Candida Overgrowth in the Intestine
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Candida Rescue is a natural remedy featuring herbs traditionally used for combatting Candida overgrowth including Usnea lichen, Pau d’Arco bark, Spilanthes flower, fresh Black Walnut hulls and several others.
Candida (Candida albicans) is a yeast that is normal flora of the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract and reproductive tract. Candida overgrowth is common today, however, due to our modern lifestyle including overuse of antibiotics, a diet that includes highly processed foods and excess sugar, medications including oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, and stress.
Candida overgrowth can present as intestinal disturbances including gas and bloating, a tendency towards vaginal yeast infections, blood sugar imbalances and energy swings, fatigue, headaches, itchy skin, suppressed immune function, and other problems.
Candida Rescue is an excellent adjunct alongside an ‘anti-Candida’ diet that includes elimination of refined carbohydrates (flour, processed foods such as bread, muffins, pastries, cereals, etc.), sugar, and alcohol, especially beer and wine. Sugar is the primary food source for Candida and promotes its rapid proliferation and overgrowth.
Maintaining a healthy whole-food diet, re-establishing balanced intestinal flora (with probiotic supplementation), and strengthening the digestion are key to avoiding recurrence of Candida overgrowth.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan