The Relationship Between Candida And Leaky Gut
Leaky gut syndrome and candida form a common relationship, and most patients I see with a chronic yeast infection in fact have leaky gut syndrome. Candida albicans is sinister and can shift from yeast to a fungal form which starts to invade the body. When chronic candidiasis is left unchecked the rapidly multiplying candida may change form and morph into the more sinister fungal state that spreads well beyond the digestive tract.
In the yeast state, Candida is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, while in fungal state it is invasive and can produce very long root-like structures called rhizoids. Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria and yeast to enter your bloodstream. This condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) and that is an explanation for an increasing amount of those food and environmental allergies we see on a daily basis in the clinic.
LGS allows toxins to leave the digestive tract and feed right into the bloodstream. It is also interesting to note that once someone begins treatment to kill the excess candida growth, the initial reaction to treatment will often result with the patient actually feeling worse. This is due to the fact that the fungal form of candida does not want to die and it fights like heck to survive, and when it does die it releases toxins which can make you feel quite unwell. This won’t happen in all cases, but some patients I have treated (the really bad cases) have told me they felt “stoned”, spaced out, sick, nauseous and generally quite unwell for three to four days.
It Takes Time To Heal Your Leaky Gut
If you notice that you start to become unwell as you reduce the foods that candida thrives on (carbohydrate foods which include breads, cookies, muesli bars, candy, soda drinks, alcohol, take-out, processed foods, etc) then I recommend you slow down a little and take your time to reduce the yeast infection population more slowly. It takes time to heal a leaky digestive system, and some folk can take 6 months or more whereas others will complete their treatment in a matter of 6 weeks. Make sure you follow my advice on probiotics, and try the vitamin C flush method for a few days if you feel particularly unwell. This method won’t aggravate the LGS, but it will help to pass out the candida toxins that much quicker. All you need to do is to get a good quality vitamin C powder (don’t use tablets or capsules for this) and take about a half a teaspoon three to four times a day, or until your bowels become loose. Then, work just under this threshold and continue with loose bowels for a day or two or three. This method will greatly diminish the aggravations which some experience once they toss out the bad foods and kill the yeast infection.
By following the dietary and lifestyle advice in the Candida Crusher book you will not only heal the leaky gut syndrome, you will be able to effectively rid your body of a yeast infection, permanently.