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5 Things To Know About Candida and Thyroid Health

Although some people enjoy reading longer articles and blog posts, others are interested in learning the most important points.  And so every now and then I will be releasing a “5 things to know” blog post.  With this post I will choose a topic that has interested my email subscribers in the past, and I’ll discuss five things you should know about this specific topic.  This blog post will focus on five things you need to know about Candida overgrowth.

So let’s get started…

1. Many people with Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis have a Candida overgrowth.  It’s very common for people with thyroid and autoimmune thyroid conditions to have an overgrowth of Candida.  And while some healthcare professionals frequently do testing for Candida, others will look for signs and symptoms of a yeast overgrowth and then treat based on these symptoms.  I fall somewhere in between, as while I do like testing to confirm that someone has a Candida overgrowth, doing so can be expensive if you’re paying out of pocket.  And while many people will get tested for Candida antibodies in the blood, it’s possible to have a false negative.  In other words, negative Candida antibodies in the blood don’t rule out a Candida overgrowth.  As a result, some people choose not to test and simply follow an anti-Candida diet, and perhaps take some natural antifungal agents.  Some of the signs and symptoms of a Candida overgrowth include brain fog, sweet cravings, gas and bloating, fatigue, dizziness, skin conditions, bad breath, and a thick white coating of the tongue.  Keep in mind that not everyone who has a Candida overgrowth will experience all of these signs and symptoms I listed.

2. Organic acids testing is a great method of testing for a Candida overgrowth.  Although blood and stool are probably the two most popular methods of testing for Candida by clinicians, I find that organic acids testing is the most accurate.  False negatives seem to be more common with blood and stool testing.  Organic acids testing is a urine test that assesses certain urine metabolites, and while there are a few different companies that offer this test, Great Plains Labs has the advantage of testing for oxalate metabolites.  Oxalates are found in certain foods, but they are also byproducts of yeast and mold.  And so in addition to looking at the yeast and fungal metabolites on an organic acids test such as arabinose, one can also get an idea of the severity of the Candida infection by looking at the level of oxalate metabolites.  And while eating foods high in oxalates such as spinach, nuts, soy, and raspberries can cause an increase in these oxalate metabolites, if someone has very high levels of arabinose and oxalate metabolites then this is usually a good indication of a moderate to severe Candida overgrowth.

3. Avoiding fruit and fermented foods isn’t always necessary when dealing with a Candida overgrowth.  Of course everyone with a Candida overgrowth (and even those without this problem) should avoid refined sugars, and until you have resolved the Candida overgrowth problem it is also a good idea to avoid some natural sugars such as honey and maple syrup. With regards to fruit, I have found that many people who have a mild to moderate case of Candida overgrowth can eat one or two servings of low sugar fruit on a daily basis without a problem.  On the other hand, those with a more severe Candida infection might need to completely avoid fruit.

As for fermented foods, although some sources recommend for those with Candida overgrowth to avoid all fermented foods, in my experience most people with a Candida overgrowth can eat some of these foods.  This is especially true with regards to eating fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles.  If someone also has small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) then these foods might be problematic, but otherwise they usually don’t cause problems for those dealing with a Candida overgrowth.  On the other hand, the microbial community of kombucha consists of not only bacteria, but strains of yeast as well, including Candida albicans (1).  As a result, it is wise for those with a Candida overgrowth problem to avoid drinking kombucha.

4. Candida can be a factor in thyroid autoimmunity.  As for whether Candida is a direct trigger for autoimmunity, this remains controversial.  In a past article I wrote entitled “Candida and Thyroid Autoimmunity” I discussed how there is evidence that Candida can result in an increase in proinflammatory cytokines, which are increased in autoimmunity.  I also mentioned a few studies that showed evidence of Candida causing an increase in autoantibodies, although there is no evidence I’m aware of which specifically shows a link between Candida and the autoimmune thyroid conditions Graves’ Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.  An increase in intestinal permeability (a leaky gut) is a factor in autoimmunity, and even if Candida isn’t a direct trigger of autoimmunity, it can be a factor in autoimmunity by increasing intestinal permeability.

5. Rotating antifungal supplements and herbs can be effective for tough cases of Candida.  There are a lot of natural agents that have antifungal activity.  This includes oregano oil, caprylic acid, berberine, garlic, saccharomyces boulardii, golden seal, uva ursi, olive leaf, and black walnut.  And while taking one or more of these agents on a daily basis can help with the eradication of yeast, with tough cases you might need to rotate these.  So for example, one week you can take oregano oil and caprylic acid, and the next week you can take caprylic acid and berberine, the next week berberine and garlic, etc.  It’s also important to know that Candida albicans can form biofilms, and this in turn can make them resistant to antifungal medication and herbs.  As a result, taking biofilm disruptors can be beneficial, which I discussed in a blog post entitled “What Does Biofilm Have To Do With Thyroid Health?

So hopefully you have a better understanding of Candida after reading this blog post.  Just keep in mind that it can take awhile to address a Candida overgrowth problem.  Also remember that having some Candida is normal, but an overgrowth is likely to occur in individuals who take antibiotics or have a compromised immune system.  As a result, improving the health of the gut flora and overall health of the immune system will play a key role in overcoming Candida overgrowth, as well as preventing it from coming back.


 

4 Comments

  1. Nana says:

    Hi Dr,
    using
    I’ve been following you work for about a couple of years now.

    I’m just waiting for the right time to reach out to you.

    Today looks like my day. I’ve been looking for other alternatives to my hyperthyroidism issues.

    I dread surgery and hates my daily carbimazole intake. Your natural and holistic approach looks like my saviour now!

    Today you broke my heart.

    In fact my most difficult problem which I couldn’t figure out whether it was part of my thyroid package or not – is my severe and uncompromising BAD BREATH.

    Its killing me and nobody seem to know the cause. Until today!

    I only heard of candida after I visited a dermatologist on my itchy scalp who gave me some candida drugs in addition to Nizoral and a creme.

    Pls I need real help and ASAP. It’s making life difficult for me.

    I may not be able to pay you but your thoughts are enough for me.

    God richly bless you. Thanks in advance for your support and help.

  2. Wendy says:

    My poor little girl. 13 – and fighting hard to get through each day.

  3. Irina says:

    I have quite obvious symptoms of candida overgrowth. Doctors just prescribe levothyroxine, my tests are “in range” and the do not pay attention to other symptoms I suffer. I have become an advocate for myself/ I research Internet resources and try to find solution to my problems myself. I come to my physician and ask to order some tests. She looks at me very suspiciously but orders. Yes! Blood tests and yeast testing (sample from my throat) were negative, and doctor looks at me as a “professional complainer”. I’m confused to come to see her again.
    I bought a book written by Ann Boroch (“The Candida Cure”), and have learned a lot about diet. It is helping with thyroid symptoms as well. Nevertheless I still have something like cushion in my mouth along the lower lip. As far as I know now, it is the sign of candida overgrowth.
    Thank you very much for the articles. Finally I begin understand the way I can deal with my Hashimoto’s. Now I can understand and interpret the symptoms better. I know from my own experience that the diet, herbs, supplements are very important. Doctors prescribe only levothyroxine and do not pay attention the symptoms you suffer.
    I apologize if my style of my writing is not good. English is not my first language.

  4. Tamra says:

    Thank you for allowing me to share. Your articles hit the spot for me as well.
    I have recently been diagnosed with low tsh, high T3/T4 and am waiting on refferals through medicaid to a specialist. I have had years fighting candida after being hurt at work and being put on steroids. The doctors dont listen when i tell them i have allergic reations to meds. Leaky gut here, hair was very white due lack of absorbtion. Syntol and Phloraphage worked like a charm along with the yeast free life style. But still have issues with thyroid although hair has gotten darker again and i am super duper skinny, but iwas always pretty thin until the steroids. Gained 70lbs in 90 days the first time. Just three years ago i had tiny miniscule amount they said, in my neck for my facet joint issues. For one thing, it hurt like a dickens and never helped my pain, and i gained 40lbs in 60 days again. So, the hyperthyroidism got all the weight back off, but the exhuastion and shakey feeling inside is horrible! But i look fine. Someone actually said to me, well at least you are skinny and look good. Wow!!! Having blood pressure at 164/98 with a pulse of 116… yep i look fine. Seeing dr again today to see about my referrals. It would be nice tobe able to shower again without almost colapsing inthe shower before i am done washing my hair.

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