Updated 2022

Candida Dysbiosis, Are You Suffering from It?

All About Candida Dysbiosis

Candida is a genus of yeasts found within most humans’ intestinal and vaginal flora and is generally considered commensal unless overgrown. Candida can become opportunistic and cause numerous, if not severe, health issues. One of the leading causes of developing opportunistic Candida dysbiosis is frequent or extended antibiotic usage. Frequent or extended antibiotic usage reduces colonies of probiotic bacteria that usually keep Candida from overgrowing and becoming dysbiotic flora. Using long-term steroid medications and hormonal birth control hinders the functionality of your immune system and you may cause Candida dysbiosis. Candida infections are frequently seen in people with severely compromised immune systems. For example, people struggling with intravenous drug addiction or people with systemic lupusCandida dysbiosis can also develop if you have cancer and/or are receiving  conventional cancer treatments, including radiation or chemotherapy,  which hinders the functionality of your immune system. Finally, taking proton pump inhibitors and other acid reducing medications for even a few weeks can lead to upper gut Candida dysbiosis as well. 

Long-term physical and/or mental stress also interferes with your immune system health and can lead to you developing yeast dysbiosis. Suffering from uncontrolled diabetes can cause or worsen yeast dysbiosis by hindering the functionality of your immune system. Rarely, Candida dysbiosis can be passed from sexual intercourse if the person you are having sex with is suffering from Candida-infected sexual organs (for example, having unprotected vaginal sex with a woman suffering from a Candida caused vaginal yeast infection).

Though H. Pylori is one of the leading microbial causes of gastritis, if Candida dysbiosis occurs within our stomach, gastritis can also be a symptom. When opportunistic Candida starts to flourish within our digestive tract, it will begin to cause digestive issues. If you are suffering from stomach Candida dysbiosis, many of your symptoms will be similar to H. pylori dysbiosis.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), silent reflux, dyspepsia, dysphagia, stomach bloating, gastritis, ulcers, frequent belching, reduced stomach acid production, and/or rarely stomach cancer (caused by severe long-term dysbiosis) occurs with upper gut Candida dysbiosis. Candida dysbiosis of our oral cavity causes a condition known as thrush. Symptoms of thrush include visible creamy white raised lesions that look like cottage cheese seen throughout the oral cavity (chief symptom), oral cavity pain, oral cavity itching, oral cavity bleeding, oral cavity dryness, cracking/redness within the corners of your mouth, oral cavity burning, burning mouth syndrome, and/or loss of taste. Candida dysbiosis within the small intestine causes small intestinal yeast overgrowth symptoms. Candida dysbiosis has also been seen as a possible secondary cause for people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. Candida dysbiosis is also a cause and can worsen increased gut permeability, also known as leaky gut. Candida dysbiosis can also cause auto-brewery syndrome, where people become intoxicated from carbohydrate ingestion from excessive Candida alcohol production within their digestive tract. Candida is also able to produce biofilm which can make it more difficult to relieve Candida dysbiosis unless the biofilm is dissolved. Finally, Candida dysbiosis can occur within our large intestine and anal area, causing excessive flatulence, large intestinal pain, proctitis, rectal itching and/or rarely colon/rectal cancer.

Many people suffering from gastrointestinal Candida dysbiosis also suffer from systemic yeast dysbiosis and vice versa. What are some of the non digestive yeast dysbiosis symptoms and/or conditions?

Non Digestive System Yeast Dysbiosis Symptoms and/or Conditions

What tests might be beneficial to determine if you are suffering from Candida dysbiosis? Candida spit tests you have read about online that can supposedly help diagnose Candida dysbiosis are inaccurate. An alcohol-fasting challenge test might be useful in diagnosing yeast dysbiosis. During an alcohol-fasting challenge test, sugar is consumed, and a few hours later, alcohol and acetaldehyde blood levels are measured to determine Candida intestinal dysbiosis. Yeast converts sugar into alcohol and acetaldehyde as a source of energy during digestion. Testing D-arabinitol in a urine culture may also be an accurate diagnostic marker of yeast dysbiosis. Finally, stool Candida tests, including Genova GI Effects or a Diagnostic Solutions GI Map test, might also be valid in determining gastrointestinal Candida dysbiosis.

Candida Dysbiosis, What to Do About It

Supplement/Lifestyle Recommendations to Help Detox From Yeast Die Off Mycotoxins:

Molybdenum is used by our body to produce two enzymes, aldehyde dehydrogenase, and aldehyde-oxidase. These enzymes allow the liver to neutralize a potent and otherwise relatively inert toxin (neurotoxin), aldehyde. Yeasts release aldehydes as a byproduct of their cellular respiration, causing the main side effects from yeast die off including brain fog.

Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and relieves inflammation.

Activated charcoal helps absorb mycotoxins released from yeast die off.

Glutathione storage within your body is reduced when you are suffering from yeast dysbiosis. Glutathione is one of your body’s master antioxidants and is important for reducing cellular oxidative stress within your body and detoxification.

Maintenance Candida Treatment Protocol

Mild Candida Protocol – Taken for One to Two Weeks

Coconut oil contains a lot of anti-yeast goodies like capyrlic acid and lauric acid. Both caprylic acid and lauric acid are found in breast milk which is one of the reasons you can still breast feed if you have a yeast infection and why breast milk cures thrush!

S. boulardii is a type of yeast found on lychee fruit that will compete with Candida and reduce its colonies.

Lactobacilus plantarium is mainly found in fermented foods and has anti-yeast capabilities.

Moderate Candida Protocol – Taken Two – Three Weeks

Niacinamide has anti-yeast capabilities.

Echinacea has been shown in clinical studies to inhibit yeast.

Lauricidin is just a concentrated supplement of lauric acid which as been shown to have anti-yeast capabilities.

Advanced Candida Protocol – Taken for One Month

Undecylenic acid has been shown to stop the growth of yeast colonies.

Bee propolis extract has anti-yeast capabilities and is able to dissolve yeast biofilm.

Candex contains enzymes that dissolve the cell walls and biofilm of yeast.

Herbal Candida Protocol – Take for Two Weeks, No More Than One Month

Olive leaf extract contains oluroperin which is known to stimulate the immune system and has anti-fungal capabilities.

Black walnut contains juglone that has anti-fungal capabilities.

Remember to rebuild your gut for two weeks after all symptoms have subsided or treatment has stopped, whatever comes first. Follow the gut rebuilding protocols in the SIBO protocol.