Hi I have a question, so when I take a natural anti-fungal such as raw garlic, my symptoms quickly dissipate. Later though, the symptoms return after a meal such as chicken and Brussels sprouts. I consume a few more cloves of raw garlic, symptoms once again pretty much completely go away. So in essence, this is reoccurring fungal (presumably yeast) overgrowth.
So the question becomes: What causes reccurring yeast overgrowth?
- Itchy rashes, once incredibly severe! (they were so severely itchy all over my arms, hands, legs, and feet that I itched until I bled) Though, once I dramatically reduced the amount of sugar in my diet I saw tremendous improvement! They are now limited to my fingers, toes and outer ear.
- Itchy ear canals
- Itchy anal canal
- Anxiety (much much better after removing dairy, nuts, seeds, eggs and nightshades from my diet)
- Insomnia unless I take supplements
- Frequent belching, bloating and overeating without introducing stomach acid-stimulants (such as apple cider vinegar and betaine HCL) and enzymes
- Constipation (slowed bowel transit time and led to a frequent rocky stool)
- Allergies (gone once I began autoimmune protocol)
These symptoms began 5 years ago after a course of antibiotics (3 months of antibiotics for acne!!!).
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The standard answer is to avoid carbs, but I had the opposite experience -- going very low carb is what started my yeast problem to begin with. There is some information about that on the Perfect Health Diet blog.
Magnesium and vitamin C deficiencies can also cause some of the symptoms you're reporting.
Try avoiding carbohidrates for a few days, and only consuming a small amount to keep your glucose at a reasonable level. Raw vegetables are the best. Beware: Once your candida is starving, your cravings are only going to increase. I have added 1 tsp of organic, virgin coconut oil before breakfast and before bedtime. It has helped me get rid of not only candida overgrowth, but unwanted bacteria. Bowel movements become more frequent and softer. It helps me by reducing cravings, and I have not had gastritis in a while since I started taking it. It has also worked wonders on my skin burn (touched an oven) and on my son's mosquito bites. Hope it helps!!
Yeast is everywhere. Even someone who doesn't get yeast infections has a certain amount. The reason most people don't get infections is because other bacteria they have controls the yeast. If your infection is recurring after killing it with garlic, perhaps the garlic has properties that kill the yeast, but once the garlic is through it's still the case that the state of your gut flora is that yeast has a really easy time proliferating. Perhaps keep controlling it with garlic, but also introducing more fermented food and probiotics in order to make your gut flora resistant to this infection recurring, rather than just killing it without addressing the reason why it happens in the first place.
There are a lot of things that can cause candida to overgrow, even the fluoride in tap water and all the canned foods/prepared drinks one might consume. Also, carbs feed candida as does stress.
This is the protocol that worked for me: - Grapefruit seed extract - 3 x 2 caps a day (bought from iherb) - Virgin coconut oil - 1 tbsp a day (ingest) - clove essential oil - diffuse and apply to soles of feet daily
Diet-wise, I did not make significant changes (this was during my pre-paleo days) except to cut out beer, sweets and processed food.