How to Kill Candida and Balance Gut Flora in a Week
The yeast Candida albicans is a yeast that normally lives harmlessly in small numbers in the body, controlled by beneficial bacteria in the body and the immune system. If the beneficial bacteria are killed by antibiotics, or if a person’s immune system becomes weakened, Candida can grow unchecked and cause symptoms. Localized infections such as oral thrush, skin infections, and vaginal yeast infections in women can result. Widespread infection can occur in immunocompromised people.
Candida overgrowth in the intestines is thought to, in some cases, penetrate the intestinal wall, causing the yeast and other unwanted particles from being absorbed into the body. This is thought to activate the immune system, resulting in fatigue, headache, mood swings, poor memory and concentration, cravings for sweets, and has been linked to conditions like fibromyalgia. Most conventional doctors think this systemic condition is overdiagnosed and many disagree with the diagnosis.
Natural Remedies For Candida:
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 are killed, they release protein fragments and toxins that can trigger an antibody response from the immune system.
Improvement in symptoms is usually noticed after two to four weeks.
The beneficial bacteria acidophilus is thought to control candida by making the intestinal tract more acidic, discouraging growth of candida, and by producing hydrogen peroxide, which directly kills Candida.
Research shows 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 flaxseed, guar gum, psyllium husks, or pectin can be mixed in an 8 oz glass of water two times per day on an empty stomach.