Causes, symptoms and natural remedies.
Candida is one of the most common gastrointestinal infections and occurs due to the excessive proliferation of a fungus called Candida albicans, whose name means "innocent and white", suggesting something delicate and pure.
In reality Candida Albicans is a fungal disease that multiplies, migrates and releases toxins, torturing us with innumerable unpleasant symptoms such as intestinal problems, allergies, hormonal dysfunctions, skin disorders, joint and muscle pain, throat and emotional problems, etc., many of these being associated with other illnesses and often misdiagnosed.
People infected with this microbe often see Candida as an enemy against whom a long and determined war has to be taken, but the only safe way to win is to understand its tactics and start an offensive against it with all the weapons (especially the natural ones).
The purpose of this diet is to let Candida "starve to death." Since sugar encourages the growth of bacterias, it must be strictly avoided in all its forms, including lactose (milk sugar) and fructose (fruit sugar).
Foods to avoid to prevent candida infection
Carbohydrates need to be avoided because this food category often includes corn syrup, sugar, molasses, dried fruits, fruit juices, pretzels etc.
Corn and potatoes are also contra-indicated to avoid bacterial growth.
Other substances to be avoided are fermented foods (bread, sauces, spreads), fermented products (alcohol, vinegar), mould cheese, mushrooms and energy drinks (tea, coffee).
Foods that help to get rid of the unpleasant symptoms of candidiasis
- Vegetables with green leaves such as cabbage, broccoli, spinach are perfect choices in an anti-candidose diet because they have a very low content of natural sugar.
- The berries and apples are also accepted, both having low sugar content, nutritional benefits and antioxidant properties.
- Fish and lean meat are also indicated, as well as garlic consumption, which has the role of bacterias control and strengthens the immune system. You should not forget about moisturizing.
- Water plays an essential role in the fight against candida and helps to detoxify the body so it is recommended to consume at least 8 glasses of water per day.
Candida will often make you want your favourite and forbidden foods, which is why you will have to have a whole army of will to respect the regime. In addition, you should be aware that the regimen should be kept for another year to enhance the balance of the intestinal flora, even if the symptoms have completely disappeared. You will see that the weakness for sweets will soon disappear, so observance of a sugar-free diet will be much easier.
Vitamins that prevent candida
A supplement program can help correct imbalances in glucose tolerance, hormonal disturbances and histamine levels, also contributing to the detoxification of the body of pollutants. In a program of nutrients carefully calculated and set up by your nutritionist, vitamin C should be taken at the tolerated levels of the intestines to help the body get rid of toxins. In addition, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), taken as 500 mg daily, could reduce the side effects of these toxins.
Natural remedies to fight candida
One of the most useful antifungal agents is caprylic acid, a fatty acid that naturally exists in coconut. Its big advantage is that it does not affect the good bacteria in the intestines. This acid is liposoluble, so it will quickly penetrate through the cell membranes and will safely reach the colon, where it will masterfully produce its beneficial effects.
In the fight with the dreaded Candida there are 5 striking opponents named:
- aloe vera,
- tea tree,
- grapefruit seed extract.
We will all detail them in the following:
Wormwood - has recognized antifungal properties and is useful against a variety of pathogens without affecting beneficial bacteria. Infusions with concentrated wormwood (3 teaspoons per liter of water) is recommended.
Propolis - is a substance that, according to research conducted by specialists at the University of Bratislava, is remarkably effective against all fungal infections of the skin and inside the body. It may be taken as drops and the dose may be increased gradually.
Aloe vera - the juice from this plant or the aloe vera phyto-herbal preparations have proven their effectiveness in numerous specialist studies. In this case, aloe vera is an exceptional plant to prevent Candida because it acts as a gentle antifungal, balancing the intestinal flora.
Tea Tree Oil - is an antifungal agent commonly used against fungal skin diseases. It is common for candida infection to associate with other conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, athlete's foot or other fungal infections in the skin or nails. You can apply a tea tree soaked swab in the vagina area, let it work for 20 minutes, and then remove it. Repeat the operation twice a day, morning and evening.
The grapefruit seed extract - is an antibiotic, antifungal and potent antiviral agent and does not have any side effects on the beneficial intestinal bacteria. It can be given as drops or capsules, but it is recommended to ask the nutritionist who can determine the optimal dose.