The problem with the candida diet
GAPS – Gut And Psychology Syndrome diet SCD and other very low-carbohydrate diets ALL do ONE thing. A typical Candida diet REMOVES every possible source of GLUCOSE or SUGAR in the diet. This can lead to ketone production.
Studies, for example, show that neutrophils, which are white blood cells, are less able to kill Candida when ketones are present. There are studies of diabetic patients with ketoacidosis—a lot of ketone production—developing Candida overgrowth.
There are studies of obese people developing Candida albicans infections when fasting causes ketosis. So there’s evidence pointing to the idea that KETONE PRODUCTION is not a good idea.
All health professionals agree that candida albicans is a yeast living in the gut and in the vagina. Normally it causes no serious problems there. It’s one of many microbes – known as gut flora – that colonise the large intestine.
When the balance of this flora is disrupted – most commonly by antibiotics – the “good” microbes may be killed off, allowing harmful ones including candida albicans, to proliferate. The first result is likely to be vaginal thrush.
Susannah is among naturopaths or the naturopathic community who believe this yeast can’t be ignored. It needs consideration in the systems review for certain illnesses. The medical profession largely dismiss such claims. They insist that in people with a normal immune system, candida causes problems only in the throat and vagina.
The right host (genetics may play a part here) and given the right conditions, candida can erupt into systemic candidiasis. This can affect many parts of the body. Candida albicans can multiply by feeding on undigested sugars and starch and change from a yeast to a fungus.
Disordered microbial balance has various triggers. Candida triggers include antibiotic use, the pill, HRT, steroids, stress and a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar. Candida can produce gases and waste products and sometimes alcohol. ‘Leaky gut’ can result when it uses its roots – hyphae – to penetrate through mucosal barriers and into tissues. This allows poisonous waste products to gain access to the bloodstream.
The bloating or discomfort we feel along with tiredness is from the large food molecules that are incompletely digested.
The immune system is triggered into action when this happens. It causes inflammation, excess mucous production and many of the symptoms associated with candida albicans.
Candida symptoms are food intolerance, fatigue, hormonal irregularities, headaches and arthritis. If the immune system is overloaded and compromised by stress, it fails to meet the challenge. So yeast problems or candida albicans persist.
It’s this list of diverse symptoms that patients take to their GP. It’s unlikely that the words candida albicans will be mentioned. Naturopaths and osteopaths like Susannah become specialised in treating chronic illness and chronic pain, for this reason.
In the four phases
Have you had a single episode of thrush and then never again? The nature of treating fungal overgrowth keeps to In The Four Phases rigidly because fungal overgrowth is commonly recurrent. Rebuilding your beneficial gut bacteria is a vital part of getting rid of fungal overgrowth or candida albicans overgrowth for good.