Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort and bloating. But, there may be a hidden connection that triggers your next IBS flare-up.
There have been cases where candida and IBS sufferers have found relief from both conditions through a single treatment. Candida symptoms are often similar to IBS. They include:
|IBS Symptoms||Yeast Infection Symptoms|
|Changes in bowel function: Diarrhea or Constipation||Changes in bowel function: Diarrhea or Constipation|
|Intestinal Gas/Bloating||Intestinal Gas/Bloating|
|Mucus in the stools||Mucus in the stools|
|Food Allergies/Food Sensitivities||Food Allergies/Food Sensitivities|
|Dysbiosis (Disbalance in intestinal flora; excess of bad bacteria)||Dysbiosis (Disbalance in intestinal flora; excess of bad bacteria)|
|Fatigue and Feeling Drained||Fatigue and Feeling Drained|
|Depression, Anxiety, Irritability||Depression, Anxiety, Irritability|
Standard Medical Treatments
The standard prescriptions for a yeast infection include nystatin, diflucan and nizoral.These medications can effectively suppress yeast infections, but they may only be a temporary fix if an underlying cause is not dealt with. This may include food allergies, moldy foods, drugs, birth control pills. If these potential culprits aren’t addressed, once medications are discontinued, the yeast infection may come back.
This isn’t just empty rhetoric. I have observed this phenomena in a number of my own patients.
What is a Yeast-Free Diet?
With people who suffer from candida symptoms, the yeast that occurs naturally in their gut grows to unhealthy levels, which throws off the balance of good and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract. A yeast-free diet attempts to remove these excess levels of Candida Albicans.
While there are most likely variances in yeast-free diets, one example is to start off with a detox phase where you cleanse the system of the toxic byproducts of candida. You can use anti-microbial herbs to help revers the imbalance.
Yeast benefits from high sugar, alcohol and simple carbohydrate intake.
Foods to Avoid:
- Processed Meat and Fish (hot dogs, sausages, pastrami, corned beef).
- All Fruit Juices, Dry Fruits and Fresh Fruits (except berries).
- Coffee and Tea (except Pau d’arco tea).
- Fermented foods and alcohol (beer, wine, vodka, rum, vinegar, cider, root beer).
- Mushrooms, Melons, Peanuts and Pistachios.
- All Grains and Cold Cereal (wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn).
- Sugars (any sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses. fructose, maltose, glucose, sorbitol).
- Baked goods (breads, muffins, cakes, cookies, pastries).
- Cheese (cheddar, swiss, cream cheese, cottage cheese, macaroni&cheese plus any food containing cheese).
Foods to eat:
- Meat (chicken, lamb, turkey, veal)
- Fish ( salmon, cod, flounder, halibut, shrimp)
- Vegetables ( celery, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, sprouts, asparagus)
- Fruits ( blueberries, blackberries, raspberry, avocado)
- Eggs ( free- range boiled or poached)
- Dairy (plain yogurt with live bacteria: lactobacillus bulgaricus, streptococcus thermophilus)
- Nuts (not roasted or salted, just raw – almonds, cashews, filberts)
- Seeds (raw – sunflower, pumpkin)
- Oils ( extra -virgin, cold pressed olive oil)
- Beverages ( filtered water and pau d’arco tea)
Consume raw garlic with every meal.
I provided here general dietary guidelines, which I use for my patients with IBS. However, some people can have a hidden food allergy to some commonly eaten foods like eggs, shrimp, nuts. Those allergies can easily be detected by doing IgG4 Food Allergy Test.