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Are Night Sweats Connected To Candida?

August 22, 2019


Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath from
New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of supplements.
Thanks for tuning in. I’ve got a question here from a gentlemen in England, a Mr. Paul
Wilson from Sussex in the UK. Paul’s asking me, “Eric are night sweats connected to Candida?
Can Candida cause night sweats?” Let’s have a look at different kinds of reasons
why you can get night sweats first, Paul. In fact, there are about eight or nine different
reasons. I’ve just pulled up a list here and I’m going to go through a few things with
you to explain to you more about night sweats. Night sweats is a condition that we refer
to when you’re in bed, you’re got the covers on you, you’re sleeping, and you wake up really
hot and sweaty as opposed to fevers, which can happen at night or during the day. So
fevers are almost every time immune related and usually involve some kind of infection
like influenza, for example. There are different kinds of tropical diseases that can cause
fevers as well. Menopause. Obviously, you’re a guy so I wouldn’t
expect you to get the same kind of symptoms. Some men do go through what we call andropause,
so they go through a kind of a male menopause. But many females go through peri-menopause
and menopause. So the menarche is the beginning of the menses. The menopause is really the
end of the menses. It can occur. I’ve got some patients who go through menopause as
young as 38 and some who go through it as old as 62. There is no sort of defined date
here, but I seem to find that probably I’d say mid to late 40s, between around 47 and
52, seems to be the key age for development of menopause.
So what happens in this situation is the ovaries that produce the bulk of the sex hormones,
estrogen and progesterone, they start declining. So the feedback loop between the ovaries and
the pituitary is not so active anymore because the woman’s active menstrual years are really
behind her. She doesn’t need to reproduce anymore. So the ovarian pituitary hypothalamic
loop starts to slow down and the ovaries atrophy, they shrivel up a bit, they get smaller. What
happens is the woman will notice that her period may go into decline. She may have a
heavy cycle one month and maybe skip one another month. Some women have a very smooth transition.
Others will have a much harder transition. I find especially the women who go through
a lot of stress have this because the adrenal glands make about 30 to 40 percent of the
sex hormones, and the ovaries make the remainder. If a woman has had a huge amount of stress
in her life raising teenagers, going through a divorce, gone through lots of financial
hardship, she may have a considerable adrenal weakness or fatigue, so the adrenals at this
point can’t step up to the plate and deliver the right level of hormones that the woman
requires, estrogen and progesterone, and DHEA in particular. As her ovarian function declines.
This causes a disparity and this often for many women I see can create anxiety, hot flashing,
grumpy person, libido can hit the floor, all sorts of things can occur. And particularly
the lack of estrogen, we find the hot flashes occurring. And they can typically occur at
night in bed where she can throw off the covers. Husband can be cold. She can be hot. So the
covers can go on and off all night. Hot flashes in this case can often be accompanied
with mood disorders, anxiety or depression, tiredness, muscle pain and weakness. I find
in my experience that low estrogen often occurs commonly with low testosterone, so you may
want to go to a doctor and get some salivary testing done. You can also get some urinary
tests done now for metabolites. There is a really good lab called Precision Analytical
that does what we call the Dutch test, which is superb for looking at the stress hormones,
the sex hormones, and what we call the androgens as well. That’s a very good test, the Dutch
test. That will determine what your level of hormones is like. If you’re worried about
menopause, get tested and then get these levels of hormones balanced. Quite often, this will
make a big difference for menopausal night sweats.
Idiopathic hyperhidrosis. Idiopathic means we don’t know what the hell caused it. There
is no known cause. Some people get random sweats where they can’t define any kind of
immune illness or hormonal imbalance underpinning it. It’s quite rare having the idiopathic,
but some people will have this quite bad. I’m quite sure that if the person was checked
carefully for different kinds of foods or heavy metals or issues in the body, they may
find a level of toxicity there or a major food problem. The person is consuming a food
or drinking something that they shouldn’t be doing. Alcohol, I found, has sometimes
underpinned the idiopathic hyperhidrosis. Some people get flushing from different kinds
of preservatives in wine, for example, can cause flushing. And the person will go to
the doctor and the doctor says, “Look, we don’t know what’s causing this sweating.”
If you drink alcohol and you suffer from night sweats and no one can work out what it is,
just stop the alcohol temporarily to see if there’s a link there between booze and the
no known cause sweating. Infections. Infections are quite a well-known
cause of night sweats, especially conditions like tuberculosis, but also conditions like
endocarditis or a bacterial infection of the heart valves. Osteomyelitis or bone infection.
There are many kinds of infections that can cause it. I know there are different tropical
diseases that can cause a lot of night sweats in people. I think dengue fever is one of
them. And in Australia, we’ve got Ross River virus, for example. I think it’s a virus and
it’s spread by mosquito bites and that can cause drenching night sweats as well. And
often these infections are accompanied by extreme fatigue, if you get a lot of sweating.
Malarial drenching is a typical one where the person will have saturated sheets from
night sweats. Usually a blood test will uncover if you’ve got an infection or not underpinning
night sweats. So if you’ve been traveling to different countries, that could be one
of the causes. You could have picked up an infection.
Cancers. Of course, cancers like lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is more common than
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but the lymphomas involve cancer of the lymphatic system with the enlargement
of lymph glands typically in the neck. I found some patients will find, men will find it
when shaving. That can often underpin sweating, too. And again, blood tests will pick this
up, so your doctor should be able to pick up if you’ve got lymphoma or any kind of infectious
disease that could be underpinning night sweating. Pharmaceutical drugs. There are different
kinds of drugs that can cause night sweating or sweats, flushes in general. Antibiotics,
for example, from as many as 10 up to 25 percent of people who take different kinds of antibiotics
can experience night sweats. Not many people know that. And also, paracetamol, Tylenol,
Advil, different pharmaceutical drugs like aspirin can cause flushes and sweating in
some people. If you’re taking a pain medication and you suffer from night sweats, again, you
may want to see if there’s a link there. Antacids, for example. Some people report with antacids
that they get flushing or sweating. Aspirin is a common one, actually.
Hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar. I made a big mistake when I was in my 20s a long time ago
when I went for a run, a long jog outside, and I came back and I drank a can of Coke.
What a dumb thing to do. I had low blood sugar, but when I put 12 or 15 teaspoons of sugar
into my body, I hit the floor because I immediately elevated my blood sugar. A large amount of
insulin was produced to reduce it, my insulin levels just plummeted, and so did my blood
sugar, I just dropped and I felt really weak. I collapsed. I got hot flushes, I got cold
flushes, and I got shaking and chills. This can happen with really low blood sugar. Type
1 diabetics can have this with poor insulin control. They can get a lot of sweating and
flushing. Thyroid problems. Very common. Hyperthyroidism.
If you’ve got very low TSH, get your blood level checked and you’ve got maybe shaking,
maybe anxiety and sweating can often accompany that as well. So people who get very hot or
very cold may need to get their thyroid hormones checked if they’re uncertain what’s going
on there. With hyperthyroidism, we’d expect the person to be more on the skinny side.
With high levels of anxiety and can’t relax, so they can sweat typically.
The last one is a rare neurological condition. It can be some conditions like autonomic neuropathy,
autonomic dysreflexia, these are all weird names that we give to unusual conditions involving
the nervous system, which can either be through infection or injury. There are different kinds
of reasons why a person may have a damaged nervous system, and that can cause inappropriate
responses peripherally in the body. They can get all sorts of weird sensations accompanied
by flushing and sweating. Some people that have had strokes can experience that as well.
That’s eight general reasons why night sweats could occur. Paul, I hope that answers your
question. But probably the more common ones we see in women, especially 40s and 50s, would
be menopause. And the other common reason I would see with night sweats would be infections
of some sort. To answer your question, can Candida cause
night sweats? Yes. It can. It’s definitely something I’ve seen. And in fact, I had a
lot of heat myself when I had this condition and a lot of sweating and flushing. Remember
fermentation is often involved, especially if the person’s consuming alcohol or eating
sugars and has a yeast infection because they’ll be fermenting on the inside. And fermentation
creates gas and heat and that can make you sweat, particularly if you crave sugars. If
you’ve got farting, bloating, burping, and sweating and you crave sugar, there is a chance
that you’ve got a yeast infection. That’s a long-winded reply to your answer,
Paul. The eight reasons why you can have sweating and also Candida can definitely be there in
a relationship with night sweats. Thanks for tuning in.

12 Comments

  • Reply A C October 29, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Eric – When is canxida REMOVE back in stock?!

  • Reply Daniel Staff October 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Eric, my question is a little off topic in regards to the video, I'm currently in hospital and after many tests my ongoing stomach issues has made the docs think it dealing with some severe ibs, they have prescribed for me to start taking 290mg of linaclotide from tomorrow morning, just wondering if you have any thoughts on this drug as I'm more inclined to take the natural route but happy to try it if it's something that could make matters worse :/ thanks

  • Reply Daniel Staff November 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Thank you Eric, I'll check out the aloe Vera, I have had a history of constipation in the past but nowadays I'm pretty good as long as I'm eating a good diet. Looks like this linaclotide can be quite a strong laxative effect. I did get a stool test done privately which did come back showing good levels of good bacteria and the only bad bacteria that showed up was alpha hemolytic strep which the doctors here was not concerned with it seems. Thanks for your advice Eric

  • Reply Michael Jones November 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Eric,

    I was wondering if you know when roughly your Canxida Remove will be back in stock? I really want to get some! Many Thanks.

  • Reply ivan hernandez November 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Hey Eric I know you were waiting on 2 materials for canxida remove how is it coming along ? Please and thank you

  • Reply Han Qi November 8, 2015 at 3:46 am

    Thank you Doc. Great info!

  • Reply beebop shopbop March 30, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I was diagnosed with narcolepsy in January 2017. Since starting the medicine called "Xyrem" I have night sweats almost every night. I'm also going through a hell of a lot of stress right now. I'm constantly cold then hot.

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm

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  • Reply Paulie Wallnuts August 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Mine went away completely on a low carb diet… along with other candida symptoms

  • Reply Andrew Eich September 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Eric,
    I used a pretty heavy dose of Tylenol / Advil over 48 hours to deal with serious tooth pain before a root canal… literally right after a clean stool test & 9 month Candida cleanse with you. Sure enough, my terrible skin problem has returned in full force. Can Candida relapse quickly like that? Should I take another course of GSE / caprylic acid?
    Please help!!

  • Reply John Dickinson February 1, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Here‘s one: Canxida Remove 🙂

    I have no history of night sweats at all.

    Since taking at least one tablet of Canxida Remove per day I‘ve had ~15nights with a drenched bed in about a 45 day time frame. This is highly unusual for me. I feel fine otherwise. No trouble sleeping. Just drenched sheets, multiple towels at hand and lots of extra tshirts.

    It feels somehow detox-y to me. I could swear it‘s directly related to taking canxida remove
    This is not the first time I‘ve been on the diet I‘m on now, so it can’t be the diet.

  • Reply Stanley Plock May 5, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    On Wednesday (a few weeks ago – April 17, 2019) I started feeling ill.
    The next thing I know, it's FRIDAY Morning!!!
    I felt terrible and knew something was very wrong.

    I was having a hard time thinking and speaking and couldn't stand up for very long.
    I knocked on my neighbor's door and asked him to take me to my x-wife's place.
    Luckily, my son was home.
    He made breakfast for me and I kept drinking fluids. Mostly orange juice.
    (Water didn't seem appealing.)

    I was rapidly improving. But my vision was doing weird things.
    If I looked at a blank wall, or closed my eyes I would see Squares and floating Alphabet Characters and Numbers.
    I had zero short term memory. I suspected that I may have had a Stroke.

    On Monday, I went to my Psychiatrist, thinking it may have something to do with my Seroquel and Lamictal Bipolar Meds.
    He told me to see a doctor.
    On Tuesday I tried to see a doctor but they said I should go to the ER because they had CT Scan and MRI machines.
    They did a CT Scan, Chest X-ray and Blood Tests.
    Everything checked out OK.
    Wednesday, I went to see a doctor that the ER told me to see.
    He told me that both bipolar meds cause DEHYDRATION.
    AHA! Finally an answer!

    A few days after waking up that Friday, I started having about 3 night sweats a night every night. And very wet.
    I started drinking a lot of Powerade Zero that has Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium.

    Yesterday, I woke up feeling very Depressed and crying for no reason.
    I still feel a bit unstable emotionally.
    I read that Dehydration can stop Serotonin production.

    I have been taking these same meds for 3 years. So I didn't suspect them to be the cause.
    I have noticed thirst and Dry Mouth about once every few weeks before this happened.
    But not Night Sweats. (Maybe a few times but nothing like after this illness hit.)

    I have been having Constipation for about a year now. It got really bad a few months ago.
    The doctor told me to use Metamucil (Fiber Stool Softener).
    I found some Colon Cleanse that seemed to help a lot and was cheaper.
    If I miss a day, the constipation comes back.
    I have to do an enema to break up the hardened stool.

    I'm still wondering if there might be something more serious, like cancer.
    In July, I will have Medicare Part B and get a complete physical.
    (If I don't die by then.)
    I'm still not exactly sure what happened.

    If you have any advice, please email to: [email protected]

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