Okay, so we must all agree that passing wind is a natural phenomenon and , under normal circumstances, there is nothing we could or indeed should, do to prevent it.
Farting is most prevalent when we lie down at night-time but the occasional burst during the day is not abnormal. However with some people farting can become excessive and it moves out of the realms of being either amusing or even embarrassing and into the arena of being a little worrying.
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Can Candida Make Me Fart?
That is what happened to a 52 year old gentleman who contacted us recently to ask if Candida could make him fart excessively. And the answer to his question was most certainly, yes. In fact, Eric Bakker did a case study video on the topic which you can watch below.
His story was in fact remarkably reminiscent of many other men today: On further investigation it transpired that he had suffered from indigestion since he was in his mid 20s and this increased in severity for several years being only temporarily relieved by a copious amount of antacids.
The indigestion was eventually accompanied by a loud grumbling stomach which didn’t seem to be any different either prior to digesting food or after it. At this time he described his flatulence as ‘average – for a man’ but remarked that it had become increasingly obvious during the intervening years. Things really didn’t come to a head until he was prescribed antibiotics for an infection in his hand which he injured at work – and for which he also received repeat treatment when the infection returned.
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The farting, he noticed, increased in intensity after his antibiotic treatment. His wife too noticed, and her attitude toward it had developed from one of humor, through to irritation and was now sitting firmly on the ledge of very annoyed. Although she demanded he broach the problem the lady did acknowledge that this could be a medical rather than a social issue and together with her husband they set about looking for possible causes. It was when they were searching the internet that they came across to our symptoms page and began to consider Candida.
Like many men, the sufferer originally thought that Candida was a ‘woman’s problem’ and he was surprised to learn otherwise. He was also surprised to learn that Candida can manifest primarily as a digestive condition and that his situation was typical of many men.
When he contacted our team we explained that often a grumbling stomach can be a sign of too little stomach acid as too can indigestion. When there is too little stomach acid then the pH is so alkaline it is difficult to digest food properly which is one reason why the stomach grumbles. On top of that the alkaline pH alters the rest of the digestive tract acidity and this can result in pathogens, like Candida, building up. By making the presumption that his indigestion was as a result of too much stomach acid and his taking antacids, he had simply made a possibly alkali environment even more alkaline and so the issue simply got worse.
The final straw for his digestive problems came with not one course of antibiotic treatment, but two which ran more or less consecutively. Antibiotics are now renown for causing problems with the gut microflora because they simply kill off both good and bad species which results in digestive issues.
Restoring the balance of the microflora to one where the good organisms outnumber the pathogens is a very difficult thing to do, and, even though the antibiotics could not in this case be avoided, he should at least have been taking a good quality probiotic at the same time.
Our team advised the sufferer not to decrease his stomach acid but to increase it. This meant stopping the antacids (which simply make the problem worse) and ingesting naturally acidic drinks such as apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice in water. Other fruit juices don’t work as well as lemon (and most are high in fructose) because the pH of that lemons matches the pH of the stomach acid more closely. It can also be achieved by taking betaine hydrochloride which raises stomach acid acidity and, since this is an ingredient in Canxida Remove, was what he decided to take. Further to increasing acidity it is then necessary to not only kill the pathogenic organisms but also to increase the numbers of the beneficial bacteria so they can do what comes naturally – overwhelm the dominant and damaging species. In recommending Canxida Remove and Canxida Restore he achieved both the aims because one contains several natural and effective antifungals and the other has many beneficial probiotics in its ingredient list.
He could also have achieved this by buying individual products such as garlic, black walnut and betaine hydrocholoride, but the team felt the supplements would be the best option for him.
Thankfully, or at least his wife thinks so, his excessive farting has now reverted to what can only be described as normal levels. The grumbling stomach has gone, the indigestion has miraculously disappeared and, to make sure he doesn’t revert to form, he has cut down drastically on his alcohol consumption which our team advised due to it having the ability to aggravate a Candida overgrowth.
Remember that a certain amount of farting, particularly when lying down, is normal, but excessive farting throughout the day is not. Also remember that indigestion is not always indicative of excess stomach acid but can often be a sign of a lack of it.
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Antacids often only aggravate the problem even if they appear to resolve it temporarily. If you are needing to regularly take antacids then it might be a good idea to investigate exactly what the problem is and particularly when it is accompanied by the same digestive symptoms as our sufferer. When taking antibiotics remember to add a daily probiotic to your diet to replace the good bacteria which are being destroyed, and, where possible, cut back on the alcohol – for good.
As usual, make sure to consult with your doctor before taking any dietary supplements or any health advice.