Did you know that Candida is linked to many skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis and blackheads! Yes – blackheads. I am forever banging on about the importance to treat the skin from within and one of the questions that is a common thread among facialists is from clients wanting blackhead removal or advice on exfoliation to reduce them.
Candida is a yeast infection that thrives where there is mucus, which is abundant in the vagina – causing discharge and irritation, the mouth which covers the tongue in a blanket of white fur and the gut. For me the main cause is from the foods we eat that cause mucus within the body, not just the gut (think of dairy and how it creates mucus in lungs and sinus’) . If you think about the colossal amounts of food we have ingested over our lifetime from babies, imagine the accumulation of mucus in the gut.
The overproduction of mucus acts as mortar setting crap – literally, along the gut wall. Not only allowing candida to reside and thrive but also parasites and toxins. This will prove difficult for essential nutrients from food to absorb via the gut into the bloodstream. Poor dietary habits will increase mucus further as well as inflammation in the gut resulting in poor wound healing, allergies, lethargy, digestive imbalances, discharge, skin inflammation and severe gut inflammation including Crohn’s and Colitis.
Candida is increased with certain food groups including carbohydrates, sugar, coffee, tea, alcohol etc also from stress influences which create acidic responses in the gut. Also highly perfumed skin products and cleansing products remember the skin is an organ that absorbs molecular substances which pass through the liver, gut etc. It also affects both men, women, babies and children.
Its symptoms include:
- Cravings for sweets (including carbs – crisps, biscuits etc even alcohol – these all convert to sugar)
- Bad breath,
- Coating on tongue
- Brain fog
- Hormone imbalance
- Joint pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic sinus and allergy issues
- Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
- Weak immune system
- UTI (urinary Tract Infection)
- Eczema, Psoriasis
- Itchy nose (an itch that cant be satisfied)
- Blackheads (indication of mucous in the gut)
Clearly, to avoid stress and certain foods will decrease the risk of Candida but the most successful way to tackle this nasty fungal infection is to reduce and clear mucus in the system.
A great gut health program including a cleansing supplement, Pathway will decrease sinus infections, throat infections, gut related issues including bloating.
I recommend a cleansing and strengthening gut program within my home care regimen for my clients, not only improving gut issues but also improving the skin and general well being.
The gut health program I recommend for my clients is as follows:
Drainage Duo – This botanical duo helps to clear the pathways and decrease inflammation, which actually increases mucus. Two pipettes of each product under the tongue am + pm for a ten day cleanse. Not to be confused with a diet detox – you can still eat a healthy diet but is ideal to avoid fatty foods and diary, sugar of course will be helpful to avoid but sugar causes inflammation not mucus in the body. Blackheads are an indication of mucus in the gut as mentioned so keep an eye on the reduction of them, also reduction of bloating and discharge. While taking Pathway you may find mucus in stools, post nasal drip (dripping at back of throat) and sinus’s draining.
Flora 12+ – three month course of Flora 12+ will help to excavate a weakened flora in the gut and lay down new healthy seeds that will thrive in a healthy environment. I use the analogy that you can take all the probiotics you want but if you have a weak or unhealthy flora it is like putting fertilizer on a weakened crop – you will not get a healthy harvest! So the three months with Flora 12+ will help to lay the foundations of a healthy crop.
Col-mino – this little gem of a supplement heals the gut wall for healthy permeation of nutrients and prevent leaky gut taken as an excellent partner to Flora 12+
After the three months of taking Flora 12+ it is advisable to move onto Flora Synergy, this cultivates and strengthens the healthy flora placed down from Flora 12+, Body Biotics complement Flora Synergy.
Hydration is also key! if you have difficulty drinking water then place H3O hydration to improve extracellular hydration or the Hydration Duo a botanic blend placed in water with ionic minerals that help with absorption of nutrients through gut wall.