Natural Solutions For Candida & Yeast Infections
It might seem incredible, but inside of you are approximately 100 trillion bacteria - colonies upon colonies of good and bad.
When you consider your cells number around 10 thousand trillion, the reality is that bacteria not only outnumber cells but also thrive and play a significant role in your body!
The thing to realise is that not all bacteria are created equal.
There are those that are considered “good” and essential to your health.
And then those that you could classify as “bad”, which cause chaos and dis-ease.
What’s more, in addition to these tiny bio-organisms there’s also numerous species of yeast and fungus that also call your body home, like what is commonly referred to as candida.
Left unchecked, Candida can lead to a range of disruptions within your body and causative health problems…
What Is Candida?
One of several types of fungus and yeast that naturally live in your body, it’s perfectly normal to have a small amount of candida present in your mouth, stomach and on your skin without any issues.
At healthy levels, in your gut it actually helps with the processes of nutrient absorption and digestion. However, under certain conditions, it starts overgrowing which gives rise to an infection called “candidiasis” and its associated symptoms.
When the infection spreads in the mouth and throat, it’s commonly the “candida albicans” type to blame and this is commonly referred to as “thrush”.
Many people, especially women, end up also getting it in genital areas and sometimes also on the skin and even mucous membranes.
If left untrusted in the gut, it can end up breaking down intestinal lining, causing other toxins and pathogens to also get into the bloodstream and then on into the heart, brain, eyes and bones leading to serious health problems and even life-threatening infections.
Signs & Symptoms
Candida and yeast infections can produce a range of various symptoms depending on the person, some of the most common include:
- White bumpy sessions in the mouth, on tongue, gums, tonsils or throat which sometimes bleed
- Bad breath
- Genital or urinary tract infections with redness, swelling & white discharges
- Skin fissures & sores
- Digestive problems like constipation, diarrhoea, bloat & gas
- Sinus infections (chronic)
- Fungal skin & nail infections
- Sweet food cravings
- Loss of libido
- Brain fog
In the digestive system candida and yeast overgrowth can lead and contribute to the following issues:
What Causes Candida & Yeast Overgrowth?
Normally the “good” bacteria in your body keep candida levels in check, however, if the proportion of these healthy bacteria gets overtaken by “bad” bacteria from the natural Ph balance becoming too acidic this can lead to overgrowth.
This normally results from a number of factors, relating predominantly to diet, lifestyle and or a compromised immune system.
Consuming too much of the following can cause candida and yeast to proliferate and throw your gut microbiome out of balance:
Overgrowth can also happen as a result of:
- High stress & cortisol levels
- Oral contraceptives (birth control pills)
- Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy & radiation
Natural Remedies For Candida
It’s key to address candida and yeast overgrowth as soon as possible, in order to avoid it spreading.
As always, prevention is better than cure so by cleaning up your diet where you eliminate processed and “lifeless” foods and replace them with “living” and naturally nutritious fresh fruits, vegetables and whole foods instead, you can go a long way to preventing these types of infections in the first place.
If, however, you’re already suffering from an infection, the following natural remedies can not only help to get things under control but also boost your immune system and offer other amazing health benefits…
Cleanse & Fasting
Due to your microbiome being out of balance as a result of toxicity, doing a detox & cleanse of your digestive system will not only help to remove any backed up waste and toxins, but will also serve to flush out excess candida. Some of your symptoms may not actually just be as a result of candida!
Learn more in 5 Signs You Need To Do A Detox Cleanse & Where To Start
You have 2 choices in regards to how you go about your detox cleanse
1. Fast only on liquids for 1-3 days such as water or juices
Learn more in Fasting: What You Should Know
OR a gentler easier way is...
2. Whole food fasting, where you limit your diet to certain vegetables and fruits for 5-7 days
You’ll want to either juice or eat plenty of organic “non-starchy” leafy green vegetables such as:
Learn more in Fruit & Vegetables: What You Should Know
Other options which are good include:
- Brussel sprouts
All of these vegetables are inherently alkalising so will help return your Ph level back to normal levels. Additionally, they contain chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals that will help to heal and support your entire body during the process.
It’s also a great idea to do a Natural Clay & Fibre Colon Cleanse, which will greatly assist at helping to remove toxins and “plaque” from your intestinal tract.
Thanks to its sulphur-containing compounds, garlic has very potent anti-fungal properties, including a substance called “allicin” which are effective against candida and yeast overgrowth.
It’ll also boost your immune system with its high antioxidant content and can also knock out some types of parasites.
It’s best eaten raw, by having at least one crushed or chopped clove per day.
You can also apply it topically to any affected areas 2-3 times per day.
Besides its numerous other health benefits, rich in auric acid and other fungus-fighting properties, coconut oil is a must-have part of your diet to not only help overcome candida infections but also prevent them from returning.
You can have it in the following ways:
- 1-2 tablespoon raw
- Add to juices or smoothies
- As a salad dressing
- Use as a cooking oil
Learn more in The Amazing Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Long known for its skin healing and rejuvenating properties, aloe vera is not only nutritious but also packed full of anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal addition to your candida control plan.
Additionally, it’s a prebiotic that the good bacteria in your gut will feed off, to help rebalance your microbiome.
Take a shot of aloe vera juice or our Joule of Thor each morning on an empty stomach and or rub aloe vera gel on affected areas as needed throughout the day.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural fermented wonder, when taken internally with a glass of water, will actually kill off yeast and help get any overgrowth under control. Also classified as a prebiotic, like aloe vera it will serve to help increase the amount of good gut flora.
Learn more in The Self Care Powers Of Apple Cider Vinegar
There are several Pure Essential Oils that are also great to add to your regime:
- Clove Oil - For thrush of the mouth or throat, mix 3 drops with a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish and gargle for up to 20 minutes before spitting out
- Oregano Oil - Take 2 drops internally (with water), 3 times per day for 7 days
- Tea Tree Oil - Soak a cloth n 1 part tea tree oil & 5 parts water. Apply to affected external areas for 10 minutes daily
- Lavender Oil - To help relieve itching as well as prevent candida from spreading mix a few drops with coconut oil and rub into the affected areas
Although not effective against all types of yeast, many people have experienced great results using this natural antiseptic externally to help kill off overgrowth.
If you are going to use it externally as a wash, make sure you use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide and dilute it to at least 3.5% by adding 11-12 parts water for each part H202.
As a result of actioning any of these natural solutions to treat your candida or yeast infections, chances are you may experience some effects from a large amount of fungus or yeast getting killed off. As uncomfortable as this may be, it’s a good sign as it shows that treatment is working!
Otherwise known as a “healing crisis” or “Herxeimer’s reaction” symptoms can often get worse before you notice an improvement as a consequence of toxins getting released into your system from a metabolic reaction to the dead and dying candida or yeast.
Some common symptoms include:
- Brain fog
- Fever & sweating
- Skin breakouts
- Sinus infections
These may last for up to 10 days, but the will eventually clear.
The best thing you can do is take it easy and drink lots of water to help flush all the toxins out of your system.
After Cleanse Diet
Once you’ve gotten any infections under control in addition to following a predominantly high-alkaline plant-based diet, it’s a good idea to eat a lot of probiotics in order to increase the number of good bacteria as well as strengthen your immune system.
Learn more in Probiotics: Health Benefits & 7 Powerful Food Sources
Eating only good fats in the form of plant-based whole foods and plant oils will help your body to absorb more nutrients from food as well as provide a more efficient and clean form of energy compared to processed sugars and bad fats. Some good choices include:
Learn more in Good Fats Versus Bad Fats
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