colon.
AIM’s Herbal Fiberblend
Yeast can be living layer upon layer of the undigested food in the colon. The Herbal Fiberblend cleans out each layer so the herbs (whatever you pick to kill the fungus and yeast) can get to the deep levels of yeast and fungus to kill it. It is a combination of herbs that removes the toxins from the body, reduces transit time, kills parasites in the colon, and scrapes off the buildup of old fecal matter on the colon walls.
It is known to have anti-viral, anti-bacteria, and anti-fungal properties.
These enzymes work in several different ways. They can be taken on an empty stomach to help “eat” and digest the dead candida so they don’t rot and release toxins. It can also “eat up” the toxins in the joints and muscles. They can also be taken with a meal to help digest the food.
Stevia is a natural herb that is sweet, free of calories, taste much sweeter than sugar, and candida is not attracted to it. It can be a substitute for refined sugar and chemical artificial sweeteners like saccharin, NutraSweet, or aspartame (which are all sweet poisons.) Stevia is an extract that comes from the leaves of a South American shrub.
Lots of Filtered Water
The body has to have water to deliver the nutrients to the cells and water to remove the toxins out of the cells. Otherwise, they get trapped inside the body and cause more “detox” symptoms. During times of detoxifying, it can be beneficial to drink a gallon of filtered water a day. See the chapter in this book, Water Reduces Pain and Fatigue for more information.
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[i] William G. Crook, The Yeast Connection, (Professional Books, 1992), 17-66.
[ii] Christine Winderlin and Keith Sehnert, Candida Related Complex; What Your Doctor Might be Missing (Taylor Publishing Company, 1996).
[iii] Kaufmann, The Fungus, A20-A2.
[iv] Crook, The Yeast, 243-244.
[v] Goldburg and Trivieri, Chronic Fatigue, 216-217.
[vi] Teresa Schumacher & Toni Schumacher Lund, Candida, the Slow Killer (St. George, Health Concepts, 2001), 11.
[vii] Kaufmann, The Fungus, A21, 15-28.
[viii] Goldburg and Trivieri, Chronic Fatigue, 143.
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