Eczema and Candida
Candida is a naturally occurring fungus that lives in our intestinal. Ideally, it’s presence is kept to a minimum by the presence of beneficial bacteria. Candida feeds on the sugars in our intestines. However, due to the many foods and products in the Western culture that contain large amounts of carbohydrates, sugars, and high PH, the natural levels of Candida often get out of hand.
Here is another look at what foods can help create an internal environment which is ideal for Candida proliferation:
Acidic foods also help set the scene, such as:
Essentially, anything that comes in a box, bag, or bottle should be suspect as something that can create or exacerbate a Candida imbalance. Eat foods as they occur in Nature if you want to be on the safe side, and avoid the naturally occurring sugars that exist in many fruits and even some vegetables (yams, juiced beets and carrots, sweet squashes, for example).
Many women think that just because they don’t get yeast infections that they do not have a problem with Candida. What most don’t realize, however, is that vaginal yeast infections can be a fairly superficial level of imbalance. Many women will say that they used to get yeast infections years ago, but not anymore. Here is one possible reason why: Because, if the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections go without getting proper treatment (of changing PH and blood sugar levels), the pathogen goes deeper in…to the organs and eventually into the Blood. Vaginal yeast infections are certainly not the only way of detecting yeast overgrowth.
Often times Candida simply begins as a yeast infection, or gas and bloating with digestion. This is usually when it is in the fungal growth phase. However, what can occur is that, after a period of time, this fungus can grow into a root-like structure, which can eventually permeate through the intestinal wall. The fissure that it creates is what we often call Chrone’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The fissure in the intestinal wall creates the ability for undigested protiens from the intestines to pass through the wall directly into the bloodstream and then the Liver. The Liver, being unused to these “foreign” particles of undigested food, reacts. This reaction is usually in the form of histamine responses to protiens that never bothered the individual before. This can happen in the form of repiratory allergies, skin allergies, food allergies, or all of the above simultaneously. Again, a myriad of symptoms are possible, with each patient being slightly different, with each cause varying, and each cure unique.
Another way that Candida Albicens can present itself is by the appearance of eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin ailments. There are several different reasons for this.
Because the skin has a very strong connection to the Large Intestine as well as the Lungs (in Chinese medicine, we call the skin the third lung, and in our medicine the Large Intestines and Lungs are a considered paired organs), we can understand why intestinal imbalances might reflect outwardly on the skin. Similarly, the health of the lungs also plays a role in skin moisture, suppleness, and radiance.
Since Candida can often be a culprit in skin disorders, we must always look and see what is going on with the health of the Intestines. Is everything being assimilated, eliminated and absorbed? Are all the necessary beneficial bacteria’s residing there? Are there any bacteria and fungi present that shouldn’t be? Since the Liver is also in charge of purifying the blood, skin problems due to impurities in the system can also be reflected (and cleansed) through the skin. So, using the example above, we saw the potential of the Lungs, Large Intestine, and Liver as possible participants in skin disharmonies. Beyond that, these three organs can easily act like domino’s, affecting the other organ systems that surround them. There are other similar interactive scenarios possible involving the Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, and so on.
In general, Candida should always be considered as one possible cause when a person presents with skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis. Treatment of Candida can be a long process, as this fungus is very hearty and can mutate, relocate, and shift it’s behaviors to accommodate diet changes and treatments. Cleansing is usually indicated, along with dietary changes, and at best, herbal medicine applied. (Please do not attempt a cleansing program without the supervision of a qualified practitioner, as not everyone will need the same type of cleanse.)
This may be a good time to reiterate that, even with Candida, each person will present with varying types. Some will have cold constitutions, some will be hot, some will require cleansing herbs, some will require nourishing herbs. The best way to begin treating yourself before seeing a knowledgeable practitioner is to cut back on sugars, high doses of carbohydrates, processed foods, acidic foods, and to introduce pro-biotics into the intestines.