Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast present in every individual. In a healthy person it lives in balance with hundreds of other yeasts and friendly bacteria as a non-invasive sugar fermenting yeast.
If an overgrowth is provoked, for example, by the intake of too much sugar or by the use of antibiotics, candida albicans converts to its invasive fungal form which can invade the tissues and incite inflammatory responses.
Because candidiasis can affect various parts of the body, it can have many symptoms attributed to it. Most commonly it affects the mouth, ears, nose, gastrointestinal tract and the vagina and is often referred to as ‘thrush’.
In the mouth it can appear as white spots on the tongue, inside the cheeks and on the gums.
In the vagina it can cause a white, cheesy discharge and extremely intense itching and burning.
In the gastrointestinal tract it can cause bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhoea.
It can be the cause of skin infections such as tinea between the toes, ‘jock itch’ when affecting the groin and often it is the cause of ‘nappy rash’ on babies.
In the urinary system it can be the cause of reoccurring kidney and bladder infection, cystitis, urethitis and urinary frequency and burning.
Often a person may simply feel ‘unwell’, tired or have unexplained reactions to perfumes and/or chemicals.
To treat candidiasis, firstly make sure your diet is free of excess sugars i.e. all added sugar including dried fruits, cakes, biscuits, honey, wine, beers, etc and also all refined carbohydrates. Sugars in raw fruit and veges are usually OK.
See page on ‘Blood Sugars’.
Then be sure to add as much garlic, ginger, cinnamon, thyme, rosemary and lemon verbena to your diet as you can. All these herbs contain substances that kill candida. Or you can take as enterically coated garlic tablet which slow releases in the intestine.
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