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Home Remedies for Candida
- Olive leaves have antimicrobial properties. As such, an extract of olive leaves may be practical on the parts of body affected by candida.
- Take Lactobacillus and bifidus probiotic supplements daily. These friendly bacteria grow to form a protective lining over the digestive tract that keeps yeast colonies from forming. Be sure to check expiration dates on the package. For vaginal infections, place the probiotic capsules in the vagina before going to bed every other night for two weeks.
- Take 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of caprylic acid daily with meals. This naturally occurring fatty acid is an effective antifungal for the treatment of candida. Since caprylic acid is readily absorbed by the intestines, it is necessary to take a timed-release or enteric-coated form so that the supplement is released gradually throughout the entire digestive tract.
- Avoid refined sugar, honey, maple syrup, and fruit juices. Also avoid chewing gums flavored with xylitol, which may aggravate thrush. Avoid antibiotics, steroids, and birth control pills unless medically directed to take them.
- The best way to heal an infection caused by candida is to eat a balanced detox diet that helps in detoxifying the body, thereby relieve the symptoms of candidiasis. As a part of this detox diet, you must eat vegetables like spinach, broccoli, beet, onion, and garlic; fresh fruits; cereals like millet and rice; seeds like flax and pumpkin seeds; nuts like cashew and walnuts; and additional virgin olive oil. Also, you necessity keep away from certain foods like sugar, wheat, dairy products, and gluten.
- Several different antifungal agents are used to treat yeast infections. Topical creams include butoconazole (Femstat 3) and miconazole (Monistat), some of which are now available without prescription. Nystatin (Mycolog, Mycostatin, Nilstat) is relatively safe because it is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Stronger agents include fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), and ketoconazole (Nizoral). Use of ketoconazole should be avoided, if possible, since this drug can be toxic to the liver. If ketoconazole is called for, its use should be supervised by an infectious disease specialist.
- If you take the prescription blood-thinner warfarin (Coumadin), you should consult your doctor before using over-the-counter vaginal miconazole products. Miconazole is an antifungal drug found in some creams and suppositories used to treat vaginal candida. Bleeding or bruising may occur if warfarin and vaginal miconazole are used together.
- In otherwise healthy people, high sugar consumption has very little effect on the growth of yeast. Only when the balance of yeast and other naturally occurring bacteria is upset by antibiotic treatment or injury to the immune system does yeast overgrowth become a problem.
- While yeast overgrowth in the mucous membranes lining the gastrointestinal tract, throat, nose, urethra, and vagina are relatively common, candidas of the blood and inner organs are extremely rare. The effects of candida on the endocrine, immune, and nervous systems are caused by changes in absorption of nutrients rather than by the candida itself.
- If a breast-fed baby develops oral thrush or a nursing mother develops a thrush infection of the nipples, both the mother and the baby should be treated to eradicate the infection, even if only one of them seems to be affected.
- If you’re looking for other ways to treat your Candida at home, you may want to consider an all-natural colon cleanse. Colon cleansing with fiber and herbs helps sweep the colon clear of toxins and waste while delivering powerful digestive herbs to newly exposed intestinal tissue.