Biofilms: Overlooked Step in Treating Candida

by Carla Hernandez Natural Remedies, Skin HealthComments: 56

 

candida and biofilms

Yeast overgrowth, also referred to as fungal overgrowth or simply Candida, is at epidemic levels today whether a person may know it to be a serious threat to health or not.

This is due to the fact that most symptoms that are caused by the compromising of one or more body tissues by fungus are usually treated by conventional doctors as another condition entirely, therefore never addressing the real cause.

Even holistic doctors can miss the mark by not considering the importance of breaking down biofilms as part of an effective candida treatment plan which can lead to failure of the protocol and much frustration on the part of the patient.

Some common symptoms that can be a sign of yeast overgrowth, whether candida or another type of yeast include:

  • headaches
  • skin rashes such as acne and eczema
  • mucous build up in the throat nose and lungs
  • sinus infections
  • Itching genital infections
  • athlete’s foot
  • nail fungus (usually occurring in the toenails).

If chronic, yeast overgrowth can affect the nervous system leading to many cognitive symptoms such as:

  • brain fog
  • poor concentration
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • mood swings

Opportunistic yeast such as candida are organisms that normally exist harmlessly as a normal part of our internal environment. They do not cause harm until they outgrow the good bacteria that keeps balance and harmony within the body, which also keeps the immune system functioning properly. At this point is when fungal overgrowth can wreak havoc, disrupting the immune system and progressively leading to one or more of the above symptoms.

What Causes Yeast Overgrowth?

Opportunistic bacteria and yeasts like Candida albicans don’t just spontaneously “take over”.

There’s a reason this happens!  I prefer to group these causes into three main categories: stressful lifestyle, poor diet, and pharmaceutical drugs (not just antibiotics) have a powerful impact on our gut flora providing the opening for opportunistic strains of yeast to exert authority and overgrow with dire health consequences over time.

  • Diet– A diet high in sugar, starch and processed foods is fuel for yeast to thrive and multiply. This study found that biofilms of Candida are made of 32% glucose. It was found that Candida yeast needs sugar not just to reproduce, but also to create the protection in the form of a biofilm that keeps our immune system from attacking it.
  • Lifestyle- A stressful lifestyle can lower immunity and therefore lead to a decrease in beneficial gut flora. Remember 80% of immunity is located in the gut. Keeping bacteria in check is crucial to keeping symptoms and sickness at bay. Other factors that can lead to yeast overgrowth is exposure to chlorinated water, alcohol abuse, and digestive distress coming from a lack of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) which causes undigested food to putrefy in the gut, leading to symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea.
  • Drugs- Antibiotics and the birth control pill are a huge factor in candida and yeast overgrowth. These pharmaceuticals eliminate beneficial flora creating the ideal environment which allows for harmful pathogens to overgrow.

Gut Flora and the Skin 

Since the majority of my focus in nutrition is with skin issues, about 95% of my clients  have digestive concerns and almost always have some extent of dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria), and of course yeast or other microorganisms that need to be treated. Beyond addressing the three main categories above, eradicating these critters is necessary to see lasting improvements in skin symptoms, whether it’s acne or eczema.

Biofilms: Overlooked Step in Treating Yeast Overgrowth

Much of the information regarding yeast and candida out there addresses treatment, including diet and supplements, although leaves out a very crucial step.

There’s another side of the story that rarely gets talked about that can make all the difference in an effective treatment plan.

Biofilms act as a protective shield around yeast and other microorganisms. This makes it even more challenging to attack the yeast as the anti-fungals that are taken by most cannot get through this matrix of a biofilm, whether it be drugs or herbal based remedies.

This is how yeast hides and protects itself from being destroyed. One study found that a group of anti-fungal drugs, including Nystatin and Diflucan, which are used to treat Candida, found that they were initially effective until the biofilm developed. At this point they became less effective and after 72 hours of the biofilm development, the candida cells were highly resistant. This research indicates that drug resistance develops over time due to the biofilm development. Now researchers are seeing more common anti-fungal drugs such as amphotericin B and fluconazole developing resistance as well.

Using Enzymes to Attack Yeast Biofilms

Common herbal anti-fungals (this is a comprehensive formula I use in my practice) used in yeast overgrowth treatment such as oregano oil, black walnut, uva ursi, berberine and olive leaf can be great options, but these alone won’t do the trick. To properly get to and kill the microorganism that is causing the trouble, you first have to breakdown the biofilm that’s protecting it.

Think of it as attempting to get past a security guard, it’s possible to get through him, you just need a more comprehensive approach to ensure your game plan is effective.

Anti-fungals need to be paired with a biofilm disruptor, which is a combination of specific enzymes that are designed to eat their way through the matrix.

Candida and other types of yeasts have no resistance and are not able to build a resistance to enzymes like they may be able to do with drugs or herbs. There are no side effects, only side benefits with this type of biofilm disruptor. When looking for an enzyme formula (I like this one) make sure and find one that contains a varied number of enzymes to target the layer of the cell wall, biofilm, nucleus and fibrin.

Enzymes to look for specifically in a product are cellulase, glucoamylase, amylase, invertase, protease, and serrapeptase.

Amino Acid (NAC) an Effective Biofilms Disruptor

Another agent that has been studied to also be effective as a biofilm disruptor is N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC). This is an amino acid and a strong antioxidant, but also has antibacterial properties. It has been tested on several different bacterias and shown to be effective, especially in upper respiratory infections.

Because of the number of relapses in both bacterial and yeast issues, alternative treatments as these biofilm agents provide are needed to complete eradication. I suggest working with an holistic health care practitioner who has experience treating yeast overgrowth to get an effective treatment plan.  This is why an anti yeast/candida type diet can be difficult and usually not enough. You have to get the support to address the cause effectively otherwise you may not be seeing the results you’re after.

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About the Author

carla hernandezCarla Hernandez is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who also has her Bachelors degree in Foods and Nutrition. She uses nutrition, diet and lifestyle interventions to support physiological mechanisms within the body. She is the founder of Wise Roots Nutrition, an integrative approach that focuses on customized plans to support the root cause of a person’s health and skin challenges.

Carla educates and empowers you to make responsible and healthful food choices that restores balance and promotes clear healthy skin by providing custom effective solutions from the inside out. She believes in finding the root cause of a condition, rather than just treating the symptoms. Carla works with people locally in San Francisco, as well as long distance via phone and Skype all over the country, specializing in digestive distress to skin issues such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Read more about her story here.

Sources and More Information

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC95423/?report=reader
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16849719
https://idsa.confex.com/idsa/2010/webprogram/Paper2660.html
http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2180/10/140
Don’t Waste Your Time, Why the Candida Diet Doesn’t Work
Pau d’Arco: The Best Herb to Beat Back Candida
Can Candida Sufferers Drink Kombucha?
How to Take Probiotics

Comments (56)

  • Marjorie Johnson

    Carla I need to make an appointment with you. I am very sick with systemic tissue Candda and intestinal hyphal/mycelial Fungus lining my stomach and intestines. It feeds off of me everyday. Can you please call me to help me. I believe from my symptoms, that the hyphal fungus is under the biofilm… the hyphal fungus is very difficult to break up as it has its roots in me. I can’t believe this has actually happened to me after seeing numerous doctor’s who keep treating me with things that never worked. And they never ever took an organic acid urine test to see if had spread into my urine. Its in my brain, kidneys, bladder, liver…one of my doctor’s put me on diflucan and told me that there’s no cure for Canida Biofilm but what about hyphal fungus. I am so disappointed. And about to give up.

    May 1st, 2016 11:05 am Reply
  • Monica

    Hi Carla!
    This is an amazing article on bio film and Candida! Another herbalist I follow, Shoshanna Easling of the Bulk Herb Store online talks about this as well and how Plexus busts the bio film and flushes it out of the body while putting good bacteria back in the gut! My husband has had amazing results! I was just wondering your thoughts on this.

    March 1st, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • Catherine

    How can I connect with you concerning a phone consult? I do not have Facebook.

    February 26th, 2016 3:04 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Hi Carla,

    Thank you so much for all of your information and recipes! A few questions – I notice you suggest taking Interfase Plus but also read there can be die off symptoms with this one. Can you take NAC and the Interfase Plus together to alleviate some of the die off effects? I noticed the Interfase Plus bottle says to take them between meals, but have read elsewhere to take them before bed. Is there a time you would suggest taking them?

    Also is there an antifungal you suggest starting with? I have Oregano Oil, Pau D’Arco and Caprylic Acid and am which would be best to start with for Candida overgrowth as well as any bacterial issues.

    Thanks again for your helpful website. It’s really put into perspective how debilitating Candida can be, but am also hopeful to know there is a cure for all the symptoms I’ve had the past few years which I thought were unrelated to one another!

    Sara

    February 6th, 2016 10:16 am Reply
    • Marjorie Rosenfeld

      I have a doctor who tests for 4 different strains of candida. Although I’ve never tested hypersensitive to one of these strains, I developed wheals 7 or 9 millimeters in size a day after being injected with small amounts of 3 of these. A year of taking Nystatin accomplished absolutely nothing in my degree of sensitivity to candida yeast, and so my doctor put me on Interfase Plus (2 on an empty stomach in the morning and 2 on an empty stomach in the evening) and twice weekly injections of 0.25 milliliters of TME (Trichophyton Monilia Epidermophyton) vaccine, which is prepared in different strengths depending on the extent of a patient’s sensitivities but induces the immune system to fight against candida (another name for which is monilia). After 4 months of following this regimen, I was tested again on March 30 (2016), returned to the doctor’s office the next day, and found I had developed a significant wheal only to one remaining strain of candida: candida albicans.

      No one said this would be easy. There are toxins in the nucleus of pathogenic candida organisms, and when candida is killed, these toxins go into the blood stream. I have had every kind of gastrointestinal symptom and have felt ill about 50% of the time. But I am greatly encouraged by the results of the regimen I’m now following and intend to stick with it until I eliminate albicans from my tissues. I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, diagnosed in 1985 when the high-rise office building in which I was working was being renovated. But I have had candida problems every 7-10 years for even longer. I know that candida yeast, when it overgrows, assumes a fungal form that colonizes intestinal tissues, creating “leaky gut” and many food and food additive sensitivities. I think that what I was doing previously–taking all sorts of antifungals–never really got all the candida out of my tissues. With the regimen I’m following now, I believe I will eventually feel not only well but more well than I”ve felt in years!

      April 10th, 2016 12:50 pm Reply
  • sandra

    hello carla,

    i loved this article.
    i have been battling candida for about 6 months.
    i am taking a bunch of natural antifungals and i want to introduce the amino acids and enzymes you suggested. i just wanted to know ‘when’ i should take them.
    along with the antifungals?
    before hand?
    with food?

    thank you,
    sandra

    September 28th, 2015 4:04 pm Reply
  • Kim Neill

    Klaire Labs Interfase does contain egg whites. So just an FYI for all who are have egg sensitivity/intolerance.

    June 23rd, 2015 10:14 am Reply
  • Anonymous

    I just ordered the interfase plus – how do you take it and for how long and when do you start antifungals? Any guidance is appreciated!

    April 8th, 2015 1:29 am Reply
  • Sandi Hall

    These sound very effective, but I have an added problem- I have a swallowing issue, and cannot take pills or capsules. Is there a liquid or chewable solution?

    March 16th, 2015 10:35 am Reply
    • Toni

      Try opening the capsule and sprinkling the contents onto a spoonful of applesauce, yogurt, or pudding for easier swallowing. I don’t know how severe your swallowing disorder is, but some people also have luck dipping hard-to-swallow-pills into olive oil or vegetable oil to make them slide down easier and decrease the chance of it hanging in the throat.

      May 1st, 2015 7:13 pm Reply
  • paytin

    I agree – sticking with the Candida Diet is the best way to go. I wish I had that will power all the time! The Candida Diet def works, but i also keep a bottle of Lady Soma Candida Cleanse handy when I cant follow the diet – take a pill in the morning and at night for a couple days – and it will be gone…..get back on the diet when you can – but keep Lady Soma around when you cant

    March 12th, 2015 8:48 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    I have 13 month old twins who were born 9 weeks early and spent 6 weeks in the NICU after birth. Currently they both have really bad yeast infections in their diaper areas. They’ve had it for a long time, but now it is really bad. The nystatin that the doctor perscribed isn’t helping at all. Well, maybe it did at first, a little. Is there an enzyme you would recommend for them to break down the biofilm?

    March 4th, 2015 10:26 pm Reply
  • monica

    do you recommend probiotics during the biofilm/anti-fungal treatment or after?

    February 27th, 2015 1:23 pm Reply
  • Dana T

    I use the Interphase Plus. Klaire also makes a plain Interphase, but the “Plus” includes EDTA, a heavy metal chelateor. Research has shown that bacteria and virus’s have an affinity with heavy metals and to properly remove either, both have to be addressed.

    Good article, thanks.

    January 30th, 2015 10:47 am Reply
  • Debbie

    High dosage probotic, plenty of water and VICKS VAPOR RUB on areas where yeast infection arises. Tried everything!!! It seems hard for some people to believe, just try it… you don’t have anything to loose and everything to gain!!! Live a yeast infection free life!!!

    January 28th, 2015 11:34 pm Reply
  • Stan Bell

    Thanks for sharing and I just bookmarked your blog. Just checked your other posts as well and I enjoyed reading them. They’re all very informative. I must admit that I’m not good with all the nutritional stuff. I look forward to reading your future posts. Thanks again, Carla. Cheers!

    January 11th, 2015 8:42 pm Reply
  • Natalie

    Hello Carla, I have stumbled onto what Candida overgrowth is and i have realized i have pretty much all symptoms. I didn’t know that all of the symptoms i was experiencing was coming from a source of Candida overgrowth and it all makes sense to me now as to why i have been suffering for years. I have had allergies all my life, ear infections, fungal skin issues(athletes foot, ring worms) acne has been an ongoing problem for as long as i can remember. I also experience chronic sinusitis yearly, which only seem to be relieved with antibiotics , which i now know have been a contributing factor to my issues and cause more harm than good. The newest thing is overactive bladder symptoms that have lasted for years and yeast infections. I started to take a multivitamin called Vitamin code for women and i noticed that i started to feel very good with lots of energy. Then out of no where my acne issues worsened like never before and exploded into cystic acne all over my cheeks and other places. I was so upset with all the acne that i stopped taking the Vitamin Code woman’s multivitamin because i was convinced that these multivitamins were overloading my system and causing the issues. I now wonder if the side effects i was experiencing were related to a detox in my system because of the Candida overgrowth?? These Multivitamins have raw probiotic and Enzyme blend in them with all of the biofilm enzymes you have mentioned in your article a long with numerous minerals and vitamins present. Was this a die off of the candida and candida biofilm that i was experiencing?

    December 30th, 2014 7:40 pm Reply
    • Kristen

      I’ll bet you were having die-off symptoms. I’ve been fighting yeast for over 10 years. I started taking a double dose of a probiotic with an enzyme for the biofilm and it got way worse for a while. But now it is much improved.

      October 25th, 2015 10:22 am Reply
  • Carole from France

    Thanks so much Carla for this enlightening post ! I have a question though : InterFase plus contains EDTA which chelates heavy metals, including possibly mercury. Is it safe to use when you still have mercury containing amalgams in your mouth ? (For the time being I cannot have them removed properly) Would it be wiser to take InterFase instead?

    November 26th, 2014 3:05 am Reply
  • Victor

    Nice article. I am surprised that there is no mention of colloidal silver. Colloidal Silver (CS) is known to break down biofilms, and the underlying fungus. CS stops all known pathogens that it comes in contact with. Search the web and you will find many article about colloidal silver and biofilms, candida, etc. The trick is maintaining a sufficient volume of CS until the pathogens are eliminated. There are many recommendations about how to do this, and some include CS in their GAPS diet.

    One example is using a mix of CS and aloe vera juice for a couple of weeks, to enable the CS to get deeper into the digestive system, if that is your target area. Otherwise CS is absorbed into the bloodstream rather quickly. For those concerned about the impact of CS on good flora, just follow your CS intake (not immediately) with some good probiotic foods (which you are hopefully taking anyway).

    If you do decide to use CS, I strongly recommend making your own. It is one of the safest, easiest, and most cost effective ways to aid our health.

    Victor

    November 13th, 2014 5:15 am Reply
  • Rebekah

    I was taking something my holistic dr have me and I had to stop because after a week it made me feel incredibly nauseous and sick. I couldnt take care of my kids. Do these things have those same kind of side effects?

    November 12th, 2014 9:52 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Very helpful article, thank you! You mentioned oregano oil, but did you know that the combination of oregano and melalueca (tea tree oil) is also incredibly effective at breaking down biofilm? There is additional information out on the web, but here is a video explaining it briefly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6btnMLGiIU

    November 12th, 2014 6:11 am Reply
  • Kelly L Cassidy

    I’m confused about a paragraph under “Biofilms: Overlooked Step in Treating Yeast Overgrowth” – so nystatin/diflucan are effective until a biofilm develops?

    How do you know that you have a biofilm? I was going to have my doctor prescribe one of these antifungals to help with the candida problem, but now I need to go back a step and worry about a biofilm.

    It seems to me that you can take the diflucan and can get rid of the candida, but if your intestine is not properly built back up with pre/pro biotics and/or your diet is not perfect (and there are differing opinions as to the best diet for candida – some, including the author of the Perfect Health Diet, say moderate-carb is the way to go for candida), the candida could come back and you could re-manifest symptoms. Now, this COULD be biofilm, but there is no way to be sure. It could be that you didn’t take probiotics and the candida took over your system again.

    These supplements can get so so expensive! I’m trying to outline a protocol for myself and will take the biofilm into account for sure. I guess when you get down to it, all of this just calls for some careful self-experimentation, record-keeping, and realization that health in this world is going to cost a lot of money!

    I just wish there were easier ways of determining if we actually HAVE things like biofilm instead of assuming we do and spending a ton of money on supplements.

    Thanks for your thoughts, Carla!

    October 29th, 2014 7:22 pm Reply
    • Tia

      When I was diagnosed Celiac, my gut yeast was so high that the doctor put me on a Diflucan routine for 6 weeks. I started with one Diflucan and then two days later took another. I did this for 2 weeks. I then had to take one every seventh day for a month. It’s the only way I was able to get my body back on track. If I am contaminated with gluten, I suffer with the discomfort, etc., and I also will end up with a yeast infection. I also get them if I have refined sugar. I am now vegan and I also do not use any refined sugar. It took a little while of cutting back but then I just cut it out completely.
      I hope this helps.

      November 2nd, 2014 11:03 am Reply
  • C

    Can you comment on any relation to “Tinea”, the skin fungus. My 9 yo has had a rash of this type for about 6 months…

    October 29th, 2014 5:24 pm Reply
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  • Mary

    Will these holistic/herbal treatments control candida species other than c.albicans (which is more common)?

    October 28th, 2014 5:33 pm Reply
  • chari

    Is Interfase Plus okay for children?

    October 27th, 2014 7:15 pm Reply
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  • Jeanne DeValeria

    I’m wondering whether these enzymes might also harm the good bio-film in our guts. According to Sally Fallon-Morell in an article in Wise Traditions, “We need to feed not only ourselves, we also need to feed our bio-film to make sure it’s healthy…. At the same time, we don’t want to hurt our bio-film.”

    So it seems there are good and bad bio-films. How do we protect the good ones while getting rid of the bad guys?

    October 24th, 2014 1:16 pm Reply
    • Carla

      Hi Jeanne,

      When there is pathogenic bacteria or an overgrowth of yeast present, this is something that needs to be addressed. Taking the enzymes are only for a short period and from what I have researched, I haven’t found there to be any negative side effects to taking them.

      October 27th, 2014 2:32 am Reply
      • Jeanne DeValeria

        Thanks for clarifying, Carla. Looking forward to trying it.

        October 28th, 2014 7:54 am Reply
      • myrna

        Unless you have an allergy to egg whites!!! Interfase and Interfase Plus have warning about egg allergy. Besides NAC are there other bio film disrupters? How about Bentonite Clay and Diatomacious Earth?

        February 13th, 2015 6:07 pm Reply
  • Sabrina

    Can you take anything while you are nursing to get rid of candida?? I am currently doing milk kefir grains to restore healthy flora but wondering if there is some kind of disruptor I can take while nursing?

    October 23rd, 2014 5:36 pm Reply
    • Carla

      Hi Sabrina,

      I would suggest waiting till you’re done breastfeeding to take any kind of biofilm disrupter. Keep up with the diet, but hold off on the supplements till after.

      October 27th, 2014 2:35 am Reply
  • Barbara

    Please recommend an enzyme supplement to take with all that you listed. Excellent article!

    October 23rd, 2014 4:58 pm Reply
  • Navidan

    Thank you so much for posting this. I struggle with candida and leaky gut everyday after trying so many different natural remedies for both. This may be that one missing link to finally heal my body and I am definitely going to try it! Unfortunately I do not tolerate walnuts so I can’t try the specific formula you mentioned; I am open to alternative suggestions and will be adding enzymes and oregano oil to my supplement regime.

    Thanks again.

    October 23rd, 2014 12:12 pm Reply
    • calra

      You’re welcome! Hope it helps!

      October 27th, 2014 2:43 am Reply
  • Raye

    Had a question about the enzymes… do I need to find a formula that contains all the enzymes listed or is it ok to take just amylase or protease?

    October 23rd, 2014 9:43 am Reply
    • Carla

      I would get a full specturm that has a variety of enzymes. This is more effective. This is the one I like: http://amzn.to/1rLxfSX

      October 27th, 2014 2:45 am Reply
  • stacey

    Can pregnant women safely take these enzymes. I am currently losing the battle against yeast during pregnancy and I need some weapons!

    October 23rd, 2014 8:53 am Reply
    • carla

      Hi Stacey,

      I would NOT recommend doing this during pregnancy. You are forcing a detox and that is not something you want to do if pregnant. I have had clients get pregnant while doing this and have had to stop treatment as it’s too dangerous.

      October 23rd, 2014 12:21 pm Reply
    • Rachel in MO

      Hello, Stacey–
      I know this response is quite late, but maybe this will help someone else who reads this and is considering taking a biofilm disruptor during pregnancy:
      I have had an unresponsive UTI in my third trimester. I have tried all the natural remedies (d-mannose, etc.) and two rounds of different antibiotics (one being a category C/D) without relief. I am now trying lactoferrin and InterFase (not Plus) as a last attempt at unraveling the infection. I sent the link with the product information to my OB/midwife, and she gave me the thumbs up on the InterFase. As with many drugs and supplements, there are contraindications or “unknown effects” for pregnant women, but it’s sometimes a balance of benefit vs. risk. For me, the risk of letting a UTI run rampant and perhaps throw me into premature labor (of which I am at risk already) was more pressing than possible mineral loss due to the detoxing effect of the enzymes. Know your risks, talk to your doctor or midwife. Personal medical history, gestational timing (post-first trimester), and other factors should be considered. Take added mineral supplements if mineral loss is a concern. I would not use a supplement such as this for any prolonged time during pregnancy, but for me it is better than round after round of ineffective antibiotics that do damage to my gut microbiome. (Will post an update comment if this treatment works!)

      August 15th, 2015 4:22 pm Reply
  • Laura

    How long might it take to heal biofilm, and in turn, candida? There seems to be conflicting opinions about diet while treating these issues, some say fermented foods are important in the process, including raw milk Kefir, and others say no to them. What do you recommend is the best anti candida diet and for how long? Would you take NAC in addition to a broad spectrum enzyme? Thanks for your thoughts!
    Laura
    P.S.Are you familiar with Body Ecology’s enzymes? I believe they say they will help break down biofilm.

    October 23rd, 2014 8:48 am Reply
    • Betty

      While it’s true that a high starch diet would be contraindicated, a low starch diet tends to be counterproductive due to the fact that candida can thrive off of ketones and starvation makes yeast grow exponentially. Gestalt outlined this paradox in his excellent article, which coincidentally recommends enzymes to combat candida.

      http://www.gestaltreality.com/2013/09/16/how-to-eliminate-candida-biofilms/

      In other words, if you try to starve candida, it will just eat you and feed off of ketones.

      Given the studies and evidence cited in that article, in reality, a moderate starch diet would be best. When using whole food complex carbohydrates, which tend to be mostly water weight, you have to eat a pound of potatoes just to get to a moderate carb intake (another paradox few people realize).

      Interestingly, a moderate starch diet would be the Perfect Health Diet, which recommends a pound of starchy vegetables per day—and not coincidentally, Paul Jaminet authored it as an anti-candida diet.

      The logic behind eating whole food starches is that they help improve immunity by providing glycans for mucin production and they tend to be sources of resistant starch, a type of fiber that bacteria feed off of and helps suppress candida by lowering gut pH.

      If you take the time to investigate it, you will see that the scientific evidence does not support starvation protocols for candida—the yeast is way too smart for that. Rather, it’s best to feed your microbiome with fermentable fibers and break down yeast biofilms and cell walls with enzymes.

      Cheers.

      November 8th, 2014 4:32 pm Reply
      • lynn

        BETTY, So are you saying in your last paragraph that fermented foods are good to take?

        “best to feed your microbiome with fermentable fibers and break down yeast biofilms and cell walls with enzymes”

        I eat kimchi, kombucha, probiotics, etc. and always thought these were wonderful enzymes to take for your gut/immunity. I have rashes on my legs, probably due to birth control; however did not go away once I went off. The rashes on my shins were the worse when I was pregnant- no other symptoms. I nursed and apparently gave candida to my baby. You could see it in her mouth, but no signs with me anywhere, except my legs.. which I kept getting the diagnosis of eczema. Interestingly enough is that it completely goes away during the summer. I live in MN and do not where sunscreen (except on face). So, I started thinking the VD3 was killing the rash, if that’s possible. No trace of it during the summer months… any thoughts on that?!?

        November 25th, 2014 9:44 am Reply
  • claire

    This explains so much! Is there an enzyme you recommend?

    October 23rd, 2014 8:44 am Reply
  • Question

    Awesome!
    Definitely didn’t know about enzymes and biofilm. I’d only ever heard of biofilm in reference to Lymes.

    One question: I’m a little confused about how herbal remedies kill yeast but not bacteria. Are they only anti-microbial toward things we don’t like? Thanks!

    October 23rd, 2014 8:36 am Reply
    • Carla

      Anti-microbial herbs will kill off both, bacteria and yeast, but they do not have the dangerous associated with antibiotics. I still suggest following up with probiotics after eradicating yeast or bad bacteria with these.

      October 27th, 2014 2:49 am Reply
  • Deborah

    Another great article from Carla! Thanks for all this well-researched information.

    October 22nd, 2014 11:52 pm Reply
    • Carla

      Thank you Deborah! :)

      October 23rd, 2014 12:23 pm Reply
  • Joyce

    can you please recommend an Enzyme Supplement that has the enzymes listed above in it? thanks!

    October 22nd, 2014 10:40 pm Reply
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