How to Fight Candida the Natural Way

According to Dr Mercola, up to 75% of women suffer from candida during their lifetime, and many suffer from repeated bouts of this unpleasant personal health issue. I’ve also previously written about treating Candida with fermented vegetables. But, why is it that so many women (and men too) suffer from this problem?  Research from the Journal of Medical Microbiology suggests that Antibiotics may promote yeast infections, including gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth, and penetration of the GI mucosa.
What is Candida?
Candida, also known as candidiasis, is a common yeast infection which can lead to many health problems from a sore throat to serious stomach problems. Although the body normally produces yeast in the mouth, vagina, rectum and digestive tracts, in normal amounts it remains harmless. However, if the body’s natural pH balance is upset, candida can quickly grow out of control.

If you are suffering from headaches, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue, sugar cravings and stomach problems you may be suffering from an over-production of yeast and candida. A common symptom is thrush, which is an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth and/or vagina. If left untreated, candida will weaken the immune system allowing more serious disease to take hold.

Major Causes of Candida

Once conditions are right, candida will thrive and your general health will suffer. There are various causes that trigger or feed a yeast infection including:

  • Overconsumption of processed and sugary foods
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Overuse of antibiotics
  • Steroid use
  • Alcoholic beverages
All these create an acidic environment that encourages yeast growth and the presence of candida.

Many people opt for over-the-counter anti-fungal creams, but they only treat the symptoms, not the environment that allows candida to flourish. You need to eliminate the underlying cause in your diet or medication, restore your body’s pH balance and boost the presence of good bacteria.

All-Natural Remedies for Candida

Processed and refined foods create the acidic environment that candida and other diseases need to survive. Replace foods high in gluten, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup with fresh fruit and vegetables. While treating candida, restrict your intake of alcohol, vinegar, bread, high-sugar foods, peanuts, mushrooms and aged cheese. Nuts, seeds, wild-caught fish and other food fresh from Mother Nature will all fight candida, along with garlic, turmeric and cinnamon. Changing to a healthier lifestyle, whether or not you have candida, can only lead to a healthier body with the added benefit of countering any future yeast infection.

Garlic is a natural anti-fungal and a powerful antibiotic while turmeric, also known as curcumin, is a powerful treatment against candida, according to the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Tests performed at the Department of Microbiologia at the Centro de Engenharias in Brazil showed that turmeric was a more potent anti-fungal than the commonly prescribed drug fluconazole (source).

Best Candida Fighting Foods
  1. Amasai / Kefir
  2. Garlic
  3. Turmeric
  4. Raw Vegetables
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Kombucha
  7. Yogurt
Overuse of antibiotics not only kills both good and bad bacteria in the body, allowing candida to flourish, it also means that the body builds up a resistance to them. Substitute antibiotics with a natural probiotic such as Kombucha or Kefir to restore the balance of bacteria in your body. Kefir is particularly high in probiotics. Amasai, a similar fermented dairy product, is a highly digestible beverage which promotes good bacteria and restores balance in the digestive tract. Adding other naturally fermented foods such as natto to your diet will soon restore your body’s natural balance to a state where candida simply cannot survive.

Sources: Garlic Central, Natural News, Candidainfo.org, oxfordjournals.org

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14 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Sophie, C says:

    Dr. Axe,
    A private doctor has claimed that my uncle has candida, and this doctor has claimed that the only sure way to get rid of candida for good is to go through a special treatment. I was wondering, if my uncle was to consume the candida fighting foods, and do as the article requires, would this get have the same effect as this special treatment to treat candida?
    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Janaki Lessard says:

    I thought that all of these culprit foods created an acid environment that allowed for the proliferation of that which we do not want….? I thought that most Americans need to eat more alkaline foods….? I’m confused!

  3. Janaki Lessard says:

    (1) All these create an alkaline environment that encourages yeast growth and the presence of candida.

    (2) Processed and refined foods create the acidic environment that candida and other diseases need to survive

    These two sentences are what I was referring to…they seem to contradict each other….!

  4. Kelcie Yeo says:

    Did you mean Acidic, when you said that the sugary and alcoholic beverages cause alkaline environment??

  5. Patricia Smith says:

    I am a firm believer in kefir. I have been taking it almost everyday for about 2 years. I have had problems with several digestive ailments and the kefir has cleared them all up and even cured my toenail fungus!!!

    • Stacey says:

      Do you make your own kefir or do you get it from the store? If so what is the brand? I have been using Lifeway but i’m not sure how good it really is for me.

  6. Sue says:

    I was wondering about Kombucha…
    I’m starting a yeast cleanse Feb 1st & I was told I couldn’t have Kombucha (which I love & even make my own) because it can contain alcohol which will break down into sugar & feed the yeast/fungus.

  7. Catherine says:

    How about apple cider vinegar and fermented vegetables? Can these kill candida and help balance intestinal flora?

  8. Shauna says:

    How does one know for sure if they have Candida. As you know Blake was suspected to have had it once. Just curious how we would know if it came back or if someone else had it.

  9. Laura says:

    I get thrush on a regular basis because of my ashthma inhalers. Any suggestions? Obviously, I can’t get rid of my inhalers. The doctor changed the type I use in hopes it would get better, and it has maybe a little. But I still have to get a prescription every few months. :(

  10. Tyler says:

    You over looked a couple of the most powerful candida fighting foods, apple cider vinegar and virgin cold pressed coconut oil.

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