• Dr. Caroline Ricker

Fighting Fungus. Kick Candida to the curb!

Last week we talked all about the fungi Candida. It’s especially relevant this time of year given the fact that Candida feeds on sugar, and we all know that the holidays are a celebration of all things sweet.

We learned that Candida (and other yeasts and fungi) are normal to find in our bodies and that it’s only when their growth starts to get out of control that we can start having health issues because of them. The problem is that most of the symptoms, such as tummy troubles, fatigue and inflammation, can happen from so many causes that people often go with undiagnosed Candida overgrowth for years.

Having seen so many cases of Candida infection in my early years in practice, I was really motivated to find out just what caused these little buggers to get themselves out of control, and what might be the best ways to get them back on track. It took years of careful research to figure out the best ways to help themmost people, but I have finally developed a streamline protocol to help those with Candida get their lives back.

So what causes Candida to start growing out of control in the first place? There are quite a few common cause actually, including but not necessarily limited to:

- Antibiotic Use (especially frequent use or long duration)

- Steroid Use (oral, topical or injection)

- Oral Contraceptive Use, especially long term

- Diabetes

- High Sugar Diet

- Weakened Immune System

- Excessive Stress

That fact that your average person could usually tick off more than one of these boxes should give you some idea how pervasive a problem Candida can be.

So what to do?

In the next few paragraphs I’m going to outline the basics of my Anti-Candida Protocol. If you think you might have a Candida infection, I highly recommend looking in to the full protocol I’ve created, and working together with a functional medicine doctor who can look at your body individually and recommend the exact right supplements for you and support you on your journey.

The best news about this protocol is that it’s short and sweet. Well, actually it’s not sweet at all, but we’ll get into that in a minute. However, it is short in the scheme of most dietary protocols. The majority of people I see notice dramatic changes in just 30 days of carefully following the protocol you’re about to read about below.

Dr. Caroline’s Candida Protocol – 3 Steps

1. Avoid foods that feed Candida – in case you didn’t know, Candida is a bigger sugar addict than your three year old. It greedily feeds off all things carbohydrate from processed grains like bread and white rice, to refined sugars like sweets and sugary beverages. Even fruits can be a problem during the elimination stage of the protocol. Avoiding these types of foods is the absolute first step to eliminating Candida overgrowth. Not matter how many awesome supplements you take, it will be a slow road to recovery if you keep throwing gas on the fire.

2. Eat foods that help your body balance. – food full of non-sugary fiber, like vegetables, are great for getting the gut back in balance. Adding in foods that naturally fight fungal issues such as coconut and apple cider vinegar will also speed the process along, getting you that much closer to feeling great again!

3. Use natural supplements to knock down Candida levels fast! – While each person is different, and as a doctor I do tweak individual recommendations, I do find that there are a few key things that pretty much all people respond to when it comes to getting fungal overgrowth under control. What we need is a solid anti-fungal supplement, a digestive clean up supplement, and a really good quality pro-biotic. The idea here is that as we kill off the excess Candida, we need something to come and clean up behind it, and then the probiotics to fill in the gaps left in its absence.

Sounds easy right?! It is! If you’re super interested in learning the protocol I’d be more than happy to share it with you here! Or, feel free to reach out to us and find out how we can help you get on the road to relief!

Dr. Caroline Ricker has been passionately helping people avoid unnecessary medications and surgeries since 2009. She combines a very logical functional medicine approach to digestive disorders and more using a more alternative holistic approach, utilizing standard lab tests and in-office evaluations as well as nutrition, acupuncture and homeopathy.

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