Dr. Axe: Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe and Jordan Rubin here, so pumped
to bring you today’s episode on the 10 ways to start destroying candida in your body. I know that candida is something that there
are a lot of people struggling with today. Jordan: Absolutely. Years ago, probably about 20 and I may be
dating myself, there were major books called “The Yeast Connection,” “The Yeast Cure.” And back then, I worked in a health food store,
and I got to tell you, at least 50% of people thought or actually did have candida. But keep this in mind, candida is a fungi
and it’s actually beneficial or benign. But when it gets out of control, the candida
overgrowth or what people call candida overgrowth syndrome can cause a litany of conditions. In fact, almost everything known to man was
blamed on candida several years ago. So, we’re going to talk about the truth separated
from the myths and how you can balance your gut to transform your entire health. Dr. Axe: Yeah, Jordan. It’s exciting. There’s so many people out there today that
are struggling with candida. Some people don’t even know it. If you have a white coating on your tongue,
that’s a big warning sign you have candida. If you get chronic UTIs or different types
of infections, if you struggle with fatigue, even issues like brain fog, leaky gut syndrome,
so many of these conditions are linked to or tied to having candida or yeast overgrowth
in your body, which we’ll get into here today as well. So, we’re going to be talking about how to
overcome candida, a problem, Jordan, that millions of people are struggling with today. So, let’s go ahead and jump on in and start
talking about ways to combat candida. Jordan: Absolutely, but let me make it very
clear. This affects children, this affects the elderly. We’re talking about skin conditions. We’re talking about brain conditions. We’re talking about gut conditions. Gas, bloating, almost always comes with candida. Candida’s opportunistic and if your gut’s
imbalanced, candida will thrive. If you’ve got leaky gut, candida will thrive. If you’ve got a habit of using antibiotics,
even one dose of antibiotics in your life sets you up for yeast infection. If you were born via C-section, if you have
been on corticosteroids, if you’ve been on oral contraceptives, if you consume conventional
animal foods . . . you know which population is really prone to candidiasis? Swimmers. If you swim in a chlorinated pool, it imbalances
your gut and your skin microflora which means that you are subjected to candida. But here’s the good news. The 10 keys to conquer candida overgrowth
can help you with joint pain, can help you with your brain, your heart, your skin, your
immune system. It’s all in one. So, this is not simply someone who’s been
diagnosed with candida overgrowth, this is for anyone and everyone. But if you’re someone who can’t get better,
allergies, runny nose, indigestion, if you look up a list of symptoms that candida causes,
and there’s there great articles on draxe.com that give that list, you’re going to find
almost every symptom known to man. So, let’s get started. Let’s conquer candida. Dr. Axe: So, Jordan, I can start off. You’re talking about how to do a bone broth
cleanse as this is something I know that we’ve worked with patients and clients on naturally
cleansing their body. Jordan, there’s something to say about doing
specifically a broth cleanse because a lot of times, when people hear the word cleanse,
what they’ll tend to do is something like a vegetable juice cleanse which, unfortunately,
a lot of times, people are doing certain vegetables and even fruits that have a lot of sugar. And the great thing about broth is it’s sugar-free. It’s high in amino acids. It is great for also balancing your pH.
Jordan, I’d love to hear you talk about this. A lot of times, when people talk about alkaline
foods or foods in general that are alkaline, you see a lot of fruits and vegetables, but
bone broth is alkaline as well, right? Jordan: It is. And I don’t want to get into acid alkaline. We should do a program on that because . . . the
acid-alkaline myth. There are some truths, there are some myths,
but here’s what you do with a broth cleanse, you starve the yeast. So, what I’m talking about is a three-day
cleanse where you only consume bone broth. Now, you can do it with home-made bone broth. And I would actually recommend, Josh, not
even eating the meat and the veggies. I mean, I would do, especially if you’re a
little bit overweight or average weight you can afford to lose a few pounds, do a straight
broth cleanse. Warm is best. You can have it from broth that you make with
veggies or you can use a bone broth powder. You can make it yourself. You can buy it. Three days of bone broth and I believe that
you will lower the amount of total organisms in your gut and then, you can begin to take
on the yeast and repopulate the gut with these other nine keys. So, a three-day bone broth cleanse, people
say they have less joint pain. They have a clear head. Their skin is clear. They have less inflammation in general. The candida levels go down because yeast thrives
on sugar and starch that turns into sugar and this is basically a starch-free diet. So, a three-day broth cleanse is paramount
if you have serious yeast issues and can’t overcome the brain fog, the joint pain, the
gut issues. Everything in between, skin problems, all
can be linked to an overgrowth of the yeast, candida albican. Dr. Axe: And Jordan, Shannon asks. She says “My son has autism. He is seven years old. We’re trying to figure out what to do with
his gut.” She’s wondering anything specific for kids
with autism. And I’ll tell you, Jordan could tell you,
that autism and candida or gut issues are linked all the time. Jordan: Almost always. In fact, if you do a comprehensive digestive
stool analysis or even some blood antibody testing, you’ll find in nearly every case
of autism that there is an overgrowth of yeast and imbalance of the gut. So, stay tuned. You’re going to learn some great keys to transform
your son’s gut and I believe some of the challenges that come along with autism will respond extremely
well. But I got to tell you, if there’s one element
that I recommend for kids with autism that also have yeast overgrowth, it is bone broth. And if you can get your child to consume a
lot of it, even if it’s not a bone broth cleanse because they need some calories, you’re going
to see some good results. Dr. Axe: Awesome stuff, guys. All right, let’s jump in here to number two,
a low starch diet full of warming foods. Jordan, talk about starch and I’ll talk a
little bit about the warming foods. Jordan: Absolutely. We talked about candida yeast thriving on
sugar and that’s just a fact. If you look at simple biology, yeast metabolize
sugars. Starches turn into sugars. And even worse, starches, and I’m talking
about grains, potatoes, corn, table sugar or sucrose, even maple syrup, oftentimes goes
to your gut and is undigested, and is left to be fermented or putrefied by yeast in your
colon. So, if you want to grow yeast, the best way
to do it is consume a lot of starch. I believe it’s even worse than sugar. So, I believe that fruit is not nearly as
big of an issue as consuming grains for a candida overgrowth. And so, we want to go on a low-starch diet. You want to consume low-starch vegetables,
less sweet fruits, and you want to make sure to consume healthy animal foods, proteins,
and fats. And if you’re someone who’s on a plant based,
diet, it’s a little more difficult, but make sure to get coconut, chia, flax, etc. And keep in mind, these 10 keys to conquer
candida, they’re not everything you need to do. There are some other great keys that we have
left out and we’ll follow up on a future program, but all 10 of these will make a difference
in your health. We absolutely believe it. So, make sure to consume low-starch foods
and eliminate most of the starch in your diet if you want to eliminate candida. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely. And Jordan, I know you and I have both spent
some time in studying Chinese medicine over the years and one of the things we put up
here is warming foods. You know, within Chinese medicine, they really
believe and know that certain things cause candida buildup in the body, and that’s too
much . . . Jordan: Damp heat. Dr. Axe: Dampness and damp heat within the
body. And think about this, Jordan, I know that
you lived in Florida. I lived there for a period of time and the
worst area of the country for mold, or one of the worst areas, is Florida in the U.S. And think about where mold grows, like in
the corner of a damp basement. Think about your body in the same way. If your body becomes too damp, you can be
too dry or too damp, too hot or too cold. If that happens where your body gets too damp,
that’s going to cause fungus and yeast buildup, mold, within your body. We got to change the internal environment. We do that by drying the body with certain
types of foods and warming the body. Now, some warming foods that are fantastic,
meat tends to be warming, but especially, lamb. Lamb, venison, and bison, grass-fed beef,
these are more warming foods. Certain herbs are warming to the body. Cinnamon for instance, garlic, onion, clove,
rosemary even, these things are warming to the body and one of the best is actually ginger. Ginger has been used for a long time within
Chinese medicine to naturally warm the body. And then, Jordan, the foods that really dry
the body of dampness are, again, we touched on some warm foods, it’s also, you and I both
know, it’s foods that are bitter in nature. Jordan: More astringent. Think about it, astringent. Dr. Axe: Yeah, so some great things here. Think about just doing your green leafy vegetables. Things like spinach, especially, chard and
kale, these things are more bitter in nature, romaine lettuce. But doing a lot of green, leafy vegetables,
bitter herbs, in fact, an essential oil, like orange peel, things like that, but things
that are astringent and bitter are very drying to the body, the dampness. When you’re consuming a diet, the ideal meal
is like a big bowl of bone broth soup with some ginger and turmeric in it. Jordan: And some cooked greens because raw
can be cooling, because when we talk about thermal nature of foods, raw can be cooling. So, eating those greens cooked with a nice
bowl of broth like a fuh type of a dish can be awesome with some spices. That would be the ultimate destroyer of dampness. Dr. Axe: But what are your thoughts on black
seed oil? Jordan: I think black seed oil or black cumin
seed is really beneficial, but it’s not the miracle cure of everything. Black cumin, just like black sesame, they’re
wonderful. And in fact, black cumin seed or black seed
does have that astringent property. And so, if you get a hold of black cumin,
black cumin oil, or cumin in general, cumin’s a great herb and it is antifungal. So, we love black cumin. We just don’t believe that it is the cure-all
of everything under the sun. It’s part of a good program. Dr. Axe: Yeah. And I would say maybe an idea is that use
cumin powder in general. Add it to burger meat or lamb, or things like
that. Jordan: That’s a good one with lamb. Dr. Axe: Start doing some Middle Eastern dishes. I think that’s very, very drying, going to
be great for the body there. So, Jordan, talk to us about the benefits
and how to use coconut oil. Jordan: Coconut oil is rich in three fatty
acids. One is antiviral, two are antifungal. So, we’ve got lauric acid which converts to
monolaurin. That’s antiviral. Lauric acid, actually, destroys lipid-enveloped
viruses. Here’s what’s great about that. Dr. Axe: It’s amazing. Jordan: Anti-fungal medicines can actually
work to get rid of fungus, but then, you’ve got various bacterium that will grow. It’s all a balance. Bacteria, yeast or other fungi, parasites,
and virus, they all work in cycles. So, if you kill one of them, you’re not going
to get the full benefits. Everything here is going to work just as well
if you got viral issues or bacterial. You don’t have to guess. That’s why when people have viral pneumonia
and take an antibiotic, they made a major boo-boo because then, the virus doesn’t get
destroyed and bacteria grows. All that to say that I believe that everything
here has a multipronged effect. So, coconut oil has lauric acid for viruses,
caprylic and capric acid for fungi. Back in the day, caprylic acid was one of
the major anti-candida natural remedies. You get it in coconut oil, plus, it’s a good
source of energy that feeds you and not the yeast. Many people with yeast overgrowth struggle
to gain weight or you could struggle to lose weight. It just messes with your metabolism, even
diabetes, particularly if you got insulin-dependent diabetes. Your blood sugar fluctuates, you have candida
overgrowth. So, coconut oil, one to four tablespoons a
day in food, in just desserts or certainly low-sugar desserts in your mouth off the spoon
is all really, really good. And if you’re someone who can’t even digest
virtually anything, you can actually rub coconut oil on your skin and get some of those benefits. Coconut oil is highly antifungal. Check out the benefits of caprylic and capric
acid. They are medium-chain fatty acids that destroys
fungi. Dr. Axe: Yeah. I love the idea, Jordan. Coconut oil, great oil to add in, especially,
if you’re doing any type of cooking there on a regular basis. Jordan, so one of the questions here from
somebody was, “What are your thoughts on not just coconut oil, but coconut kefir,” was
one of the questions here. Jordan: That’s a great question. Coconut kefir, particularly, I’m assuming
made with coconut water, can be good, but this is just a personal opinion. When you’re dealing with yeast overgrowth,
fermented beverages such as dairy kefir, coconut kefir, kombucha can exacerbate things in the
beginning. I would go with the broth cleanse, a low-starch
and warming diet in coconut oil. Get some of the levels down. I do think coconut kefir can be good, but
it also can cause gas and bloating in a gut that’s very comprised. So, I would rather consume coconut meat, coconut
cream, or even more so, coconut oil because there’s no fiber. There’s no carbohydrate. That really blows up the gut. When you’ve got a lot of yeast, they’re opportunistic. And I’m already thinking of things that we
left off here to benefit which we’ll go with, but I think coconut kefir is best for people
that are mild in their yeast overgrowth. Dr. Axe: Yeah, I agree. I have a question here from Cath. She says, “What about coconut sugar?” If you have candida, we really don’t recommend
doing coconut sugar. It’s going to be something that will absolutely
feed yeast in your body. Jordan: And it doesn’t have coconut in it. We’re talking about the fat. So, coconut kefir made with coconut water
has no coconut oil. It doesn’t have the fats. Neither does coconut sugar. So, both of those I would leave out in your
conquering candida program in the short term. Dr. Axe: In fact, a good alternative here,
if you do need something that’s naturally very sweet is manuka honey. I think it’s your best option. Even with that you want to be careful, maybe
a teaspoon to a tablespoon max. But I think manuka honey because of its antimicrobial
benefits, is going to be a much better alternative than doing an actual coconut sugar there as
well. Jordan: Absolutely,
Dr. Axe: So, let’s talk about, Jordan, I’m going to talk about fermented vegetables and
then pass it off to you. So, with fermented vegetables, a lot of times
people think about probiotics. But it’s not just probiotics, it’s the pH
of the food itself. We all know that apple cider vinegar can be
so beneficial. We know that sauerkraut and kimchi, and kvass,
and other fermented vegetables are fantastic. I personally really like them because they’re
high in organic acids which are great for the body. Now, Jordan, I know that I read in one of
your books, you had a great chapter in your most recent “Maker’s Diet” when you wrote
about the power of sour and getting more sour. Most of us, it’s all about sweet and salty. We’re missing that bitter taste. We’re missing that sour taste. So, Jordan, how do organic acids work in the
body in really helping eliminate candida and some of the other things in fermented vegetables? Jordan: Absolutely. Organic acids actually can destroy yeast through
creating an inhospitable environment. You know we talked about acid alkaline. Yeast, actually, thrive in a colon that has
a higher pH. You need to lower your colonic pH by boosting
your probiotics, and they will create short-chain fatty acids. So, medium chain fatty acids are great for
destroying candida. Short-chain fatty acids lower the colonic
pH. We’re talking about butter and ghee, by the
way. Butter and ghee can actually be anti-yeast. Again, we only have 10 keys. Lots of room for some of the really great
things that we want to add as well. But you want to make sure that your colonic
pH is lower, organic acids do it. So, when you get organic acids, and the best
way if you’ve got yeast overgrowth, is through fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut. Kimchi is really awesome if you can tolerate
it. That will help clear the path, lower the pH
in your colon which makes yeast levels automatically drop. Dr. Axe: Yeah. Jordan, I saw a great new product. I’m trying to remember the company now. And they have these gut shots. Have you seen those? Jordan: Yes, yes. Farmhouse Culture, yes. Dr. Axe: Farmhouse Culture. Check it out, Farmhouse Culture. They have a great new product. They have great sauerkraut. In fact, Chelsea loves . . . they have a dill
. . . Jordan: Pickle? It’s a great, great product. Dr. Axe: The dill pickle sauerkraut which
is so good. But I had one of their beet . . . it was beet
and sauerkraut juice, this week at a health food store in Florida. Absolutely awesome, so check it out. Jordan: And they have kimchi, too, which is
smoking. So, you do an ounce or two of that. Really, really, it is way better, in my opinion,
than coconut kefir. This is not sweet at all and it’s got lots
of organic acids. It cuts to the chase. Dr. Axe: You know, Jordan, one of the surprising
things, too, a lot of times when people have acid reflux, they tend to think they have
too much acid built up in their body. That’s what their doctor will tell them. I’ve read plenty of times in different articles
about, that it’s probably more due to low stomach acid or your own body not producing
enough acid itself. So, a lot of times we think, “Oh, I’ve got
too much acid in my body.” A lot of times we don’t have enough because
we’re not getting enough of these fermented vegetables in our diet as we’re talking about
here. Jordan: Yeah. Bitter and sour is the key. If you see me smiling, one, I keep thinking
of great tips that we forgot. Manuka honey is one of them. And your fingers are yellow. So, what have you been doing today? Dr. Axe: Well, so before this, we’re getting
ready for our . . . we’re actually putting the finishing touches on the essential oil
book we’re writing. Jordan: “Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine
for the Modern World.” Dr. Axe: So, I just came from that photo shoot
and I was working with the turmeric. And so now, I’ve got turmeric. You can probably see my thumbs. They’re all orange. Jordan: I knew it was. I hoped that was it at least. So, there you go. Dr. Axe: Yeah. So, that’s what it is. So, number five. Jordan: This is one of your favorites. I’m going to get started really and talk about
time, and I’m going to let you talk about pau d’arco which you love. But thyme is similar to oregano, similar to
marjoram. They have thymol and they have other . . . carvacrol
is another of these, I would say they’re tannins, right? Or they’re polyphenol, they’re terpenes, they’re
something. Dr. Axe: They’re terpenes, right. Jordan: Okay. Excuse me. They’re terpenes. Thymol, carvacrol, and others destroy yeast. So, thyme is on your side when it comes to
fighting candida. I just had to do that. Dr. Axe: I know you had to. Jordan: We’re going to talk about oregano
a little later, but thyme is an amazing herb. You can take it in a supplement form, make
a tea out of it, or season with it. Think about it. When you cook your warming foods, your lambs,
your bitter greens, your bone broth, put thyme in. We’re going to talk about garlic later. Those absolutely, work wonderful. The essential oil or the fraction of thyme
that you can get from consuming it destroys yeast and it destroys the byproduct yeast
create to cause you problems. Dr. Axe: Yeah. I love to give everybody a cooking tip here. Jordan, anytime we have people over for dinner,
we get the comment, whether I’m making some sort of chicken dish or Italian dish, or something
else, somebody says, “Wow, this . . .” I get a lot of compliments, “Hey, this food tastes
really good.” The key is, use a lot of herbs. Be generous. I think a lot of times, people, even in most
recipes today, people sort of skimp on the herbs. Any time I’m eating anything, I mean, I’m
loading up on the basil, the rosemary, the thyme, the turmeric, the ginger, going overboard
with herbs. If you go to some of the healthiest places
in the world or the places that really understand natural medicine like China and India, and
different areas in the Middle East, I mean, when you walk into their houses, it is like
you’re walking into an herb garden. I mean, it is so . . . we’re missing that
in America. We’re not using herbs enough and I really
think our health is suffering because of it. Jordan: It’s true. Dr. Axe: So, Jordan, talked about thyme. I want to talk about pau d’arco. This is an herb that’s used in Chinese medicine. And this herb is known to be drying and cooling,
and that’s why it’s typically the number one herb prescribed for yeast overgrowth in the
body in Chinese medicine. What I recommend is getting it in a tea form
or finding it as part of some sort of like a candida supplement. So, you can take it in supplement form, but
also, you can buy pau d’arco tea. Drink two glasses a day. It’s very, very effective, and in fact, I
believe, probably the most effective herb in fighting candida and seeing results really,
really fast. And I also like mixing pau d’arco in ginger
tea in combination. All right, let’s jump in here. We’re going to talk about number six here. Jordan: I mean, so many essential oils are
antimicrobial, antifungal, but I think we picked the top two. One of them is for systemic candidiasis, and
that’s oregano essential oil. I recommend, if you’ve got candida or if you’ve
got a bacterial infection, or viral, consume a glass, and I would put water and/or juice. And keep in mind it’s going to be a little
hot, two to three drops of oregano essential oil two to three times a day and you can consume
it in two ounces or six ounces of water. Make sure to mix it because the oil will tend
to settle and it will burn your skin. Consuming oregano oil can help destroy candida. It is probably the best remedy that I know
of. But when you consume oregano essential oil,
make sure to consume a product that is certified organic, more importantly, labeled as a dietary
supplement. If you have an essential oil that is a topical
oil, I don’t know that it’s meant to be used for consumption. So, look for a dietary supplement. Two to three drops three times a day, it really
can wreak havoc and disrupt the life cycle of candida. Dr. Axe: Yeah. And let me say this as well. If you are doing a candida cleanse and part
of it you’re doing oregano oil, we would recommend probably about 10 to 14 days max, not being
on it too long. We know that if you’re doing this, these oils
are powerful, so using them more than two weeks internally, if we’re talking about oregano
and clove, could start to not be beneficial for your body. So, we recommend just doing it for a period
of time. Jordan: And then, taking some time off. Dr. Axe: And then, taking some time off and
doing it in a cycle. But oregano and clove are so powerful. We know that oregano has carvacrol. We talked about that earlier with thyme, Jordan,
which has some of the most beneficial anti-fungal and anti-bacterial nature, even anti-viral. It’s really powerful. And then, clove has a really unique compound
called eugenol which is also why it’s so good for the gums. There are studies on it for gum disease, studies
on it showing it kills off fungus and candida in the body. So, these are the top two essential oils to
use on a regular basis. And if you have any type of a thrush issue,
you’re getting that white coating on your tongue, I’d recommend doing coconut oil clove
pulling. Jordan: Absolutely. And even with myrrh. You can add myrrh, too. But what Josh is talking about is oil pulling
which we both do regularly. Clove is great for oil thrush, which is one
of the signs of candida. If you’re dealing with cancer treatment, AIDS,
etc., a lot of times, immune suppression will give you oral thrush, the thick coating on
your tongue. When I was dealing with Crohn’s colitis, my
tongue was all different colors. It wasn’t just white. And so, doing a mouthwash or oil pulling with,
let’s call it one tablespoon of coconut oil and you can even start with a teaspoon because
your saliva needs to grow. Add one to two drops of clove. You can add myrrh as well. You basically, work the oil in your mouth. You swish it. Work it through your teeth. Make sure to spit it out when you’re done
because it will draw toxins. You do not want to swallow that. You know what else is really great? A little bit of manuka honey is awesome for
that. You can even gargle as well. So, if you did want to gargle . . . because
some people, I had thrush so bad. It was in my throat and it is all over the
place. Lavender is also great for candida. So many oils are, but oregano, internally,
clove for the mouth, and many other things. And let me just mention this because we are
on the subject of honey. If you were somebody who has vaginal thrush,
and obviously, we’re a couple of guys. We don’t recognize what that’s like, but it
is so common. I remember when I was a kid, we would watch
TV and then the yeast infection commercials would come on, and we’d be embarrassed when
our family was around, especially, our mom. But this is a huge issue. I think probably 80% of women will have at
least one vaginal yeast infection during their life and old naturopathic remedies call for
using a douche or some type of vaginal application of coconut oil and honey, but particularly
manuka honey. I know that sounds strange, but check it out. It is very, very effective. So, oral thrush, clove, coconut oil, even
a little tea tree oil is amazing, myrrh, swish it around up to 20 minutes, and then spit
it out. And if you’re dealing with vaginal yeast infections,
topical application of coconut oil, manuka honey, can be really, really good. If you are dealing with mood swings, brain
fog, skin issues, rhinitis or allergies, if you’ve got gut issues, gas, bloating, indigestion,
yeast is involved. If you’ve got bad breath, body odor, joint
stiffness and pain, heavy metal poisoning, there’s an underlying issue of your gut and
candida’s almost always involved. You need to be on essential oils internally
and topically. Look for certified organic oils that are labeled
as dietary supplements. I wouldn’t be without them. There are so many good ones. These are the top. Dr. Axe: Yeah. Let’s jump in to number seven here, Jordan. I’ll talk about garlic and you can jump into
the spices category here as well. You know, garlic is antifungal. It’s antibacterial. It’s antiviral as well. Garlic is one of nature’s super foods. Jordan, I was reading a study here just a
few weeks ago. They’re talking about the top, in terms of
research studies, the herbs and spices which had the most anti-cancer studies. And when I found on there that turmeric was
number one, but I believe that garlic was number two on that list. Jordan: It’s a powerhouse and it’s fallen
out of favor a little bit. Garlic is great for the heart. It’s great for the immune system. It is really great for so many things, but
it is primarily antimicrobial. So, if you are able to consume more garlic,
it works raw or cooked. Raw can be harsh for somebody with a gut that
is sensitive. But if you’re going to make a warming broth,
you’re going to put in the turmeric, the ginger, the bitter greens, you got that bone broth
base, adding some garlic. I used to add four to eight cloves of garlic
to my bone broth recipe along with turmeric and ginger. Garlic is amazing. Garlic tea is really, really good. Garlic-ginger tea is even better. Garlic-ginger-pau d’arco tea might be the
best of all. Dr. Axe: And how about this? Juicing some garlic into a sauerkraut shot. Jordan: That is powerful. Dr. Axe: There you go. All right, so we’ve got garlic here. Just one of the compounds in there, it’s called
allicin, actually, has very, very powerful anti-bacterial properties. Also, this is a really strong sulfur-containing
food which is great for your health as well. Jordan: It is. You know, now I’ve got to digest all this,
pun intended. But what we’re talking about is make a . . . I’m
going to back up so you can see. So, you’re going to make fermented veggies,
add a little bit of garlic, or you can buy fermented veggies with garlic and ginger. Farmhouse has garlic in some of theirs. So do other brands that are by you. Look for fermented veggies with garlic. Make garlic tea with the other herbs that
we have here, so pau d’arco, thyme, oregano, ginger. And last but not least, you want to put it
in your broth. So, that’s a lot of ways to get garlic. Garlic is one of the best anti-candida spices
known to man. And in general, essential oils are great for
fungus, spices are great for fungus, and herbs are great for fungus. We consume, in my opinion, the least herbs
and spices per capita of any civilized culture. We depend on medicine. We depend on sanitation, but native cultures
don’t have sanitation. They don’t have medicine. They have spices and herbs, and they have
oils. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely. Jordan, let’s talk about fermented silver. Jordan: Now, this is something that is really,
really amazing because we’ve all heard of colloidal silver, right? Colloidal silver is said to destroy fungi
on contact. But here’s my issue with silver. When I get a cold or my kids do, we give colloidal
silver. But I don’t absolutely know that it works. I just do it because I feel good and it’s
easy. What kid won’t take a little silver? It’s a liquid. It tastes like nothing. I believe on contact, if you gargle, if you
swish, it’s really good. I have no real proof that colloidal silver
works systemically the way that I hope it does. And this is not a criticism as much as it’s
an observation. So, I have actually found a form of fermented
silver that allows it to be consumed as you would a supplement or food, and I believe
that that releases in the bloodstream the silver ions, supposedly, can destroy bacteria
and yeast. Now, this is very, very new and it’s emerging,
but if you can find a product that has fermented silver in it, I believe that it’s going to
go a long way to balancing your gut. Dr. Axe: Jordan, a few questions here. One is, “Where can I buy fermented silver?” Jordan: If you will check out the draxe.com
site, look it up. I think you will find some good information
on how to find products that contain fermented silver, brand new stuff. Dr. Axe: Another question here from Jessica. She says, “Can colloidal silver be toxic or
cause heavy metal toxicity?” Jordan: It’s a great question. If you consume a lot of silver, particularly,
with a high part per million, and I’m talking about several bottles a day, there is a condition,
I want to say it’s called ageria. It’s something like that. Dr. Axe: Yes. It’s argyria. I don’t know. Jordan: Yeah, something. It’s basically a graying of the skin. Somebody did that once. I think they had bottles a day of colloidal
silver and the challenge is, it’s irreversible. So, that got out there and it created a big
issue against colloidal silver in general. Dr. Axe: This person is drinking a liter. That’s how much, a liter of colloidal silver
a day. We’re talking about a teaspoon or tablespoon
a day, not liters. Jordan: But I don’t believe the fermented
silver is going to cause problems. Dr. Axe: That’s a great thing. Jordan: You still want to keep the dose, the
daily dose between 50 micrograms and 150 micrograms of silver. So, you’ve got to do some mathematic . . . a
little calculation there. But I think colloidal silver is good topically
and orally. But fermented silver, I believe, would be
better systemically. Silver kills germs. Dr. Axe: I mean, Jordan, fermented silver
is what I personally use. I believe it’s even better than colloidal
silver. Again, I think colloidal silver can be great. There are uses for that. But again, fermented silver, my absolute favorite. I’ve had a lot of patients who’ve used that
over the years, and I absolutely . . . I’m sorry. Not over the years, really more recently,
several patients started using it. All right, Jordan, let’s talk about mushrooms. So, can fungi fight fungi? Jordan: Absolutely. And this is a big, big misconception. The old candida diet said no vinegar and they
said no mushrooms. Number one, apple cider vinegar and coconut
vinegar can be really good if you have candida. Now, white vinegar and distilled vinegar,
even balsamic, that, I think, can cause issues. But I believe good quality real food vinegar
can help fight fungi. But you know what really fights it? Fungi. Now, let me just explain to you. Fungi is a kingdom. At the way bottom is candida, a single-celled
organism that is not very developed. On top are polycellular fungi that we call
mushrooms and they fight candida by boosting your immune system. My favorite is turkey tail mushroom known
as trametes versicolor. It creates immune-boosting compounds that
have been used as adjuvant therapies for cancer. They’ve been used in other major conditions
such as chronic fatigue, fighting Epstein-Barr, and it fights fungi. In fact, I believe reishi, chaga, and turkey
tail all fight candida. So, if you want candida relief, mushrooms
are great. And guess what I’m going to say. Go back to the bone broth, the warming food,
because in Chinese medicine, you fight fungi with fungi. So, you can consume turkey tail mushroom. It’s a medicinal, so do it in a tea. Do it in a recipe like a soup. It’s not as much of a culinary mushroom as
much as it is a medicinal, or you can take it in supplement form. And in Josh’s book, “Eat Dirt,” he talks about
the seven secrets to healthy soil and it includes a lot of this. So, what we’re talking about is the right
minerals, particularly silver. We’re talking about getting fungi, bacteria,
and even next we’re going to talk about yeast versus yeast, which is even crazy. Dr. Axe: Very good. Jordan, we got a question here from Margaret
about beta glucan. Jordan: Beta glucan also can help fight yeast. What’s great about turkey tail mushroom? It has beta glucan naturally occurring in
it. But beta glucan stimulates the macrophages
of your immune system which can help engulf either candida or the toxins it creates because
candida is not the issue. When candida grows, it creates toxins and
it almost embeds in your gut and also creates permeability. So, a lot of people believe leaky gut has
yeast involved. They put in sort of stakes into your gut driving
bigger holes. Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely. Let’s jump to the last one here, Jordan, yeast
fighting yeast and soil-based organisms to clear candida out of the body. Jordan: The tenth recommendation is really
number one and if you’re fighting candida and you are not using probiotics, you’re missing
the boat. But if you’re using probiotics and they don’t
have SBOs, you’re missing the ocean. Folks, I had the worst case of candida that
anyone had ever seen. Whether it was in the gut, 4 plus for CDSA,
I had high titers. The way to overcome candida more than anything
is to get soil-based organisms in your body. They go in. They last for several days. They create compounds and enzymes that destroy
yeast. They create a zone of inhibition, if you will. Regular probiotics, lactobacilli, work a little
bit. SBOs work a lot. Soil-based organisms destroy single-celled
fungi in the root system of plants and they’ll do that in your body as well. In fact, if you’re going to be taking a probiotic
for anything, but especially, to balance candida levels in your body, SBOs or critical soil-based
organisms, a great research by Dr. Simon Cutting out of the UK, talking about the compounds
that the bacillus genus or bacillus species of probiotics can do so. They create a zone of inhibition that cause
yeast to not enter. So, they begin to balance your gut. And then, this is really interesting. Saccharomyces boulardii is known around the
world as the yeast versus yeast. Saccharomyces boulardii creates lactic acid
and either organic acids that destroy yeast. Remember we talked about organic acids? Dr. Axe: Oh, yeah. Jordan: Consuming organic acids, consuming
compounds and herbs, and oils destroy yeast. And the one thing I also want to add to this
mix, so, we got SBOs and sacch boulardii, the enzyme cellulase can help break down the
wall of yeast. We left that off along with manuka honey and
ginger. But if you want to get to the bottom of yeast,
it’s not a surface thing, it’s a long term . . . I’ve taken them for 20 years. Soil-based organisms and saccharomyces boulardii
need to be in your probiotic, and I believe when you’re dealing with yeast overgrowth,
double, triple, or quadruple the probiotic dose. Dr. Axe: Absolutely. Jordan: Most people don’t get results because
they don’t consume a lot. You know what else is good about sacch boulardii? When SBOs get in there, they can cause a stirring
up of yeast, so can oregano oil. And if you’ve heard of a die-off or a Herxheimer
reaction, that means that as the yeast die, they create their last ditch effort to hurt
you with various compounds and you reabsorb them and feel yucky, feeling worse before
better, saccharomyces boulardii helps clean that up. You want to get rid of the yeast toxins as
well, there’s another beneficial tip. If you are having die-off, I don’t know if
anyone asked and said, “I was on a candida diet. I starved them, I killed them, and then I
felt worse,” consuming a clay, a bentonite or montmorillonite clay that’s in a dietary
supplement form, also flax and chia seed, they can help capture the toxins and move
them out of your body. Dr. Axe: Yeah. It’s a great idea, Jordan. A lot of times I hear from people that, again,
as you’re doing a candida cleanse, you’ll notice some of these reactions as Jordan is
saying. Getting a little bit of clay in there, getting
some flax in there as part of a bone broth smoothie, I love doing some flax and bone
broth powder in there to really bind the things that’s so important. All right, let me see here. Some questions here. Jason says, “What about charcoal?” Jordan: Charcoal can be okay. I like clay a little bit better. You know what else I like is shilajit or humate. But charcoal can definitely help. Consume smaller amounts of it because it can
tamper with mineral absorption. And when you have candida, you already have
an issue metabolizing certain vitamins because the candida eats first. That’s the problem. It’s parasitic in nature, so the candida will
eat the best of your nutrients before you get them. And so, it’s really, really important to stop
them in their tracks, starve them, kill them, and all of these keys will help your overall
body. And so, as Josh is reading some of your questions
and comments, I want to make sure you understand that if you’re dealing with skin issues, if
you have gut issues, if you have brain issues, if you’ve got immune system issues, you’re
likely dealing with candida overgrowth. And I believe that so many people suffer and
they go to diagnostic test after diagnostic test, doctor after doctor, and even antifungals
work for a little while and cause a rebound effect. If you’ve got toenail fungus, it’s internal. If you’ve got a skin fungus, even ringworm,
other fungal issues that are on the skin, if you’ve got acne, yeast is involved. You need to follow these 10 keys to conquer
candida once and for all. And you’ll get so many benefits because we’re
not simply destroying things we’re building your body as well. Dr. Axe: Yeah. Great question here from Alexandra. He says, “How do you know if the candida is
killed?” You know, I’ll tell you a couple ways to tell. One is really looking at your tongue. This has been used in Chinese medicine for
a long time. If there’s a white coating, especially, in
the middle of your tongue, if there’s a coating on there, once that is gone and your tongue
starts turning more of a pink color, that’s one big way. Another way is really looking at your bowel
movements. And if you’re having healthy, well-formed
bowel movements, that’s another thing if those are irregular. So, if you’re bowels get really healthier
bowel movements, if you have more of a pink layer on your tongue rather than any type
of a whiteness or white coating, that’s the biggest sign that you’re starting to overcome
candida . . . Jordan: Skin, energy levels, and really whatever
challenge you’re dealing with, if that gets better. But really, to me, post meal gas and bloating
are one of the biggest triggers to both candida and small intestine bowel overgrowth, which
is called SIBO or SIBO. Both of those go hand in hand. Remember, candida is not the cause of all
your issues, but it’s likely an accomplice. And everything we’re doing here is going to
reduce your load of bad bacteria, virus, and even parasites. You’re going to get great benefits and you’re
going to . . . antioxidants are going to be boosted. So, if you don’t have candida and you follow
these ten keys to conquer candida, you’re going to get better in so many ways. And guess what? You never needed to know if it was yeast or
not. Dr. Axe: Hi, Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking
out this YouTube video and also, don’t forget to subscribe. If you want to get more great content on things
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59 thoughts on “10 Keys to Conquer Candida”

  1. I thought that natural sugars don’t digest the same way in the body as refined sugars? Haven’t they done research to say fruit doesn’t effect Candida growth at all?

  2. My husband and I get rashes from sweating really bad here in Mississippi. Blah. They give him nystatin and some other cream….i took antibiotics. nd boom got a yeast infection. Thank you for this video!

  3. How about just doing a three day fast, or as long a fast as one can(?) That will surely kill off the excessive amount of yeast overgrowth (Candida).

  4. Great advice guys, thank you. Especially the bone broth.

    May I suggest, one ought to be a bit careful about throwing too much at it too soon. You can get an aggressive kickback. This is what i did, and in hindsight I would ease of slightly. I had an intense body rash, over my entire body. I had thyme, ginger and clove oil tea, apple cider vinegar, lemon drinks, probiotics, etc, etc. And Holt cow did I pay the price. 4 hours of the most intense discomfort. My skin looked reptilian, my hands and eyes puffed up. Never again!!

    Gently gently has to be the key.

    However, it all eased off within a few hours and gradually cleared up after that.

  5. My toungue looks pink but i have all of the other symptoms.

    I am a bit confused about why you recommend against coconut kefir but then recommend other fermented foods.. I thought that they all can worsen SIBO and candida in the beginning. Also, what about people with histamine intolerance which is common in people with leaky gut….

    How much clove oil?

    I Put 3 drops of oregano essential oil in a tsp of olive oil 3x/day. If it is mixed well it will not burn the mouth and lips. Oil of oregano is pre mixed oregano oil and olive oil and can be purchased if you dont want to make it at home but it it cheaper in the long run to make it. Also for anyone with cold sores; oregano oil will burn like hell but the cold sore will go away in less than 3 days!

  6. I found that an Air Purifier unit and dehumidifier helped me alot cuz i stay in my room alot and the air gets polluted badly… with stress, anxiety, and depression. Showering often, mouthwash, and a nasty drink mix consisting of Lime, Garlic, Turmeric, Ginger, and applecider vinegar. Plain yogurt and multivitamins help too. These are just preventatives though.

  7. Thank you. I have candida in the oesophagus and now it feels as if it is also in the lungs… am vegetarian and compromised in taking chicken broth. Hope it will help. I gargle and swift with Hydrogen Peroxide food grade. Blessings.

  8. I have watched many well known functional doctors on YouTube who say not to eat fermented vegetables with high candida levels?

  9. Dr. Axe, I always loved your videos. So informative and you are contributing in many ways towards better health of people. A job well done! Keep posting such great videos.

  10. Thanks guys for this video, it really helps streamline all the candida diet information. I also wanted to add this little home remedy for yeast infections. I know this may sound weird, but a friend told me to use a garlic cloves vaginally to fight off a yeast infection because it’s antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal. As soon as I feel a yeast infection coming on I just insert one in the morning, remove before bed and insert a fresh one. I do this usually only for a couple of days and all the yeast infection symptoms go away. I rarely have them anymore and they never last more then a day or two if I do it as soon as I feel the symptoms coming on.

  11. My husband got hospitalized for 4 days and no doctor cannot figure out his stomach pain. When i had him drink i made he got healed instantly… i juiced lettuce with raw 1 inch of ginger and raw 2 cloves of garlic. He finally went home after drinking that and back to normal. Stomach pain went away. It was a miracle I was guided by God to do this after I prayed. We ended up with $40,000 medical bills… which was a waste.

  12. Thanks for awesome video.. can we take blak forest honey instead of manuka
    ..plus can we take coconut oil just by drizling on top of our meal?

  13. That is why I love Ireland . I felt the effect of HSO’s. I’m still getting a light of all of this. But at least I have more insight. Thanks to you I would not have known that. Thanks Gentlemen!

  14. I've tried 3 times to make my own fermented sauerkraut, because the store bought sauerkraut usually isn't fermented. But all 3 times failed.

  15. Anyone else have acid reflux due to Candida? I’ve noticed bloating and difficulty digesting before the reflux

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