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Are You Getting Enough Calcium From Your Anti Candida Diet?

Posted in Candida on February 15th, 2007

It’s true that oral contraceptives increase the risk of Candida overgrowth, but so can your diet.  For instance, foods that primarily feed Candida albicans include foods high in starch and sugar.  That being said, other foods, including dairy products (with the exception of butter and eggs) also encourage Candida overgrowth. For this reason, many people try to keep their Candida in check by controlling their diet by following an anti candida diet.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that dairy products encourage Candida growth, particularly in those who have an allergy to milk, most dairy products (milk, cheese, ice cream, cream, buttermilk etc.) are often eliminated from the diet.  This fact has those on a Candida diet wondering how they can give their body the necessary calcium it needs, without stimulating the growth of Candida albicans.  

How can you get the calcium you need without the help of diary?

If you are concerned about calcium, you will be pleased to know that there are many other food sources that contain calcium such as:
• Dark leafy green vegetables  (bok choy, kale, cabbage)
• Raw broccoli
• Seaweed
• Dried fruit
• Almonds
• Sesame seeds
• Pinto beans
• Tahini
• Canned salmon
• Canned tuna
• Sardines with edible bones
• Calcium Fortified products (soymilk, tofu, orange juice, etc.)

That being said, you should keep in mind that certain foods that are high in calcium such as spinach and rhubarb also contain oxalates.  Oxalates actually block calcium absorption and are, therefore, counter productive.  Thus, make sure you research calcium enriched foods before trusting they will provide your body with the calcium it needs.  It’s also a good idea to visit a nutritionist or dietician if you plan on using non-dairy foods for sources of calcium.

In addition, in order to help your body maintain healthy calcium levels you should limit or eliminate your intake of caffeine and alcohol.  These products deplete calcium levels.  Furthermore, make sure you exercise regularly.  Lack of exercise is another way to reduce calcium levels.

If you are having a difficult time ingesting foods rich in calcium, or are worried you are not meeting the daily requirements your body needs, you should talk to your doctor about taking calcium supplements.

It is highly recommended that you consult your doctor first before you begin taking calcium supplements.  The reason is because it is not possible to accurately determine the correct amount of calcium your body requires without knowing your body chemistry first.  There are many different calcium supplements on the market, and there is a high possibility that you can pick one which will make your pH worse rather than improving it.

You see, the vast majority of the less expensive calcium supplements have calcium carbonate listed as their main ingredient.  Calcium carbonate is usually created from oyster shells or ground limestone.  Calcium from oyster shells is the least effective supplement.  Ground limestone, on the other hand, is a better calcium supplement than oyster shells (depending on how fine it’s grinded), but it still doesn’t compare to the better forms.

The best calcium supplement forms include:
• Pure calcium gluconate
• Calcium citrate
• Calcium lactate

In addition, avoid purchasing calcium supplements that list magnesium in their ingredients.  The reason is because the body’s Magnesium requirements should be attended to separately from calcium.  Thus, the necessary calcium should be taken separately from other minerals. Moreover, you shouldn’t buy combination supplements simply for their calcium content.

Don’t forget that in order for calcium to respond effectively within the body to maintain balance, the correct type must be taken.  Therefore, see your doctor first before you start supplementing your anti candida diet.

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Can Oral Contraceptives Cause Candida?

Posted in Candida on February 8th, 2007

Acidophilus is certainly a great way to take care of Candida overgrowth, but what if you don’t know you have Candidiasis?  The truth is a Candida infection causes symptoms that closely resemble a slew of other illnesses.  To make matters worse, many people continue to have an overgrowth of Candida in their system without knowing the cause.  For instance, if you’re a woman taking birth control pills, did you know that you have a 20% higher risk of developing Candidiasis related infections than other women?

What is the relationship between Candida overgrowth and the Pill?
Birth control pills effect hormones and induce hormonal changes that lower a woman’s ability to control Candida overgrowth, which can trigger yeast infections.

Research has discovered that yeast cells have estrogen receptors which are stimulated by hormones in the birth control pill, and can cause the growth of yeast.

Most women who develop yeast infections from the Pill tend to have an outbreak when there is significant hormone chance such as when they –
• First begin taking oral contraceptives
• Are close to their period
• Change oral contraceptives
• Go back on the Pill after discontinuing use.  

However, the vast majority of women who take the pill don’t develop yeast infections.  Furthermore, yeast infections may develop due to other causes such as diet, antibiotics or other product use.

You can reduce the development of Candidiasis when taking oral contraceptives by:

• Sticking to cotton undergarments – Make sure your panties have cotton lining, but it’s best to wear all-cotton underwear.  Nylon traps moisture against your skin and doesn’t absorb moisture like cotton does to keep skin dry.  Trapped moisture breeds bacteria growth.  You should also avoid nylon and spandex leotards when working out.

• Change out of exercise clothing – After you’ve exercised remove your clothing and put on dry clothes as soon as possible, even if you can’t take a shower. 

• Sleep without underwear – This will help your vaginal area to breath.

• Minimize the use of panty liners – Wearing panty liners every day can increase the risk of yeast infection because the plastic on the bottom of the liners locks in moisture.   Also, when on your period, change your pad frequently.

• Lower the sugar in your diet – Refrain from eating foods that contain high sugars, as sugar encourages the growth of yeast.  It’s also a good idea to add yogurt that contains “active bacterial culture” to your diet to help replenish the good bacteria you need in your system that helps control yeast overgrowth.

• Avoid perfumes – Do not use scented toilet paper or feminine hygiene products this can cause irritation.  In addition, if you are sensitive to perfume you also shouldn’t take scented baths.

• Avoid douching – This washes out the good bacteria and creates an imbalance making you open to infection.

When to see your doctor

• If you have never had a vaginal yeast infection before - you should make sure you have is a yeast infection.  Some sexually transmitted diseases like Herpes, can present symptoms similar to a yeast infection.  Additionally, if you’ve never had a yeast infection, it’s best to ask your doctor what over-the-counter product they recommend to help clear your infection. 

There are many products and not all work to eliminate yeast.  Two of the more effective and recommended products available are those that contain miconazole (Monistat 7) and clotrimazone (Gyne-Lotrimin).

• If you have repeat yeast infections (4 or more per year) – If you are taking oral contraceptives and are developing frequent yeast infections you may want to discuss other methods of birth control with your doctor, and carefully consider your diet and lifestyle.  You may also want to have your male partner checked for a yeast infection, especially if he is not circumcised, as he may be passing it on to you.

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Acidophilus vs Candida

Posted in Candida on February 1st, 2007

Regardless if antibiotics or a person’s diet causes Candidiasis, the fact of the matter is that a Candida overgrowth needs to be treated.  Acidophilus supplements are often used to help clear up Candidiasis and related infections.  Acidophilus is “good bacteria” that is naturally found in the small intestine, and exists in certain notorious foods we ingest.  The gut requires a certain quantity of acidophilus in order to maintain good health.

Acidophilus maintains a balanced gut flora by keeping harmful bacteria under control. It assists in protein digestion, a process that inhibits pathogenic organisms with the natural antibiotic substances lactic acid, enzymes and hydrogen peroxide.  Acidophilus also produces B vitamins and has an antibacterial effect that can aid in the detoxification of harmful substances.

Research has found that Acidophilus offers the body many benefits including:
• Helps create a healthy intestinal environment
• Improves bowel function
• Destroys waste toxins within the intestine
• Helps sooth upset stomach and indigestion
• Acidophilus produces lactase that corrects lactose intolerance
• Controls bad breath
• Improves acne
• Reduces cholesterol
• Stops Candida overgrowth and prevents yeast infections.

Since many of us have poor diets, acidophilus supplements are often recommended for both children and adults to take.  However, there are different brands of acidophilus on the market, and not all products are alike.

Keep the following in mind when looking for the best acidophilus products:

• Freeze dried – This method improves the stability of the product
• Glass bottles that are nitrogen flushed – A nitrogen flushed bottle is absent of oxygen which is better for the acidophilus.  Furthermore, glass bottle are better than plastic as plastic can be porous.
• A guarantee of 1 – 2 billion CFU - Usually if the product has 1 – 2 billion CFU (Colony Forming Unit) it is considered good.  In fact, doctors generally recommend the average adult take 1-2 capsules of this product daily.  Products without guarantees cannot be trusted as they could contain higher CFU counts which usually mean they’ve combined acidophilus with other bacteria.
• Single bacterium – Many acidophilus products contain multiple bacteria.  The problem with taking products with more than one bacterium is the bacteria may not be compatible with one another or be acceptable to the body.  Thus, these products may not provide you any benefits.
• Take non-dairy acidophilus if you have a milk allergy
• Don’t trust false claims for marketing purposes – All you want is a product of acidophilus that can survive stomach acid, and stays and multiplies in the intestines.  It should produce hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid and natural antibiotics.
• Capsules or chewable tablets - Although acidophilus is also available in powder form, capsules and tablets are better because they are less likely to become contaminated and provide the same dosage each time.

What about yogurt and acidophilus milk?  Although most yogurts on the market contain “active bacterial cultures” in their ingredients, as does fortified milk with acidophilus, they are often not a significant source of acidophilus.  Furthermore, when yogurt is left to sit on shelves for days, it begins to produce acid that kills the bacteria.

When should acidophilus be administered?  It should be taken once daily, but should be taken more often by people with digestive disorders, when on antibiotics, or when curing a yeast infection (speak to your doctor about recommended dosage at these times).  It is best to take it in the morning, on an empty stomach, before meals.

What is the recommended dosage? For the average adult taking acidophilus products with 1 -2 billion CFU, 2 capsules or tablets are recommended per day.  The recommended dosage for children is determined by the age and body weight of a child.  Note.  It’s always best to speak to your doctor and carefully read all instructions before taking any acidophilus supplement.

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