If you struggle with food allergies, it may actually be your Candida overgrowth that is to blame. Its often difficult for Candida sufferers to make the connection, but the gluten and dairy allergies they experience are probably Candida related.
This is all thanks to a disease named Leaky Gut Syndrome (or Intestinal Permeability), which is frequently caused by Candida. The good news is that there are some extra steps you can take to cure yourself, and maybe eliminate some of your food intolerances along the way.
Leaky Gut Syndrome and Candida
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a weakening and inflammation of the intestinal wall. This can occur for several reasons, including strong laxatives, spices and too much coffee. Most importantly for Candida sufferers, the Candida yeast is often to blame. During Candida overgrowth, the yeast cells attach themselves to the intestinal walls, actually penetrating through the membrane into your bloodstream.
As Candida cells and food particles enter your circulatory system, they provoke a strong immune response from the body and trigger an inflammation of the intestinal wall. These are foreign particles that do not belong in your blood, and so your immune system reacts quickly to destroy them by sending specialized immune cells known as macrophages. Your immune system creates antibodies ready for the next time it sees these cells, and so when you next eat this particular food, it triggers an immune response. This hypersensitivity of the immune system is how allergies start.
Even more concerning, these allergic responses put pressure on your adrenal glands and immune system, the very parts of your body that you need to fight off the Candida. So unless you get your Leaky Gut Syndrome under control, it can actually end up making your Candida overgrowth even more severe.
Treating your Leaky Gut Syndrome
Food allergy can be a symptom of this relationship between Candida and Leaky Gut Syndrome, so you need to treat the underlying cause. You should follow the Candida Diet to reduce your Candida and restore the integrity of your intestinal walls. However there are a few other things you can do that will help.
First, here are a few things that you need to avoid, as they will place extra stress on your intestinal walls and increase the inflammation.
- Avoid powerful laxatives
- Avoid eating strong spices
- Avoid caffeine
Second, increasing your intake of soluble fiber will help too. This moves waste through your intestines more quickly and reduces the chances of it leaking into your bloodstream. Psyllium husks, dried beans and peas, and oat bran are all good examples. You can also try to eat more of your vegetables raw, as cooking tends to reduce the fiber content.
Another technique is to rotate your foods. The so-called ‘rotation diet’ simply means that you leave a gap of a few days between each time that you eat certain foods. For example you might have allergies to grains, but these may become more manageable if you commit to eating them only once every four days. This gives your immune system a break and reduces the chance of building up extra intolerances.
For lots more information on the symptoms, causes and treatment of Candida, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.