Candida, Psoriasis And Your Immune System
Candida, psoriasis, and your immune system all share a common connection. Once in the bloodstream, candida acts as a typical allergen and is capable of creating typical various types of allergic reactions. There is no doubt, candida and allergies are commonly found together, and this is one of the major ways in which candida can cause many of the potential health complaints.
You may want to read my booklet called Psoriasis Stress And Immunity; it will explain about the connection between stress and your immune system and is certainly worthy of a read.
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Not everybody with candida has an allergy, though most candida patients I have seen have food and environmental allergies or sensitivities to some degree. You will often see food allergy test (ELISA blood test) results in candida patients revealing an allergy to one or even several foods. See my booklet called Psoriasis And Functional Medicine Testing for a good explanation. Allergic sensitivities to molds and fungi often develop in those with candida overgrowth in their intestines, and for this reason, some have reactions in damp or moldy environments.
Alcohol Is Most Important To Eliminate If You Are Serious About Psoriasis Recovery!
For this reason also, a reaction to alcohol can be the result of both a candida infestation and an allergy to the yeasts used to ferment the alcohol particularly if wines, beers and ciders are being consumed. Alcohol is the most important thing to eliminate first from your diet, and it proves for most yeast sufferers also to be the most difficult. Many people with candida have a strong desire for it, but alcohol must go, yeasty foods like breads need to be stopped for a while and sweet treats like chocolate and candies need to be stopped as well. These food items encourage yeast proliferation that in turn will encourage immune dysfunction.
Do you react strongly to alcohol? Then candida alone is often the main culprit, especially if your psoriatic skin lesions or digestive system flares up within a day. This problem is often compounded by the other sugary and fermented foods you consume, such as breads, cheeses, yoghurts, commercial (cheap) vinegars and moldy foods like mushrooms, dried fruits and melons.
Most people know that drinking too much alcohol causes a hangover. But what about the many patients I have seen whom only drink small to moderate amounts and experience reactions the following day out of proportion to how much alcohol they consumed the previous day? If you are becoming increasingly reactive to alcohol (even a small glass each day), then you must STOP it, or pay the price.
Avoid Left-Over Foods For The Refrigerator
You will see when you read the Psoriasis Diet, that it is not a good idea to eat left-over foods from your refrigerator the next day, because molds and spores can proliferate on these foods overnight in your refrigerator.
In my observation, the typical psoriasis patient has multiple allergies and they can in addition even develop multiple chemical sensitivities as well as inhalant allergies. These allergies and sensitivities improve dramatically and eventually disappear as the yeast and sugar-containing foods and drinks are withdrawn, the candida population is reduced and balance is once again restored to the digestive system in particular. When the small intestine is healed, their immune system is healed as well and a person’s sensitivity to many substances drops.
Comprehensive Stool Testing Is Smart If You Have Psoriasis
Another common occurrence of elevated antibodies findings is with a stool test (CDSAx3), and I regularly find a reduction or an elevation of sIgA, (an antibody commonly found in the mucosa and digestive system) which also indicates a heightened immune response potentially revealing an underlying allergy. Many patients with chronic digestive problems who have had a stool or blood test performed will often have increased antibody markers as part of their test results, more so the blood based tests though than with the stool tests. You can read a lot more about the ELISA blood test for the IgG/IgA antibody levels and the CDSA x 3 stool test in my booklet entitled Psoriasis And Functional Medicine Testing, later in the Psoriasis Program.