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 10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth and What To Do About It.

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    10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It
    BY DR. AMY MYERS
    APRIL 4, 2013 5:15 AM EDT

    [​IMG]You might be wondering, What on earth is candida? Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.


    How do you get candida overgrowth?



    The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check. However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:

    • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
    • Consuming a lot of alcohol
    • Taking oral contraceptives
    • Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut and pickles
    • Living a high-stress lifestyle
    • Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria

    Here are 10 common candida symptoms

    1. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
    2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
    3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
    4. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
    5. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
    6. Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
    7. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
    8. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
    9. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
    10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

    How do you test for Candida overgrowth?


    Blood test


    You'll want to check your levels for IgG, IgA, and IgM candida anti-bodies. These can be checked through most any lab. High levels indicate an overgrowth of candida. I find in my clinic that these can often be negative even when the stool or urine test is positive.


    Stool testing

    I find this to be the most accurate test available. This will check for candida in your colon or lower intestines. The lab can usually determine the species of yeast as well as which treatment will be affective. (Note: be sure that your doctor orders a comprehensive stool test rather than the standard stool test.)


    Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test

    This test detects a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth known as D-Arabinitol. An elevated test means an overgrowth of candida. This test will determine if there is candida in your upper gut or small intestines.


    How do you treat candida overgrowth?


    Effectively treating candida involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, and healing your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.


    Getting rid of the candida overgrowth primarily requires a change in diet to a low carbohydrate diet. Sugar is what feeds yeast, so eliminating sugar in all of its simple forms like candy, desserts, alcohol and flours.


    And reducing to only one cup a day of the more complex carbohydrates such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes will prevent the Candida from growing and eventually cause it to die. I would recommend eliminating all fermented foods as well.


    Using diet alone could take three to six months before the candida is back under control. Because of this I use an anti fungal medication such as Diflucan or Nyastatin for a month or longer with my patients. If you are self-treating you can take a supplement of caprylic acid. Caprylic Acid comes from coconut oil and basically "pokes holes" in the yeast cell wall, causing it to die.


    You may read that some people recommend herbs such as oil of oregano. Oil of oregano can be very effective, but it can also kill good bacteria so I don't recommend it. The anti-fungal medications and caprylic acid are very specific to yeast and will not harm your good bacteria.


    It's a must to restore the healthy bacteria that typically keep your candida population under control, you should takeprobiotics on a regular basis. Taking anywhere from 25 to 100 billion units of probiotics should help to reduce the Candida levels and restore your levels of good bacteria. Finally, healing your gut by eliminating inflammatory foods that can harm your GI tract and introducing foods that aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, will prevent candida from working its way through your body, and will dramatically improve your overall health.


    If you would like to find out for sure if you have candida overgrowth, consider seeing a functional medicine doctor who is trained in detecting and treating candida.


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    [h=3]BONUS: What are some of the herbs I can use to treat Candida overgrowth?[/h]There are so many I couldn’t possibly list them all here right now. I’ll start you with 10:

    1. Cantron is a blend of different plants and is a great antioxidant. It will act as a detoxifier.
    2. Shilajit is used in Auyrvedic medicine and is known to detox mercury from the body.
    3. Chorella and Cilantro are two separate herbs but in this instance should be used together to detoxify the body, especially of mercury.
    4. Chaga is actually a mushroom but when taken as an herb can help to boost the immune system.
    5. Ginseng will help you to increase your energy levels. It’s got some antifungal properties and is also great for boosting your adrenal glands.
    6. Coconut oil isn’t an herb, but it is quite possibly the healthiest fat you can put into your body today. It helps with cholesterol and offers energy to those who can’t have sugars. It also contains caprylic acid, which Candida hates.
    7. Pau D’Arco has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It’ll strengthen your immune system while helping to kill off some of the yeast.
    8. White peony is great for supporting digestive health.
    9. Aloe vera is great for your immune system and has been proven to slow the growth of Candida.
    10. Reishi is also a great antifungal and will support your immune system.
    There is a lot to learn about Candida yeast infections. If you suspect you have a Candida overgrowth, seek out the advice of a doctor or naturopath who can help you to make the right diagnosis. The sooner you are diagnosed, the faster you can begin Candida treatment.
     
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    Jm brought to my attention that Coconut oil provides a good treatment and has many other healthy benefits for you.

    http://homeremediesforlife.com/coconut-oil-for-yeast-infection/
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    Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection

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    Coconut oil is a white semisolid fat or nearly colourless fatty oil extracted from coconut meat that is used for many purpose like in foods, soaps, cosmetics. It has many health and beauty benefits like for healthy hair, skin and healthy immune system of the body. Here, we are going to learn how coconut oil is used to prevent yeast infection.

    Yeast Infection Means:

    Yeast infection (Candida) is one of the kinds of infection caused by group of microscopic fungi or yeast called Candida albicans, exists in the harmony with your immune system and causes infection when something disrupts the immune balance and at last leads to full blown infection.
    Let’s see how the coconut oil helps to treat the yeast infection completely and thoroughly.
    How to Treat Yeast Infection with Coconut Oil:

    Coconut oil has been proved in laboratory tests that it has the ability to explode the nucleus of Candida yeast cells. It also controls the irritation and reduces the inflammation of the vaginal area.

    • Coconut oil is high in three active ingredients i.e. lauric, capric and caprylic acid (medium chain saturated fatty acids) which have antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. These compounds of coconut oil will target harmful bacteria but leaves friendly bacteria so that it helps to balance the flora in the digestive system.
    • Caprylic acid in coconut oil helps to break down the cell membrane of the yeast that causes vaginal yeast infection. This will control the yeast population and prevents it from proliferating and replicating itself.
    • Virgin coconut oil contains generous amount of lauric acid which is a nutrient that helps to strengthen and support you body’s immune system to fight against the yeast fungus to cure yeast infection.
    • Coconut oil is a natural sweetener and acts as sugar substitute that controls the primary food source of growing fungal yeast why because sugar feeds the Candida yeast in your system. It also acts as energy booster that provides instant energy to boost up your immune system.
    • Coconut oil is an antioxidant and effective agent in killing off the excess yeast and other fungal overgrowth in the body. It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals to the body.
    • Coconut acts as natural antibacterial and antifungal properties that naturally kill off the Candida yeast to prevent yeast infection and for skin yeast.
    • Coconut oil forms a non-irritating protective layer and also much less messy that the white creams. It helps to heal the yeast infection very quickly by acting as a great barrier against chafing for irritated, sensitive skin caused by yeast overgrowth.
    How to use Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection:

    Coconut oil helps to fight against the fungal infection from both internally and externally. Adding a moderate amount of coconut oil to your diet is considered safe as it contains unrefined fats which are medium chain saturated fats that are easily converted into energy instead of storing in the body as fat.
    You can follow any of these methods to get rid of the yeast infection. All these methods will work effectively and safely in inhibiting Candida overgrowth without any adverse side effects by treating naturally.
    Method – 1: (Coconut Oil)


    1. Take few drops of coconut oil
    2. Clean and dry the yeast infected area thoroughly, you can also use hair dryer
    3. Then apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected area as needed for you
    4. Apply this twice or thrice a day i.e. once in the morning and once at night time before going to bed will helps to heal the yeast infection.
    5. Follow this method regularly to prevent yeast infection quickly.
    Method – 2: (Coconut Oil with Diet)


    1. Take 3 – 5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil each day into one’s diet.
    2. Initially start with a smaller dosage and then increase gradually.
    3. Or substitute coconut oil for butter on toast or cooking oil in the recipes or try adding a teaspoon to coffee or stir some into your oatmeal.
    4. Or consume a teaspoon of oil before each meal which treat any existing infections and prepare your body to keep future diseases at bay by boosting up your immune system.
    5. Substitute coconut oil with other cooking oils in your cooking and diet. As coconut oil is really heat stable oil that does not break down into unhealthy trans fats when cooked in high temperatures.
    Method – 3: (Coconut Oil Douche)


    1. Take 3 – 4 tablespoons of coconut oil and add this to 2 quarts of warm distilled water
    2. Mix this well and use this to douche
    3. Or take an unbleached tampon and dip it in coconut oil. Insert it into vagina and leave it for overnight or a maximum of 8 hours to get rid of the yeast infection.
    4. Doing this process regularly for once a day will helps to prevent yeast infection.
    Method – 4: (Coconut Oil with Cinnamon Oil)


    1. Take equal amount of coconut oil and cinnamon oil
    2. Mix it well and apply this on the yeast affected part of the skin
    3. This process helps to control the growth of yeast and prevents yeast infection completely.
    Method – 5: (Coconut Oil with Garlic Oil and Vitamin E)


    1. Take few drops of garlic oil, vitamin E and dilute it in coconut oil
    2. Mix it well and apply this to the yeast affected part of the skin
    3. This process will give faster healing from infection and repeat it regularly.
    Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection on Skin:

    Coconut oil helps to treat yeast infection on your skin with its anti-fungal properties that helps to cure the infection within few hours to few days depending on the severity of the infection.

    Method:


    1. Take few drops of coconut oil and apply this on the infected area by using your fingers
    2. Spread it widely and perfectly on the infected area
    3. Leave this layer of oil on your skin for several hours or leave it like that
    4. Apply this oil twice a day for complete relief from yeast infection.
    5. Or you can include coconut oil in your diet or drink this by adding a teaspoon of oil in a glass of water.
    6. Follow this process regularly to get rid of the skin yeast infection.
    Coconut Oil Capsules for Yeast Infection:

    You can also use coconut oil capsules in the place of coconut oil. These capsules will melt from your body’s heat and you have to use these in the night time before going to bed. But make sure that you need to wear underwear and a pad why because once the capsule melts then you will get some leakage in overnight. So, it’s recommended to take 2 – 3 capsule every night to completely eliminate the yeast infection.
    Yeast Infection in Dogs:

    Even dogs will get yeast infection and coconut oil is a best cure for it. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid that can help to prevent bacterial and viral infections. This is most commonly found in mother’s milk and builds the immune system. So when taking it they get the protection and health advantages from it. Coconut oil can be given either internally or applied externally. Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil in their daily meals or milk or simply pour few drops in the water which you used it to bath your pets.
    Coconut oil not only helps to prevent yeast infection but also for many health benefits like reduces cancer, improves digestion, gives a smooth glossy coat, balances the metabolism, etc. So give coconut oil in any form to your dogs to get these healthy benefits.
    Notes:

    Besides following the above mentioned methods, you have to follow these points for better relief from the yeast infection.

    • Add traditional fermented food to your diet for relief from the yeast infection.
    • Make sure that not to buy coconut oil that has been hydrogenated as this destroys the beneficial attributes of coconut oil and makes it high in dangerous trans-fatty acids. So the best form of coconut oil is organic virgin coconut oil which is natural and has most health benefits.
    • You can also have other benefits like shinier hair, healthier skin, lower cholesterol levels, healthy immune system, etc. when you’re using coconut oil to prevent yeast infection.
    This is all about Coconut Oil for Yeast Infection. Have you tried all these or any of these methods in treating yeast infection? Or do you know any remedies other than this? Then share your experience with us.
    Also read the related Post: Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection
     
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    http://www.livestrong.com/article/368273-is-braggs-raw-apple-cider-vinegar-good-for-systemic-candida/


    Is Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Good for Systemic Candida?


    Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011 | By Maura Shenker[​IMG]
    Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar is made from organic apples and is certified kosher. Photo Credit red apples image by Tomo Jesenicnik from Fotolia.com
    Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is an unpasteurized organic apple cider that contains protein enzymes, which give the vinegar a cloudy appearance. These live cultures help alkalize the body, and like probiotics, replenish beneficial bacteria that crowd out yeast. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast, but can quickly grow out of control if your body becomes acidic from eating too much sugar or if beneficial bacteria are killed off from antibiotic use. Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar has zero calories and is sodium free.

    Candida Basics

    Candida is a fungal yeast that lives on the surface of your skin and thrives in moist warm areas such as your underarms or genital area. Although candida infections are usually superficial, in rare cases candida can enter the blood stream resulting in a systemic infection. Systemic candida infections are more common in people with a weakened immune system, those who use broad spectrum antibiotics and people with a hormonal imbalance.

    The Acid/Alkaline Balance

    Candida thrives in an acidic environment, which is often caused by poor nutrition. It's a common misconception that acidic tasting foods cause acidity in your body. Foods such as lemons and limes may taste acidic, but they actually alkalize the blood. The standard American diet is very acidic, because acidifying foods include most animal proteins, cheese, milk, butter and canola oil. Alkalizing foods are mostly fruits, vegetables, eggs, chicken, yogurt, nuts, seeds and apple cider vinegar.

    Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

    Bragg's Raw Apple Cider Vinegar restores the pH balance in your body by creating an alkalizing environment and encouraging beneficial bacteria to grow. Healthy bacteria crowd-out candida and aid digestion. Three times a day, drink a mixture of 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 oz. of water. Don't add a sweetener, because sugar will feed the yeast. If the taste is too strong for you, try adding freshly squeezed lemon juice.

    The Herxheimer Reaction

    Your candida symptoms may get worse as you start treating your fungal yeast infection. The worsening of these symptoms is known as the Herxheimer reaction. As the yeast die, they release a toxic by product that may cause nausea or fatigue. However, you should start to feel better within a few days. Don't stop drinking the apple cider vinegar -- this discomfort is temporary and part of the treatment process.




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