More from Food Matters on 9 Symptoms you shouldn’t ignore:
You’ve got candida overgrowth…
One likely signal: Itchy ears, throat or mucus membranes
Background: The average American downs nearly 150 pounds of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup a year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. And if you’re eating anywhere near that much sugar, you may have more than just a sweet tooth — your body may be hosting an unhealthy overgrowth of Candida albicans. A small amount of this common, yeast like fungus living in the gut is OK when its numbers are kept in check by healthy flora. But when an intestinal imbalance allows it to run amok, it acts like kudzu, colonizing everything in its path. Among its favorite environs are the body’s warm, dark nooks and crannies, such as between the toes, under the breasts and, yes, in the ears. As it infiltrates, it irritates and inflames the skin, leading to the telltale signs of itching and redness.
Other signals: Mood swings, fatigue, weak immune system, weight gain, frequent yeast infections
How to respond: If you think you have candida overgrowth, the quickest fix is to starve them. Candida flourish in the presence of both refined and unrefined sugar, such as fresh fruit, dried fruit and fruit juice. Cutting off their food supply can bring their numbers back to a healthy level. They also love refined flour products and anything fermented, such as alcohol and soy, so if you have a serious overgrowth, you may need to cut out all of the above for a number of consecutive weeks.
Candida and gut ecology is something I frequently address with my clients. However, the idea of simply starving the Candida, as mentioned in the extract above, is not usually all that is needed. The protocol that I use to re-establish healthy gut ecology follows Erica White's four-Point-Plan, where not only diet, but supplements to boost the immune system, a supplement to encourage friendly bacteria and a supplement to deal with the yeast are also included. If one of these factors is missing, correct gut ecology is difficult to either achieve or maintain. If you would like support in encouraging correct gut ecology, get in touch to book a consultation.