Intestinal candidiasis (or thrush) is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast “candida albicans” in the human body.
There are about 20 species of fungi, but the most frequent type that causes the infection is called Candida Albicans.
Under normal conditions, these species of fungi live in the human body, but in certain situations they grow excessively, causing the candidiasis.
The parts of the body most affected are the genitalia ( candida vaginal ), the oral cavity ( candida in the mouth ) and the intestine.
Generally, the exposed and moist parts of the human body such as the oral cavity, folds of the skin, underarms or vagina are more prone to infection.
Candidiasis can be on the surface and is easily visible or can affect internal tissues and organs.
In this case, it can be fatal.
Fungus infection that can become dangerous is called invasive candidiasis.
The intestinal candida can infect anyone, children, adults and the elderly.
Symptoms of intestinal candida
The symptoms of candidiasis differ from person to person and depend on the area of the affected body.
The symptoms are:
- Difficulty in swallowing food
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Severe anal itching
- Burning in the anus
- Frequent urination
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Abdominal cramps during menstruation
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Dry mouth and bleeding gums
- Stool mucus
- Swollen belly and abdominal swelling due to fluid retention and swelling.
- White vaginal discharge and burning sensation in the vagina
- Intense itching and burning on the penis
- Unwelcome and frequent mood swings
- Depression and anxiety
- Redness or irritation in the folds of the skin
- Headaches .
The symptoms listed above are seen in people infected with Candida albicans, but there are other diseases that cause the same symptoms.
Therefore, it is always advisable to consult a doctor before drawing any conclusions.
Causes of intestinal candida
Candidiasis can be fatal if it hits vital organs or the bloodstream.
Therefore, it may be useful to understand the factors that can cause this disease.
Below are some of the main causes of candidiasis:
- Constant and regular intake of antibiotics is one of the main causes of candidiasis.
Most antibiotics kill bacteria that restrict the growth of fungi at a certain level.
Therefore, candida fungi continue to grow and can cause candidiasis.
- The immune system weakened in people is one of the most important causes of candidiasis infection.
This is because a weak immune system favors the growth of candida fungi in the human body, since there are fewer antibodies present to prevent and limit growth.
Therefore, people with cancer or HIV infection are more prone to candidiasis.
- The pregnant women are more likely to have vaginal candidiasis than other females.
The reason is the increased production of glycogen in the vagina due to a higher level of estrogens during pregnancy.
This causes a rapid growth of yeast in the vagina.
- The steroids (or corticosteroids ) may cause excessive growth of yeast in the human body.
This is because regular consumption of steroids often leads to increased glucose levels which in turn causes the growth of fungi.
- If diabetics do not take the correct medication or do not follow the recommended diet, they may have fluctuating glucose levels.
In this situation you are more likely to develop a candida infection.
- Some studies on the use of oral contraceptives show that these medicines can cause increased growth of candida in the body.
However, there is little evidence to support this fact.
- The toxicity of heavy metals is a cause of yeast growth and spread in the body.
When we breathe we can inhale small particles of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium.
These particles accumulate in the cells and when the percentage is high, the cells’ ability to produce energy is reduced automatically.
Our body makes desperate attempts to save itself from these metals and can cause more damage.
This provokes the continuous growth of the fungus.
- Some authors believe that intestinal candida is transmitted with subsequent intercourse , but it is one of the minor causes.
- Bad eating habits are a major cause of overgrowth of the Candida fungus.
A diet rich in carbohydrates and sugars gives the energy needed for candida growth and invasion.
In contrast, organic foods rich in vitamins and minerals help limit fungus growth.
- Some indirect causes of candidiasis are stress and regular exposure to pesticides or herbicides .
How to diagnose intestinal candida?
A simple blood test may be sufficient to diagnose an increase in the level of antibodies against Candida.
For the diagnosis is served a medical examination in which the patient tells the symptoms and signs that he suffers.
The doctor should rule out diseases that give similar symptoms like spastic colitis and irritable bowel syndrome .
Who to contact?
Only an experienced doctor is able to decide what is right for the situation.
The most suitable specialist for intestinal candida is the gastroenterologist.
Treatment for intestinal candida
The disease can be cured with antifungal medicines such as nistatin cream, topical clotrimazole, ketoconazole and fluconazole (Diflucan).
In extreme cases, you may take a stronger antifungal medicine such as caspofungin and voriconazole, itraconazole (Sporanox) and amphotericin b.
In the case of yeast infection in women, vaginal suppositories with medication or sodium bicarbonate lavage may be used.
Natural remedies for intestinal candida
Herbs and foods that inhibit Candida Albicans
1. Agrimony – has anti-fungal properties
2. Barberry – inhibits proliferation
3. Walnut black – Anti-fungal, anti parasitic,
4. Carrot (contains phytoalexins) – inhibits candida
5. Cinnamon – inhibits growth
6. Dandelion – purifies the liver, inhibits the growth of Candida
7. Grapefruit seed extract, contains several substances, including bioflavonoids, hesperidin, quercetin and kaferol.
Grapefruit seeds inhibit fungi, intestinal worms , bacteria and viruses.
8. Echinacea – Prevents Candida Proliferation Relapses
9. Garlic and ginger can eliminate candida from the body – do not eat these foods in excessive amounts
10. Goldenseal – kills Candida
11. Essential Oil of Lemongrass – inhibits proliferation
12. Pistachio (Pistacia lentiscus) inhibits and destroys Candida albicans
13 Neem (Azadirachta indica) inhibits growth
14. Oregon grape root – inhibits proliferation
15. Oregano and oregano oil inhibit growth (it can be used topically with caution)
16. Pau d’arco inhibits and destroys the Candida albicans
17. Propolis – blocks the proliferation of Candida
18. Spirulina – inhibits Candida Albicans
19. Sum – inhibits Candida
20. Sugar-free yogurt, the purest forms of high quality bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium bifidum
21. Tea tree oil – for vaginal proliferation
22. Zinc – strengthens the immune system by helping the body fight against the candida
23. Copper – improves the immune system if it has the correct balance with zinc.
cider vinegar Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink before each meal.
Apple cider vinegar helps fight the growth of intestinal yeast and kills the fungus because it creates a chain reaction.
Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar creates a hostile environment for candida and helps create a good environment for “good” gut flora.
The treatment for intestinal candida depends on the patient’s clinical history, but also on the severity and location.
Cutaneous candidiasis (skin) and oral candidiasis can be treated with antifungal creams and ointments on infected areas.
On the other hand, vaginal candidiasis and esophageal candidiasis can be treated with a combination of antifungal creams and oral dosages.
Among the possible treatments there is also hydrocolonotherapy which involves washing the large intestine with water at 37 ° C.
This treatment is used to cleanse the bowel and remove the fecal material, mucus, gas and parasites that accumulate in the colon.
How long does the intestinal candida last? (Prognosis)
A change in diet helps to improve candida symptoms from a few days to a week.
Anti-candida medications work quickly.
If a patient has taken antibiotics recently or in the past, they need more time to remove the wastes in the liver and other organs.
Do not be discouraged if you have to wait longer for a cure.
The sauna can significantly reduce the cure time of candida infection.
Candida is a “cold” infection and the sauna warms the body to varying degrees.
This helps to make the body more “yang” and seems to help reduce the candida in the body.
favors the disposal of toxic metals, toxic chemicals, and other poisons that may accumulate inside the body.
The sauna also inhibits the sympathetic nervous system, improves circulation, oxygenation and inactivates candida fungi.
Food and diet for Candida
- Fruit – Fresh / frozen fruit, only fruit without sugar in the juice.
- Eggs, milk and milk products – Eggs; sugar-free yogurt (from cow, sheep or goat) with live lactic ferments, milk (almond, rice), tofu, coconut milk.
- Wheat – None
- Meat with meat – Fish (fresh or canned) and other seafood.
- Foods that can replace meat – Tofu, textured vegetable protein (it is a product of protein and flour aggregation).
- Beans – In small amounts, dry beans, peas and legumes (no more than 1 cup per day).
- Nuts and seeds – Nuts, hazelnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashew, flaxseed, sunflower
seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, whole or as butter nuts.
- Vegetables – Vegetables without starch – raw, steamed, sautéed, in the form of juice or cooked.
- Fat and oils – Avocado, butter, olives, olive oil, flax seeds, sesame, safflower, pumpkin, sunflower, almonds, walnuts, canola
- Acid and fermented foods – Lemon juices, crystals of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) as a substitute for vinegar.
- Sweeteners – Stevia (herbal sweetener), honey
- Drinks – Filtered or distilled water (drink 8 glasses a day), herbal teas
Foods to avoid
- Fruit – Fruit juices .
- Eggs, milk and dairy products – Cheese (cow cheese, rice and most soya cheeses;
- Wheat – All types of whole or refined grains, bakery products, breads, foods made with flour
- Meat with meat – Chicken, Peru, lean meat, pork, lamb, (preferably naturally grown animals). Processed meats or salami.
- Foods that can replace meat – None.
- Beans – None.
- Nuts and seeds – Peanuts (often considered a nuts, but actually a vegetable) and pistachios .
- Vegetables – Mushrooms and vegetables rich in starch: potatoes, corn, sweet potatoes.
- Fat and oils – Margarine, pastry fats, processed fatty oils, salad dressings, sauces and mayonnaise.
- Acid and fermented foods – Food preserved in oil, other products preserved in brine or olive oil.
- Sweeteners – All: sugar cane, refined sugar, sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, fructose, molasses, brown rice syrup, sweeteners / fruit sweeteners.
- Beverages – Cocktails or soft drinks, spirits, coffee and milk.