Is candida causing your gut and thyroid issues? Today we’re going to talk about how to find out if you have candida and how to fix it. My name is Dr. Tom Rofrano from the Natural Medicine Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and over the last 36 years I’ve had the pleasure of seeing over 100,000 patient visits.
Candida Overgrowth as a Root Cause
Many of our new patients have thyroid and gut issues, and a common root cause of this is candida overgrowth. Candida is a type of yeast or fungus that is normally occurring in your system in certain amounts. However, when you get an overgrowth of candida it can cause significant issues. While candida overgrowth is more common in women, I’ve seen many men that have it, and I dealt with personally years ago as well.
What are Candida Symptoms?
Common symptoms of candida are fatigue, brain fog, sinus congestion, chemical sensitivity, and itchy ears. When I would eat or drink something that contained yeast such as bread, apple cider vinegar, or wine, I would notice my ears itching.
Digestive issues like abdominal pain, gas, bloating, IBS, diarrhea, and constipation are also common as are white spots or a coating on your throat, frequent urinary tract infections, and vaginal yeast infections.
People don’t realize that prostate issues can be caused by yeast overgrowth, and I personally experienced this when I was dealing with candida. Candida can present on the skin as acne, white spots on your back and shoulders, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, itchy skin, fungus under nailbeds, and dandruff.
Joint aches and pains, difficulty losing weight, PMS and sugar cravings are all signs of candida overgrowth.
Why is Candida Overgrowth so Common?
Antibiotic overuse is the leading cause of candida overgrowth. Growing up with a father as a medical doctor, every time I had a cold or any type of sinus issues, he would give me an antibiotic.
While antibiotics are the number one cause of candida overgrowth, steroids like prednisone and steroid inhalers can cause it as well.
Birth control pills and antacids can contribute to candida overgrowth over time. When you eliminate and reduce acid in the stomach, you can get yeast overgrowth.
Eating a diet high in starches, sugar, and yeast-containing foods like beer, wine, and vinegar can cause yeast overgrowth.
Candida Testing and Treatment
You may now be wondering how to tell if you have a yeast overgrowth, and there are a few ways to tell. A stool test is one way, Candida antibody test, and there’s also a blood test that checks for 10 different types of Candida including Candida Albicans as well as other types of fungus.
If you find out you have a Candida overgrowth, how do you treat it? The typical medical treatment is an antifungal medication which is more suitable for short term use because there are considerable side effects. It can be very toxic to your liver, and it has been found to be more of a temporary fix that doesn’t clear up the underlying issues.
The first step of treatment I used myself and use on patients is to change the diet. Since yeast thrives on sugar and starches, you must starve the yeast. While I was gluten free, I was still eating gluten free breads, pastas, and cookies which were feeding the yeast. I followed the Candida diet, but even with that you can still have grains, kombucha, and apple cider vinegar and every time I ate those my ear started itching. Even though fermented foods like sauerkraut are supposed to be okay on the Candida diet, it just wasn’t working for me.
The FreeDiet® for Candida Overgrowth
Through trial and error, I figured out which foods would help me get better. This is how I came up with the FreeDiet®, which is free of gluten, grains, sugar, yeast, dairy, eggs, soy, legumes, nightshades, and processed foods. All those foods commonly responsible for inflammation, chronic digestive and other health issues.
Once I eliminated all these, I started noticing huge improvement because not only was I healing my gut, but I was also starving the yeast. Yeast makes you more prone to leaky gut where you can become sensitive to other foods and leave you more vulnerable to other infections. It turned out I also had bacterial overgrowth and parasites.
By following the FreeDiet®, my candida resolved, I healed my gut and Hashimoto’s thyroid, and my fatigue and skin issues cleared up as well.
For a copy of the FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, you can click here.
In addition to eating healthy proteins like meat, fish, vegetables, and plenty of healthy fats you’re avoiding gluten, grains, sugar, and yeast that are feeding the yeast. The FreeDiet® phase 1 food chart, can tell you what is allowed and what is restricted on the diet.
Supplements for Candida
Besides the FreeDiet® for candida, I recommend natural antifungals Yeast Defeat™ and CandidaSolve™ as well as the Functional Five™: multivitamin, vitamin D, magnesium, fish oil, and probiotics. It can be very frustrating dealing with chronic health issues, however, just like I was able to get better, I believe everyone can when provided the right solutions.
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