How to Treat Candida in the Gut

how to treat candida in the gutHaving a healthy gut microbiome is a key factor in overall health. If your gut is out of balance, it can trigger adverse reactions throughout your body. One of the most common causes of gut imbalance is candida overgrowth. In this blog, we will discuss what causes candida overgrowth and how to treat candida in the gut.

What is Candida?

Candida is a fungus (specifically a form of yeast) that lives in your mouth and intestines. At normal levels, candida is not problematic. In fact, its job is to help with digestion and nutrient absorption. Typically, candida levels are kept under control by the healthy bacteria in your body.

However, if your healthy bacteria levels are disrupted or your immune system compromised, candida can begin to overproduce. In high levels, candida can break down the wall of the intestine and enter the bloodstream. This releases toxic byproducts into your body and causes leaky gut and candidiasis (candida infection), which can cause a variety of health issues, from digestive problems to depression.

What Causes Candida Overgrowth?

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • High alcohol intake
  • Diabetes
  • High stress levels
  • A weakened immune system

What are Some of the Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth?

  • Painful and persistent gas and bloating
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Weight gain
  • Recurrent yeast infections
  • Migraines
  • Depression and brain fog [link to last week’s blog]
  • Skin issues including eczema, acne, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Food sensitivities
  • Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome

How to Treat Candida in the Gut

In order to successfully treat candida, you must stop the yeast overgrowth, build up good bacteria, and heal your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream. In order to stop the overgrowth, you must starve the candida.

If you have ever made bread from scratch, you know that yeast needs sugar to feed and grow. Switching to a low-sugar, low-carb diet will help kill off the overgrowth. Certain foods have also been shown to inhibit the growth of candida and encourage good bacteria to grow. Some of these foods include:

  • Garlic
  • Coconut oil
  • Pomegranate
  • Probiotics

The food you eat has an important role in maintaining the balance of healthy gut bacteria and in healing your gut. Dr. Minni Malhotra, MD, FAARM, ABAARM can help you make the necessary dietary changes to restore harmony and balance to your gut. Board Certified in Family Medicine as well as Board Certified with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Malhotra is committed to helping each patient achieve optimal health. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (832) 246-8437.

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