[toc]Candida is yeast that is found in the human body in certain balanced amounts and that serves the important function of helping in the digestive process and absorption of nutrients.
However when these yeast grow out of control they release into the body several toxins and chemicals that can cause a variety of symptoms like irritability, food allergies, sugar cravings, infections like thrush, fatigue, constipation or bloating, headaches, rashes, and immune disorders.
Some of the major causes of Candida overgrowth are unhealthy diet high in sugars and carbohydrates, stress and antibiotics. Hence it is beneficial to recover from the symptoms of Candida by using natural means. The recovery may not be instant but will last permanently.
Various Cures For Candida Overgrowth
It is very important to bring about certain dietary changes and eliminate all kinds of food that are conducive to Candida growth. Sugars, refined carbohydrates and gluten are the main food to avoid. Sugars in all forms like lactose, honey, fructose, glucose and sugar substitutes serve as the primary and most important supply of food to Candida.
Hence, eliminating sugar from the diet is the first and most important step. All fruits, except lemons and vegetables like parsnips, potatoes and beet must also be avoided as they have high sugar content.
Grains that are high in carbohydrates such as pastas, breads, cereals, pizzas, potatoes and baked goods must also be avoided. Grains high in gluten content like rye, wheat, oats and barley must also be avoided as just like sugars they have high glycemic index.
The process of building up the immune system involves taking essential supplements and eating right foods. The diet recommended for Candida is high in protein content and the content of saturated fats and oils. Ensure that the food is natural and fresh and is free from, mycotoxins, irradiation, heavy metals, additives and pesticides. Essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 must be included in the diet.
Coconut oil and fish oil are also very effective as they are anti fungal and helps support the immune system. The immune system must be kept healthy and the damage to it repaired by taking supplements. Chlorella, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E are all very essential for the immune system, and proper functioning of all the other systems of the body.
Stopping The Overgrowth
Various hers are available that are natural anti fungal agents and help in reducing and curing the Candida overgrowth. A large number of Sulphur containing compounds like alliin, allicin, alliinase and S allylcysteine are present in garlic. These compounds are very potent broad spectrum anti fungal agents. Hence adding fresh raw garlic to food or even eating raw garlic as it is a potent and cheap treatment for Candida overgrowth.
Four to five cloves of garlic consumed everyday or drinking three to four cups of garlic tea daily will cure the infection. Raw apple cider vinegar will kill off the Candida overgrowth by making the environment of the gut inhabitable for the Candida but good for the friendly flora of the gut. Apple cider vinegar must be consumed before every meal to be effective. Olive leaf extract contains oleuropein which is a very effective anti fungal agent. Pau d’arco can be consumed as a capsule or a tea and is antifungal in nature. All these herbs kill the Candida overgrowth causing a die off effect.
Probiotics essentially are good bacteria which live in the digestive tract. These good bacteria slowly replace the Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract. The probiotic supplements available in the market generally contain certain strains of Lactobacillus and mainly Bifidobacterium. Probiotic supplements must contain at least five hundred billion organisms per gram to be effective.
These must also be kept in a dark bottle to avoid degeneration by light and heat and must be stored in a refrigerator. The best natural probiotics are fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut and cheese. Yoghurt is also a good source of these good bacteria for people who have not developed lactose intolerance due to Candida overgrowth.
Handling The Die Off Symptoms
When the Candida yeasts are killed they lead to the release of toxins and waste into the blood stream. This causes various symptoms like fever, diaherra, kidney or bladder infections, headaches etc due to the congestion and irritation of the bladder and the kidneys.
These are called as die off symptoms. Vitamin C taken in powdered form can reduce these symptoms. This can be taken with water as many times in a day as needed. Epsom salt baths can also help release the toxins through the skin and help in reducing the die off symptoms.