Most women are familiar with the word ‘candida’. You might be wondering, what on earth is candida? Candida is a form of yeast and is a naturally occurring microorganism in the mouth, intestines and reproductive organs of humans. A very small amount of it is in these organs of the body to aid digestion and nutrient absorption. When candida is overproduced, it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic by-products into your body and causing leaky gut. Candida is kept in check by the lactobacillus bacteria. However, these bacteria can’t work effectively if there is an imbalance in your system. For example , prolonged usage of antibiotics could kill off both good and bad bacteria , causing the candida to multiply since there is no resistance from the good bacteria. This leads to an overgrowth of the yeast which causes the symptoms of candidiasis to manifest.
Candida can be partly blamed on our lifestyle choices, and in particular our diet of highly processed foods or refined sugars. Yeasts love sweet things which gives it more strength to flourish in your intestines. When the balance of good and bad flora is tipped, there can be an overgrowth of yeast which could lead to candida seeping into your bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the infection starts to affect the whole body, causing tissue damage, accumulation of toxins and a weakened immune system. As a result, people who suffer from candida are tired, exhausted and feel like they have no energy to do anything.
CAUSES OF CANDIDA INFECTION
- Weak immune system
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Extended use of antibiotics
- Poor eating habits like consumption of excessive sugary foods
- Hormonal imbalance near menstrual cycle
- Lack of sleep
- Birth control pills
RECOGNIZING THE SYMPTOMS
Some common symptoms of candida overgrowth are:
- Skin and nail fungal infections like toenail fungus or athletes foot
- Strong sugar cravings
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, depression….
- Digestive issues like bloating, diarrhoea or constipation
- Skin issues like psoriasis, rashes, eczema..
- Urinary tract infections, vaginal infections or rectal itching
- Poor memory, lack of focus or difficulty concentrating.
The most effective way to clear candida overgrowth is to starve the yeast by not feeding it simple sugars. A diet with lots of water and vegetables is essential .Probiotics should be taken to replace the good bacteria and natural antifungal foods like garlic and ginger should be consumed to kill off the fungi. Candida loves sugar and simple carbs. Removing these helps prevent the candida from growing and multiplying.
GARLIC AND GINGER TREATMENT
Ginger root has a variety of medicinal uses and properties, including antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea and anti-bacteria. It is also a root that can improve healthy circulation in the body, aids digestion and relieves intestinal gas. The aroma of ginger is a pleasant one and it helps in cleansing the liver. There are a lot of ways to incorporate ginger into your diet, but one of the easiest is to make a delicious ginger tea. Simply cut an inch of ginger root, chop it up into small pieces and boil. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and your ginger tea is ready for consumption. Ginger has been characterised as generally safe. This means it should not cause serious side effects as long as it is consumed in reasonable quantities.
Using garlic for candida is one of the essential steps of a natural candida cure. Garlic is a potent natural antifungal that will help cure the candida. The active ingredient in garlic is allicin. Allicin is a potent microbial as well as an antifungal. It can kill bacteria, virus and fungi. It is best to eat 2 cloves of garlic daily. A fresh clove is high in allicin and contains many other beneficial enzymes and compounds. Heating garlic destroys the allicin, so only use raw garlic for candida.
To get the most benefit from garlic cloves, crush them and let them set for 5 minutes before eating them or juicing them. It is to be noted that as the garlic takes effect and there is an accumulation of candida dying off in the gut, you may need to stop eating the garlic long enough to allow your body to catch up with elimination of the toxins. During this period, flush your system with loads of water. Eating one or two cloves of raw garlic for candida per day is considered safe in adults. The most common side effects are bad breath and bad odour. Excessive consumption of garlic especially on an empty stomach can cause stomach upset, gas and changes in the intestinal flora.
Garlic and ginger are two amazing super foods with many health benefits and particularly beneficial for those wanting to reduce fungus and candida issues.
A detoxifying juice can be made with these two ingredients inclusive. This detox juice should be taken immediately as they begin to lose some of their nutritional benefits after a minute.
- ½ Cucumber
- Juice from 1 lemon
- ½ inch of ginger
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 apple
- 1 clove of garlic
Place all the ingredients in a juicer or blender and enjoy immediately. This will thoroughly detoxify your body and fight against candida.
Treating candida takes a comprehensive approach. You will find that making dietary changes will greatly improve your overall health. Antifungals will only be necessary until your candida is under control which depends on the severity of your symptoms. Track how you feel. As yeast disappears, so do your symptoms.
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