Is Your Eczema Caused By Candida?

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Candida albicans (C. albicans), yeast, the root of all evil. Okay not exactly, but in the world of disease, too much yeast in the body appears to be at the root of many of the ailments that we deal with today. As a matter of fact, this ties into my previous post about having too much acid (forming foods) in the diet. When you unwrap most of the diseases plaguing us today, skin included, and compare symptoms as well as prescribed treatments, candida is there, hanging out at the root.

It isn’t often presented that way; and while, it may not be the single cause, it is most certainly the genesis of subsequent issues that arise from Candida overload. These issues are treated with various anti-inflammatory drugs and such but it seems we are not realizing that the gaping hole in our healing process, has to do with killing the fungus and flushing it out of the body’s systems. A manageable task albeit a long process. It can be done, and for many, it can be done holistically but you’ll want to consult a naturopathic practitioner; he or she will help you to focus on a solution versus just a treatment. It is understood that sometimes the symptoms are so uncomfortable and life altering that some form of treatment is required in lieu of a solution. I am not suggesting anything less than 1.) comfort, 2) solution. Let’s get back to the issue.

The fungal pathogen Candida albicans (C. albicans), is what causes yeast infections, diaper rashes and oral thrush. It’s part of the gut’s (gastrointestinal tract) normal flora and is well-regulated by the immune system. However, when the immune system is compromised, the fungus can spread beyond the GI tract and cause a life-threatening infection of the blood called disseminated candidiasis. Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections in humans2.

The signs and symptoms of candidiasis can include (but are not limited to):

Brain fog Digestive Issues Blood Sugar Spikes Skin Inflammation
(Acne, Eczema, etc.)
Depression Acid Reflux Sinus infections Recurring UTIs
Memory loss Gut Inflammation Joint Pain Recurring Yeast Infections
Extreme Mood Swings Chronic Fatigue Arthritis Skin, Hair & Nail Infections
Headaches Irritable Bowels Weak Muscles Toenail Fungus
Constipation Food Intolerances Chronic Bloating Ringworm
Eczema* Psoriasis*  Cracked Heels
What is the point?

Many of you are dealing with some form of skin troubles like eczema, psoriasis and other forms of dermatitis and quite possibly some of the above symptoms but you haven’t been able to connect the dots or find relief. As a maker of holistically centered skin care, I am often presented with questions concerning various skin issues. I am not a doctor but people come to me looking for soaps, lotions and butters without fragrance oil and other ingredients that may trigger an inflammatory outbreak. Others are hoping to find some relief, as they are tired of wasting money and they want something that will work.

However, topicals are only a small part of the equation. Typically chronic skin issues are related to an imbalance in the body, that likely began in the gut. What I find works best to address skin issues, is a systematic detox approach; not all at once but a series of steps should be taken to restore the body back to health. It is a process and it will require commitment to the cause.

What I endeavor to do with this blog is get you to think of your skin as a component of the big picture, your body as a whole. Skin is an organ, the largest at that. Usually what is happening at the skin level is an effect of disorder within. I hope to point you all in the direction of whole body health. In that I mean getting to the root of the issue to improve your overall quality of life now and in the future. It goes well beyond skin issues; those are the uncomfortable signs of an even greater problem. Candida is a big deal and Candidiasis is certainly life threatening.

There is a plethora of solid information from trusted sources available all over the web on this topic. My personal favorite is the National Library of Medicine. However, as time is a rare commodity for most of you, I will begin gathering information, organizing it and sharing it with you. In the meantime, please take advantage of the beneficial discussions held by real people with real experiences to share in one of my favorite online forums: https://www.earthclinic.com/. You’ll thank me for it!

I am choosing not to use this post to discuss how to attack candida because it is such an in-depth conversation and best had with a naturopathic practitioner; however, consider this: restoring order to your skin and your body as a whole will most certainly require a regimen to address the following:

  1. Starve it: candida feeds on excess sugars and carbohydrates, cutting back will slow down its growth. There is a safe and natural herb called Gymnema that block sugar absorption and inhibits the growth of Candida1
  2. Kill it: natural anti-fungal foods like raw garlic and cold-pressed coconut oil3 reduce the amount of Candida in the gut. Adding these to the diet will help to kill the fungus. Garlic is a great blood tonic, with anti-fungal properties, but use caution if you are taking blood thinners as garlic itself acts like a blood thinner and too much garlic can increase your risk for bleeding during or after surgery. It may also interact with blood-thinning medications.
  3. Detox & Cleanse: detoxifying the body’s systems is necessary to physically remove some of the Candida colonies and biofilms, in addition to cleaning out the digestive tract.
  4. Diet: you’ll want to develop a new ‘normal’ way of eating to support a diet profile that is lower in sugar and refined carbohydrates. You also need to re-populate your gut with good bacteria Yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented foods help with this in addition to a good probiotic that can survive passage through the gastrointestinal tract for effectiveness.
What Can You Do RIGHT Now?

Add a little apple cider vinegar (ACV) to your day. ACV is one of nature’s strongest antibiotics. It can kill just about every fungus, bacteria, virus and protozoa it comes into contact with. Not only does ACV help to kill the fungus, it also helps to recolonize the intestines with friendly bacteria. How: Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink before every meal. Topical: You can also make a quick solution at a 1:1 ratio of ACV and water. Mix it in a fine mist spray bottle and apply it to dry patches on the skin. It can be used on the scalp as well. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse.

Add some coconut oil to your daily regimen.The caprylic acid in coconut oil is the most effective of the fatty acids in fighting Candida. Caprylic acid inhibits the growth of the yeast cell and eventually destroys it. In fact, it has been shown to work faster than some pharmaceutical anti-fungal drugs.3,4  How: Take 1-2 tablespoons each morning. It can be added to a smoothie, coffee, tea, or just as is. I take it as is with 1/4 tsp of Ceylon cinnamon which possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects. Cinnamon is also considered as an alternative treatment for controlling blood sugar which is befitting if candida is present. Topical: You can also rub virgin coconut oil on the skin. Its antifungal properties can inhibit the fungus on the skin and scalp.

Reduce your intake of yeast containing products (like bread and beer); cut back on carbs, processed and sugar rich foods. Find a way to include more vegetables in your diet. Freshly made green smoothies (not store bought) or fresh pressed vegetable juice will help your body detoxify itself.

Increase your water intake. Some people just don’t get enough plain water, especially if there’s a large intake of alternative beverages. Fresh water helps the body detox by flushing out toxins. I cannot stress this enough. Water is important.

Resources
  1. Kansas State University. “Treat the fungus among us with nontoxic medicinal compound.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130912131803.htm (accessed December 9, 2017).
  2. Raz-Pasteur, A., Ullmann, Y., & Berdicevsky, I. (2011). The Pathogenesis of CandidaInfections in a Human Skin Model: Scanning Electron Microscope Observations. ISRN Dermatology2011, 150642. http://doi.org/10.5402/2011/150642
  3. Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus. “Coconut oil can control overgrowth of a fungal pathogen in GI tract, study in mice suggests.” ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151118125325.htm (accessed December 9, 2017).
  4. Omura Y, O’Young B, Jones M, Pallos A, Duvvi H, Shimotsuura Y. Caprylic acid in the effective treatment of intractable medical problems of frequent urination, incontinence, chronic upper respiratory infection, root canalled tooth infection, ALS, etc., caused by asbestos & mixed infections of Candida albicans, Helicobacter pylori & cytomegalovirus with or without other microorganisms & mercury. Acupunct Electrother Res. 2011;36(1-2):19-64. Review. PubMed PMID: 21830350.

 

Other resources to consider:

  • https://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-symptoms/
BODYTRUTH BLOG eczema series

Is Acid The Cause of Your Eczema?

Where does excess acidity come from?

We’ve been told that the the typical American diet is nutritionally poor. Well it is. That’s because the Western diet is exceptionally high in acid forming foods (meat, grains, dairy, sugar & processed foods). These are also the food groups that are highly subject to hormone treatments, antibiotics and genetic modification as well as synthetic chemicals. Just read the packaging and you’ll see snippets of controversy.

When nutritionists talk about acid- or alkaline-forming foods, they are referring to the effects of the food once ingested and metabolized by the body. You may not know what that means but in a nutshell, the food we consume is what creates an acidic or alkaline body.

High Protein Intake = Increased Acid

Most proteins contain sulphur, as well as phosphorus, within their chemical structures. When metabolized, these substances are broken down into phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid, which must then be neutralized through various chemical reactions in the body. Another by-product of protein metabolism is uric acid. Uric acid has been found to have a major influence on the development of arthritis; in particular, gout.

Because of these toxic by-products of protein metabolism (phosphoric, sulphuric and uric acids), protein rich foods, and especially animal products, are acid-forming. Most grains and dairy products, also high in protein, are also acid-forming.

The Connection

First off, virtually all diseases including dermatitis, allergies, cancer, candida, heart disease, bowel diseases, arthritis (inflammation), osteoporosis, kidney stones, gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. All forms of inflammation are also associated with excess acidity, including inflammation of the skin and joints.

Did you know that disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment?  

What It Means For Your Health

Since we are constantly supplying acids and alkalis to our bodies through the various foods we eat, it is very important that we consider the balance between these two extremes.

If we consume excessive amounts of acid-forming foods, such as animal and dairy products, the body must dip into its alkaline reserves to maintain the proper pH (alkalinity). The kidneys, lungs and entire physiology is overworked in the process of neutralizing the acids from the body. This strain eventually leads to a depletion of buffer salts and the breakdown in the functions of various organs, including the kidneys.

Any food, drug or beverage that is extremely acidic in nature causes the body to utilize alkaline reserves and this process overworks the various organs. Over a period of time, the body eventually is no longer capable of handling this overload and will slowly begin to break down or malfunction. Various organ malfunctions are referred to as “disease,” while the root cause is “too much acid in the body” (acidosis).

How does this tie into eczema / dermatitis?

The short answer is this, you are dealing with inflammation that likely stems from acidosis or a by-product of. The skin is too a major organ, the largest at that, capable of stress like any other organ. Reducing the acid formation in the body; consuming more alkaline foods; and nurturing the gut all go a long way to reducing the potentiality for outbreaks at the skin level.

What you should do…

The short answer, barring any medications and food allergies that are contradictory, is this: focus on consuming more fresh or freshly prepared (not canned) vegetables and fruits, while reducing the ratio of meats, grains (wheat, corn, oats, white rice), dairy, sugars and other soft drinks.

Add into your diet fresh pressed vegetable juices, salads and plenty of water daily.

Many alternative health experts recommend a diet comprised of more alkaline than acid foods. In the book, Staying Healthy with Nutrition, author Elson Haas, M.D. recommends a diet consisting of 70 – 80 % alkaline foods in spring and summer and 65 to 70% in winter months. If you can do it, great. I feel however, attempting to apply a ratio as such to my diet, as accurate as it may be, just over complicates things. That’s why diets don’t work well for people. If it’s too much work, it’s easily abandoned.

The predominant American diet is that of convenience foods primarily. Our busy schedules have somewhat deprived us of time for food preparation and consumption which is why preparation is so necessary. Consuming a greener diet is the way to go and I can tell you as a single mom of two sons with hearty appetites, it can certainly be done.

What I can tell you that has worked in the space of actual application is this:

  1. PLAN: your meals so that ingredients overlap to save time. If you roast a couple of chickens or buy them already roasted chicken (ok), you can use it for lunch and/or dinner for a couple of days while still pulling off a nutritious meal.  
  2. SHOP: the outer perimeter of the market. It’s where all the fresh foods are located. Buy what you need for the week and get on on to step 3.
  3. PREP: I’ve learned in my experience to prep, prep, prep, especially when my children were young. Wash it, peel it, cut it, chop it and pack it for the next step. This is super helpful if you’re adding salads, stir-frys, frittatas or raw juices to your regular rotation.I’ll admit, I dedicate a good portion of time to kitchen prep because I decided when my sons were young, to make wellness a priority. Twelve years later, we’re still going strong! The point is to create a system that does work! Don’t give up easily, it takes time to get into the rhythm of a lifestyle change. It’s worth it. You’re worth it!

The following chart provides a list of alkaline and acid forming foods that can help you decide how to plan your meals. It is NOT all inclusive but you can use it as a guide. I do hope you find it useful.


Stay tuned for follow up posts on this topic.

 



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G.H. Soaps - recommends hibiscus tea

Drink Your Way To Radiant Skin With Herbal Tea

G.H. Soaps and BODYTRUTH brand discusses herbal tea for glowing skin

Herbal tea seems to have taken a back set in our coffee crazed society, but for those seeking to make healthy mind, body changes, tea is a staple. Herbal teas are often naturally decaffeinated, with the exception of some like black and green. Decaffeinated herbal tea blends are made from dried flowers, leaves and roots of anti-oxidant rich, medicinal plants. Beneficial herbal tea blends are often detoxifying and immune boosting which also tends to boost and promote healthy, glowing skin!   

I’m really a lover of a good BOLD roast coffee bean, smooth and rich with hints of chocolate and berries. With that being said, I, like many other Americans, I have been guilty of consuming more than my fair share in a 24-hour period, in part because I’m a hardworking business owner, always a cup-in-hand,  the other is because it’s absolutely delicious! Who can resist it? 

Unfortunately, coffee contains caffeine and while caffeine isn’t all bad, an over-consumption of caffeinated drinks can wreck havoc on your skin, especially if you aren’t consuming the recommended amount of water that your body needs to stay hydrated and flush out toxins.

Caffeine is actually dehydrating and skin needs hydration. Health advisers recommended that for approximately every 100 milligrams of caffeine you consume – for instance, the approximate amount in one cup of coffee or two cups of black tea – you should drink an additional cup of water to compensate for caffeine’s diuretic effect.

Recently, I decided to ditch my morning coffee habit permanently and reach for my favorite earthy teas. Here, I share with you one of my favorite decaffeinated herbal tea blends that you can create at home. It gets skin loving vitamin c from the lemon and hibiscus which lends to glowing, youthful, hydrated skin. Drink this hot or cold. 

*Creating your own loose leaf blends give you more bang for your buck as well.

Hibiscus Tea
BODYTRUTH Skin Tonic

G.H. Soaps - recommends hibiscus tea
  • 1/2 TBSP fresh organic* ginger root
  • 1-2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 TBSP dried hibiscus petals organic* raw honey
  • 6-8 oz hot water

Peel and roughly chop [or grate] the fresh ginger root and add it to your teacup.  

Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, raw honey, and flower petals. Cover with hot water and let steep for 8-10 minutes.

Add more lemon & honey to taste if desired. 

Strain (if preferred).

G.H. Soaps & BODYTRUTH branc Skin Food Image : ginger

Ginger Root has many benefits from digestive support to circulation. It is used for stimulating blood circulation through out the body, which helps the skin to detoxify and regenerate.

G.H. Soaps - lemon

Lemon contains vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps in slowing down the free radical damage in body and promotes a healthy glow.

G.H. Soaps - dried hibiscus flower

Hibiscus Flower is a powerhouse in itself. It is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which exfoliate skin, speed up cell turnover, and help to control acne breakouts. On top of the AHA activity are the antioxidants, anthocyanocides. These not only protect the skin from free radical damage, but have astringent properties that help shrink pores. They have an anti-inflammatory effect as well, which soothe inflamed skin and helps calm conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Blue Detox tea

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