What is Candida?
- Use of oral contraceptives, steroids, antacids, anti-ulcer medications,
or frequent or long-term use of antibiotics.
Tired or lethargic
- Feel drained, depleted or exhausted
- Numbness, burning, tingling
- Stomach pain
Joint pain or swelling
- Muscle aching or weakness
- Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, or belching
- Bothersome or persistent vaginal itching, burning, or discharge
Loss of sexual desire
- Endometriosis or infertility
- Menstrual irregularity or cramping
- Anxiety attacks or crying
- Cold hands and feet, feel chilly
- Irritable or shaking when hungry
Alternative practitioners recommend individualized programs that usually
combine diet and supplements. Supplements are introduced gradually to avoid
a temporary worsening of symptoms called a "die-off" or Herxheimer
reaction. This is because when Candida is killed, they release protein
fragments and toxins that can trigger an antibody response from the immune
Improvement in symptoms is usually noticed after two to four weeks.
The beneficial bacteria acidophilus are thought to control Candida
by making the intestinal tract more acidic, discouraging the growth of
Candida, and by producing hydrogen peroxide, which directly kills Candida.
Research has shown that supplementing with a hydrogen peroxide-producing
strain of acidophilus, DDS-1 greatly reduced the incidence of
antibiotic-induced yeast infections.
These beneficial bacteria also help to restore the microbial balance within
the digestive tract.
One teaspoon to one tablespoon of soluble fiber containing guar gum,
psyllium husks, flaxseeds or pectin can be mixed in an 8 oz glass of water
two times per day on an empty stomach.
Enteric-coated essential oils
Enteric-coated capsules containing oregano oil, peppermint oil, and other
volatile oils are thought to prevent the overgrowth of Candida. It is
usually recommended for at least several months. A standard dosage is two
capsules two times a day with water, in between meals. Pure volatile oils
can be quite toxic in this amount so the liquid form of these oils should
never be ingested, and the capsules should not be broken open before
Garlic capsules that have been enteric-coated to open when they reach the
intestines are often is used in combination with the volatile oils. Once
capsule two times per day taken with the enteric-coated volatile oil is a
Other valuable supplements are caprylic acid from coconuts, oleic acid from
olive oil, oregano oil, and pau d'arco. There are many combination products
formulated for Candida that contain these herbs and supplements.
Diet is an important part of the Candida cleanse. The length of time on the
Candida cleanse depends on the length of time one has had symptoms, symptom
severity, and overall health. People may notice improvement after strict
adherence to the diet for two to four weeks. For others it takes months.
Once symptoms are gone and lab tests show significant improvement, foods
from the restricted list can be slowly incorporated back into the diet.
Limit daily carbohydrate intake - Sugar feeds Candida, so it is important
to minimize the total carbohydrate content of one's diet. During the first
2 to 3 weeks of the program, it is often recommended that carbohydrate
intake be restricted to 20 to 60 grams per day, depending on age, health,
activity level, and extent of grain sensitivities. As symptoms disappear,
the carbohydrate total can gradually increase. Foods that are low carb
include protein foods such as meat, chicken, turkey, shellfish, some nuts,
and non-starchy vegetables.
Consider talking with your physician about substitute methods of birth
control if you are using oral contraceptives.
Practitioners usually suggest avoiding alcohol and smoking. Both can impair
the immune function.
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Professional Books, 1983, 1984, 1986.
Martin, Jeanne Marie and Rona, Zoltan P. The Complete Candida Yeast
Guidebook. Rocklin, California:Prima Books, 1996.
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