TREAT­MENT: DRUGS, DIET AND LIFE­STYLE

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If you have candidiasis, there are two gen­er­ally ac­cepted treat­ment plans. The first is to use an an­ti­fun­gal treat­ment, which works against can­dida by dis­rupt­ing its cell walls. Op­tions in­clude oint­ments or vagi­nal tablets or sup­pos­i­to­ries for vagi­nal yeast in­fec­tions. Most treat­ment lasts from two to three days up to two weeks, and should be taken as pre­scribed to make sure the in­fec­tion is com­pletely erad­i­cated.

But an­ti­fun­gal treat­ment only ad­dresses the sur­face-level symp­toms, which will keep re­turn­ing if you don’t tackle the cause of the im­bal­ance – your diet and life­style. Can­dida thrives on sugar and car­bo­hy­drates, so re­mov­ing these from your eat­ing plan will re­duce your chances of de­vel­op­ing an over­growth. The ‘Can­dida Diet’ elim­i­nates things like high-sugar desserts, soft drinks, choco­late bars, flour and sweets. But it is most ef­fec­tive when you also re­move com­plex carbs from your diet, such as fruit, bread, pasta and pota­toes.

For­tu­nately, there are many wonderful real foods left that don’t feed the can­dida, and by fol­low­ing an LCHF or pa­leo life­style, you will al­ready be avoid­ing the foods that need to be elim­i­nated.

Al­co­hol, as men­tioned, is an­other candidiasis trig­ger. It has a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the im­mune sys­tem, pre­vents rest­ful sleep and low­ers en­ergy lev­els – the per­fect way to kick­start a yeast in­fec­tion. If you al­ready have an over­growth of can­dida, cut out al­co­hol un­til your health is re­stored. Then drink again if you like, but re­duce your in­take.

In terms of what to add, pro­bi­otics such as Lac­to­bacil­lus aci­dophilus or Bi­fi­dobac­terium are ef­fec­tive in help­ing to re­store a healthy bal­ance in the bowel and mu­cous mem­branes. Other sup­ple­ments that help re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and boost the im­mune sys­tem in­clude vi­ta­mins C and E, se­le­nium and a mix of omega-6 (evening prim­rose oil) and omega-3 (fish oil). Many al­ter­na­tive health­care prac­ti­tion­ers rec­om­mend eat­ing fer­mented foods, such as sauer­kraut and ke­fir, which en­cour­age good bac­te­ria to flour­ish in the gut. Start with one or two tea­spoons a day and in­crease the dose as your body be­comes ac­cus­tomed to it. But, as al­ways, con­sult your doc­tor be­fore us­ing new med­i­ca­tions or sup­ple­ments.

Eat­ing fer­mented foods like sauer­kraut en­cour­ages good bac­te­ria to flour­ish.

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