Yup I'm right there with ya, perplexed as hell. Because right when I thought I had this shit figured out it was like someone dropped a bomb on my head.
It seems that an imbalance of C. Albicans in the intestines can cause those same holes in your intestines that cause leaky gut where the Candida travels through them and into your bloodstream and wreaking havoc similar to that of histamine. So we all know most of us (unless you just lack DAO) have leaky gut which caused our histamine intolerance to begin with. But what if we were wrong thinking what caused our leaky gut (celiac, inflammation) and it was Candida instead? My brain is confused right now, wait, that's nothing knew I'm always is a foggy state, because of my histamine, err Candida?? Or both? This is NOT fun!
The symptoms of a C. Albicans problem and histamine intolerance are so eerily the same it would take both Einstein and Mr. Magoo to figure out this one (I say Mr. Magoo, because during this sleuth one would almost HAVE to add some humor).
First off let's go over what is Candida Albican? It's a chronic illness and should be taken seriously for one thing let us not forget that.
Copy and paste goin' on here: Candida albicans is a species of yeast-like fungi normally a part of human gastrointestinal flora, but can become pathogenic when there is a disturbance in the balance of flora or in debilitation of the host (also called thrush fungus).
When these suckers get out of control (an imbalance) they wreak havoc on our bodies.
Taken from Whole Approach website:
Candidiasis can present a wide variety of symptoms, the exact combination and severity of which are unique to each individual case. Because candidiasis can manifest itself through many seemingly unrelated symptoms, the diagnosis is very often missed. Please see our self-administered Symptom Assessment Questionnaire on our Candida Diet page. Candida symptoms are usually chronic and include but are not limited to the following:
- Allergies: to foods and/or airborne chemicals; particularly adult-onset allergies. The number of offending substances can keep increasing until an individual becomes so sensitive to the everyday environment that they must live in isolation.
- Fatique: continual, but often more noticeable after eating.
- Gastrointestinal: poor digestion (constipation or diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, heartburn, nausea, gastritis, colitis, etc.)
- Neurological: carbohydrate cravings, irritability, mood swings, headaches, migraines, "fogged-in" feeling, inability to concentrate/mind "wanders off", poor memory, confusion, dizziness, M.S.-like symptoms (slurred speech, loss of muscle co-ordination, vision affected), depression and/or anxiety without apparent cause (often worse after eating), paranoia without apparent cause, not in total control of one' actions (know right thing to do but unable to execute), mental incompetence (sometimes leading to institutionalization), a variety of other behavioral disturbances.
- Genito-urinary: vaginal infections, menstrual difficulties, impotence, infertility, prostatitis, rectal itch, urinary tract infection/inflammation (urgency, burning).
- Respiratory: compromised immune system (frequent colds, flus), hay fever, mucous congestion, postnasal drip, asthma, bronchitis, chest pain, frequent clearing of throat, habitual coughing (usually non-productive).
- Skin: athlete's foot, jock itch, skin rash, hives, dry brownish patches, psoriasis, ringworm, rough skin on sides of arms which gets worse at certain times of the month or under increased stress.
- Symptoms resistant to all modes of therapy. The physician may conclude that patient is a hypochondriac and/or neurotic and may suggest tranquilizers, anti-depressants and/or psychiatric help.
- Clinical history (early childhood): ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, SKIN problems (cradle cap, diaper rash, thrush), RESPERATORY problems (chronic ear infection, tonsillitis) or GI problems (colic).
- Miscellaneous: cold extremities, arthritis-like symptoms, etc.
Candida is even responsible for endometriosis in women. I suffer from endo and have for 12 years. So my mind is zooming with do I have it or don't I? I never really took antibiotics and have eaten extremely clean for 6 years now and never used any cancer drugs. So what's the dealio????
You can take a test on Whole Approach's website here. To see if maybe you could be suffering from these yeastie beasties. I scored a whopping 200 points! So it would appear that I have an issues there. I would tend to believe mine are in the intestines going nuts as I do not suffer from any vaginal or thrush issues.
I do not represent Whole Approach's website in any way or form. I do not get a percentage of any of their products purchased etc. I highly recommend you visit their website for some great info regarding this issue. I have just ordered and received my starter package. I will try it for one month to see how I feel however they require you to be on it for 15 months. Which is QUITE pricey to be on for this long. I'm guessing it depends how bad you are infected. I don't really feel as though I am that bad as I eat very very clean. The only thing I can even think of as to why I scored so high on their quiz is because of progesterone. I use a monthly all natural progesterone cream. This causes candida to grow (although listed below it says "synthetic" progestins). Soooo maybe if I were to just quit taking it I'd be ok? Who the hell knows!! I will keep you updated on how I do. I figure either way histamine intolerance, candida or both it can't hurt to clean out my colon right?!
For the females reading this, this last bit you will find informative:
Female anatomy: Women are generally more susceptible to Candidiasis than men for several reasons:
- Female hormonal levels are constantly fluctuating and sustained high levels of estrogen can occur. This condition tends to impair immune system function.
- C. albicans growth is stimulated by the female hormone progesterone. Its levels are elevated during pregnancy and in the second half of each menstrual cycle. Synthetic progestins are found in oral contraceptives and also contribute to candida overgrowth.
- The female anatomy lends itself to the ready migration of C. albicans from the rectum to the genito-urinary system. Vaginal yeast infections are a common result.
Stress is also a MAJOR factor in both candida and histamine intolerance, because anything that lowers your immune system is going to screw with your ability to fight off anything. So keep that in mind when you come home from a busy day at work and the kids have destroyed the house and your husband is snoring away on the couch while your dog is chewing on your favorite pair of shoes!
Go to Whole Approach to learn more about their protocol and products. Again, I just received my products and because there is die off associated with this cleansing I may wait until September to start this because I have an awesome vacation with the girls planned coming up in a few more weeks and don't want to be sick as shit trying to enjoy myself. I will definitely begin posting when I start and how I feel and my results, if any. The real pain is that the foods you can eat on the candida diet you CAN'T on the histamine diet and vice versa. Okay someone just stick a fork in my eye pleeeeeaaaase!
Tomorrow I will be sharing with you the actual low histamine diet to follow (or try to) it's not easy and if you don't like veggies I'm gonna go ahead and let you know now you're screwed! There are sooo many low histamine diets out there that contradict each other and leave you frustrated wondering can I or can't I? Personally I have found that the Germans have gotten it right. So I follow a diet that was laid out by them. Nil research has been done in the states regarding this condition but the Germans as well as the Canadians seem to know their shit pretty good.
Stay tuned my histamine intolerant lovlies! I will be blabbing again tomorrow! Peace out and behave!