What is Candida?
Candida, also known as candidasis, is a common yeast infection which can lead to many health problems from a sore throat to serious stomach problems. Although the body normally produces yeast in the mouth, vagina, rectum and digestive tracts, in normal amounts it remains harmless. However, if the body’s natural pH balance is upset, candida can quickly grow out of control.
If you are suffering from headaches, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, sugar cravings and stomach problems you may be suffering from an over-production of yeast and candida. A common symptom is thrush, which is an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth and/or vagina. If left untreated, candida will weaken the immune system allowing more serious disease to take hold.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a potent Candida killer, and one of the most potent antifungals there is. It contains Lauric acid and Caprylic acid, which both help prevent Candida overgrowth and strengthen your immune system.
Coconut oil is very heat stable, so it’s an ideal oil to use for frying and cooking. It is also cheap to buy and has a much longer shelf life than other oils, so there’s no excuse! You can 2-3 tablespoons per day.
Onions have strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. They also help to flush excess fluids out the body – this is useful because many Candida sufferers experience water retention. Onions along with garlic can give you breath issues, so a handy tip is to eat them with a bit of parsley to counter the smell.
Garlic has powerful antifungal properties to attack Candida, while also preserving and boosting the good bacteria in your digestive system. Garlic stimulates the liver and colon, giving it a potent detoxifying effect on the body.
If you love garlic, then use it liberally to flavor your food. You can also drink 2-4 cloves per day, crushed and mixed with water as an anti-Candida tonic. Avoid taking it on an completely empty stomach, and try it with a tablespoon of coconut oil to cut down on the stomach burn.
Seaweed is another nutritionally rich food that can help the body fight off candida overgrowth. Seaweed helps to eliminate heavy metals and toxins from the body through the digestive tract. It is also a source of iodine, which aids in balancing thyroid levels, particularly helpful for candida sufferers who commonly experience hypothyroidism or symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, skin problems and mental fog.
Traditional uses for ginger include motion sickness, nausea during pregnancy, chronic inflammation and a low immune system. However, in recent years researchers have begun to investigate the use of ginger extract as an antifungal. In fact, several research studies have looked specifically at ginger’s effect on Candida Albicans.
Ginger can be consumed in various forms. These include:
Grated ginger root can be used with all kinds of recipes. Powdered form of ginger is recommended very frequently as it helps control the dosage, one shouldn’t go beyond 2 grams a day and it is advisable to consult a doctor always.
Fresh ginger juice when mixed with other fruit juices adds a very good medicinal effect to them. It should not be abused however. As an essential oil, ginger can be used for giving massage and can be used for cold feet. Mixing it with a moisturizer and massaging it would lead to a soothing effect as it releases heat.
This study on turmeric as a potent antifungal was carried on cells in a lab. It found that curcumin, the active phytochemical found in turmeric, which gives it its vivid golden color, and is responsible for its powerful antioxidant properties, was a more potent antifungal than the drug fluconazole, commonly used to treat fungal infections. The curcumin acted by inhibiting candida’s cell adhesion, particularly on those with a weakened immune system.
Turmeric has previously shown to act as a powerfully healing spice, with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is commonly used in herbal medicines, for digestive disorders and external ailments like skin conditions.
7. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains a plant chemical named Oleuropein, which is found in both olive oil and olive leaf extract. It contains powerful anti-fungal properties and stimulates your immune system response to Candida. It has also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels – this is important for Candida sufferers because elevated blood sugar levels can feed your yeast overgrowth.
8. Lemon and Lime Juice
Lemon and lime juice stimulate the peristaltic action of your colon, increasing the efficiency of your digestive system.
Both lemons and limes are great options for seasoning your vegetable, fish and meat dishes.
Cayenne pepper gives natural support to your digestive system and immune system. It helps to digest food and reduces constipation by cleansing the bowel of Candida and other toxins. Cayenne also increases metabolism and circulation, which will help to reduce one of the most common Candida symptoms, fatigue. Use cayenne pepper liberally to spice up your favorite foods.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
All types of vinegar should be avoided with candida overgrowth, except for apple cider vinegar (ACV). It is the only vinegar that provides an alkalizing benefit for the body and actually causes candida yeast cells to die … not thrive. Apple cider vinegar can also help detox the digestive system, alkalize the blood, reduce symptoms like headaches and sluggish digestion, along with joint pain and chronic itching that can come with candida overgrowth.
It can be taken internally and applied externally to help with symptoms.