What is candida?
Recovering Your Health & Rebuilding Your Immune System
Fifteen years ago a handful of medical doctors and
health researchers began talking about candidiasis,
a health condition caused by an overgrowth of yeast
in the digestive tract. Today, this condition is widespread,
affecting more than 80 million people. Unfortunately,
extremely few medical doctors effectively treat candidiasis
and many people have this condition for years and
are never completely free from it. Donna Gates, a nutritional
consultant, lecturer and author, created the Body Ecology
Diet, a complete dietary system of healing for Candidiasis
and many other immune disorders. This system of healing is
amazingly successful for many health conditions, but
especially for Candida overgrowth.
"It is actually an infection that can be chronic or
severe. Many people have a low level chronic candida
infection. It bothers them, but their immune system
is strong enough to keep it under control. Then something
happens, they go through a period of severe stress
and the immune system is drastically impaired. Then
the chronic infection can become acute. When people
with cancer get treated with radiation or chemotherapy,
the immune system is bombarded and severely weakened.
It is very common for people with cancer to develop an
acute case of Candida.
"Candida overgrowth can be caused by people taking
anti-biotics, birth control pills and drugs such as cortisone.
If you have friendly bacteria living in your digestive tract
and you take a course of antibiotics, even for a short time,
every beneficial bacteria may be destroyed. The yeast
that did live, controlled by the beneficial bacteria, then start
to grow rapidly. They go from a benign form into a pathogenic
form. They actually change form and grow tentacles. They
then are able to create holes in the mucosal lining of the
intestines and cause a condition called leaky gut syndrome.
This can cause other problems like allergies and digestive
disorders. The yeast can leave the digestive tract and move
into the body cavity. They get into the blood stream and
colonize various places in the body.
"But drugs are not the only things that cause Candida.
A more frequent cause is the high sugar diet.
"The symptoms of Candida overgrowth vary according to
where the yeast is primarily colonized in the body. Because
they interfere with the digestive system, people develop all
kinds of digestive disorders: Chrone's disease, colitis,
constipation, diarrhea, bloating and excess gas when a meal
is eaten. Candida can cause hormonal imbalances, thyroid
dysfunction, skin problems and nervous disorders. A person
may have difficulty with memory and attention, as well as;
joint aching, psoriasis and blood sugar difficulties. All these
conditions will clear up naturally and on their own when one
uses the Body Ecology Diet (BED). The BED is excellent for
thyroid, blood sugar and for cravings and eating disorders. These
are all symptoms of a basic imbalance and the BED can return
the body to balance.
"Some principles of the Body Ecology Diet are as follows: The
first principle is that of cleansing. The ability to cleanse is imbedded
in the body, it's part of the healing phenomenon. Most people
have a lot of toxins stored in their bodies, particularly in the liver.
When you stop putting toxins in the body, the body is thrilled
and begins to immediately push toxins out.
"This is cleansing. People say, 'I must be doing something
wrong - I feel sick, I've got a sore throat, my head hurts and
I'm tired.' So, they take medicine. This is a mistake because
they're stopping the body's ability to push toxins out. We never
want to suppress this ability because this is what keeps us
going and healthy and vital well into old age.
"Natural hygiene, or Food Combining is another principle. Candida
starts in the digestive tract and always causes digestive problems.
Proper food combining means eating your protein with your vegetables.
Eating grains (or carbohydrates) with vegetables, but not with protein.
There are four grains used on the BED: millet, amaranth, guinoa,
and buckwheat. Fruit is always eaten by itself. The food combining
principle is important because it allows the digestive tract to easily
digest the food. Anytime food remains in the digestive system
undigested or improperly digested, it becomes toxic to the body.
Even the healthiest food, improperly digested becomes a toxin.
Also, undigested food ferments and the fermentation produces sugar
which feed the yeast. Food combining is one of the real secrets
of staying young and also helps people to naturally lose weight.
"There is also a principle called 80/20. This refers to how much food
you eat. This principle says: eat until your stomach is 80% full and
leave 20% open for digestion. Leaving room in your stomach helps
tremendously in getting your digestive tract to work well.
"By the way, different foods bring wonderful gifts into the body. For
example, olive oil is great for the heart and has wonderful antioxidants
in it. Flax seed oil has important omega 3 fatty acids. The different
systems in the body - the brain, the nervous system, the thyroids -
need different foods. Pumpkin seed oil nourishes the ovaries, it's
very good for breast tissue and for the prostate.
To Purchase Neways
Products Purge, Maximol Minerals, Revenol (antioxidant) Feeling
Good, EFA are all good cleansers for candida and other disorders.