Your Questions Answered: Chronic Diarrhea, Chronic Candida BV & Yeast Eczema

Question: My GI Doctor is prescribing Xifaxan for chronic diarrhea. How will this affect Candidiasis? My stool test didn’t show anything abnormal except for an excess of white blood cells. I have had Candidiasis in the past and have multiple symptoms again. Thank you.

Rifaximin is an oral antibiotic used to treat Traveler’s diarrhea. This condition is primarily caused by enterococci bacteria, with E. coli being the most common culprit. The prevalence of enterococci bacteria in cases of chronic diarrhea is linked to low microbiota diversity. Microbial diversity plays a crucial role in maintaining a balance between commensal and pathogenic bacteria, as well as regulating the immune system. Rifaximin is a widely prescribed antibiotic for E. coli infections due to its targeted impact on enterococci bacteria, thereby safeguarding the diversity of the intestinal microbiota.

However, the use of this antibiotic has been found to elevate the risk of Candida infections (PMID: 34180023). Taking Rifaximin can consequently heighten the susceptibility to Candida overgrowth. Previously, enterococci were solely regarded as pathogens. Nevertheless, many of these bacteria, such as lactic acid bacteria including Lactobacillus, have probiotic effects. They ferment sugars, producing lactic acid that reduces intestinal pH and inhibits the growth of yeasts like Candida. Since Candida thrives in a higher pH environment and feeds on sugar, the presence of probiotic bacteria like Lactobacillus is vital, as they directly compete with Candida.

Despite the potential for E. coli and other enterococci to become pathogenic, the majority function as commensal bacteria similar to lactic acid bacteria. Thus, Rifaximin can inadvertently diminish these beneficial populations, leading to dysbiosis. This disruption creates an opportunity for opportunistic pathogens like Candida to cause harm. If symptoms suggestive of Candida infection arise, such as headaches, muscle weakness, joint pain, tingling sensations, chronic fatigue, food allergies, intolerances, sugar cravings, constipation, acid reflux, and bloating, immediate action is crucial. Antimicrobial therapy such as CanXida Remove, coupled with a low-sugar anti-Candida diet, is recommended to counter Candida overgrowth.

In managing Candida-related symptoms, eliminating sugars from fruits, dairy, grains, starches, and processed foods is paramount. However, meat, seafood, and vegetables are deemed safe within the Candida diet. Collaborating with a naturopath is advised for further guidance. CanXida Remove offers a blend of evidence-based antifungals, including caprylic acid, oregano oil, black walnut extract, and garlic extract. Chronic diarrhea is indicative of dysbiosis, and employing antibiotics like Rifaximin can exacerbate microbial diversity loss. Reintroducing beneficial gut microbes like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria through supplements like CanXida Restore is vital to creating an inhospitable environment for Candida growth.

CanXida Restore comprises six probiotic strains, notably Lactobacillus acidophilus, supported by extensive probiotic evidence. These strains produce acidophilin, which inhibits yeast growth. Additionally, the supplement includes seven digestive enzymes to enhance nutrient breakdown and absorption while mitigating digestive symptoms linked to Candida. Importantly, CanXida Restore is meticulously formulated without prebiotic fibers. In a balanced microbiome, prebiotics nourish bacteria; however, in dysbiosis, they can fuel Candida growth. Integrating these two formulas as part of an anti-Candida regimen is imperative to restore diversity and regain equilibrium within the gut.

Question: I’m currently on a diet to get rid of chronic candida and BV that I’ve had for the past 2 years. Cottage cheese and avocado oil are both approved on the list I have but I didn’t see them on your list. Thoughts on those foods? Are they okay or not?

Avocado oil is safe to enjoy in a low sugar anti-Candida diet. Avocado oil like olive oil is packed with antioxidants that help combat the oxidative stress caused by yeast overgrowth. Avocado oil has a higher smoke point which makes it more suitable for cooking but olive oil has an antioxidant called oleuropein, which has anti-fungal properties and stimulates a healthy immune system.

In general oils are safe to consume but it is still a good idea to limit seed oils like canola and sunflower due to their omega 6 content which makes them more inflammatory. Instead choose extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and flaxseed oil which have a better fat profile.

One issue with dairy is that it contains lactose. Lactose is a type of sugar that can feed Candida which is why most dairy is off-limits in the Candida diet. Fresh cheeses like cottage cheese contain more lactose than mature cheeses because fermentation in aged cheeses converts lactose into lactic acid. However aged cheeses also have high levels of yeast which is why in general all kinds of cheeses should be avoided.

The only dairy that is safe to consume on a Candida diet is ghee which is clarified butter that does not contain lactose and is easily digested. It also has butyric acid which can naturally inhibit Candida growth. Look for cheese alternatives made from coconut or almond which are safer to consume on a Candida diet, just make sure they have no added sugars and/or starches.

Question: I have been to a herbalist, 2x naturopaths, functional medicine and my son is still struggling majorly with yeast over growth and eczema.. Do you have any recommendations at all as to how I can help him. We have done digestive enzyme, Gratefruit seed extract, oregano oil and also other potions the naturopath and herbalist have given us and he is still struggling big time. He is really itchy in the groin area, behind knees and all over neck and face.

We recommend you you get stool testing done and then have your doctor review the report and then proceed forward.

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