In this article, you’ll learn and discover the 17 symptoms of candida overgrowth, plus how to get rid of it.
What is Yeast Infections (Candida)?
Causes of Yeast Infections (Candida)
- Use of oral contraceptives
- Anti-ulcer medications
- Frequent or long-term use of antibiotics
- High-sugar diets
- Tired or lethargic
- Poor memory
- 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
- Erectile dysfunction
- 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
Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections (Candida)
Tip: When purchasing coconut oil, be sure to select an organic, pure coconut oil. Some brands may try to pass off a coconut oil blend that won’t get you the same results, so look for 100 percent coconut oil. Pure coconut oil typically won’t have a strong coconut smell.
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
This supplement promotes detoxification support. Since milk thistle works on the liver, it can interact with a variety of medications. People with a history of hormone-related conditions, or who are at risk for such conditions, should speak to their doctors before using milk thistle.
A multivitamin daily
Containing the antioxidant vitamins A, C, E, the B-complex vitamins and trace minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
Omega-3 fatty acids – (fish oil)
It helps to decrease inflammation and help with immunity. Cold-water fish, such as salmon or halibut, are good sources. Fish oil supplements can increase the effects of certain blood-thinning medications.
Vitamin C helps to boost adrenal glands and it is an antioxidant that helps restore the immune system. It also protects the vaginal lining. Vitamin C helps to boost adrenal glands and helps to restore your immune system.
Miconazole is an antifungal medicine that fights infections caused by fungus. Zincoxide is a mineral that acts as a skin protectant.
Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus)
Probiotics supplements work by populating the intestines with beneficial organisms that can prevent the yeast from overgrowing and help the body to naturally balance the infection.
Grapefruit seed extract (Citrus paradisi)
It’s recommended for its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Grapefruit seed extract can potentially interfere with a variety of medications.
Improvement in symptoms is usually noticed after two to four weeks.
These beneficial bacteria also help to restore the microbial balance within the digestive tract.
Enteric-coated essential oils
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.
List of Foods to Avoid
- Sugar – refined sugar is thought to encourage the growth of Candida yeast.
- Maple syrup
- Corn syrup
- Maple sugar
- Date sugar
- Raw sugar
- Rice syrup
Foods Containing Gluten
Gluten-containing foods include wheat, barley, and rye.
This includes products made with these ingredients such as:
- bread and pasta.
- White Vinegar
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Rice Vinegar
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Any Food Made With Vinegage, such as Mayonnaise, Commercial Salad Dressing, Ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce, Steak Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Shrimp Sauce, Soy Sauce, Mustard, Pickles, Pickled Vegetables, Green Olives, Relishes, Horseradish, Mincemeat, and Chili Sauce.
- Mushrooms: They are typically not allowed on Candida diets.
List of Foods to Avoid
- Cottage Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Yogurt And Kefir
- Ice Cream And Frozen Yogurt
- Refined Sugar
- Any White Sugar
- Any Brown Sugar
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Evaporated Cane Juice
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Grains – including wheat, barley, rye, spelt, triticale, kamut, couscous, bran, and farina
- Milk made of Soy
- Yogurt made of Soy
- Soy Sauce
- Soy Protein Powder
Coffee and Caffeinated Beverages
- Soft drinks
- Hot Dogs
- Deli Meats And Cold Cuts
- Soy Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Non-Dairy Creamers
- Barbecue Or Steak Sauce
- Salad Dressings Not Made With Allowed Ingredients
- Spreads Not Made With The Allowed Ingredients
- Similar Condiments
Food Additives and Preservatives
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