Gut candida


Overview

Candida is a fungus, a form of yeast that lives in your mouth and intestines in small amounts. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption. However, when it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream. This releases toxic byproducts into your body and causes leaky gut. It can also lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.

Symptoms

  1. Constipation.
  2. Diarrhoea .
  3. Nausea .
  4. Flatulence .
  5. Bloating.
  6. Difficulty in focusing and concentrating.
  7. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia .

 

Causes

  1. Eating food before the previous meal is digested.
  2. Untimely food habits
  3. Eating processed and fried food excessively
  4. Eating mindlessly, habits of eating too fast or too slow
  5. Incompatible food
  6. This will weaken the digestive fire and leads to weakened immunity.
  7. Those who are immuno-compromised like untreated diabetes (also leads to weakened immunity) .

According to Ayurveda, agni is the digestive fire of the body which is responsible for all the digestive processes that take place in our body.

Gut candida is caused due to the deranged digestive fire which results in the production of Ama or endotoxins that becomes lodged in the alimentary canal and migrates throughout the body. This results in weakened immunity. As Ama accumulates in the small and large intestines, it will putrefy and ferment there inhibiting the normal flora to proliferate and finally results in the change of normal intestinal flora and candida outgrowth.


 

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at : 

  • Giving relief from abdominal bloating, flatulence and treating inflammation of the intestine occured due to candida overgrowth.
  • Improving overall digestive and mental health.
  • Prevent recurrence by healing and repairing the tissue
  • Regular intake of supplements can help in long term relief and maintaining normal digestive capacity. 

    The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors. If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol. 

    1. Digestive issues such as abdominal bloating, flatulence and constipation happen due to abundant toxin/ama load. It should be treated with Lashunadi vati, Chitrakadi vati,Yasthimadhu,Kamadudha,Pravalapanchamrutha and Haritaki by stimulating digestion and removing toxins(ama) from the body. 

    2. Diarrhoea  and constipation-  Outgrowth results in infection and extreme inflammation to the colon causing it to contract and empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea, needing to empty the bowel frequently. Vidanga,Musta and Bilva will counteract the bacterial outgrowth and heal the inflammation 
    3. Chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia , Difficulty in focusing and concentrating- Because of the candida overgrowth which put down its rootlets into the mucous membrane of the intestinal tract, permitting undesirable toxins to circulate throughout the body resulting in low energy and concentration. Punarnava, Amalaki, Dadhima, Sariva will detoxifies and purify blood.  
    (The above mentioned Ayurvedic drugs are Herbs and Herbomineral preparations) 



Herbs

Yasthimadhu, Haritaki, Punarnava, Amalaki, Dadhima, Sariva, Lashunadi vati, Chitrakadi vati, Kamadudha, Pravalapanchamrutha, Vidanga, Musta

When to see a doctor?

If you have any one of the above mentioned signs and symptoms, please consult your doctor.

If left untreated, the symptoms will often persist and your stomach will continue to feel uncomfortable. In severe cases that are left untreated, there is also a risk of the infection spreading further into your body, which can be serious.


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