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Could Your Candida Be Gluten Intolerance?

Posted in Candida on February 28th, 2008

The similarities between the symptoms of Candida and gluten intolerance, also known as Celiac Disease, are very similar. Candida is 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 body’s beneficial bacteria that exist 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 body’s aversion to gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in most grain, including wheat, rye, barley and oats. When someone eats gluten with 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 diarrhea, weight loss, stunted growth in children and constant fatigue, abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and distension. An increase in canker sores, also known as mouth ulcers, is 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 intolerance to gluten may be present. A second procedure, 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 a lab for testing is a common recommendation, but accuracy isn’t 100%.

Many people simply stumble upon their Candida diagnosis by, over time, ruling out every other possible illness.

 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 following a candida diet successfully. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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Relieving Candida Related Bloating

Posted in Candida on January 31st, 2008

Candida is a condition of the digestive tract that can result in many common digestive symptoms. Bloating usually isn’t considered as a major symptom when you’re dealing with more urgent things like diarrhea, fatigue, thrush, cramps and fatigue, but bloating is a well-known symptom of Candida.

Candida’s natural job inside the human body is to help aid digestion. The bacteria helps to ferment food and in the process, it naturally produces carbon dioxide, which causes flatulence. But those that believe that Candida can grow out of control, even inside those with healthy immune systems (something modern medical science strongly believes is impossible) believe that with large amounts of Candida, come large amounts of carbon dioxide. This carbon dioxide, in turn, causes severe and sometimes painful bloating.

Candida can irritate the lining of your stomach and intestines so that you aren’t able to properly absorb the nutrients in your food, leading to battles of alternating constipation or diarrhea. Candida is believed to be the number one cause of IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. What makes Candida so controversial is that as it grows, it’s thought Candida spreads large amounts of toxins in the human body, therefore causing a wide range of symptoms that makes diagnosis very difficult.

There are many products on the market that are made to help cure Candida, or at the very least, relieve the symptoms. Probiotics, the ingestion of ‘good’ living bacteria to help fightCandida is a common treatment. But what other options are there out there?

If the idea of swallowing pills containing bacteria isn’t for you, there can be other methods of treating Candida overgrowth. The first logical step is to try to reduce the amount of Candida roaming in your gut. This can be done by literally starving the rapidly breeding Candida to death by changing your diet to include less sugar and carbs. Candida has a sweet tooth that loves to snack on sugar. The first and least envasive step is to simply change your diet.

Another step you can take to reduce Candida overgrowth is to limit or eliminate antibiotics from your medicine cabinet. It’s believed by most people suffering from Candida that the biggest culprit in the spread of the condition is the over use of antibiotics.

Antibiotics kill many of the ‘good’ bacteria alongside the bad in the digestive tract when they are taken to help treat an illness. It’s thought that this removal of the ‘good’ bacteria helps to give Candida the ability to run wild through the body. So, if you don’t want to try probiotics, the next best thing is to simply remove the thing that could be making you sick in the first place. By treating your candida the bloating that is associated with it will naturally start to subside.

Again, it can’t be stressed enough that the best thing for anyone who thinks they are suffering from Candida to do is to consult with a doctor before starting any treatment regimen. The more you know about what’s ailing you, the easier it will be to treat and the sooner you’ll feel better.

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Tackling Candida Naturally

Posted in Candida on January 24th, 2008

Recent research has concluded that candida may have a more pronounced affect on health that previously thought. Candida is naturally occurring yeast that is present in every human being – we all have it all the time! When candida grows excessively it is due to a bacterial infection. Normally, it is harmless and exists in relative balance with the rest of the body. However, if the levels increase out of range of natural harmony it can cause dozens of unwanted symptoms.

Fortunately, there are ways to treat candida naturally. The mindset to treating candida should be to return the body to its natural state of equilibrium. When treating candida naturally the idea is that no prescription medications, doctor visits, or medications are necessary to fix the problem.

Using a combination of supplements, changes to the diet, anti-fungal agents, and vitamins and minerals can be effective in the battle against candida. Furthermore, as more and more research has proven that natural remedies can be just as successful as synthetic ones, people are finally starting to realize that Mother Nature has graciously provided for the healing and treatment of a huge variety of health problems.

Using vitamins, nutrients, and supplements will enable the body to rid the body of excess yeast growth. Due to the hectic lives many of us lead, it is fairly difficult for people to properly balance their diets. It is tempting to drink coffee, eat junk food, and ignore the variety of vitamins and nutrients the body so desperately needs. Vitamins and nutrients that are effective in treating candida include vitamins A, C, E, selenium, zinc, iron, glutamine, and healthy fatty acids. These substances are more available than ever before. Not only do health food stores and pharmacies carry these products – you can also find them at major supermarket chains.

In addition, you should try to consume as many antioxidants as possible. Antioxidants are important to the body for fighting disease. Antioxidants function by rendering toxins in the body harmless. Over the past few years the use of antioxidants has become more widespread. Foods are even being engineered to include heavier amounts of these beneficial substances. A great natural source of antioxidents is berries, particular blueberries.

Flaxseed oil is an excellent source of essential fatty acids. It is common for the treatment of candida. In essence, flaxseed oil is a natural antifungal agent. This means that flaxseed oil naturally does what prescription anti-fungal agents are supposed to do. Its properties are often highly successful in limiting candida growth and it should be part of any natural candida treatment.

As you can see it is possible to treat candida naturally. While these minerals, nutrients, and supplements can be a little pricey, the benefit to your health will greatly outweigh the financial cost. Even taking the monetary cost into consideration, Candida must be treated one way or another. It is always best to attempt to heal yourself the natural way over prescription drugs. This will enable your body to defeat problems the way nature intended it to.


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The 4 Steps of a Candida Albicans Diet

Posted in Candida on January 10th, 2008

The Candida Albicans diet is made up of a number of different elements and each one is there to help prevent further growth of the infection, reduce the symptoms that you may be suffering from, and help to fortify the body to naturally fight the infection.

There are generally considered to be 4 main steps that will need to be followed if you wish to really feel the beneficial effects of such a diet. 

However, before you start using any form of Candida Albicans diet it is vital that you talk to either your doctor or a qualified nutritionist in order to ensure that such a diet will not cause you further problems in the future. Seeking your doctor’s advice, you will be able to receive tests to see if in fact you are suffering from a Candida Albicans overgrowth or the symptoms are part of some other underlying problem which could be complicated by a anti candida diet.

The first stage of an anti candida diet generally involves the elimination of foods which feed the candida, and so contribute to an overgrowth of Candida.

Normally during the first stage of the diet foods, which are either processed foods, or contain processed sugars, or are made using a fermentation process or contain yeast, or have any of these foods, as ingredients will need to be eliminated completely from your diet.

Also, simple carbohydrate foods such as potatoes and potato chips as well as all fungal products (mushrooms and cheeses which are produced using mold such as blue cheeses) should be eliminated from the diet.

After a period of around 12 weeks there are some foods, which may be gradually reintroduced back into your diet, although this will depend on the progress made in reducing symptoms.  The main food group that is a candidate for reintroduction is fruit.  Fruit has such amazing health benefits that it is believed they outweigh the potential problems that more sugar in the diet may cause through the fruit sugars.  Although, it is important that fruit is reintroduced slowly, and it should only make up a small proportion of the diet.

During stage 2 the body will need to adjust to cleanse itself of the toxins that are released by Candida Albicans (79 in total) and this is achieved by drinking plenty of water (around about 2 liters each day).  Also drinking hot water with a small squeeze of fresh lemon, is a great detoxifying agent, and although lemon is a fruit it is still permissible during this stage of the Candida diet.

Also during this stage it is recommended to increase the intake of vegetables including salads and those with anti fungal properties that inhibit the growth of Candida Albicans.  Ensure that there are sufficient levels of protein in the diet, by increasing the amount of fish and poultry in the diet.  It is often recommended that red meat be avoided during the first 4 weeks of this diet as it can place further strain on an already weakened digestive system.

Stage 3 of the diet means that foods that contain probiotics (pro-life) bacteria can be added to the diet to bring back balance to the Gut flora. Probiotics, or friendly bacteria are the microorganisms that normally suppress the growth of candida in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  If they are depleted, generally through prolonged usage of certain medications, then the risk of a candida infection increases.

Either take a good probiotic supplement or consume “live” yogurt as part of a diet to repopulate the intestine with these friendly bacteria.

Whilst the final stage (stage 4) of the Candida Albicans diet allows a person to start to reintroduce those foods which where eliminated in the first stage of the diet, they should be reintroduced one at a time to monitor the effects they may have on the body.

If at any the foods that are reintroduced begin to cause problems then eliminate them from your diet immediately and continue monitoring.

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 following a candida diet successfully. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.


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How To Discover If You Have Candida Yeast Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

Posted in Candida on January 3rd, 2008

Just what is the Candida yeast chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) connection?  At present there is really no firm evidence to show that a person who suffers from chronic fatigue is also suffering from an overgrowth of Candida.

However, there seems to be growing evidence that a candida infection could be one of the many viruses or infections that triggers CFS.

It is suggested that even though the though the clinical signs of the yeast infection may be absent, through either the body naturally fighting the infection, or medical treatment, it can still trigger other problems such as fatigue (even chronic in some cases).

Most of the research into chronic fatigue suggests that main cause is a malfunction in the immune system or the metabolism.  This may be caused by a number of things, including lack of sleep, insufficient minerals and vitamins, poor diet, stress and food allergies.

Here is where the links between candida and chronic fatigue starts to become clearer.  A candida infection in the gastrointestinal tract normally indicates that there is a lack of “good” bacteria, as these are one of the main defenses against the infection.

These good bacteria are essential to ensuring a healthy digestion, and this means they are required to ensure that we get the appropriate vitamins, minerals and nutrition.  Without these our immune systems become compromised.

Also, the yeast infection, once it lines the gastrointestinal wall can cause leaky gut, which allows toxins and undigested food debris into the blood stream, which can again weaken the immune response.

Also, if digestion is slowed, the food within the intestinal tract becomes warm and wet providing a perfect environment for the candida yeast, which is essentially a fungus, so more toxins are produced.

A candida infection can also be caused by a poor diet.  A diet high is sugars, processed food and yeast products can promote the growth of the candida yeast.  And a poor diet is going to also contribute to lowering the effectiveness of the immune system.

There is also some evidence that being stressed is linked to yeast infections and chronic fatigue.  As many as 80% of patients with CFS have been found to have elevated stress levels, which inhibits the generation of T cell lymphocytes by the immune system.

Whilst kept under control, the Candida yeast found in the digestive system will cause us no problems but as soon as it is provided with the chance to grow then this is when the problems mentioned previously can occur.

Fatigue is one of the main symptoms of a candida yeast infection.   Many people who suffer from candida will find that their bodies are unable to obtain the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are required in order for them to work properly and one of the main symptoms that they will feel is chronic fatigue.

In most cases they people can be left feeling extremely tired and lackluster and find it difficult to cope with normal day to day tasks.

In around about 80% of all the cases of chronic fatigue it will start with flu symptoms, which is very similar to the symptoms felt by someone suffering from a Candida yeast infection.

Although there is no definitive proof of a candida yeast chronic fatigue connection, it is clear that the symptoms and the conditions effect similar bodily functions.  At the first sign of a candida yeast infection seek professional advice to reduce the impact it can have on the body.

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 natural methods of combating Candida. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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Why You Should Be Using Candida Cookbooks

Posted in Candida on December 27th, 2007

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Candida Albicans, or another yeast infection then you may have been advised to look for good Candida cookbooks to advise you on the changes you need to make to your diet.

Candida Albicans exists naturally in a person’s healthy digestive system and will cause no problems for the large majority of people as long as it is kept in check.

However, if it should be given the chance to multiply in your digestive system, or other parts of the body, then problems begin to occur.

There are a number of methods to naturally help bring back the balance in the body, including lifestyle and dietary change. The inclusion of certain foods and the restriction of others have been shown to make a marked difference in the severity of candida symptoms and have proven to speed up recovery significantly.

When you refer to a candida cookbook or diet guide you will notice that there are a number of foods that you would normally include in your diet that are now restricted.   This is because they help promote an environment in the digestive tract for the candida to thrive.

That being said, with a little advice and the help of some cookbooks specifically created to help relieve the symptoms of candida albicans, you still have a huge variety of foods to choose from.

Many of the cookbooks available provide you with a wide selection of recipes from main meals to desserts and suitable snacks and drinks too.

Most should tell you about the foods that you should be avoiding, plus those foods that you should restrict when following in their recipes, for example:

1. Any type of sugar

This includes processed sugars like, white sugar, syrup, molasses, honey, corn syrup, rice syrup, maple syrup etc.

Also, you need to limit natural sugars in fruit, and make sure that you stay away from alcohol as it has a large amount of sugar in it.

2. Foods that contain yeast

This would include most bakery products, like breads, crackers, pastries, bagels.  It will also include most cereals.

Many sources and garnishes also contain yeast cultures, including pickles, relishes, mayonnaise, salad dressing and soy sauce to name only a few.

3. Generally avoid or limit diary products.

These would include Milk and cheese, although if you choose a probiotic yoghurt this can often be an effective treatment against candida as it replenishes the “good” bacteria in the gut.

4. Food that are fungi, or contain fungi.

This would again include cheeses or cheese snacks, mushrooms, peanuts etc

5. Processed foods where the origin of the ingredients is not clear.

It is easy to miss ingredients if they are “hidden” within the processing of the food.  There are many processed foods that contain sugar, yeast and other ingredients that can promote candida growth.

When reading through the foods to avoid like the ones listed above can often lead the sufferer (or the chef) to feel like there is nothing left to eat, but nothing could be further from the truth.

There are many recipe options available for a candida sufferer and good candida cookbooks will help identify a tasty recipe that is suitable for your situation.

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What You Should Know About Candida Diet Recipes

Posted in Candida on December 20th, 2007

We wish our readers a very happy Christmas and holiday season, and a peaceful – and healthy – 2008.

So, you are searching for a candida diet recipe?  But hold on for a moment.  Are you sure you know what should and should not be included in the recipe?  What if the person who created the recipe did not understand what the recipe was for, and what health benefits it was supposed to bring about?

What if the person included foods that actually feed the candida overgrowth rather than reduced it?  Do you want to take that chance?

Well, if not then this article should help.  It touches on the foods that a person should exclude from their diet if they are following an anti candida diet, and those foods that are generally safe to eat.  It also covers a brief explanation as to why this is the case, so you can be sure of getting the correct ingredients in the future.

Candida is a natural organism that lives in and on the body.  It lives in warm and moist spots, including the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the vagina, the oral cavity and the folds in our skin.

It is thought every person on earth has some candida yeast in the GI tract, and that it lives as part of the flora, and makes up one of the dozens of micro-organisms that inhabit the human body.

However, this yeast does have a darker side, and when allowed to overgrow, usually due to a weakened immune system or the levels of friendly bacteria in the gut are diminished or perhaps from eating a diet that is high in sugar, the candida can multiply quickly. 

This overgrowth can lead to many issues, ranging from mild stomach upset to severe medical problems if the infection becomes systemic.

It is worth saying now, that if you believe that you have a candida infection, then visit your doctor to get it diagnosed.  The symptoms of a candida overgrowth can be similar to many other conditions, and it is important that the treatment you get is specific to your condition.

So, where does a candida diet fit in, or more accurately an anti candida diet.  An anti candida diet has two main purposes I believe, which are to starve the candida and so suppress its growth, and to help promote a better immune response and GI flora.

This is achieved through restricting certain foods from the diet to ensure that the candida does not get “fed”, by reducing foods that are nutritionally weak and replacing them with foods that are nutritionally strong.

Here are some of the foods that need to be restricted from your diet :

Take out all sugar from the diet: including foods that contain sugar, like honey, syrup, molasses, lactose, maltose, white and brown sugar.  Remember candida is yeast so it metabolizes sugar.

Yeast and yeast products should also be removed from the diet, this includes the majority of bakery goods, marmite, gravy mix and many foods that contain flavorings like crisps/ potato chips.

Products that contain white flour or refined grain like biscuit, pasta, cakes and cereals.

Products that have been fermented to produce them like alcohol, vinegar, pickles, and soy sauce.

Avoid prepared or packaged meats, especially smoked or cured meats like kippers, gammon and bacon.

Avoid eating foods that contain fungi, or mould, including cheese and mushrooms.

The jury is out as to whether fruit should be excluded from the diet due to the fairly high sugar content.  Certainly canned, frozen, dried or squeezed juices are out.  However, whole fruit has many beneficial effects, so it is suggested that they start to be reintroduced after symptoms start to improve.

Although this list is not exhaustive, it can look daunting, seemingly leaving nothing left to eat.  However, there is also a long list of foods that can happily be included in your candida diet recipes.

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 candida diet recipes. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.


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What Is Candida Albicans?

Posted in Candida on December 13th, 2007

Candida Albicans is a form of yeast, which is found naturally in the human body.  Usually it is found in either the flora of the mouth, the skin, the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) or the vagina.

It is classed in the same group as fungus, molds and mildew and generally a healthy immune system will prevent the fungus from growing out of control.

Unfortunately if a person happens to have a weakened immune system, which can be impacted by illness, stress or having a poor diet, the fungus is allowed to grow unchecked.

It is important to remember that everyone has this yeast in their digestive tract along with many other types of microbes, some of which are beneficial to the health of our bodies and therefore necessary, and others, which are not. 

These microbes compete for space in the GI tract, and normally the “good” bacteria has the upper hand and stops yeast infection like candida sticking to the lining of the intestines and gut.

When candida does manage to gain a foothold on the gut walls it can release spores into the bloodstream by piercing the gut lining with tentacles.  As well as releasing spores that can then travel and infect other parts of the body, the contents of the gut can be allowed to enter into the bloodstream, which is known as leaky gut syndrome.

Problems arise when factors such as stress, poor diet or the excessive use of drugs, alcohol and antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of our immune system, or help to kill off the friendly bacteria in our bodies which suppress the Candida Albicans from growing prolifically.

Certainly one of the best ways of helping restore the number of friendly bacteria found in the digestive system, thereby reducing the yeast infection, is by taking probiotic food supplements.

These are supplements that can be either taken as a food, a drink or in capsule form, which contain millions of friendly bacteria.  These help restore the balance in the GI Tract and will help the good bacteria a better chance of controlling the yeast overgrowth. 

Another way of treating a Candida infection is through the use of anti-fungal medication, either topically or orally or as a suppository. Some of these are available over the counter so ask your pharmacist for their advice.

Changing your diet can have an impact on candida’s ability to thrive.  Reducing sugar and foods containing sugar, reducing the amount of processed food consumed and eliminating yeast products from the diet can help suppress candida growth.

Candida in itself is not dangerous when kept under control, and can co-exist with the other microbes in the GI tract quite happily with no ill effect.  However, the symptoms of an overgrowth can range from slight irritation, all the way through to very severe complications.

Often the first symptom you’ll notice when suffering with a Candida Albicans infection are white patches will appear in the mouth, throat esophagus or vagina.

It is important to ensure that at the first sign of a candida Albicans outbreak you contact a physician to be examined and have the diagnosis confirmed.

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Understanding Anti Candida Food Diets What you should know

Posted in Candida on December 6th, 2007

Many people in recent years have turned to natural ways to help eliminate Candida infection from their body, rather than using more traditional Western medical methods such as anti-fungal treatments.  So, how does an anti candida food diet work?

Firstly, it is never advised to start an anti-candida diet without being diagnosed formally.  There are many conditions that share the same symptoms as candida, and misdiagnosis can have serious implications for your health.

Once a person has been diagnosed with a candida overgrowth, then normally they will be put on a course of anti-fungal medication to destroy the candida, also they may instructed to change diet and potentially change some lifestyle habits.

An anti-candida diet is one that is designed to restrict the foods that help the candida thrive, thus starving it.  This approach has been used by thousands of people, but as the diet seems on the face of it quite restrictive, there are many that struggle to stay committed to the change.

The best way to stay enthusiastic to make sure that the diet is varied and interesting, and realize that sugar cravings are simply the candida yeast trying to force you into feeding it.

The main foods which a person suffering from a Candida infection will need to eliminate from their diet are those which contain refined sugar, yeast and some dairy products.

This would mean eliminating white and brown granulated sugar along with honey, molasses and all types of different syrups such a maple and corn.

Plus most fruits are high in fructose so they should initially be excluded from the diet.  This is especially true of dried, frozen, canned or fruit juice, as they are often concentrated and have a very high concentration of sugar.

There is some debate as to whether whole fruit should be allowed in the diet, as the nutritional benefits of fruit are well known.  However, initially, it is prudent to restrict all sugars, and then potentially reintroduce fresh whole organic fruit later, once improvements have been seen.

It is important to look at labels on food carefully, as there are many “hidden” ingredients in packaged foods. Many contain sugar as it is often used in the manufacturing process in order to preserve the ingredients so that they have a longer shelf life. You may be surprised to find sugar in many savory food products.

It is recommended that where possible only fresh organic foods are included in the diet. As well as having “hidden” ingredients and manufacturing processes, processed foods generally do not have the same nutritional value of fresh foods.

Some of the yeast products that you will need to restrict in your diet include baked items such as breads, cakes and pastries, and tea, coffee and coffee substitutes along with pepper as many they tend to use yeast in the drying process.

Plus ice cream, malted milk drinks plus any other foods containing malt (including alcoholic beverages), soda drinks and candy as they have normally all been made using sugar or yeast.

There are other foods that should be either restricted or reduced in an anti-candida diet, and it is not surprising that people get daunted when they see the lists of foods to avoid.  However there is an equally impressive list of feeds that can be eaten as part of the diet.

Discover more about anti candida food diets and natural methods to relieve candida by having a browse through the rest of the blog.

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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.

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