Dealing with Candida can be very challenging, but luckily there are specific things you can do to rid your body of a Candida infection.
In this article, we will share seven smart and specific steps you can take to cure Candida.
Candida & Its Symptoms
It’s important to understand exactly what Candida is. It is actually an overgrowth of commonly occurring bacteria and yeast in the human body.
The problem is not the existence of these yeast and bacteria, but rather the fact that they are out of balance within your system. An overgrowth of Candida can cause very uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms, such as:
- Frequent Colds and/or Flu
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Digestive Difficulties
- Chronic Constipation
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Thyroid Problems
- Chronic Diarrhea
- Thyroid Problems
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Fatigue
- Genital Itching
- Gas & Bloating
- Bad Breath
- Skin Rash
Candida overgrowth is often called a “yeast infection” because one symptom involves a white, yeast like growth on the tongue or vaginally.
Additionally, a generally sluggish metabolism is a strong sign of Candida infection. If you are experiencing unexplained weight gain or have been trying to lose weight with no success, it may be that your metabolism is affected by Candida overgrowth.
Smart Steps You Can Take
#1 Reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet – Yeast consumes sugar, so an excessively sugary diet helps yeast proliferate. Eliminate processed foods and beverages, processed sugar, artificial sweeteners and fruit juices from your diet.
Read the labels on packaged products very carefully and eliminate those that include large amounts of sugar and especially high fructose corn syrup.
Two sweeteners you can use are Stevia and Manuka honey. Stevia is a sweet tasting herb that has no calories. Manuka honey is a very healthful type of honey that hails from Australia and New Zealand.
It is said to have medicinal properties; however, you should limit your consumption of it to 3 teaspoons or less daily.
#2 Stop eating grains – The reason for this is that the carbohydrates in grain are processed as sugar in the body. This causes inflammation throughout your body, and naturally the sugar feeds the yeast. Be especially careful to eliminate grains that contain gluten, such as wheat.
#3 Detoxify your system of Candida and take steps to strengthen your spleen – In Chinese medicine, it is strongly believed that a week spleen causes Candida problems. The health of your spleen is the basis of healthy digestion.
The spleen produces the red blood cells that are responsible for carrying oxygen throughout your body, and oxygenation of the blood helps combat Candida.
For this reason, a healthy, properly functioning spleen is very important to good overall health.
To keep your spleen healthy, eat lots of fresh vegetables. Especially include the following veggies in your diet:
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Mung Beans
Squash of all kinds are actually very beneficial to the spleen. All of these vegetables contain good starchy carbohydrates.
When you add them to your diet and reduce or eliminate sugar, your tastes will gradually change. As time passes, these types of veggies will seem sweet to you and will satisfy your desire for sweet foods.
Barley is an excellent herb for spleen support. Drinking barley tea is a tasty way to strengthen your spleen. Be sure to drink plenty of it!
It is available affordably online or from your local health food store.
Avoid cold foods and beverages. Cold temperatures can be damaging to your spleen and interfere with its ability to help you fight off candida.
Consuming warm foods especially very nutritious and nourishing foods such as bone broth soup help support your spleen and fight off candida.
#4 Liver support is also very important – Performing a liver detox will help rid your body of candida.
You can also eat right to support your liver. Sour foods are very helpful to the liver, as are foods that are rich in probiotics. Here are some food you should add to your diet to support your liver:
- Kefir that has been fermented for 24 to 29 hours
- Fermented vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut
- Apple cider vinegar
Adding these foods to your diet on a regular basis keeps your liver healthy and fights off Candida in your body.
#5 Keep your gastrointestinal system strong – A good digestive system is essential for overall good health. Take good care of your large intestine and your small intestine by eating plenty of bitter foods such as romaine lettuce, arugula and kale.
Spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon are also very beneficial. Adding more curry to your diet is a very flavorful way of getting a healthy dose of these and other beneficial spices.
#6 Consume lots of healthy probiotics – Adding a probiotic supplement to your daily health routine is always a smart idea. When you are in the process of a Candida cleanse, you can double up on your probiotic supplements or even triple up. A thorough Candida cleanse should take one to three months.
Probiotics are the natural enemy of candida overgrowth. As you starve the candida by denying it processed foods, sugar and grains you can also introduce friendly fauna that will go into battle for you to kill off the starving candida.
#7 Avoid prescription anti fungal medications – These are not really designed to overcome candida, and they do cause damage to your body. In fact, taking antifungals can be very damaging to your liver. This is counterproductive to a true candida cure.
Instead of taking prescription antifungal medications, add natural herbs, spices and oils to personal care routine and your diet that have antifungal properties. Some examples include:
- Grape Seed Extract
- Oil of Oregano
- Tea Tree Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
… and more!
There are lots of natural foods, essential oils and spices that have strong antifungal properties. A little research will uncover a treasure trove of simple, natural ingredients for foods and personal care items that will help you rid your body of Candida.
Follow These Steps To Become Candida Free!
When you purify your diet and strengthen your system, your body will become an unfriendly environment for Candida.
Simply getting away from processed foods and adding clean, natural whole foods, oils and spices to your diet can be very helpful in eliminating candida. Applied topically, many essential oils can fight candida symptoms effectively.
Remember that patience and consistency are important ingredients in this process. Adopt these healthy lifestyle changes gradually and practice consistently and in the long term for best results.