Got Candida?

Candida albicans is a yeast found in parts of the body including the gastrointestinal tract and vagina. As an opportunistic fungi, overgrowth of Candida is common and can lead to Candidiasis, a fungal infection. Most commonly Candidiasis, also known as thrush, affects the gut, the vagina, the oral cavities, the skin and the nails.

Signs and symptoms can be varied and may include:

– cravings for sugar and simple/refined carbohydrates

– bloating and abdominal discomfort/cramping

– fatigue and lowered energy

– mood disorders

-behavioural disturbance in children

– general feelings of being unwell

– lowered immune defences causing frequent sickness

– vaginal thrush – itching, burning, stinging, redness and abnormal discharge,

especially during urination or after intercourse

– food sensitivities and allergies

– a white coating on the tongue

– poor nail health

Women are more susceptible to Candida infections than men. Left untreated, chronic Candida overgrowth can lead to other conditions such as leaky gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Factors contributing to Candida overgrowth include chronic or repeated antibiotic therapy, some medications including antacids as they lower hydrochloric acid production, suppressed immune function, the oral contraceptive pill, impaired liver function, nutrient deficiencies and poor diet.

Determining the presence of elevated Candida albicans levels can be done through comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA), consideration and analysis of medical history, physical evaluation including signs and symptoms, blood testing or taking a swab from the affected tissue.

Treatment of Candida can often be quite simply done through dietary and lifestyle measures. Detailed analysis of the diet can provide valuable insight into what may be causing or aggravating the fungal overgrowth.

Foods containing high levels of sugar, yeast, mould and lactose should be avoided. Foods naturally high in anti-fungal activity such as garlic and oregano should be included in the diet.

Nutritional supplementation enables sufferers to obtain high levels of specific nutrients needed to address elevated levels of Candida and resolve symptoms. Choosing the correct strain of probiotics is important to rebalance the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract and ensure optimal levels of good bacteria.

Herbal medicines that contain antifungal properties provide targeted treatment and can be mixed with additional herbs that support other systems to enhance immune function, digestion and energy levels to restore balance across the body’s systems. Once treatment is completed and symptoms have resolved, it may be necessary to retest the levels to ensure the Candida has returned to an optimal level.

Belle Oneile is a fully qualified Naturopath that can assist you in identifying and treating this condition. Belle uses laboratory testing as well as clinical assessment in her consultations to provide clients with a tailored Treatment Plan.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have any concerns relating to your health, Belle can be contacted on 0405 128 213 or via email belle@nbip.com.au Bookings can also be made here: https://nb-integrative- practioners.cliniko.com/bookings#schedule

Creating Dreams

At the local coffee stop, I run into a polite elder regularly. We have a fair history of each others lives. If we are not already occupied, we seem to just click into gear parking ourselves down and rolling into banter or a conversation about either of our current life’s – whomever shares their interests first, the other intently listens.

On a morning recently, he got in first ‘ Sam , join me next year in Tokyo at the World Masters Games competing in Javelin! ‘ ….. now I am a veteran of many years of competitive sports and always keen to be challenged, so immediately I thought what does this proposal entail…. We both delved into the ins and outs of such a preparation and the occasion itself. I am 41 years old, and Ross is in his late 60’s. I have had many years of multiple tier level baseball (which has some biomechanical similarities to Javelin) as has his son and himself, but he trumps me with the evidence his early years were spent competing in javelin. He is super excited…. A real goal if I ever heard one was unfolding with sincere conviction. The conversation concluded with me shelving the proposal for latter times, and for now, bowing out and conceding to other preferences for the year, while Ross’ fire was simply fanned by the chat. His wheels are genuinely turning toward several months of training, saving money and preparing his body. 

My work as a Remedial Therapist and Exercise Coach connects me with many types of people. I noticed that this conversation with Ross, is one that truely gives me desire to help others as two people ’embodying life’ with support. Me as a manual and movement therapist, and Ross as a keen advocate of living life!. 

I use my experience and knowledge of lower back pain, shoulder and rotator cuff injuries with occasional consequent wry neck / headaches and their treatment, joint issues which can have correlation to mechanical dysfunction throughout the musculoskeletal system…..and the full gamut of recovery and performance cycled in realistic balance with ones lifestyle – to paint a picture that can be realistically placed in a virtual understanding of what lies ahead. 

Upon recalling the conversation as I write this, I feel he made this decision not out of a stubbornness disguised as strength, escapism of his actual age with delusion of younger years missed, but out of how it fits in with a greater good. His valued assets such as family, personal health and the unique combination of self awareness and mind-body self assessment, capped off with receiving and welcoming a little hard truth from me about where he is at physiologically, and what he needs to do for his mind and body to bear the training dynamics and persist with buffering the stressors forthcoming (resilience training). 

He is not primarily in it for the notoriety, although he is under no illusions about how this will unfold and the electricity and stimulus of such an event. He is, from what I gathered, taking stock of his current position chronologically (his current age), matching that with a tangible spirit that is the undercurrent which biologically (a new age that is measured from homeostasis and vitality markers) makes him younger. 

He clearly understands a greater good stirring that extinguishes self doubt. That immobilising factor which is a primal emotion and leveraging point which will issue procrastination or excuses that seem to make the days tick over faster, goals incomplete, and the our actual age for the 40-70 age bracket, stamp warrant.

With arms crossed, we both finish our final sips and he summarises his WHY’s

Ross has three kids, and involves himself with creative pastimes, philanthropy, and frequent Low Physiological Load exercise activity (yoga, walking, swimming, Qigong / Tai Chi come under the LPL category). From what we discussed, professionally and as a bloke hearing another bloke, he is primed in my view to carry impending volume of the time ahead.

As we emptied cups, eased ourselves upright and finished up, the conclusions came to be present……. 

Age does not weary us, only the spirit. When I see clients come in to clinic share their physiological complaints, that is a baseline, a leverage point to recognise the sum of habits they and we have created, to come to this point is now the teacher to which we can redefine exercise, redefine health and secure a new future. Irrespective of age, weight and past physiological history. 

Our body is our greatest teacher. Over the years, I personally have arrived to conclude that I am simply a conduit a medium to my clients own optimal health and how they use it. Whether we are in initial treatment phase, or second year progress, the stream of a client helping me and me helping, does not fade. 

I did not need to design for Ross a formula of success. He displayed a responsiveness to scenarios of what may unfold, obstacles loosely assessed events that may well happen given his current position. Even with caffeine in us, no detection of delusions of grandeur were exhibited!