by Zemas Madhouse Foods
Mar 2015

Are you affected by Candida Albicans (or overgrowth)? Most people are! What is Candida overgrowth? Candida is a benign sugar-fermenting yeast that is typically harmless as a single celled fungus. It resides largely in the digestive tract and is a large part of the intestines ecology in small amounts. Fungi, in correct balance with good bacteria, aid in digestion and synthesis of vitamins and enzymes. Fungi actually exists everywhere, we come in contact with it everyday, from things we touch to air we breath, it’s primarily in things we eat. When it overgrows it becomes parasitic in nature. Then it takes root in our tissue in the mycelia form and colonizes. The result is chronic inflammation which contributes to degenerative disease and a myriad of health issues. It’s estimated that 80% of all Americans suffer with chronic Candida.

So what causes Candida overgrowth?

  1. Mushrooms and sushi introduce other parasitic organisms as well.
  2. Antibiotics, which can kill off good bacteria, allow for an overgrowth of Candida.
  3. Stress can boost the Candida overgrowth factor as well as immune suppressive drugs like chemotherapy, steroids, synthetic estrogen and progesterone, birth control pills and xenoestrogens.
  4. Mercury fillings actually cause an anti-biotic effect.
  5. Acid blocking medications such as Tums and Prilosec, which block absorption of vitamin B, folate and zinc(which is critical for normal cellular immunity) also affect Candida overgrowth.

As we get older fungus can become more prevalent as we have decreasing digestive enzymes and Hydrochloric acid (HCL).

The problem is a catch 22- Candida overgrowth consumes your nutrients, oxidizing the essential fatty acids and leaves toxins in their place. It’s parasitical so it will live off all the good nutrients and minerals like Pac Man. Woman are 8 times more likely to have a Candida overgrowth issue than men. So how do we know if we have it and what can we do about Candida overgrowth? It’s a bit overwhelming so get ready for this!

Symptoms are:

  1. Anxiety, depression, irrational fears, panic, irritability, sleep disturbances.
  2. Constipation, bloating, digestive distress, heartburn, acid reflux, nausea.
  3. Food cravings and food sensitivities.
  4. Asthma, sore throat, sinus issues, thrush, bad breath.
  5. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes, athletes foot, toenail and or fingernail fungus, dandruff.
  6. Confusion, forgetfulness, fuzzy thinking, brain fog, headaches and migraines.
  7. PMS, sexual problems, vaginal yeast, cystitis, puffiness, allergies, chemical sensitivities,
  8. Chronic fatigue, swollen joints, gout, weight gain.

I know you can say many people present with these issues and not just one issue per person. Yes that is correct and that is why this is such an epidemic! It is imperative to control your Candida overgrowth! Candida overgrowth releases toxins into the bloodstream causing chronic inflammation which can cause:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Neurological damage

Candida overgrowth is toxic waste which affects the Central Nervous System, interferes with hormone metabolism (Pituitary, Thyroid, Adrenal), and increases blood alcohol levels (Brain fog symptoms). Beta-Alanine is released when proteins are digested by Candida which lowers the amino acid, Taurine. Taurine is important for Magnesium and Potassium to get into your cells as well as binding and removing toxins from the liver. Elevated Beta-Alanine has been linked to development of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

How to control Candida overgrowth:

  • Probiotics like UltraFlora Spectrum
  • Multivitamin/Omega 3 like PhtoMulti Capsules
  • Digestive Enzymes like Omegagenics EPA-DHA
  • Fiber Supplements 
  • Vitamin D like D3 Liquid
  • Essential Oils like Lemon, Malaleuca, Oregano, Clove, Cinnamon, and Thyme
  • Yeast Cleanses & Antifungals like S. Boulardii and Yeast Enzymes
  • Regular deep cleansing of all elimination systems (Liver, kidney, lungs, colon, lymph nodes, blood and skin)

Dena Mendes is a licensed and certified Health Coach, Holistic yoga instructor, Holistic Chef and Pranic healer. She received her degree in broadcast journalism and public health from Arizona State University, has attended prestigious alternative health programs at Harvard and Northwestern Universities and holds a Doctor of Naturopathy degree. For more information, please visit Dr. Dena at