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Candida albicans

The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check.

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Candida albicans is very common and by far, the best known type of yeast.  This microorganism normally lives in human mucosa without causing any illness or symptoms. Our colon normally hosts a small amount of those parasites and contains lactic acid, which, with the help of our immune system, keeps them in a latent state. When Candida proliferates in an alkaline environment it can become aggressive and cause problems.

Symptoms of Candida

Symptoms of an overpopulation of Candida are: 

Causes of Candida

Normally, lactic bacteria (intestinal flora) and other friendly bacteria populate the bowel and help the normal functions of the digestive tract.  These bacteria produce vitamins B complex, vitamin K, as well as amino acids essential to the manufacture of proteins and neurotransmitters (for the nervous system). They also have the crucial role of producing lactic acid, a component that contributes to the maintenance of proper gut pH.  

Unfortunately, lactic bacteria are often partially eliminated by medications such as antibiotics, contraceptives, cortisone, chemotherapy and radiations. Other factors that contribute to their elimination are: coffee, stress, insufficient digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid, a diet lacking in fibres or with too much process food, a imbalance of reproductive hormones (PMS, menopause, pregnancy) or a gastrointestinal flu. Since lactic bacteria produce lactic acid, their elimination results in a more alkaline pH in the gut.  An alkaline gut is the perfect environment for the proliferation of unwanted bacteria and fungi such as Candida.

Diet for Candida

A diet can be adapted to favour the growth of good bacteria and to gain enough strength for the body’s fight against invaders. Since Candida robs nutritious elements necessary for your health, it is particularly important to eat a lot of vegetables (5-8 servings a day) and whole foods (ex. brown rice, whole wheat, whole grains, whole flour, legumes, raw nuts and seeds).

To help eliminate Candida

  • Avoid anything with simple sugars (honey, maple syrup, white sugar…) since it will go directly to feed Candida. 
  • Limit starches by keeping your servings of grains small and never doubling carbs during a meal (ex. bread and pasta). Even fruits should be limited to 1 or 2 a day. 
  • Eat proteins (lentils, beans, peas, soy, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat and dairy products) at every meals and snack to help stabilize blood sugar levels. Choose vegetal proteins rather and animal proteins. Candida cannot feed on proteins. 
  • Good oils are very important for good health and for hormonal balance. Include 3 servings per day (1 serving = 1 teaspoon of cold pressed oil or 1 VegOmega3) for proper balance between Omega 3, 6 and 9. 
  • Drink a lot of water since it facilitates the elimination of toxins produced by the parasites and shortens their time in the body (reduces unwanted reactions). These dietary measures are sufficient when combined with Molkosan. More drastic diets do not increase effectiveness but do increase risks of nutritional imbalances.

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