Yeast are everywhere and can be useful critters at times. After all, they make bread rise and ferment carbohydrates to make beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages. They even produce antibiotics to help fight infection. Under the right conditions, however, these normally friendly micro-organisms can multiply out of control and harm our health. The yeast most likely to do this is a little creature called Candida albicans, or candida for short.
Overgrowth of candida (candidasis) and other yeast or fungus causes intestinal irritation and weakens the body’s immune system. Obvious signs of yeast overgrowth include recurring vaginal yeast infections, thrush, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and jock itch. Yeast overgrowth can also be an underlying factor in chronic indigestion, asthma, allergies, chronic sinus congestion, skin problems like acne and general immune weakness.
A convenient way to reduce yeast overgrowth is with the Candida Clear Pack. This pack contains three anti-fungal agents that reduce yeast overgrowth as well as enzymes that help biodegrade dead yeast. In concert with small dietary changes, Candida Clear can reduce yeast overgrowth and improve overall health. Here’s what it contains.
This bark is one of our most valuable antifungal herbs. It not only reduces yeast overgrowth, it also tones intestinal membranes and acts as a “blood purifier” to remove toxins and help clear skin conditions. Many people have successfully combatted yeast infections with pau d’arco alone.
This is a blend containing several herbs that reduce yeast overgrowth, including pau d’arco, garlic, oregano, and the antifungal compounds sodium propionate and sorbic acid. It also contains echinacea, selenium and zinc, which help to rebuild the immune system. Yeast/Fungal Detox is available as a stand-alone formula, or as part of the Candida Clear pack.
Caprylic Acid Combination
This blend contains caprylic acid, a medium chain fatty acid found in coconut oil and breast milk that is known to have antifungal and antimicrobial qualities. It also contains elecampane and black walnut – herbs known for their ability to combat parasites.
One of the problems associated with knocking down excess yeast in the intestinal tract is that their death results in cellular debris that can cause adverse reactions. To counteract this effect (often called a “cleansing reaction”) Candida Clear contains a pack of enzymes designed to be taken between meals. These enzymes biodegrade or “digest” the dead yeast, allowing them to be destroyed without adverse effects. Without these enzymes, you have to take much lower doses of the anti-fungal products to avoid these die-off reactions.
There are two packets in the Candida Clear program—the Candida Clear Combo (containing Pau D’Arco, Yeast/Fungal Detox and Caprylic Acid Combination) and the Candida Clear Enzymes. Take 1 Candida Clear Combo pack three times daily with meals and 1 Candida Clear Enzyme Packet three times daily between meals on an empty stomach.
It is also important to make dietary modifications in order for this program to work effectively. First, yeast love carbohydrates, especially simple sugars. So, while on the cleanse eliminate all simple sugars and refined grain products from your diet. Simple sugars include table sugar (or sucrose), glucose, fructose, corn syrup and even natural sugars like honey, brown sugar and fruit juices. Refined grain products include white flour, white rice, corn chips and breakfast cereals. You’re going to have to read labels carefully because sugars are added to most prepackaged foods. If your problem is severe, you may even want to avoid some complex carbs like whole grains, fresh fruit and starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Avoid alcohol and foods that contain yeast or mold, such as bread, beer, aged cheeses and so forth. Many experts also recommend avoiding pickled and fermented foods with vinegar. These foods don’t cause yeast overgrowth, but eliminating them for a period of time seems to help get yeast under control.
Have a 3-4 ounce portion of high quality protein at each meal, such as fish, poultry, red meat, eggs, plain yoghurt, nuts or legumes. Meat and dairy products should be organic, as animals raised in non-organic farms are often fed antibiotics, which contribute to yeast overgrowth. Fill the rest of your plate with low glycemic carbohydrates (non-starchy vegetables) such as green beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, beets, chard, celery, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, etc. Green foods are especially valuable. You can also eat low glycemic fruits such as raspberries and blueberries.
It is also important to include some good fats in your diet. A particularly good fat for fighting candida is coconut oil because it contains a medium chain saturated fatty acid called caprylic acid that help control yeast. Other good fats are organic butter, flax seed oil, olive oil and Super Omega-3