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|Candida vs. Good
|Candida albicans, a parasitic yeast-like fungus or mold which normally
exist in the mouth, stomach and vaginas of healthy individuals, may be the
cause of many misdiagnosed illnesses and frequent doctors visits.
Candidiasis, also known as a yeast infection, occurs primarily when the
bodys immune system is compromised or when our good intestinal
bacteria, which keep Candida in check, are destroyed. Both situations enable
Candida albicans to grow and flourish.
Other conditions that allow candida to flourish are using of some prescription
drugs (especially antibiotics), stress, pregnancy, being overweight, diabetes,
psoriasis, and bacterial infections.
The endotoxins produced by candida have been linked to insomnia, painful
joints, fatigue, mood swings, depression, headaches and frequent infections
of the ears, nose and throat.
Goldenseal, a natural antibiotic herb, is a tonic for the female reproductive
system and, as an immune system stimulator, is helpful for fighting all
infections. The berberine it contains blocks bacterial growth, including
Garlic is one of the most potent antimicrobial and antifungal agents known.
It was used by Albert Schweitzer to treat amebic dysentery and by Louis
Pasteur as an antibacterial. One of the most thoroughly researched and important
effects is as an antimicrobial agent. Garlic has demonstrated potent antifungal
qualities that are especially active against Candida albicans. Several
studies have found it to be more potent than several of the traditional
allopathic anti-fungal agents, including Nystatin and Gentian violet. Garlic
is one of the richest sources of the element germanium, a potent inducer
of interferon and effective against certain cancers by modulating the immune
Like their garlic cousins, onions have been given credit for a lot of medicinal
and health benefits. They contain many sulfite compounds similar to those
in garlic. These compounds are highly antimicrobial and antifungal making
onions ideal for fighting candida.
Echinacea is an antiseptic and anti-infection herb that helps stimulate
the immune system. Scientific research indicates antibiotic activity, cortisone-like
activity, promotion of wound healing, production of systemic interferon
and stimulation of T-cell lymphocytes.
A recent German trial found echinacea to be far superior to pharmaceutical
treatments for vaginitis (candida infection of the vagina). Researchers
found a 60% recurrence of vaginal yeast infection when treated with a pharmaceutical
anti-fungal cream but only a 16% recurrence for those given an echinacea
Spice oils are often good fungus fighters, but oregano is king. It kills
Candida on contact both internally and topically. As well, it boosts the
immune system to help the body fight Candida, parasites and other infections.
Adding high fiber supplements enhances the effectiveness of candida prevention
and treatment programs. Diets low in nutrients and fiber may contribute
to Candida overgrowth as they alter the pH of the G.I. tract. This negatively
affects the friendly bacteria that thrive in a narrow pH range, but does
not inhibit Candida, which proliferates comfortably in a wider range of
Tea tree oil is helpful in treating topical outbreaks of Candida. It is
most useful for hard to treat outbreaks such those occurring vaginally or
on the feet.
Diet and hygiene are keys to any Candida fighting program. In addition to
the herbal treatments listed above;
- Avoid pharmaceutical antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.
- Avoid chemicals & preservatives wherever possible.
- Eat pure sugar-free foods.
- Practice stress-management techniques.
- Never wear damp clothing.
- Use pure unscented soap
- Dont use scented detergent or fabric softeners.
- Add yogurt to your daily diet.