Nutrition for IBS, Reflux and Bloated Stomach Relief

Test for Candida

May 20th, 2014 by

In the past month, a number of patients with suspected Candida overgrowth have come into the clinic. Bloating and abdominal pain, fatigue after eating, diarrhoea or constipation, burping after meals, sweet cravings, lethargy and reflux were among the list of symptoms that they highlighted as symptoms that they wanted to get rid of.

All these patients were also thin, pale and run down. They had been ill for some time and having researched their symptoms on the Internet. They self diagnosed with Candida overgrowth and had started an Anti-Candida diet of no sugar and very little carbs. In each case it was over a year that they had been following a strict diet and felt no better. I mention this for two reasons:

1. The Importance of Running A Test for Candida

Many of the symptoms mentioned, such as bloating, abdominal pain, alternative diarrhoea and constipation, fatigue and reflux are also associated with a number of other possible causes, as discussed on my website. For this reason and considering the patients had been on the extreme diets for over a year and not seen any improvement, I suggested running a Comprehensive Stool test and saliva test for Candida. The results were varied but only one patient had confirmed yeast overgrowth and in this case the yeast found was not Candida. The other two patients were identified to have both an imbalance of beneficial to pathogenic bacteria and also overgrowth of parasites. Aside from identifying the cause of these digestive problems, the other benefit of the tests is the Sensitivity test. This test is performed when either yeast or pathogenic bacteria or parasites are found. It tests the efficacy of various prescribed and herbal antibiotics or anti-fungal agents. This ensures that your Anti-Candida Plan includes the most effective medications and herbs to help eradicate the unwanted bacteria, yeast or parasite.

2. The Importance of Choosing The Right Anti-Candida Plan

Fungi need to have a source of carbohydrates to live on. Their first choice is carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars, like table sugars or fruit sugar (fructose). The more sugars they have available, the better they thrive. For this reason it is advisable to avoid simple sugars found in products like sweets, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, ice-cream, fruit yoghurts, cordials, fizzy drinks and fruit juices.

Be warned though, extreme diets; which reduce not only the simple sugars but also the complex carbohydrates (wholegrain bread, brown rice, starchy vegetables etc) for weeks or even months, may lead to malnutrition. Fungi can adapt to use proteins as a food source so it is very hard to simply starve the fungi and tackle it through diet alone.

It is more effective to promote full body health rather than fighting symptoms using diet and tested anti-fungal agents. 
A healthy intestinal immune system is the best tool you have to fight against fungal overgrowth (for example candida).
 So a good anti-candida plan should strengthen your gut immunity and general health in order to combat fungal overgrowth and the associated GI (gastro intestinal) problems and other symptoms such as anxiety, poor concentration, fatigue and cravings.

Mercy Hospital’s Gastroenterology Services Get Expanded

October 11th, 2013 by

Anyone suffering from bloating, reflux, alternating diarrhoea and constipation, stomach pain or cramps may ask themselves “Where do I go to get gastroenterology services in Cork?” Well, one of the answers to that question is Mercy Hospital. The good news is that the Mercy Hospital’s Gastroenterology Services are being expanded to cope with demand. The quicker you are diagnosed and find out what is causing your digestive discomfort the quicker you can do something about it, find the right foods or nutrition plan to suit you and socialise without a worry. Here’s to lots more happy and healthy guts!