What is Candida?
Candida, also known as candidiasis is a yeast overgrowth in the body. Yeasts are all around us and as a matter of fact, some yeast types live within our bodies. For example, Candida Albicans live in our body’s mucous membranes in areas such as bladder, ears, intestines, vagina and the lungs where they help in destroying harmful bacteria. However, Candida Albicans are not supposed to overgrow in our bodies when we are alive.
Unfortunately, a malfunctioning immune system cannot be able to regulate the growth of Candida in the body. This leads to an overgrowth that causes a myriad of body problems ranging from mild fever, asthma, allergies, pain to bruises in the affected areas of the body.
How to control Candida naturally
There are several natural ways of controlling Candida in the body as below;
Avoid foods that promote Candida growth
If you have reoccurring incidences of Candida, it is important to cut down on foods that promote their growth. Mostly, Candida growth is promoted by sugar intake through the diet. This happens through foods such as cakes, sweetened dairy products, honey and other sugary foods. Reducing the amount of sugar intake in the body is an important step in controlling Candida.
Foods with sweeteners should also be avoided during the Candida treatment program. This is because processed foods such as cereals and yoghurts have a high level of processed sugar and this can lead to an overgrowth of Candida.
Strengthen your immune system
You can strengthen your immune system by eating the right foods, taking essential supplements and avoiding yeast exposures. When you constantly eat the wrong diet, yeast gets a chance to overgrow. This happens even when you had a previous yeast treatment with antibiotics. For you to control Candida effectively, you need to take foods that are rich in protein, saturated fats but low in carbohydrates. Also, you should ensure that you are eating foods that are natural and fresh as this will provide your body with more nutrients. This will in turn help your body to fight Candida.
Destroy Candida overgrowth with probiotics
There are many natural anti-fungal agents that kill Candida. These agents can be found in apple cider vinegar, raw garlic or olive leaf extract. Garlic in particular, is a very effective anti-Candida agent as it contains sulphur – an important agent with anti-fungal properties. Actually, fresh garlic is the best cure for Candida Albicans and you can either add it to your food or eat it raw.
In addition, Raw or cooked garlic brings many other benefits to the body including stimulating the immune system, lowering blood pressure, improving blood circulation and removing toxins.
Add good bacteria into your digestive system
Since the good antifungal agents kill yeast overgrowth, it is therefore important to add some probiotics in your diet. The probiotics will help in killing yeast. Also, the more yeast colonies are reduced, the more space there is for the other good bacteria to grow. While natural Lactobacilli bacteria are found in the intestines, Bifidobacteria are dominant in the colon.
Food such as cabbage provides the body with good bacteria that help in fighting Candida. However, if you are able to take probiotic supplements, your body will get the good bacteria in large quantity. Use of probiotic supplements is very healthy for it does not involve chemicals. They also do not have side effects as other pharmaceutical medicines.
Although yogurt contains a good number of probiotics, it is not recommended in the treatment of Candida. This is because it has a lot of sugar that can counter its effectiveness. However, you can later take natural yoghurt once Candida is on check.
Manage the healing process well
In the treatment of Candida, it is important to manage the dying off reaction in the body. As Candida is dying, the body breaks it down into waste. This waste is excreted through body organs such as genitals, bowels, lungs and nasal cavities. As these organs become saturated with waste, they develop infections. You should manage these infections to prevent further complications. Also, it is important to keep your diet constant while you heal as this will balance your hormones. A balanced body is able to fight Candida better.