8 Natural Ways to Control Candida Overgrowth

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8 Natural Ways to Control Candida Overgrowth

Candida is group of bad yet beneficial yeast and fungi that naturally lives in our gut and mouth, as well as on our skin and in the vagina. In a healthy body, candida lives fairly dormant, only showing its presence when pathogenic bacteria threatens the body. Essentially, Candida’s job is to destroy toxic invaders, however, Candida can be easily influence to step completely over to the “bad side”. If candida turns completely bad, it can overgrow and cause a host of physical and emotional issues.

Causes and Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth:

There are many factors that can cause Candida to overgrow, however the main causes are, antibiotics, poor nutrition, high refined sugar intake, stress, impaired immune system and synthetic medication. Candida has also been linked to disorders such as fibromyalgia, endocrine dysfunctions, migraine, diabetes, anxiety, arthritis. Although candida can overgrowth in men and children, it is more susceptible to women. The overgrowth of Candida can influence the release of toxins into the bloodstream, these toxins can cause the cells and organs to weaken and perform inefficiently. While symptoms tend to differ depending on the individual sufferer, below are among the most common issues:

  • Persistent yeast infections to the mouth, skin and vagina
  • Sugar cravings

  • Brittle hair

  • Ashened skin

  • IBS, leaky gut, constipation, diarrhea, gas

  • Leaky gut

  • Food allergies

  • Muscle weakness

  • Lethargy

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety, brain fog, depression

Diagnosing an Overgrowth:

There are two ways in which to determine candida overgrowth – either through a physician order of blood work/stool test or through a self-assessment. Self-assessing is the easier, cheaper and more holistic method of diagnosis. If you are currently experiencing any of the disorders and/or symptoms mentioned above, then it is time to take the spit test…

Candida Spit Test:

Equipment needed:

  • Glass
  • Room temperature water
  • First morning’s saliva

Directions:

  • Upon awakening and before brushing or drinking, spit into the glass of water.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes and then assess the saliva.
  • If the saliva stays on the top then your Candida is under control.
  • If it grew tentacles and begins to resemble a jelly fish, then you have some overgrowth.
  • If the saliva sinks to the bottom then you may have severer overgrowth.

8 Natural Ways to Control Candida Overgrowth:

Since Candida is a natural entity, there is no cure for it, instead, the objective is to keep it under control so that it doesn’t wreak havoc. Controlling Candida isn’t an easy feat, in fact, it is an ongoing practice of mindful consuming, eliminating and finding balance.

  • Ditch synthetic antibiotics: Synthetic antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria which leaves the body vulnerable to Candida overgrowth and acidity. Avoid taking synthetic antibiotics as much as possible, instead opt for natural antibiotics that sweep the body of the bad guys while leaving the good guys alone. Ginger, raw honey, garlic and wheatgrass are among the top alternatives to synthetic antibiotics.

  • Coconut oil: Regularly consuming coconut oil is one of the easiest ways to naturally control Candida. The presence of caprylic acid as well as its anti-bacterial and anti-fungul qualities works effectively to keep internal balance. Coconut oil can also be used on the skin to remedy skin infections.

  • Elliminate and Swap: It is important to make an effort to eliminate foods such as refined sugar, wheat, yeasty foods, alcohol, gluten and over-processed foods from your diet. Swap the refined sugar for brown rice syrup, raw honey or xytilol. Replace breads and conventional flours for breads and flours made from sprouted brown rice, hemp, almonds or coconut. Replace fermented foods with lacto-fermented foods.

  • Detox Regularly: Detoxing will eliminate the built up toxins in the body while encouraging healthy bacteria to grow. Regularly exercising, drinking a surplus of lemon water and juice fasting are a few practical ways to detox.

  • Probiotics: Probiotics are live enzymes that encourage the growth of healthy bacteria, they are found in yogurts, lacto-fermented foods and supplements.

  • Increase nutrition: Eat a bounty of fresh fruits, nuts, water and herbal teas. Consume foods that are rich in lean protean, healthy fats, high fiber and antioxidants.

  • Stress less: Stressing excessively can cause Candida to overgrow, manage your stress by eliminating your stressors and by meditating, and deep breathing.

  • Vapor therapy: Vapor therapy is inhaling the vapor of steaming water infused with essential oils. Tea tree oil, peppermint oil and eucalyptus oils are all wonderful at controlling Candida growth. Fill your large bowl or facial steamer with comfortable hot water, add a few drops of your choice essential oil and inhale deeply.

The natural remedies above can benefit everyone, not just those suffering Candida overgrowth. However, if you are experiencing overgrowth symptoms, be patient with your natural attempts to control it as it can take up to six months before noticing any positive changes. If your symptoms persist beyond that, consult your doctor. We are not liable for any misuse of suggestions, perform at your own risk.