Candida : Whats Good And Whats Not
I have got leaky gut syndrome myself and in my case it was caused by severe Candida Albicans overgrowth in my intestines over the course of decades. Because of the nature of this condition I can’t imagine that anything other than Candida overgrowth in the gut would cause leaky gut, but I can’t be absolutely certain of that. My Candida antibody count 4 years ago was >150 (ref range <10), and I think it's safe to assume that anybody who is at the leaky gut stage has got it bad. I feel much better There is no shortage of powders and potions out there that promise to heal the gut (Biocare do one that is excellent), and no doubt, some of them are very good, but IMO it only works when you eliminate the cause of the problem by simultaneously not only by having a `good’ diet, but (as much as humanly possible) a sugar free one, and by that I mean to cut out all refined sugars in any shape or form for a long, long time years, rather than months. Since this is not very realistic, personally I have (after an initial superhuman effort for one year) opted for the next best thing moderation. To my mind it stands to reason that in order to heal the leaky gut you first have to eliminate its cause. I’ve learned the hard way that there are no `short cuts’. If anybody promises you gain without the pain, don’t believe it. You put sugar in at one end, and you get trouble the other end. simple as that. A high price to pay for a short lived pleasure. A bloated stomach and horrible wind are usually the first symptoms, brain fog, muscle and joint pains are to follow suit. Sugar feeds the yeast in the intestines and the bad bacteria multiplies at the speed of lightening. For years I have stuck my head into the sand rather than face up to the facts, but since I have seen my Candida antibody result, it has finally sunk in. it is up to me to help myself, because nobody else will waive the magic wand, and if I cheat, I am only cheating myself. To follow Dr. Peatfield’s protocol to kill off Candida with Fluconazole is a start. Yes, I know, Fluconazole is hard on the liver and the thyroid, but to do a course as Dr. P. recommends, is IMO the lesser of two evils. Fluco will kill off the Candida overgrowth all right when you follow the protocol, but it is not a wonder drug. It only works if you stop eating (and drinking) sugar. Fluco will kill off the yeast, but it will not keep it down. you eat sugar, the whole process starts again. I would never go to the extremes that are recommended on some American sites and take mega doses to my mind this is asking for liver damage. The key to ermanently reducing the Candida albicans bacteria (which, I understand, lives in us all) to normal levels is a diet free of excessive refined sugar. But whilst avoiding sugar as much as possible to my mind is the be-all and end-all when dealing with Candida overgrowth, it is equally important to support the body by supplying it daily with the best probiotic you can afford. It makes sense it’s warfare down there. yeast overgrowth is bad bacteria, so you balance it with good bacteria in order to prevent the bad guys from taking over the gut. Both, Biocare and Lamberts, offer some excellent products. I take plenty of probiotics daily without fail. I addition I use natural antifungals in my diet like garlic and olive oil. I have also recently started to take wild Oregano oil caps, as recommended by JOT. I feel they help. There is something else which I find helps a great deal and speeds up the process to good health. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea, but I was desperate enough to try it and am glad I did . Colon lavage. Before going down that route, you need to do your home work. You need to find a good and registered Hydro therapist and preferably take a look at the clinic where it is done before committing yourself. The idea is to wash out the yeast overgrowth from your colon and that may take perhaps 2-3 sessions in monthly intervals. Each time the water seems to go a little further up the colon, and washes out all those impacted faeces that have been festering in there for years. After the initial few session it may only be necessary to repeat the treatment once every 3-6 months or so, as the case may be. It is a lot less scary than it sounds. If you wanted a recommendation I know a very good and gentle soul (Hydro therapist) who works in a private clinic in Guildford (Surrey). She charges 65 per session, if I recall correctly. Before I forget to mention this treatment is not suitable for anyone with Colitis. And there is more. Candida albicans thrives in moderately acidic conditions, but can’t usually survive strong stomach acids. It is an assumption, but I would guess that people with severe Candida (and therefore leaky gut syndrome) have very low stomach acid. I know that I have. I have tested myself, and I suffer from hypochlorhydia which means I have hardly any stomach acid left. To make matters worse, I used to have a mouth full of amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings, which are 50% mercury, surrounded by warm and moist saliva, create an acidic environment in the mouth, which in turn provides the perfect breeding ground for Candida. Usually this bacteria would get killed off in the stomach by the strong acid, but only if you have strong acid levels. If you had low stomach acid like me, then the bacteria will happily live and multiply all the way through the intestinal tract and then go to work permeating the intestinal walls. Paradoxically the symptoms for low stomach acid are the same as for high stomach acid and instead of increasing stomach acid, most people are told to take antacids, which makes the problem worse. I am eternally grateful to Ian on this forum for having shown me the light. since I now take HCl my tummy feels a lot better [thanks, Ian ;o)] Please have a read through this site.
I hope this helps and chin up I promise you, there is life after sugar :o))