April 2019 - Wakunaga of America

Candidiasis Warning Signs and Solutions

When this fungus is at normal levels, it is not problematic, but when it starts to grow uncontrollably, it can cause an infection known as Candidiasis. In fact, Candida overgrowth is one of the most common causes of fungal infection in humans. That’s right, it can affect men, women, and even children too, though predominantly women.

Here are a few “warning signs” to look out for, if you think you might have a Candida infection: exhaustion, cravings for sweets, bad breath, brain fog, hormone imbalance, joint pain, chronic sinus and allergy issues, and digestive problems.

Usually, the healthy bacteria in your body keeps Candida levels under control. But, if healthy bacteria levels are disrupted or the immune system is compromised, Candida can begin to overproduce. Taking antibiotics, eating a diet high in sugar, and taking oral contraceptives, among other things, can all lead to Candida overgrowth. When Candida begins to overproduce, it can lead to various health problems, such as the ones listed below.

Thrush: Common in newborns and the elderly, a Candida infection that develops in the mouth is called “thrush.” Also, people with poor oral hygiene or removable dentures are also at an increased risk for developing this infection. Oral thrush is often associated with redness or soreness of the tongue and mouth (McDonell, 2017).

Fatigue: One of the most common symptoms associated with Candida is also fatigue.  First of all, Candida infections are usually accompanied by nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B6, essential fatty acids and magnesium. Particularly, magnesium deficiency has been shown to cause fatigue. Second, Candida infections primarily occur, as mentioned above, when your immune system has been weakened. A low-functioning immune system in it of itself may leave you feeling tired and fatigued.

Yeast Infection: Another common place Candida is found is in the vaginal tracts of most women. An overgrowth of it can lead to Candidiasis of the vagina, also known as a yeast infection. It is estimated that 75% of all women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime, and half of those will have at least one recurrence.

We mentioned above that a diet high in sugar, use of oral contraceptive pills, and frequent use of antibiotics, among others factors, can contribute to Candida infections. Here is how:

Antibiotics: Sometimes, antibiotics are needed to fight a stubborn infection to kill the offending bacteria in your system. The problem with antibiotics and with overusing them is that they don’t just kill the bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria too. Your body’s good bacteria is responsible for digestion and keeping Candida under control. A long course of antibiotics can make your body a breeding ground for Candida, leading to overgrowth.

Birth Control Pills: To clarify, birth control pills do not directly cause yeast infections or Candida overgrowth. But, if a woman eats a diet high in refined sugar and is taking antibiotics concurrently, birth control pills can negatively affect her immune system, leading to infection

Diabetes: In a type 1 or 2 diabetic, sugar levels in the mouth or other mucous membranes are traditionally higher than in an individual without diabetes. Since Candida is a type of yeast and sugar feeds yeast, it is understood that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing infection.

When Candidiasis infections occur, many opt to try a Candida Cleanse. A Candida Cleanse helps a person get rid of their extra Candida through the flushing of the digestive tract, and the introduction of healthy Candida fighters found in organic vegetables. There are usually two options people select from for these cleanses: a liquid cleanse, or a gentler cleanse with food. When people embark on the first cleanse, they make a vegetable broth from organic vegetables. Throughout the day (2 days total for this cleanse), they sip on this broth. It is imperative that you drink lots of broth, but also lots of water, to fully flush out all of the toxins in your system. This is not a long-term cleanse. For the second type of cleanse, the participants usually consume steamed vegetables for 3-5 days. By eliminating grains, sugars, fruits, starches, and alcohol, you can reduce the amount of Candida in the body (Axe, 2019).

For some added help in fighting Candida overgrowth, Kyolic has a Candida Cleanse product. Kyolic Formula 102, is geared towards fighting Candida overgrowth. It contains Aged Garlic Extract (AGE), ginger and enzymes, and is designed to support Candida balance, cleansing and digestion.* AGE and Ginger are used to support healthy GI cleansing and function, as well as manage yeast overgrowth.* Glucanase, Lipase and Protease are a comprehensive enzyme combination to support complete digestion and nutrient assimilation.* This formula can also be used as a preventative if you know your immune system may be compromised by antibiotics or if you are susceptible to yeast infections.

If you think any of the Candidiasis symptoms described above could be affecting you, talk to your health care professional today. Take the time to take care of you!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

References (in sequential order they appear in post)

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/candida-symptoms-treatment
  2. https://draxe.com/candida-symptoms/

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

What Makes a Good Detox and Anti-Aging Supplement

Let’s take a few minutes to explore these ingredients, and discuss why they are so beneficial to the body.

From a quick topline view, the herb and vitamin combination found in Kyolic Detox and Anti-Aging Formula 105 is designed to promote long-term health and well-being.* Aged Garlic Extract’s antioxidant properties, along with Vitamin A, C, E, and selenium, create a synergistic blend to reduce oxidative stress and support healthy aging*. And green tea, milk thistle and L-Glutathione support healthy liver function and detoxification.*

Aged Garlic Extract – Better than Garlic

As we’ve shared before, Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) is very beneficial to the cardiovascular and immune system.* The unique aging process applied in manufacturing AGE distinguishes Kyolic from other garlic products available on the market. Our garlic is stored in stainless steel tanks and naturally aged for up to 20 months. Through this process, the harsh and unstable organosulfur compounds are converted into mild and effective compounds, including the sulfur-containing amino acids that are responsible for Kyolic’s health benefits. This conversion eliminates odor-causing components, resulting in the truly odorless AGE. Over 800 research papers have shown that AGE not only supports immunity and reduces inflammation, but also has proven cardiovascular benefits, for lowering blood pressure, and cholesterol as well.*

Now, let’s break down all of the other ingredients in this supplement, including vitamins A, C, E, and selenium, also green tea, milk thistle, and L-Glutathione.

Vitamins A, C, E, & Selenium – Antioxidant Power

There are so many vitamins that are beneficial to our health, and vitamin A is certainly one of them! Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is good for healthy vision, skin, bones, and other tissues in the body. It often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage. Not only that, it also has a significant role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other vital organs. There are two types of vitamin A; preformed vitamin A (also called retinol), which is found in animal products. Good sources are milk, eggs, meat, cheese, and liver. Pro-vitamin A is found in plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables (Bradford, 2017).

Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that cannot be produced by the body itself. It is water-soluble and found in lots of fruits and vegetables, like strawberries, oranges, kiwi, kale, and more. While it’s usually advised that people try and get as much of their vitamin C that they can through their daily diet, many also turn to a quality vitamin C supplement (shoutout Kyolic Formula 103). Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that can strengthen your body’s natural defenses.

For reference, antioxidants are molecules that boost the immune system. They are able to do this by protecting the cells from harmful free radicals. When functioning properly, free radicals can help fight off pathogens (pathogens lead to infection). When these free radicals accumulate and overpopulate, they can promote a state known as oxidative stress (Raman, 2018). Oxidation in and of itself is a normal process that takes place in the body. On the other hand, oxidative stress happens when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in our bodies.

Vitamin E, like Vitamin C, plays the role of antioxidant, preventing free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is required for the proper function of many organs, enzyme activities and neurological processes. One of the top benefits of Vitamin E is that is balances cholesterol. When cholesterol levels are in their natural state, they’re balanced, and healthy. When cholesterol oxidizes, that’s when it becomes dangerous. Studies have shown that certain components of vitamin E serve as a protective antioxidant that fights cholesterol oxidation (Levy, 2018). Vitamin E also has powerful antioxidant abilities that have the power to reduce free radical damage as well, and fight inflammation. Some of the top vitamin E rich foods are: sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, mango, and avocado.

Selenium plays an important role in the health of the immune system. This antioxidant helps lower oxidative stress in the body, which reduces inflammation and boosts immunity (Kubala, 2017). A diet rich in selenium may help keep you heart healthy, since low selenium levels have been linked to an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Selenium may also lower markers of inflammation in the body, one of the main risk factors for heart disease. To get a little more selenium in your diet, focus incorporating more sunflower seeds, eggs, Brazil nuts, oats, brown rice, and turkey.

Green Tea, Milk Thistle and L-Glutathione – Liver Defense

Green tea has been touted by many as the healthiest drink you can consume. Not only is it chock full of antioxidants, but it also aids brain function, fat loss and many other impressive benefits. Caffeine is one of the key active ingredients in green tea. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called Adenosine. This way, it increases the firing of neurons and concentrations of neurotransmitters like dopamine (Gunnars, 2018).  Many people say that they have more energy and are able to be more productive, when they consume green tea.

Milk Thistle is an herbal remedy that has traditionally been used to treat liver and gallbladder disorders. It is commonly used by people who have liver damage due to conditions like alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and hepatitis. Studies have shown improvements in liver function in people with a compromised liver who have taken a milk thistle supplement, suggesting that it could help reduce liver inflammation and liver damage (West, 2018).

L-Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant found in every cell in the body. It is made of three types of molecules known as amino acids. One interesting fact about this antioxidant is that the body is able to make it in the liver, which isn’t true of most antioxidants (Carter, December). Some other important functions of this antioxidant include: making DNA, supporting immune function, breaking down free radicals, regenerating vitamins C & E, and more.

Now that you have a complete top to bottom picture of every ingredient in Kyolic Formula 105, you can see just how powerful a supplement it is. Packed to the brim with incredible vitamins, herbs, and antioxidants, this formula can aid in detoxification and support anti-aging.*

While we can’t turn back the clock, we can take steps to support our heart, immune and liver health to help us maintain the strength and vitality of our younger selves.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

References 

  1. https://www.livescience.com/51975-vitamin-a.html
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits
  3. https://draxe.com/vitamin-e-benefits/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/selenium-benefits
  5. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea#section1
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/milk-thistle-benefits#section1
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323936.php

This article is for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.