Candida and overgrowth of other yeast is a common problem. Often it is part of a bigger picture of gut dysbiosis (when the gut contains more pathogenic bacteria than good). Often yeast is allowed to flourish during a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics kill off many of the gut bacteria but it doesn’t attack yeast. The space left behind as the bacteria are killed-off leave an area for yeast to flourish.
Sometimes there are visable signs that yeast has taken hold –a white coated tongue, thrush, nail fungus, bloating or bad smelling stools or gas. If this sounds like you take a look at 5 sure fire ways to target yeast and candida overgrowth ….
- Coconut Oil – both lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil kill off yeast. Coconut oil is an easy food to incorporate into your diet. You can add it to stir-fries, baking or simply eat it raw off the spoon.
- Raw garlic – cooking de-activates the therapeutic properties of garlic so add it at the very end of cooking. Use it raw in dips like guacamole and hummus for top yeast fighting action.
- Probiotic rich foods – fermented yoghurt or sauerkraut are both great for adding good bacteria into your diet. Probiotic rich foods don’t directly fight yeast but they do help to crowd it out giving it less space to flourish in the gut.
- Saccharomyces boulardii – is a yeast which fights yeast. It crowds out and removes candida in the gut it is my supplement of choice because it also raises secretory IgA in the gut which you need to keep yeasts and pathogenic bacteria at bay. You can use a supplement or you can drink kombucha tea which contains some saccharomyces boulardii.
- Protease and cellulose enyzmes are perfect for breaking down the cell wall of the yeast allowing it to be broken down and disposed of.
I should add that yeast overgrowth is best addressed through a gut restoration protocol. Also, anyone with possible heavy metal issues should seek advice before attempting an anti-yeast protocol. It is also possible that long-standing yeast overgrowth can lead to developing immune system sensitivity to dietary and supplemental yeasts, in this instance fermented foods, kombucha tea and saccharomyces boulardii would not be recommended.