Does Cigarette Smoking Affect Candida?

Hi there Eric Becker, naturopath from New
Zealand. I’ve a question here from Sinead [Ranash 00:00:07],
Mr Ranash your question. Mr Eric, I ask you for a third time to do
please a video on the link between smoking and candida. Can smoking kill flora? Can smoking feed candida or bad bacteria? Mr Ranash, thank you for the question, my
apologies for not having previously replied to your question. So I’m going to try and do a good video for
you right now on smoking and also caffeine. But particularly smoking and candida, and
the link between these two things. Many people still smoke, in fact I started
smoking when I was 13 years of age, back in the 70’s and 60’s everybody smoked, as you
probably know. I quit when I was in my mid 20’s thank goodness. But smoking has some very interesting effects
when it comes to candida so what we know of for example, what many people are concerned
about with candida is keeping their blood sugar stable. So when you eat food that contains any kind
of protein, fat, carb in it, the bodies going to ultimately convert those things to sugars
to feed ourselves. Everything eventually breaks down to some
form of sugar. But if we are low on blood sugar then the
brain senses this and then basically the body starts triggering mechanisms to release stored
sugar. So cortisol and for example an adrenaline
and other hormones are stimulated, produced to stimulate the liver to release stored sugar
called glycogen. Once this gets into the blood stream the brain
again senses this increase in blood sugar and then it triggers the pancreas to start
secreting insulin from little hormone cells called the islets of Langerhans from the pancreas. So the pancreas secrets that insulin, the
insulin travels into the blood where it sees this glycogen. It helps to convert, sorry, it’s already broken
down into sugar at this stage. It gets converted in the blood stream to sugar,
sugar rise goes up, insulin stimulates this sugar to get into the cell of the body to
feed the cell and to maintain homeostasis. So there’s always this fine mechanism between
eating a meal, getting blood sugar and then in between meals a depletion of blood sugar
and then again the blood sugar comes up because the body needs this all the time. So it gets regulated, now nicotine has an
interesting effect because it constricts blood vessels and it stimulates a stress in the
body. But it also can stimulate the release of glycogen
and when this happens again then the pancreas has to release insulin to move the sugar into
the cell. Nicotine has a very interesting effect on
the adrenal gland also. Because it stimulates the production of adrenaline,
which also stimulates the release of glycogen. So there’s quite a vicious circle between
smoking, is it initiates stress, which pushes the blood sugar up and of course when you
get these blood sugar hits and you get the lows this is what makes you want to go back
and keep having cigarettes every two to three hours. So I can remember when I was smoking I would
smoke maybe a cigarette every three to four hours, it’s not uncommon. Many people have got a particular time span
when they want that hit. There is definitely a link between tobacco
smoking and the continuation of candida. So my advice for you Sinead is to stop smoking,
to look at other ways of smoking. I look at vaping, I don’t think vaping’s any
better, in fact I watched some research recently on the internet about vaping now where they’re
very concerned about people inhaling particles of metal in the vapor from these devices. So we don’t know, it’s a little bit like mobile
phones, we don’t know what the long term ramifications of vaping are on health. Probably like we didn’t know in the 50’s of
cigarette smoking. So I feel in time probably by the year 2050
we’ll know that vaping is probably worse than smoking. So anything you inhale into your lungs is
going to be damaging to the body. But anything with a high nicotine content
is going to help keep this vicious cycle of high and low blood sugar going. Also some studies showed that it initiates
oral candida and bad breath. Other studies show that it’s bad on stomach
and acid production in the stomach. It can cause appetite increase or appetite
suppression. So it also affects neurotransmitters, like
dopamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, receptors in the small intestine get affected also by
nicotine. So smoking is not really good for your health
in general. It’s not good for your pocket, it’s not good
for your health. It also annoys people around you so my recommendations
for you Sinead are to look at discontinuing smoking. Look at some type of incentive to help you
get off cigarettes, save the money, take your friend on a good holiday and enjoy that. I hope that answers your question regarding
tobacco smoking. I forgot to elaborate on the caffeine, but
what I should have told you is caffeine has a very similar effect with candida. I don’t see one cup of coffee being necessarily
bad for people, a day. But many people who have caffeine don’t eat
the right kind of foods, and they tend to have not one coffee but up to six or seven
coffees a day. There’s definitely a link with high caffeine
and many of the effects I just spoke about with nicotine. They’re both alkaloids and the chemicals that
can affect you adversely. Thanks for checking out my video.