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6 Herbal Remedies for Candida

Posted in Candida on October 24th, 2006

The treatment methods for Candida are wide-ranging since the symptoms that it causes are so broad. Possible cures, such as probiotics, changing one’s diet so that it is as sugar-free and carb-free as possible, therefore depriving Candida of it’s main source of food and riding yourself of antibiotic treatment, which many consider the original cause of Candida are all popular choices. But if none of those options work for you, what can you do? There are several herbal and all-natural options available.One of the most popular choices in dealing with Candida is the addition of shark liver oil to your diet. It’s believed that shark liver oil does wonders for the body when it comes to improving the health of the immune system. This is important for sufferers of Candida since the best weapon we all have against Candida running wild in our bodies is our own immune system.

Another popular herbal remedy for Candida is grapefruit seed extract. Grapefruit seed extract is an anti-fungal solution that helps to raise the bodies pH back to a level where it becomes too acidic for the Candida to live. Helping to raise the bodies’ pH level back to healthy levels is an effective way to treat Candida.

Garlic pills are another common, all-natural way to deal with Candida. It’s believed that garlic can inhibit the growth of Candida in the human body since it does have some antimicrobial properties. An even more effective version of garlic, a purified extract known as allyl alcohol, has shown to be effective in killing yeast, and therefore Candida, in lab tests. The same tests have shown that the garlic can start working within hours of ingestion, making it a popular choice.

Certain oils have also demonstrated an ability to kill or suppress Candida in lab tests on animals. Natural oils from cayenne pepper, cloves and especially oregano have been tested and shown to help Candida sufferers. They showed an ability to reduce the amount of Candida in animals with a suppressed immune system and an ability to reduce the overall number of colonies of Candida in animals, as well.

Tea tree oil is another herbal remedy that has shown good anti-fungal properties, as well as anti-Candida properties. Tea tree oil works best when rubbed into the skin in areas where the Candida infection is present, like the feet or anywhere where a Candida-caused outbreak of psoriasis has occurred. Studies showed that the tea tree oil weakened the cell walls of the yeast, making them easier for the bodies immune system to kill off.Lactoferrin, which comes from whey protein, has been shown in lab studies to help the body fight off yeasts, bacteria and even some parasites. It has shown to survive the stomachs digestive juices and make its way into the intestine where it can battle the Candida.

Because Candida is a fairly new condition and is still so controversial, there really is no medical consensus as to the best way to treat it herbally. The best choice for anyone looking to treat their Candida is to speak with a doctor, or at the very least a trained dietician about what treatment is best for you.

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Candida vs Gluten Intolerance

Posted in Candida on October 17th, 2006

The similarities between the symptoms of Candida and gluten intolerance, also known as Coeliac Disease, are very similar. Candida is a yeast that lives in the body naturally in the stomach, intestines and other places in the body. While most doctors don’t recognize Candida as a legitimate health problem, it is believed by many that the overgrowth of Candida is caused by the overuse of antibiotics. These antibiotics kill off too much of the bodies beneficial bacteria that exists in all of us and Candida grows in its place. Too much Candida is believed to cause a whole host of health problems such as:

  • Problems in the digestive tract like constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramps, and other symptoms that may seem similar to irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Chronic fatigue, which seems to worsen immediately after eating.
  • Allergies and sensitivities to food where there was none before.
  • An increase in skin problems, such as rashes, itching and a worsening case of athlete’s foot.
  • For women, problems with the vagina, including itching or an increase in infections.
  • A cold or flu that won’t go away or frequent bouts of sickness, also an increase in headaches, dizziness or an inability to concentrate.

Gluten Intolerance, on the other hand, comes from the bodies aversion to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in most grain, including wheat, rye, barley and oats. When gluten is eaten by someone who has intolerance, an enzyme in the body reacts in an abnormal way and causes the walls of the intestine to thicken so that they don’t absorb nutrients in food in the proper way. The symptoms of Gluten intolerance are:

Chronic and voluminous diarrhoea, weight loss, stunted growth in children and constant fatigue, abdominal pain, cramping, bloatedness and distension. An increase in canker sores, also known as mouth ulcers, are common, as well. In extreme cases, lactose intolerance and constipation have been known to appear.

Both gluten intolerance and Candida are difficult to diagnose, since they both have such a wide range of symptoms. For Gluten intolerance, blood tests are the first step in a successful diagnosis. They have proven to be 98% effective in detecting antibodies in the blood, therefore letting doctors know that an intolerance to gluten may be present. A second procedure, called a biopsy is also used to check on the health of the intestine. A doctor will remove a few cells from the intestine and test them to see if they have been damaged. These two procedures together are an almost failsafe way to test for gluten intolerance.

As for Candida, there doesn’t appear to be a consensus on how to test properly for it. A stool sample sent to the proper lab is a common recommendation, but the accuracy isn’t 100%. Many people simply stumble upon their Candida diagnosis by, over time, ruling out every other possible illness. Since most mainstream doctors won’t test for Candida because it’s thought that unless you have a seriously compromised immune system due to AIDS or chemotherapy, you can’t have it, it may be up to the sufferer to do a self-diagnosis.

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Candida and Probiotics

Posted in Candida on October 10th, 2006

Probiotics are a popular dietary supplement that includes microorganisms that are beneficial to the human body. They have shown to be important to sufferers of Candida by helping to repopulate the “good” bacteria in the intestines that help to keep Candida under control. They help the body make many vitamins, such as bioten, vitamin B-6, folic acid and niacin. They aid the body in digestion and help to combat vaginal yeast infections in women.Probiotics also have been shown to help tip the acid balance by secreting lactic acid and acetic acid in the intestines and vagina, helping to deprive harmful bacteria of the nutrients they need to flourish. The ‘good’ bacteria in the body make enzymes that are key to fighting an overgrowth of Candida in the body. Probiotics should be taken with a meal.

The bacteria that lives in the colon serves a vital function for the human body. Not only are they the bodies scavengers, helping to absorb any last nutrients that the intestines left behind, they also help to attack any evil bacteria lurking in the body and looking to make us sick. The main use of Probiotics is to help put the body back on an even keel, due to an outbreak of Candida, or other reasons, such as a poor, nutrient-lacking diet or even an overuse of antibiotics.

Probiotic treatment has been linked to a decrease in the likelihood of colon cancer since the micro organisms release compounds that are known to kill some yeasts, viruses and bacteria.

Probiotic treatment is even prescribed for sufferers of urinary tract infections and vaginitis. The possible benefits of probiotic treatment is only now being researched fully and more should become known over the coming years.

Live yogurt is the best known probiotic therapy. Women have known for years that the best way to stave off yeast infections after taking antibiotics is to enjoy a cup of yogurt, but the health benefits of this snack favourite may be wider than previously thought. Yogurt is cultured with the same sort of bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines and helps protect against the growth of Candida. Adding yogurt to your diet or to the diet of a child has shown to lessen intestinal and vaginal problems, diarrhea and Candida yeast growth. It is also thought that it helps with immune system health.

For Candida sufferers who are starting out with Probiotic treatment, be prepared for a few days of gastronomical problems. Increased abdominal pain, diarrhea and flatulence are common as the body gets itself back on an even keel.

This is still a very controversial treatment, since the connection between Candida and antibiotics killing off too much beneficial bacteria in the intestine hasn’t been proven. Do not begin any supplement program without first consulting a doctor. Probiotic treatment for Candida has many ardent followers, but the sneaky thing about Candida is that one treatment that works for one person will not necessarily work for all. Keeping a diary of your symptoms is an excellent way to see what treatment is working for your own Candida symptoms and what isn’t.

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Candida and Pregnancy

Posted in Candida on October 3rd, 2006

Candida is quickly becoming one of the most controversial health topics of our time. Most conventional doctors don’t believe the ailment even exists since there are such a myriad of symptoms associated with the disease, but those that do believe tend to do so passionately. There has never been any sort of ironclad study done on the ability for a woman who suffers from Candida to conceive, the much more common yeast infection form of Candida is thought to interfere in a woman’s body chemistry enough as to stop any possible conception.A yeast infection can release toxins into the bloodstream and cause everything from vaginal thrush to arthritis, autism, asthma, psoriasis and in some cases, infertility. An excellent way to deal with these types of infections is with over-the-counter yeast infection medications or creams, or by simply changing your diet to a no yeast, anti-candida diet.

The easiest way to tell if you have a yeast infection include itching and redness in the vaginal area. Also, inflammation on the urinary opening and more frequent urination as well as painful urination are signs. In severe cases, the vulva may swell and small fissures can appear. Discharge can become thick and white. Intercourse will usually become painful as well, also hurting your chances of conception. In rare cases, yeast infections can come from your sexual partner, and in those cases, the partner would need to be treated for the infection as well if conception is to be more likely.

Once you are pregnant, yeast infections become common. Studies have shown that women are actually more susceptible to yeast infections during pregnancy than during any other time in their lives, especially during the second trimester. There is no evidence that the yeast infection can damage the baby or cause any sort of birth defect, but the number of drugs that can be used to treat the infection are limited due to the fact that you’re pregnant. They mostly cause a major amount of discomfort in a time when you’re already experiencing high amounts of discomfort due to the pregnancy itself.

Yeast infections are more common during pregnancy mostly because of the roller coaster ride your body is going through hormonally. A high vaginal pH (a more acidic environment) is healthy and helps keep Candida at bay, but during the second trimester of the pregnancy there is an increase in the amount of sugar in vaginal secretions on which the yeast can feed on, causing a large amount of growth and a pain for the women having to put up with it.

The most common and least evasive treatments of yeast infections during pregnancy are over-the-counter and prescription creams and suppositories. If left untreated, a yeast infection can be passed to your baby during birth via the mouth. This is called thrush and can be treated with a prescription drug called Nystatin. Treatment time of the infection while pregnant can range from a week to two weeks. You should have a much easier time controlling your pH, and your Candida once the pregnancy is over.

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