What is Candida?
Candida is a fungal infection caused by Candida albicans, a bacterium/yeast that lives in the upper bowel of nearly everyone. Under normal circumstances it is kept in check by our immune system and the co-existing friendly bacteria. However, when the immune system is weakened and the friendly bacteria are reduced, this yeast can begin to multiply out of control, releasing toxins that interfere with a whole host of bodily functions.
Signs and symptoms
These are numerous and can be difficult to diagnose since they are not necessarily specific to Candida :
Treatments and Strategies
Conventional Treatment Strategies
Drugs such as Nystatin, Nizoral or Diflucan.
Complementary Treatment Strategies
An exclusion diet (whereby the patient eats a restricted number of foods, gradually re-introducing the 'suspects' one by one) can help identify whether Candida is the cause of their problems.
If so, foods such as refined carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol and other yeast products such as grapes, cheese and bread with yeast should be avoided until symptoms improve.
(See also Nutritional Therapy).
Lactobacillus acidophilus (the friendly bacteria in the gut), zinc, Vitamin C, multi-vitamin/minerals and extra magnesium can all help to boost the immune system.
Can boost the immune system, helping to support the body during an anti-Candida regime.
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