A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Candidiasis
I had a question the other day about candidiasis.
Candida albicans, a single-celled fungus, is always present in your genital and intestinal tracts.
If there’s too much, however, it can cause infection.
Diaper rash, vaginitis, and thrush are some forms of candida infection.
Because candidiasis can affect different parts of your body – the most common being your mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina – it can be characterized by a variety of symptoms.
These include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headaches, bad breath, rectal itching, low libido, memory loss, mood swings, canker sores, persistent heartburn, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, congestion, nagging cough, numbness in your face or extremities, tingling sensations, acne, night sweats, severe itching, clogged sinuses, PMS, burning tongue, white spots in your mouth, extreme fatigue, kidney and bladder infections, arthritis, depression, hyperactivity, and even diabetes.
Symptoms often worsen in damp or moldy places, or after eating foods containing sugar and/or yeast.
Because of the many different symptoms, candidiasis is often misdiagnosed.
When the candida fungus infects your mouth, it’s called thrush.
White sores form on your tongue and gums and inside your cheeks.
Thrush may infect a baby’s buttocks, appearing as diaper rash.
Candida infection may also take the form of athlete’s foot or jock itch.
Systemic candidiasis is an overgrowth of candida everywhere, throughout your body.
Candidiasis may affect both men and women; however, it’s rarely transmitted sexually.
Pregnancy and using corticosteroid drugs also increase your chances of getting a yeast infection.
Often people with candida infections also have food allergies.
Some people with candidiasis go on to develop environmental sensitivities as well.
Many can’t tolerate contact with rubber, petroleum products, tobacco, exhaust fumes, and chemical odors.
Yeasts, including candida, feed on sugar.
Antibiotics, which kill beneficial bacteria along with the harmful ones, are another common cause of yeast infections.
Candidiasis rarely occurs in people with strong immune systems and who eat a healthy diet low in sugar and yeast.
To deal with candidiasis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Drink organic aloe vera juice to boost your white blood cells’ ability to kill yeast cells.
*Olive leaf extract with oleuropein is a powerful healer of microbial infections.
*Pau d’arco (also known as lapacho or taheebo) contains an antibacterial and antifungal agent. If you don’t benefit from this tea, try clove tea instead. It’s a good idea to alternate between the two, because clove tea has some benefits pau d’arco doesn’t have and vice versa. To make pau d’arco tea, boil 1 quart of distilled water with 2 tablespoons of herb for 5 minutes. Cool and store it in the refrigerator with the tea leaves in. Strain before drinking. Drink 3-6 cups daily.
*Some people who don’t respond to pau d’arco benefit from maitake tea. It’s a good alternative. While pau d’arco must be boiled, maitake is prepared as a regular tea. Resistant strains of candida develop rapidly due to genetic mutation. Rotating treatment programs is beneficial.
*Wild oregano oil is a potent antiseptic, powerful in killing a range of fungi.
*Eat vegetables, fish, and gluten-free grains like brown rice and millet.
*Eat plain yogurt containing live yogurt cultures. For vaginal candidiasis, apply natural unprocessed and unsweetened yogurt directly into your vagina or mix one small container of plain yogurt with an equal amount of water and use it as a douche once or twice daily until you see improvement. You can also open 2 capsules of acidophilus and add the contents to a douche. This helps inhibit the growth of the fungus. If symptoms persist, seek medical treatment.
*Take supplemental acidophilus or bifidus to help to restore the normal balance of flora in your bowel and vagina.
*Take some type of fiber daily. Oat bran or flaxseed is a good source.
*Make sure your diet is fruit-free, sugar-free, and yeast-free. Candida thrives in a sugary environment, so your diet should be low in carbohydrates and contain no yeast products or sugar in any form.
*Avoid aged cheeses, alcohol, baked goods, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, all grains containing gluten (wheat, oats, rye, and barley), ham, honey, nut butters, pickles, potatoes, raw mushrooms, soy sauce, sprouts, and vinegar.
*Eliminate oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, pineapple, and limes from your diet for one month; then add back only a few twice weekly. Candida thrives on these.
*Take only hypoallergenic supplements.
*To prevent infection, replace your toothbrush every 30 days.
*Wear white cotton underwear, or at least make sure the panty liner is cotton. Change underclothing daily.
*Don’t use corticosteroids or oral contraceptives until your condition improves. Oral contraceptives can upset the balance of microorganisms in your body, leading to candidiasis.
*Avoid household chemical products and cleaners, chlorinated water, mothballs, synthetic textiles, and damp and moldy places, like basements.
*If you have chronic or persistent candida infections, consult your health care provider. It may be a sign of an underlying illness like diabetes or immune system dysfunction.
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