The One Thing You Need to Do to Heal Mood Imbalances Naturally

June 23rd, 2014

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The One Thing You Need to Do to Heal Mood Imbalances Naturally

Conventional medicine views the body in terms of distinct systems, and therefore often sees the mind as independent from the rest of the body. As a consequence, those who struggle with mood imbalances assume that treating their body will have no effect on their mental health.

Common mood imbalances that I see in my clinic are mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, and brain fog. If you suffer from any of these, your symptoms may be attributable to one underlying infection: Candida overgrowth.

Candida is a yeast, which is a form of fungus, a very small amount of which lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it’s overproduced it can cause lots of physical and mental side effects.

Our brains are inextricably tied to our gastrointestinal tract. This is because 90-95% of our serotonin, the key neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood, is made in our gut. A deficiency in serotonin causes depression and in some anxiety–in fact, the majority of antidepressants work by blocking the brain’s serotonin receptors, freeing up more of the chemical to remain present in the brain. When the Candida population grows too numerous, it creates a layer over the intestines, suppressing the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Candida also breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body.


How do you get Candida overgrowth?

The healthy or ‘good’ bacteria in your gut typically keep your Candida levels in check, and the yeast can get out of hand if a round of antibiotics kills too many of those friendly bacteria. A diet high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, fermented foods, and alcohol feeds the yeast.


How do you treat Candida overgrowth?

Effectively treating Candida involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, and healing your gut  so that Candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.

Start by eliminating sugar in all of its simple forms like candy, desserts, alcohol, and flours. Reduce to only a few cups a day of the more complex carbohydrates such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes, and consider eliminating all fermented foods as well.

Take a supplement of candisol or caprylic acid. These supplements contain plant-based enzymes that basically ‘poke holes’ in the yeast cell wall causing it to die. To restore the healthy bacteria that typically keep your Candida population under control, you should take probiotics on a regular basis. A doctor can prescribe more potent anti-fungal medications if needed.

For more information on the signs and symptoms of Candida overgrowth, as well as ways to treat it, see my article here.


A Healthy Gut Means a Healthy Brain

The key to treating mood imbalances is recognizing that most are actually rooted in your gut, not your brain. The goal should be to restore the balance of your intestinal flora by treating infections. In the meantime, you can support your body’s production of serotonin with a supplement of 5HTP, which is the precursor to serotonin.

For those suffering from mood imbalances, it can seem like a losing battle. Don’t throw up your hands just yet–the factors with the most determination in your mental health are more treatable than you think.


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  • Berneda Rivard

    I would like more info on your 5HTP. When time durnig the day do you take it, with or without food, does it interfere with any other supplements, does it have any side effects, and how long should one be on it? Thank you.

  • Becky Grainger

    I am curious if there is a way to diagnose this condition with some type of testing? Symptoms being described could be Candida or several other things as well. So before you start treating this condition as suggested, how can you confirm this is what you most likely have wrong with you. I really would appreciate a clear response on this. Thank you

  • Anna Kuusela

    Great info, thanks! I’m wondering why fermented foods are not allowed but probiotic supplements are recommended? I thought sauerkraut and other fermented foods contain lactic acids and so do probiotic supplement too… So is there a difference between good bacteria in fermented foods and good bacteria in probiotic supplements?

    I’d appreciate your reply 🙂 Thank you.

    • Dr. Amy Myers

      fermented foods feed both good and bad bacteria and yeast

      treat yeast first then use fermented foods

    • Deb Robo

      Absolutely agree with this question. I have always heard that naturally fermented probiotic veggies were so beneficial to the gut because of their probiotic properties. Why in the world would they not be “allowed” but probiotic supplements are recommended? Is that because we can’t make our own probiotic supplements for free but we can make our own fermented veggies?

      • Hi Deb,
        If fermented veggies are working for you, that’s great. In my clinical practice I’ve found that fermented foods can contribute to yeast overgrowth, and so I ask that my patients to temporarily avoid them during treatment. They can typically add them back in once the Candida is under control.

        • Deb Robo

          Thank you Dr. Amy 🙂 Okay now I understand. I am wondering then… I have done the GAPS diet for almost a full year about 5 years ago and because of a severe psoriasis outbreak I went on a Dr. Pagano healing psoriasis diet. Both diets have no sugar or processed foods. Recently I have added back in unpasturized fermented veggies and have had what I thought were “healing crisis” reactions with a little itchy skin and increased anxiety which I am prone to normally. How do you know if you have “fixed” your candida issue or if it is just “better” but likely to flare if you re-add back some healthy foods like more fruit or natural sugars or fermented foods?

          • That’s a good question, and one that I believe requires some tailored guidance. I would either come see me as a patient, or set up a session with my nutritionist to help guide you through the reintroduction phase!

    • Hi Anna,
      I recommend avoiding prebiotics/fermented foods while treating Candida overgrowth because they feed the yeast. Yes, they feed the good bacteria as well, but while trying to kill the yeast I’ve found it’s best to avoid them. I tell my patients to add them back in after the initial treatment.

  • JJ

    Is the Candisol or caprylic acid safe for possibly pregnancy? I’m TTC so every month there’s two weeks where I don’t know if I might be pregnant. Thanks!

    • Hi JJ, I would recommend checking with your PCP. While I doubt they would be harmful, I don’t know of any clinical studies on either supplement during pregnancy!

      • JJ

        Thank you! I appreciate the reply. Have a great day!

  • Leonie Zurakowsky

    I think food grade diatomaceous earth will stifle a candida infection – sure helped my fungi!

  • Kim

    I just got off of a week of Diflucan but I still cannot tolerate any probiotics or yogurts…they mess with my mood and I get bloating and gas.Kefir gave me migraines and anxiety. I have tried every anti-fungal from Pau D’arco, garlic, Candidex, nystatin, SF277, etc before introducing various probiotics, but still don’t seem to tolerate. I used soil based organisms alright but was trying to repopulate what my labs showed NG in like L.acid and Bifido etc.. would this indicate that yeast is still a problem if one cannot tolerate probiotics or fermented foods?