Celiac Disease Candida

The following excellent article explains the correlation between Celiac and Candida and is VERY interesting. Shawn and I both have been trying to unravel the connection we have with the two and it makes perfect sense. Thank you to the author of the linked site for providing this information.

Doctors are only now beginning to recognize and understand the symptoms of celiac disease candida and the relationship between candida and celiac disease.



What Is Candida?

Candida albicans is a yeast that normally lives in the mouth, throat, intestines, and genitourinary tract. Almost everyone has this yeast in their body. It is not normally a problem. However, sometimes the yeast growth gets out of control, a condition known as candidiasis. Then it can cause unpleasant symptoms, some of which can be fairly serious if not treated properly.

What Does It Have to Do with Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which gluten, a protein found in some grains, triggers an immune system response that inflames and damages the lining of the small intestine. Candida albicans contains the same sequence of proteins that are found in gluten, so in people with celiac disease, an overgrowth of candida can trigger the same symptoms they experience if they eat wheat. Many people diagnosed with celiac disease also have candidiasis, so some doctors recommend that everyone that is diagnosed with celiac disease should also be tested for candidiasis.

In addition, some doctors believe that candidiasis can cause someone to develop celiac disease, although not all doctors agree with this.

Symptoms of Celiac Disease Candida

Symptoms of celiac disease candida are far-reaching and include:

  • Runny nose
  • Vaginal itching and discharge
  • Rectal itching
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Constipation
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches
  • Dry, itchy eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Sore muscles
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hives and rashes
  • Increased susceptibility to infection
  • Recurrent fungal infections, like athlete’s foot and ringworm

Note that these are symptoms of candida overgrowth in both people with and without celiac disease. Not all people with candida overgrowth experience all of these symptoms, but the longer the condition goes on untreated, the more symptoms a person is likely to experience. People with celiac disease may experience more severe symptoms than people without celiac disease, but some people without the condition do experience very severe symptoms from candida overgrowth.

Treating Symptoms of Celiac Disease Candida

Symptoms of celiac disease candida often respond to treatment with oral antifungal drugs like fluconazole (Diflucan). Vaginal yeast infections can be treated with topical antifungal drugs like miconazole and nystatin. In severe cases, IV medications may be necessary.

To completely eliminate symptoms of candida overgrowth and to prevent symptoms from returning, dietary changes are recommended. Candida albicans feeds on sugar, so sugary foods should be avoided until the condition is resolved. This includes foods like candy, cookies, cakes, and so on, but also includes fruit because fruit is also high in sugar. Alcohol is also high in sugar and should be avoided. People with candidiasis are advised to avoid foods that contain mold or fungus, like mushrooms and cheese. In addition, many meats contain antibiotics or hormones that may make symptoms worse, so people with candidiasis may want to avoid meat products or limit themselves to only organic meats.

People with celiac disease should also avoid gluten in their diet. Eating foods containing gluten will make symptoms of celiac disease worse and it may also make symptoms of candidiasis worse as well. Gluten is found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye, and can be found in a large variety of foods. People with celiac disease and candidiasis should talk with their doctors or registered dieticians about dietary changes that might help.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kristin Roslund, NTP on September 11, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I love this article I found. I posted it to help others make some sense of their complex issues. BUT, the final sentance I disagree with. I have a huge problem with traditional dietician and mainstream MD philosophy in regards to nutrition and Candida control. So, I don’t think talking to those practitioners will be your best bet. I truly believe you will gain the most assistance from holistic practitioners like a naturopath or a holistic nutritionist.
    Wishing you wellness, Kristin

  2. Candida albicans is the miocpscoric fungus which is responsible for thrush. While this organism ordinarily lives in the intestinal tract of men and women, nearly one out of three women have candida albicans present in their vagina. This can become a problem when its numbers outgrow the good bacteria – it’s a battle of the good bacteria with the bad bacteria and the side with the most ‘soldiers’ wins.During pregnancy, the vagina becomes rich in a form of glucose named ‘glycogen’, which feeds the growth of Candida albicans. It’s believed the higher levels of glycogen occurs due to increased oestrogen levels and reduced acidity in the vagina. This is why a pregnant woman is ten times more likely to get thrush than normal – instead of being a nice cosy home for thrush, the vagina is now a five star hotel!Other things which can kill good pro-biotic bacteria include: * Anti-biotics * Birth Control Pills * Steroidal/hormonal drugs * Fluoride * Chlorine * Coffee/Tea/Carbonated Drinks * Synthetic vitamins * Radiation * Stress * Additives * Pesticides * FertilisersThe best way to prevent thrust is to take a regular pro-biotic. There are many pro-biotic preparations on the market, usually in powder form found at your health food store or at the chemist. They store the pro-biotic ‘acidophilus’ in the fridge being a live bacteria – you will likely need to ask for it as it won’t be on the shelf. However the one of the best pro-biotic product to take is Fast-Tract – it contains not only one or two strains of pro-biotics but thirteen different ones – a much better product by far! Fast-Tract is not fast-tracked in faecal matter like some other commercially made pro-biotic products. The bacteria are produced from fruit and vegetables and they have been able to acheive a massive 265 million CFU’s (colony forming units) per ml of liquid – and it doesn’t taste that bad at all!Of course, if you think you have thrush, be sure to let your carer know. You may be prescribed a medication in the form of pessaries or creams which are safe to use during pregnancy – oral forms of medications are generally not recommended in pregnancy. Don’t buy any other medications unless you have spoken to your carer first as some are not safe to use.Many care-givers won’t worry about a diagnois of thrush and are often dismissive, even with heavy growth of candida because it’s considered harmless – but it’s very uncomfortable if you are the person who has it. So you will need to be quite insistent if you want treatment prescribed.Just because one type/brand of treatment doesn’t work e.g. Canasten, it doesn’t mean another like Nilstat won’t work. Try them all because they have slightly different constituents.If you are in your first trimester, your carer will be least likely to want to prescribe you something for thrush. Here are some suggestions below if you cannot take any medication: * Get onto a probiotic as soon as you can – this will help the actual problem of a bacterial inbalance and will get to work right away. The good bacteria will begin to grow and out-number the bad bacteria. * Natural live yogurt contains a pro-biotic called acidophilus. However, the level of pro-biotics in yoghurt is quite low, so it can take a little more time to help, which can be frustrating especially if itching is a problem. You can eat the yoghurt as much as you like, some women swear by inserting some plain natural yoghurt into their vagina. You can soak a tampon in natural yoghurt, (differentiate just unsweetened from true natural yoghurt) and insert into the vagina for 2 hours, then change for new one. * Avoid underwear that is tight or contains materials like lycra and other fabric which reduces air circulation – cotton is best. Avoid underwear wherever possible – not a good idea though if you are going to work and wearking a skirt! Around the home and overnight is a good start. * Avoid tight jeans or trousers where possible – opt for skirts if you can. * Candida albicans thrive in moist, warm environments so try to avoid long, hot baths. * Good old Gentian Violet in an aqua or water Base is still extremely effective for vag thrush (just messy ‘out there’ being bright purple) especially good for nipples babies mouths as it is very liquid and soaks into all the crevices in the tissues which a gel like Daktarin cannot. * Douching isn’t recommended in pregnancy even though it’s effective whilst non-pregnant * Try avoiding yeast – lot of women swear that yeast in their diet increases the growth of candida. It’s often present in iron tonic supplements so check list of ingredients when taking these. * High levels of sugar in diets seems to be a very common culprit, look to amending the diet primarily.

  3. Posted by nancy on August 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I did a candida cleanse a few weeks ago. Encountered awful side effects:fatigue, dryness, etc.) My sugar is so limited and I continue to have problems with candida(especially at night itching in belly-no signs of vaginal yeast- I too have both candida and celiac, along with Sjogren’s. Eating mostly protein and greens???? Also, please note:
    candida wreaks havoc on sleep!!!!

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