Candida is known globally as the most common cause of fungal infection. A genus of yeast, Candida (Candida Albicans) lives in the mouth and intestine of humans. Its major job is to help in the proper digestion of food and also in nutrient absorption. When Candida is overproduced, it can cause harm to the human body. Firstly it breaks down the human intestine walls; secondly it penetrates into the bloodstream releasing toxic by products into the human body thereby causing leaky gut. This also causes many different health issues such as depression, improper digestion etc.
How to Avoid Candida Overgrowth
Researchers and scientist have made us to understand that the healthy bacteria in the human gut, helps check the Candida Albicans level. But although few factors can cause this fungus to grow out of population thereby causing more harm than good. The following are easy tips on how to avoid Candida overgrowth.
- Do not eat foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
- Don’t consume lots of alcohol.
- Avoid taking oral contraceptives.
- Do not eat foods that are high in beneficial fermentation.
- Do not live a high-stress lifestyle always take out time to rest.
- Avoid antibiotics that are likely to kill these friendly bacteria as this can increase their population thereby causing harm.
- Eat fresh fruits but to a minimum. Avoid over ripe fruits, as their natural sugar level is very high.
- Don’t drink bottled fruit juices.
- Avoid taking sugar, honey and any artificial chemical sweeteners.
- Do not use food additives
- Avoid eating processed foods.
- Do not take cow’s milk any of its products including butter and cheese.
- Avoid taking margarine, or hydrogenated fats at these compromise the immune system. Preferably, use a very low heat and make sure there is a lid on the pan if you want to fry your foods.
- Avoid eating burnt food as they are toxic and immuno-suppressive.
- Do not eat wheat or wheat products including cakes, bread, biscuits, flour etc.
- Only take tea occasional tea and avoid coffee.
- Keep all carbohydrates low for the first 3 months, includes all root vegetables such as carrots, swede, turnip, potato, sweet potato.
- Do not take microwave cooked food as this weakens the immune system. Do not take unfiltered tap water as the chlorine in tap water turns healthy nutrients into cancer encouraging chemicals.
Symptoms of Candida Albicans Overgrowth
Some of the most common symptoms of Candida overgrowth are:
- Nail and skin fungal infections. Example the athlete’s foot.
- Feeling very tired and fagged out.
- Improper digestion which in most cases leads to constipation, bloating and diarrhoea.
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or psoriasis.
- Finding it difficult to concentrate, poor retentive memory, brain fog and lack of focus.
- Skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, rashes, and hives.
- Depression, anxiety, or mood swings.
- Urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, rectal or vaginal itching.
- Severe occasional allergies such as itchy ears.
- Refined carbohydrate cravings and strong sugar.
If you experience any of the above mentioned symptoms, make out time to visit your medical practitioner who will diagnose your condition through extensive questioning and through proper diagnosis test.
How To Treat Candidiasis
There are three things you need to do in order to be able successfully treat Candidiasis. These are:
- Try to stop the yeast overgrowth.
- Do not destroy the friendly bacteria by taking pills rather try building up the friendly bacteria
- Heal your gut to stop it from entering your blood stream.
Step 1: Getting rid of the overgrowth
In getting rid of Candida overgrowth, you need to stop eating food high in carbohydrate rather go for one low in carbohydrate. This is owing to the fact that yeast feeds mainly on sugar so by reducing its in-take; Candidas’ overgrowth is most likely to be stopped. Also endeavour to reduce your intake of candy, alcohol, flours and deserts. Also cut down your intake on more complex carbohydrates like beans, grains, bread, pasta, potatoes etc. Stop taking fermented foods as these bacteria also feed off these foods as well.
Using dieting alone to treat Candida, could take up to three to six months before the Candida is back under control. Therefore it also recommended by medical doctors for patients to take anti-fungal medication such as Nystatin for not less than one month. If you are self-treating, a supplement of caprylic acid can also be of immense help. Caprylic acid, which comes from coconut oil, pokes holes in the yeast cell wall, thereby destroying them. Do not use herbs like oil of oregano, as this can also kill the good bacteria.
Step 2: Rebuild the good bacteria
Rebuilding the good bacteria is also very important as this helps in keeping your Candida population under control. Taking 25 to 100 billion units of probiotics daily will help reduce the Candida levels thereby restoring your levels of good bacteria.
Step 3: Heal Gut
Try healing your gut by eliminating inflammatory foods, and introducing foods that will help prevent Candida from finding its way back into your body thereby improving your overall health.
The following are natural remedies to help treating Candidiasis:
- Eat a reasonable amount of garlic daily.
- Apply coconut oil on the affected areas on your skin three or four times a day until there is an improvement.
- Make and drink plain yogurt and add to your daily diet.
- Mix three drops of oregano oil in a glass of water and drink it twice a day.