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23 Jul 2008

Candida
Please help

I went to a dietitan in Oct 2007 to get rid of my constipation.
I went from weighing 58kgs to 64 current.

I recently found out about Candida - and have all the symptoms, bloating, constipation, memory loss, muscle fatigue, weight gain, bad breath, white film on my tonge and sinusitis

I was advised to follow an anti-candida diet, should I do this or should I just take pro-biotics and if so, what is better 4 strain or 9 strain.

Please help - I really need to lose the weight and just cant take the bad breath etc. anymore!

Thanks!
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DietDoc
DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Vee
I would strongly recommend that you have a medical checkup because some of your symptoms may be due to other underlying medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or insulin resistance. To answer your queries about Candida: Some of the leading microbiologists in SA have stated in public that dietary factors do NOT affect Candida infections and cutting out foods like fruit, sugar and wheat will effectively starve the patient, but not affect the Candida organism! All human beings live in harmony with millions of yeasts such as Candida which occur naturally on our bodies. If something upsets the balance between the 'good' microorganisms and the potentially 'bad' organisms like Candida, then the Candida starts to flourish and you get infections. Factors that can promote the overgrowth of 'bad' microorganisms like Candida are stress, hormone treatments, antibiotics, obesity, etc. It may be useful for your dr to test a swab of your infection (e.g. the vagina, mouth, etc) to see which type of Candida you suffer from as different strains react to different antifungal preparations. It helps to use probiotics or 'good microorganisms' like Acidoforte by mouth and Vagiforte by vagina (buy at health shops) to help combat the Candida. Combine this with anti-fungal treatment as prescribed by your dr and a normal balanced diet.
Hope you soon feel better
DietDoc
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