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Did You Know About These Three Candida Cures?

Posted in Candida on November 29th, 2007

If you were to do a search of the Internet for Candida Cures you would be amazed at the number of results returned.

Not only are there the more traditional Western forms of treating and curing this infection through the use of anti-fungal treatments, but also there are sites offering you information on holistic and natural cures.

In this article we will look at three different types of cures for candida which are available for anyone who suspects that they have a candida infection.

However, before we go into more detail, it is important to remember that you need to identify the cause of your candida growth.  It is key that the cause of the infection is treated, otherwise it could reoccur when the treatment stops.

1.  Tea Tree Oil

Although no formal clinical studies have been carried out on humans to show that tea tree oil is effective or safe for treating and curing yeast infections, it has been used for many years as a way of killing the yeast fungi when used topically.

It is important not use tea tree oil without diluting it, at its full strength it can be an irritant especially on sensitive skin.

When applied topically to the vaginal area, or any effected area of the skin, it has shown potential as being a natural way of relieving Candida and killing yeast infections.  This effect has been attributed to a compound found in the tea tree oil known as terpinen-4-ol that has natural antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.

2.  Probiotic Dietary Supplements

These supplements need to be taken orally normally three times a day, however it’s important to follow the instructions on the label. 

There are a number of preparations that can be taken for medicinal reasons; they include probiotic foods like “live” yogurts, drinks and tablets/capsules.

Each capsules contain large amounts of probiotic (friendly bacteria) which help to suppress the growth of Candida in the digestive system.

Generally a good quality probiotic supplement should contain around 35 - 50 billion bacteria in each capsule, anything less than this may be ineffective in trying to cure the candida growth quickly.

If you feel uncomfortable taking a supplement such as this orally then there are probiotic suppositories that you can try instead.

3.  Anti-Fungal Medications

Anti-fungal medications are probably the most widely used candida treatment.
However, there are alternative anti-fungal options like garlic, Horopito Aniseed
and Pau D’Arco.

The anti-fungal medication can come in a number of preparations, including ointment or cream which is directly applied topically to the affected area, or they are used in pill form and taken orally.

They may be used in suppository form and inserted directly into the vagina.

Unfortunately there is a risk associated with using these types of treatments as often they can be purchased directly over the counter from your local drug store and there is no need for you to seek your doctor’s advice.

This can result in a person misdiagnosing the cause of their infection and if they do actually suffer from a case of Candida infection in the future, they run the risk of the candida having built up an immunity to the treatment and subsequent treatment can be ineffective.

This is one of the many reasons it is important before commencing use of any form of anti-fungal medication as candida cures you seek medical advice and get a proper diagnosis for your problem.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter  - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about potential candida cures. And for more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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Are You Suffering From Candida Overgrowth?

Posted in Candida on November 15th, 2007

Candida is believed to be present in nearly everyone.  So, what do you need to look out for to know if you have got a candida overgrowth?

For someone who is healthy then the presence of candida does not cause much of a problem and it is naturally kept under control because of the friendly bacteria (or probiotics) that are also found in our bodies.

However, Candida can become a problem for many people and in some cases it can result in an overgrowth, causing yeast infections with nasty side effects.

If this happens then there can be symptoms that are recognizable, which range from mild irritation to severe complications. It can even become life threatening if left untreated for an extended period.

For some people an overgrowth of candida may result in them suffering from chronic yeast infections, chronic fatigue, IBS along with excessive gas and bloating to their digestive system.  For others they may even find it can cause them to be allergic to particular foods or to suffer from skin rashes.

An overgrowth of Candida can often be exacerbated by the amount of sugar or alcohol a person consumes as well as through any food allergies they have.

You may have been aware that Candida feeds on simple sugars, but did you know that food allergies could inflame a person’s colon, which in turn encourages it to produce more Candida?

So, if you want to help prevent an overgrowth of Candida then eliminating sugar, alcohol and foods that cause an allergic reaction from your diet will help.

Unfortunately, if this is not done then the sufferer could end up in a vicious cycle and find they are continually battling against Candida infections that reoccur periodically.

When an overgrowth of Candida occurs it is often because the Candida has been allowed to grow rapidly in the person’s intestinal tract. This is commonly because there is an insufficient volume of friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract to keep it suppressed.

When this occurs the intestinal system becomes unbalanced and some of the following symptoms may be noticed.

1.  Headaches
2.  Fatigue or low levels of energy despite getting plenty of sleep and rest each day.
3.  A bloated or painful abdomen and food is no longer digested efficiently.
4.  Suffering from excess gas (flatulence).
5.  Some people may even find that they are suffering from eczema.

As the symptoms relating to Candida infection are very similar to many other common health problems it can make it all the more difficult for a health professional to diagnose it. 

One of the quickest ways of finding out if you have an overgrowth of Candida in your digestive system is through talking to your health professional.

Often they will suggest that you have a simple blood test done called “Candida Immune Complexes Assay Test”, which will be able to test to see if there are any Candida anti-bodies in your system.

It is important you also check with them what could have been the cause of the infection in the first place.  Knowing this will allow you to make changes so that the candida overgrowth is less likely to reoccur.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about tackling a candida overgrowth, plus natural methods of combating candida. Or for more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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Discover New Ways of Cooking for Candida Albicans Relief

Posted in Candida on November 8th, 2007

Often a person who is suffering from Candida Albicans, which is an overgrowth of yeast that naturally occurs in the body, will often experience a number of unpleasant symptoms.

Some of these can be alleviated reduced by changing diet and specifically cooking for candida albicans relief.

There are many ways in which this type of infection can be relieved with traditional Western medicines (anti-fungal remedies), Chinese medicine, changes to eating habits and by following a targeted natural health regime.

Paying close attention to your diet if you do happen to suffer from Candida Albicans is one of the quickest and easiest methods you can incorporate into your life immediately to make a marked difference to this very uncomfortable infection.

 One of the most important things that any person suffering from this or any yeast infection should do is cut out refined sugar and yeast from their diet.

It is vital that when cooking a meal to combat Candida Albicans you should avoid any recipes that require you to use these products, or choose recipes where they can be substituted for an alternative instead.

The key is to ensure that foods that promote the growth of yeast in the body are reduced to the minimum, or eliminated fully from the diet.  This gives the body an opportunity to gain the upper hand and combat the candida overgrowth. So, don’t forget to completely eliminate sugar and yeast from your diet.

To clarify, refined sugars include maple syrup, molasses as well as white granular sugar. 

Products that contain yeast include bread, pastries, beer and liquor.

It is also advisable to reduce, or eliminate your intake of fruit and fruit juices while the candida is being treated.

Fruit and fruit juices contain high levels of fruit sugar (fructose) which can help promote the growth of yeast in the body. 

Recipes that contain high levels of vegetables, meat and fish (except those that are smoked) are excellent choices for a candida sufferer, also try and stick with organic products as much as possible to avoid eating foods that may be have antibiotics and hormones in them.

Any vegetables should be washed carefully before being eaten, making sure that all pesticides are removed.

Meals that contain eggs (again only use organic where possible) are a good option, and a variety of interesting meal options are available using plain tofu along with lentils and chickpeas.

Another great ingredient that you can include in any meals you are cooking for Candida Albicans sufferers is plain natural live yogurt as this contain lots of friendly bacteria to help rebalance the natural bacteria levels in your gut.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about cooking for candida albicans and natural methods of combating candida. Or for more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

 

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Is Candida the Reason You Feel Tired All the Time?

Posted in Candida on November 1st, 2007

Chronic fatigue is now a recognized condition that more and more people in industrialized nations are being diagnosed with.  Although the cause of chronic fatigue is often unclear, there have been a connection made to an immune dysfunction in some cases. With this knowledge, and the understanding that a candida overgrowth can effect the immune response - Is chronic fatigue caused by candida or other yeast infections, or is there no proof to back this claim?

Candida can place a large stress on a person’s immune system, and a candida infection is normally the result of a longstanding immune system abnormality, due to illness, medication or lifestyle.

The human body is often sensitive to fungus and molds, and they are considered as one of the most allergenic organisms.  The candida yeast is considered as a fungus/mold, and candida albicans, which is the most common type of candida, triggers an allergic response in everyone who has a healthy immune system.

In fact, for the last 25 to 30 years, a small amount of candida albicans has been injected under a person’s skin as a way of checking the immune response is working correctly.  It is abnormal if there is no reaction to the injection.

It is believed that everyone has some candida on or in their body at all times.  It can survive and thrive in the moist and warm parts of the body including the oral cavity, the vagina, in the folds of the skin and in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Unfortunately, this commonality makes it hard to diagnose especially if there are no obvious symptoms, which can happen if there is only a minor overgrowth in places like the gut.

Therefore, the theory of why a candida infection may cause chronic fatigue is based on the fact that the immune system responds to the candida infection. Which in turn leads to a weaker immune response in other areas, potentially allowing other viruses, infections and symptoms to take hold, and potentially leading to the onset of chronic fatigue.

There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest this is the case, but it is hard to prove, especially when the symptoms of both a candida infection and chronic fatigue have a number of similarities.

There are a couple of ways of potentially identifying if there is a candida growth within the host.  These include:

1. Sugar cravings

2. Historically had a diet high in sugar, which feeds the yeast

3. Taken medication that kills of the friendly bacteria in the GI tract, therefore allowing the candida to thrive

4. A hypersensitivity to medication, chemicals and chemical smells and perfume.

None of the above are exclusive to a candida infection, so it is important that the patient has a full medical evaluation to ensure that all other possibilities are ruled out before making this assumption.

Another way of identifying if it is indeed candida triggering the chronic fatigue is to follow an anti-candida treatment plan.  This would include changing diet, lifestyle, probably anti-fungal medication and potentially some additional supplements.

When treating chronic fatigue caused by candida, or by any other trigger, it is important to consider that chronic fatigue AND candida are both symptoms of a wider concern in the host.  The trigger for a candida overgrowth needs to be diagnosed and treated to reduce the risk of reoccurrence.
 

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