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Diets and Lifestyle for Candida Management_Final

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>> Hi, and welcome back. Earlier, we discussed the role that Candida plays in the body's ecosystem. We talked about healthy versus pathological Candida, the causes and symptoms of Candida overgrowth, and where overgrowth can occur in the body. Identifying a Candida overgrowth is the first step toward better health, but what do you do after that? This is what your clients really want to know. And as a Health Coach, there are many ways that you can support them in managing their Candida. In this lecture, we'll go over a variety of diet and lifestyle recommendations to help you do just that. Recall that the symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth are brain fog, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, recurring yeast infections, oral thrush, sinus infections, food allergies, fungal infections of the skin or nails, a weak immune system, joint pain, mood swings, depression, and anxiety. The overall goal is to support your clients in creating and maintaining a healthy balance of Candida. This can be done by coaching clients through a series of diet and lifestyle recommendations. The key points of this process are to eat the right foods, avoid sugar, steer clear of any food intolerances, and use antibiotics and hormone therapy only when necessary. Now let's explore a series of specific recommendations, remove yeast from the diet. When a client decides to make a change and take action to control their Candida, the first step is to go on a yeast-free diet. This involves eliminating any yeast or molds from the diet. Yeast and mold containing foods include kombucha, alcohol, wine, cheese, dried fruits, and bread. Some nuts and seeds can also carry mold. To be clear, the type of yeast found in food is not Candida and it will not cause infections, plus the yeast in bread or baked goods is already dead and couldn't be infectious by the time that you eat it. The purpose of temporarily eliminating yeast and mold containing foods is that they can be irritating to an already irritated system. Under normal conditions, yeast in a diet is fine. However, a person with an overgrowth of Candida has a weakened immune system. Some foods which are normally beneficial can be triggering, meaning they can weaken or irritate the immune system. Trigger foods can vary from person to person, but yeast and mold reactions are very common irritants for those with Candida overgrowth. A person can develop an intolerance to a variety of yeasts and mold. Therefore, at the beginning of an anti-Candida diet, it's best to just stay away from them. Now you may be wondering why a wonderful fermented drink, like kombucha is on the list of foods to avoid. Fermented foods themselves are not problematic. In fact, fermented foods and beverages are rich in lactic acid bacteria which can help control Candida. But wild fermentations, like kombucha contain different strains of yeast, the kind that can cause sensitivity and an intolerance. To get the great benefits of probiotic foods, clients should stick with fermented vegetables and kefir made with a starter culture of lactic acid bacteria. This can help combat Candida overgrowth. In the end, it really depends on the ferment and how each individual client handles fermented foods. Bio-individuality applies here, and not everyone with a Candida overgrowth will develop specific intolerances or even any at all. Treat every situation as a case of trial and error. Encourage your clients to pay close attention to what bothers them. If a certain food doesn't cause any symptoms, they may choose to keep them in the diet, but should monitor their consumption with a food diary. If they are not triggered by fermented foods, especially vegetables, these can be a great healing addition to their diet. A comprehensive list of foods that clients may want to avoid can be found in the handout "Don't feed the Candida," so be sure to check that out. Eliminate sugar. There's one caveat to my last statement, two things that must always be avoided when trying to balance Candida, or sugar, and simple carbohydrates. Any kind of sugar or anything that your body can convert to sugar will feed Candida promoting growth, this includes stress. Recall that stress elevates blood sugar levels, and the Candida are not picky, they don't care where their sugar comes from. To them, high blood sugar created by stress is just as good as a big slice of cake. So clients should consider stress management as part of the Candida management protocol as well. A question you'll frequently hear from clients is if eating a lot of fruit or honey can contribute to Candida. The answer to both of these depends on whom you ask. In the beginning of a Candida cleanse, it's best to skip the sugary fruit and eat only the low sugar whole fruits, like lemons, limes, and cranberries. Fruits high in sugar, including any fruit juice should be avoided until all symptoms are gone. Some experts recommend cutting out all fruit sugar, but this is a case of bio-individuality. Removing all fruit from the diet also cuts out many vitamins and minerals along with all of that wonderful fiber that our bacteria love. If a client seems to respond well to a bit of low sugar fruit, they can keep that in their diet. There's some evidence that honey and propolis can help inhibit the growth of Candida, but this is best approached again from a stance of bio-individuality. You can inform your clients that honey may be helpful or harmful and let them decide how to proceed. If they decide to experiment with honey, encourage them to pay close attention to how it makes them feel. Also, make sure they're only eating raw honey so that it has the antimicrobial and healing properties not just the sugar. Experiment with an anti-Candida diet. There are several of these out there, but let's talk about one of the most popular and well-studied diets for balancing Candida, the Body Ecology Diet. This diet was created by Donna Gates with the goal of restoring the body's inner ecosystem. The Body Ecology Diet takes a holistic approach to finding balance in the microbiome. This diet focuses on eating fermented foods, high quality oils, and limiting sugars. In the first three months of the Body Ecology Diet, all sugars, even most fruits are eliminated with the exception of xylitol, sugar substitutes are also banned, gluten, and grains are also not allowed except for ancient grains, like quinoa, millet, and amaranth which are technically seeds. Also, dairy is not permitted during the first phase of this diet due to the sugar in lactose, which the majority of adults cannot break down and the casing which sticks to the gut lining. Beans, legumes, and starchy vegetables are restricted during this time. Peanuts are also not allowed as they often carry mold. These foods can be reintroduced in small amounts once Candida symptoms have subsided. The Body Ecology Diet should be followed for three to four months or until symptoms have subsided. Now this may sound like a whole lot of what you cannot have, so let's talk about what you can eat on this diet. The Body Ecology Diet places an emphasis on eating organic vegetables from both land and sea, along with an abundance of high quality healthy fats and proteins. Organic meats and poultry are fine for meat eaters on this diet. Wild fish is also allowed. Nuts and seeds can be eaten sparingly depending on tolerance. They should always be soaked overnight before eating. Another feature of the Body Ecology Diet is a focus on food combinations. The goal of this is to optimize digestion. Sluggish digestion caused by eating poor food combinations can create more overgrowth. For example, sugars digest faster than protein. Once the symptoms have subsided and fruit is reintroduced, it should be eaten alone and protein should be paired with non-starchy vegetables. The Body Ecology Diet is one type of anti-Candida diet, but many of them share the same principles. There are a lot of rules and restrictions to this diet which can be confusing and frustrating for clients, but the results are often worth it. Clients often noticed a big shift in their energy, mood, and clarity after spending some time on this diet. Many of my clients who have struggled with Candida overgrowth, while trying to maintain or lose weight have found that a diet like this is the one thing that finally got the scale moving in the right direction. Here's another cool bonus, Donna Gates the creator of this diet noted in her observations that many followers of the program experienced positive improvements related to ADHD, autism and other conditions that affect the brain. This has exciting implications for our ability to improve from conditions that are believed to be permanent through diet. It also highlights the power of the gut-brain connection. Add in herbs. In addition to a diet that starves the Candida of sugar, adding in herbs can be a powerful boost to a Candida cleanse. Candida is a type of fungi, so the first and strongest line of defense when it comes to herbs is those that are antifungal. There are many great antifungal remedies that can be used before resorting to antifungal medication. Clients who want to add any herb to their diet should discuss this first with their doctor. Many herbs change the way medications are processed in the body, but since herbs are available over-the-counter, most people assume they're safe and don't mention them to their doctor. Next thing you know, their thyroid medication or heart medication isn't working properly and they can become very sick. Keeping that in mind, the best antifungal herbs to explore for Candida are oregano oil, turmeric, garlic, calendula, tea tree oil, lemon balm, and grapefruit seed extract. Clients can also try cooking with thyme and oregano. Also, have you ever heard of pau d'arco? This is a great herbal tea of tincture from South America. Pau d'arco is a staple remedy for excess Candida in the world of herbs. The inner bark of this plant contains compounds that kill fungi, viruses, and parasites. There are a variety of Candida cleanses and products on the market. These often contain some of the herbs just mentioned along with enzymes which break down the walls of the Candida to kill it. Often, probiotics and prebiotics are also included to help restore a healthy ecosystem. Now here's something that's really important to educate your clients about. When beginning a Candida to eliminating diet or any anti-Candida cleanses supplements or antifungals, it's common to experience what's called the Herxheimer reaction. This refers to flu like symptoms that occur as the result of toxins being released from the killing of the yeast. Die-off symptoms might include bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog, and headaches. It's important to give your clients a heads-up that it might temporarily get worse before it gets better so that they don't get discouraged. This is a part of the process. And while it's not fun, it's not a bad thing either. To ease the symptoms and help with the detox process, clients can try taking activated charcoal to soak up the toxins. Milk thistle can also help the liver cope with the toxic overload. If the symptoms are too intense, advise your clients to consult with their doctor and reduce or stop taking any antifungals or supplements. When a Candida overgrowth has gone too far and the recommendations we've outlined don't help, clients should consult with the medical practitioner to treat their condition with a prescription antifungal such as nystatin. These are like antibiotics that target yeast and fungi rather than bacteria. No matter which path to health your client chooses, always advise them to first consult with their doctor to decide on a protocol that's best for them. As a Health Coach, you can always complement medical treatment and support clients from within your scope of practice by helping them manage their stress and transition to a yeast-free low sugar diet. You can also support clients through changes that may arise when clients gain new energy and clarity. When symptoms are alleviated in the mental fog clears, problems or primary food deficits that previously went unaddressed can now become their focus. Once a client has successfully balanced their Candida and the symptoms have improved, it's important to teach and empower them to maintain a healthy ecosystem so the problem doesn't return. Often, clients will start to feel better as a result of their dietary changes and then revert back to their old ways of eating. Well, they don't need to ban sugar and simple carbs forever, these should be approached very gradually and in moderation. The trick is to build up a strong digestive system so that small derailments in their diet don't revert them back to an overgrowth situation. Once a Candida overgrowth has been resolved, your clients can help keep it at bay by maintaining adequate levels of stomach acid, keeping the digestive enzymes flowing, and managing stress. Later on in this course, we'll teach you how to help your clients do all three of these things. Candida overgrowth is the symptom of a larger problem, in part, it's a sign that we're not eating right or taking care of ourselves. This issue is reversible and it's helpful to remind clients that they can actively support their immune system and be mindful of their choices. When overgrowth occurs, we can coax the ecosystem back into balance with diet and antifungal herbs. By supporting your clients through the process of rebalancing the ecosystem in their gut and the transitions that may come up as they start to feel better, you can help them lead healthier and happier lives. Have you ever helped a client with a Candida overgrowth? What steps did they take and how did it turn out? We would love to hear about your experiences in the Facebook group. Thank you for joining, and I'll see you again soon.

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