Candida Infection Is a Primary Cause of Psoriasis Symptoms
Recent clinical and experimental data favor the role of intestinal Candidiasis in psoriasis. One study compared the presence of Candida albicans in the saliva and feces of psoriasis patients to a control group. They proved that Candida is one of the psoriasis causes, and that a Candida treatment program should be used along side any other psoriasis treatment.
What is Candida?
Candida is a fungus who lives in your bowels, when it takes the upper hand, it can eat holes in your bowels causing large chunks (relatively) of your food to pass into your bloodstream, where it gets attacked by your immune system causing IgG-allergies.
Candida are single-celled organisms that usually reside in the mucosal lining. Yeast can grow out of the single-cell form and into a fungal form. The fungal form grows root-like tentacles (hyphae) that drill deep into the mucosal lining, poking ‘holes’ in the gut.
Bacteria help digest our food. But some are referred to as “bad” bacteria because they excrete waste products that are somewhat toxic and cause an inflammatory reaction. There are several ways of dealing with this.
Researchers have actually shown that Candida causes all the changes in the skin characteristic of psoriasis. When Candida is injected into the skin of an experimental animal, the skin lesions of psoriasis, including scaling and thickening, develop.
A study in 1997 analyzed more than 40,000 psoriasis patients and showed that patients with atopic dermatitis and psoriasis had elevated levels of Candida in the intestines. The analysis showed that Candida colonization in the digestive tract can be one of the psoriasis causes.
The authors of this study suggest that the scaling is a defense against the Candida. For some complicated reasons of experimental design, the authors stop short of saying Candida is the cause of psoriasis.
Anti-fungal’s were shown to cure 7 out of 9 patients with psoriasis of the palms. Another study looked at patients with scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Yeasts were found in half of the tongue cultures and in 1/8th of the scalp scales. Nearly three quarters of the patients had massive yeast colonization in their stool specimens!. Further proof that Candida is one of the psoriasis causes.
In conclusion: Get your Candida/yeast infection under control and your psoriasis symptoms will vanish!
How can you eliminate the Candida infection that is fueling your psoriasis symptoms?
1. Anti-Candida diet
The most common natural approach to treating Candida for those with psoriasis is an anti-Candida diet in conjunction with some form of anti-yeast supplement.
Without strict adherence to the following diet, no anti-Candida drug or treatment will succeed.
Dr Bruce Semon outlines the best diet that I would recommend in his book Feast Without Yeast: 4 Stages To Better Health.
What does the anti-Candida diet involve?
Basically, the Candida diet involves eliminating all foods that contribute to yeast growth, and at the same time do not harm the beneficial bacteria that are found in the intestinal tract. In other words, to clear the yeast from your system, you will have to abstain from ingesting all products that contain any yeast and all foods that encourage the continued growth of yeast.
It is especially vital to avoid all forms of sweeteners. When you eat sugars, it feeds the fungus which causes your body to ‘overreact’ or become inflamed. Your immune system attacks fungus around your entire body including the skin.
Eliminating or reducing substances that promote intestinal permeability also promotes intestinal healing. This includes avoiding antibiotics, no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, pesticides, herbicides, and meat contaminated with hormones.
2. Take a good quality anti-Candida supplement
A highly recommended product is Caproil – CaprylicAcid produced by Inno-Vite Inc.
Caprylic acid is a natural substance, a fatty acid, but it is totally lethal to Candida . It is available over the counter and appears to be equal to nystatin in effectiveness. However, it is not known to produce the sensitivity side-effects of the nystatin drugs. Of the caprylic acid products on the market, CAPRYLIC ACID, KAPRICIDIN-A and ORITHRUSH, when used together, appear to be the most effective by virtue of their capacity to address the entire digestive tract.
Other natural aids in the fight against Candida are garlic and PAU D’ ARCO (or Taheebo) tea, both believed to have natural fungicidal properties. Garlic is preferably taken raw, but may be effectively utilized in capsule form in a product by the name of Pharmex Garlic Freeze Dried available in most health food stores. Quercitin, an extract of grapefruit seed, has also been shown to be of particular value.
3. Take a good quality digestive enzyme supplement product
Digestive enzymes can be beneficial in gut healing, control of yeast in the gut, and with autoimmune diseases.
Digestive enzymes may be extremely helpful with leaky gut situations because they tackle the problem on several fronts. Enzymes break down the food particles so they do not exist as larger particles that will physically irritate the gut lining or activate the immune system. Plant or microbe (fungal)-based enzymes are especially effective because they do much of this breakdown in the stomach before the food even enters the intestines, a good 60 to 90 minutes before pancreatic enzymes emerge on the scene. Then, by breaking the food down, enzymes are also freeing the individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients so the body can use them as the raw materials it needs as well as releasing the energy from your food.
A highly recommended digestive enzyme supplement product is Serrapeptase.
Serrapeptase is a proteolytic enzyme isolated from the micro-organism, Serratia E15. This enzyme is naturally present in the silkworm intestine and is processed commercially today through fermentation of plant grown enzymes suitable for vegetarians. This immunologically active enzyme is completely bound to the alpha 2 macroglobulin in biological fluids. Histologic studies reveal powerful anti-inflammatory effects of this naturally occurring enzyme.
4. Take Probiotics
Take a good probiotic product in order to create a more healthy intestinal flora. There is always an intestinal problem associated with psoriasis. Psoriasis starts in the intestines when toxins seep through the intestine walls and enter back into the system and eventually out through the skin.
Probiotics include tablets containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Propionibacterium freudenreichii, shermanii, and Bifidobacterium bifidum.
Probiotics are one of the best ways to introduce healthy bacteria and yeast into your digestive tract where they can help you build your immune system so that your body can overcome the yeast infection.They also help you digest food, get rid of toxins, and fight inflammation that leads to psoriasis.
Oral supplementation with friendly bacteria help restore intestinal permeability. Substances known as probiotics supply these friendly bacteria. The recommended dosage is 6-18 billion bacteria used three times daily. Added polysaccharides in these preparations also offer benefits.