How To Keep Candida In Control
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of the yeast called Candida albicans. This yeast normally lives in our bodies, especially the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina — to aid in digestion, among other things. When it exists in small numbers, it doesn’t cause problems, and in fact, is beneficial to our bodies. But when it grows out of control and overpowers our “good bacteria,” trouble can arise.
An overgrowth of Candida leads to swelling, itching, and irritation of the tissue where it is acting up. It is caused by anything that disrupts the bacterial balance in the body. This means things like antibiotics, which wipe out the good bacteria along with the bad, lots of sugary foods which bad bacteria thrive on, stress and lack of sleep, which seem to make ideal conditions for yeast and other bad bacteria.
So what can we do to help avoid this condition and keep Candida in check?
Stress leads to higher levels of cortisol in the body and evidence shows that high cortisol leads to increased Candida reproduction. Finding ways to decrease cortisol levels is an important preventative measure against Candidiasis. Deep breathing, yoga, time in nature, and a wise work-play balance can help lower cortisol and keep Candida in check.
Introduce Fermented foods
Fermented foods go through the process of being broken down by bacteria. This creates a favorable environment for healthy bacteria. Unsweetened yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, and other fermented foods provide natural probiotics to the gut and help tip the scales in favor of beneficial bacteria.
Digestive enzymes should be taken together with nutritional supplementation from start of the Candida protocol. Not only do they ensure that there is less undigested food available to feed the dysbiosis, but also that nutrients present in the diet get to the tissues so that the new cells formed in the process of normal tissue turnover are healthier.
High-quality, probiotic supplements are very valuable for replenishing the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Consider supplements with bacterial strains targeting yeast overgrowth in particular. The two predominant and most beneficial organisms are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bacterium.
There are some supplements that can support the body in removing Candida. There are multiple ways to approach candida. Some individuals do a yearly parasite/candida cleanse, some stay away from foods that feed candida while others experience symptoms of an overgrowth and seek outside support. Some of the supplements that you may see suggested include:
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Caprylic Acid
- Oregano Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Clove Oil
- Bentonite Clay
When it comes to Candida, it can be quite difficult to get rid of. It's naturally present in our bodies, but when it overgrows this is when it can create uncomfortable symptoms. Managing stress levels, maintaining a healthy diet and supporting a healthy intestinal balance are all important factors in managing Candida levels.