What Is Candida

Candida Albicans is the most common Yeast Infection that can infect the vagina, intestinal tract, or the mouth.  While Yeast Infections can be passed during sexual intercourse, they are not Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  Roughly 3 out of 4 women will experience a Yeast Infection at some point in their lives.  Once you get a Yeast Infection, you are more prone to getting another one.  Candida is rarely serious, if the immune system functions properly, but it can worsen and spread into the bloodstream if the immune system functions improperly.

Signs Of Candida

Candida can present itself in different ways in each person, so the symptoms can vary with each infection.  There are certain symptoms that you need to watch out for that can indicate a Candida infection.  These symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Consistent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Mood swings
  • Oral thrush
  • Intestinal distress
  • Sinus Infections
  • Foggy thinking
  • Fungal infections on the skin or nails
  • Hormonal imbalance
What Causes Candida

The vagina has Candida yeast cells growing in it, as well as other bacteria.  This mix of yeast and bacteria is naturally balanced, but a Candida infection occurs when there are too many Candida cells growing.  This usually happens if there is an imbalance in the body, causing the lactobacillus bacteria (these keep yeast cells in check) to not work effectively.  Most Yeast Infections, while easily treatable, are caused by the yeast strand Candida albicans.  Common causes are:

  • Antibiotics (these lower the amount of lactobacillus in the vagina)
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Diet (lots of sugary foods can contribute to yeast infections)
  • Stress
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Hormonal Imbalance (before your menstrual cycle)
  • Weak Immune System

Dherbs Approach...adjusting your diet is always key!

Natural Remedies
  • Garlic has incredible antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat a Candida Infection.  You can eat raw garlic, juice or blend it in a smoothie, or wrap an unpeeled garlic clove in gauze and stick it in your vagina.  If you opt for the latter option, be sure to only leave the garlic clove in the vagina for 30 minutes, and no more than once a day.
  • Fenugreek seeds can be very helpful in restoring the vagina's pH balance and boosting the immune system. The best way to help yourself is by steeping 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of hot water.  Let them steep for 5 minutes before straining the tea.  You can add 1 teaspoon of raw, organic honey to add a little flavor.
  • Tea tree oil can be a great way to remedy the symptoms of Candida.  The oil contains antiviral and anti-fungal properties that can help kill the excessive yeast.  Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small bowl of warm water, mix up the solution, and gently rinse the opening of the vagina (or affected area) once daily until symptoms subside.  If you don't want to do that, you can add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a lukewarm bath.  Soak in it for 15-20 minutes to help with symptoms.
  • You may think that douching can help remedy a Candida infection, but it actually can cause it to worsen. Douching can remove healthy bacteria, which help to prevent yeast cells in the vagina from growing in excess. And don't douche with vinegar, as vinegar can increase pain when it comes to Yeast Infections.  If bad bacteria is more present than good bacteria in the vagina, douching can be a good natural remedy.
  • Apple cider vinegar can be an effective remedy to reduce a Candida infection.  Because a common cause of a Candida is a change in the body's pH balance, the acidity of apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH level and restore balance in the body.  You can do this by mixing 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water. Drink this solution once a day until the symptoms subside.
  • It can be beneficial to eliminate sugar from your diet because this can help a woman recover from a Candida infection.  In addition to avoiding sugar, avoid meat, medications, dairy products, salt, and processed foods because these things can contaminate the body with toxins and create an imbalanced pH level.  Switching to a more plant-based diet can give the body essential nutrients, while also helping it maintain a neutral pH balance.
  • Decrease the amount of stress in your life because stress can contribute to a hormonal imbalance and result in a Yeast Infection.  Try acupuncture, meditation, Tai Chi, or yoga, as all of these help establish a healthy mind/body connection.  Acupuncture and Tai Chi also promote healthy circulation, which is important for a healthy body.
Things you should eat
  • Chickpeas
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Lentils
  • Mung Bean Sprouts
  • Summer Squash
  • Rutabaga
  • Raw Nuts and Seeds (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds)
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Green Pepper
  • Dark Leafy Greens (spinach, kale, & chard)
  • Radishes
  • Parsley
  • Lemon/Lime
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
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