Candida: What is it? What does it have to do with my sleep? And how do I get rid of it?
In this post we are going to talk about Candida. I've just had a client and he reported that a doctor has said that Candida is everywhere. It's never a problem and don't take it seriously. I really thought it was a good topic to talk about today, because I can see huge differences among people, who have a Candida problem and those who don't. First off, what is Candida? Candida is a strain of yeast that you have in your body and in certain amounts, it's totally normal. It's what we're supposed to have, but it has a tendency to take over, especially if you have an immune system that's already compromised and that brings along all sorts of problems.
Let's go into that first. How do you know that you have Candida? If you have a really bad case of Candida the side effects that are headaches, fatigue, brain fog, weight loss, allergies, fungi in your nails, a really white coating on your tongue, vaginal yeast infections. You can get it tested with an IGG test, so in your blood or a stool test. I usually do it in a stool test, where it's included. That is one reason to do it. You can also, if you have a suspicion that you might have Candida, do a spit test. It is not quite as reliable, but you can do it at home. When you take a glass of water and you have the line, where your water breaks with the oxygen and you spit in there and if your spit is going down to the bottom and it has these long thready kind of tangles, then there is suspicion that you might have Candida as well. It might be a good idea to invest in getting a Candida test done.
What does this have to do with sleep? Candida can actually be produced by your body to be a protector against heavy metals like mercury for example. It’s always good to have yourself checked out anyway, because there can be a reason for Candida to be there, because it actually wants to do you some good. The problem though is that it is a living organism and it’s active at night. Because it's only supposed to be there in certain amounts, but not too much of it, it is going to create inflammation because your body wants to get rid of the access and inflammation is raising cortisol levels and cortisol is a stimulant. It's something that is going to wake you up or if you wake up in between sleep cycles it is going to keep you awake. It's not something that we want to have. We want to have high cortisol levels during the day, but we definitely don't want to have them at nighttime, because another side effect of cortisol is that it's going to lower your melatonin. That is why it is going to affect your sleep.
Another reason why you don’t want to have an overload of Candida is that it can get out of control really, really, really quickly and what it does is it's going to take away oxygen in your intestine and it's replacing it with fermentation, which is actually a great food source for cancer.
If you're prone to that or if you just want to make sure that you're never even going to support your body creating it, then try to really not have Candida or to get rid of it. As a friend of mine, Christa Orecchio, who I interviewed for my summit last year said, it's actually worse than having nail polish remover in your stomach. I found that metaphor to be a huge wake up call.
How do you get rid of it?
The first step you should take is avoid sugar, because Candida loves sugar. It thrives on it. It's going to take over when it gets sugar. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of Candida is that you will have cravings for sugar and carbs, ‘sugary carbs’ like pasta, white rice, white bread and baguette. It can be difficult to cut out sugar and I always recommended doing it at a detox. Really do severage. Do it step by step.
The way you replace it is that 40% of your meals should be a high quality animal protein. 40% should be non-starchy vegetables and then you add 20% of good fats and complex carbohydrates. That's the way you should ideally have your food distributed, while you are on a Candida diet. I'm going to give you access to a Candida diet sheet, if you comment on my facebook live. Just leave a comment and it will be sent to you straight away.
You can also include spices, like a ceylon cinnamon that will help balance your blood sugar levels and lower bad cholesterol.
Tumeric and Ginger are great anti-inflammatories as well.
Once you've done your diet, there are a couple of supplements that I also suggest. The first thing that I always start with is a biofilm disruptor, because biofilm is basically protecting Candida. It's like a shield that is protecting it from even antibiotics. So if you have a biofilm disruptive first, you're basically setting it free that it can be detected by things that might not be as aggressive as antibiotics. Personally, I would never use antibiotics with Candida. Everything that you do is going to be more efficient. You can use a biofilm disruptor by Kirkman. There's also one by Bio Botanical Research, which is really good and because that is going to set free maybe not only Candida, but probably also bad bacteria or parasites, using bentonite clay to catch that, is a very good idea, so that you reduce your detox effect. Then you want to go in with supplements to get rid of your Candida specifically.
I use a brand called Now and their supplement is called Candida Now. I do a cure every six months, because I'm prone to it. That would be something that you could use and things that should be in there are something like Oregano and Pau d'arco and next I'm going to give you the exact protocol that I was suggested to do.
You use your biofilm disruptor first. Use that for two weeks. Then you're going to do a 16 day antifungal rotation. The reason why we do these rotations is because we don't want to Candida to get used to it. We change it every four days. Have two of them and then you change them every four days.
First should be one that is olive leaf extract, which is great for the immune system, but also great to get rid of Candida. The second one should be Pau d'arco tea. It's a rind powder. Pau d'arco tea is great and works better then capsules and it's not only a great antibacterial but also an antiviral. Four days later you add in Oregano oil, which is the most potent antibiotic, antiviral that we have in nature. So that would be real rotation. After that you can use caprylic acid or undecanoic acid or grapefruit seed extract for the next four days. So you have your four chunks that you're going to use. This is a process that should be repeated at least twice and 32 days in total. After this, you can continue with a great probiotic just to make sure that Candida is in check and you can add a lot more fiber to your diet as well.
That would be how I would suggest you do this and I'm going to do a little cheat sheet with the recommendations in there that you can download as well.
That's my information on Candida. If you want to get a cheat sheet for a diet to follow when you have Candida then just leave a comment on my facebook live and you will receive the sheet to your messenger chat straightaway, like magic. If you have any further questions, just let me know.
That's it for me. I personally hope you'll never have Candida, but chances are you probably have or will.