How to naturally treat Candida Overgrowth without using medication. I share the tips that helped me get rid of my candida naturally, plus how to prevent yourself from getting candida again in the future.
Now I’ve had candida a few times, and for me it was very uncomfortable. I developed thrush and a fungal ear infection every time it flared up, but for some, candida overgrowth can develop and they may not even know it.
Candida is naturally found in our digestive and genital tracts, and when kept under control, it’s completely fine. It only becomes an issue when it gets out of control and takes over the gut. This can happen after taking antibiotics, as candida is a fungi, antibiotics have no effect on it. So, once the antibiotics have run their course, large portions of the intestinal lining are left vacant due to the mass die-off of bacteria (both good and bad), so candida seizes the opportunity and begins to repopulate in all these vacant areas, causing candida overgrowth.
Other reasons include an impaired immune system, biofilms, toxicity, eating a diet high in sugar and processed refined foods, consuming too much alcohol and coffee, chronic prolonged stress which depletes the immune system, C-section deliveries, birth control pills, and according to Marla Pietruszko HD BSc RHN:
Did you know that mercury increases candida overgrowth and is also an non-competitive enzyme blocker in ATP formation?
This means that if you have too much mercury in your body, you will have difficulty fully clearly candida overgrowth from the system! You will also most likely experience extreme fatigue as your body is not able to produce enough ATP for energy!
According to Wellness Mama, when candida overgrows it causes major problems and symptoms such as:
- Persistent constipation, bloating, or gas
- Mental fog
- Debilitating chronic fatigue (or exhaustion)
- Intense sugar cravings (candida feeds off sugar)
- Chronic sinus infections
- White coating on the tongue
- Excess mucous
- Recurring vaginal yeast infections
- Persistent food or environmental allergies
- Depression and anxiety
- Hypothyroidism (candida inhibits thyroid conversion)
If you have an overgrowth in the middle of your digestive tract, you may not notice any of the usual symptoms.
How to Test for Candida
I had my naturopath test me using a bioresonance machine which quickly diagnosed my mild case of candida.
There are other ways to test for it; things like stool, blood, and saliva lab tests, or a DIY free candida spit test you can do at home.
To do the spit test; over a time-frame of six days, monitor your saliva. Keep a pen and paper handy, and when you wake, before eating or drinking anything, fill a glass halfway with water and spit a small amount of saliva into the glass.
Leave it to sit for 45 minutes, coming back every so often to check on it, and record your results each day for 6 days.
Your saliva will; stay floating on top, sink to the bottom, or it will grow “legs”. If it stays floating, there is likely no candida overgrowth, but if it grows legs or, especially, sinks, then candida is likely a problem.
The reason you test saliva over six days is to rule out variables that are likely to interfere with results. Make sure to keep to your normal diet while testing.
How to Get Rid of Candida Naturally
To treat my candida, my naturopath gave me some strong herbal supplements and put me on the Candida Diet until I got the all-clear.
The Candida Diet
The following list shares foods to avoid as well as foods that are okay to eat to help your body naturally get rid of the candida overgrowth.
Foods to Avoid
- Sugar: This counts for all forms of sugar like fructose, sucrose, glucose, malt, corn syrup, desserts, honey, jams, sodas, juices, dried fruits, etc.
- Fermented foods and yeasts: Things like breads, soy sauce, pickles, vinegar, alcohol, ketchup, Vegemite, etc.
- Simple carbs: Like white rice, white flour, white pasta, etc. (any refined carbs).
- Peanuts: This is because some peanuts can grow a fungi or mould on them, and this can trigger a reaction in Candida sufferers who are particularly sensitive to mould exposure.
- Cheeses: Blue and hard types especially.
Foods to Eat
- Fish, poultry, and meat
- Nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils
- Whole grains: Such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, oats, amaranth, etc. Keep wheat to a minimum as it may irritate the gut.
- Veggies, especially green and raw vegetables: Keep potatoes to a minimum and only eat with the skins on.
- Keep fruit to a minimum: If you must have it, only two pieces a day. Avoid dates, grapes, and other high sugar fruits.
- Plain live yoghurt: High in beneficial probiotics. Great for gut health.
- Coconut oil: One of coconut oil’s many benefits is being a natural anti-fungal. You can rub coconut oil on topically to irritated or affected areas, as well as consume in liberal amounts.
- Drink plenty of water
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. I am not a doctor. All opinions expressed are my own personal thoughts and feelings of the products mentioned. Check with your doctor or health practitioner if you are uncertain about trying out any of the products, recipes or tips mentioned in this post.
Have you had Candida before? What worked for you in helping to treat it? Share below.
Lots of love,
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