What is Candida? Explained for not so dummies
Once you understand what so called “Candida” (actually “Candidiasis” or “Candidosis”) really is, your fastest road to healing this yeast or fungal infection the natural way, lies within reach.
We are here to help you solve your issues with Candida fast and as easy as possible with the most essential information available today.
Candida is yeast living in our body, doing good work by cleaning up all kinds of residues. It is kept balanced by “good bacteria” or probiotics – or at least, that’s how it should work.
But, when there is overgrowth of Candida in the gut flora, it can transform into a fungal form and that creates many other health problems.
Candida promoting items 🙁
- Birth control pills
- Medications, vaccines, chemotherapy
- Processed foods
- Lack of breastfeeding as a baby
- Sugar, high fructose corn syrup
- Immune system disorders
- Fluoridated water or toothpaste
- Chlorinated water
These items can disturb the balance with other bacteria and then you can get an overpopulation of Candida (mostly albicans) in the body. That’s called “Candidiasis” or “Systemic Candida” and it can become visual on the skin, tongue, nails, genitals, and numerous other body parts.
We obtain our initial gut flora from both our parents at birth, when passing through the mother’s birth canal. Furthermore, as long as a baby gets breastfeeding, it is more or less protected against toxins from the gut.
Possible symptoms of Candida yeast infection
This list does not pretend to be complete and none of the symptoms alone are proof of Candidiasis. It is not meant to exclude your holistic medical doctor’s advice, which should take your personal constitution into consideration.
- Itching skin
- Oral infections
- Nail deformations
- Vaginal irritation
- Mood fluctuations
- Brain fog
- Sugar craving
How to diagnose Candidiasis
Diagnosing Candidiasis is not easy.
Your practitioner could performance tests on the stool, the blood, urine, vaginal swab, and skin – ideally a combination of several tests.
Yeast infection has many different faces.
A simple “pre-test” you can perform yourself is the controversial spit test:
Early in the morning, when you wake up and didn’t eat or drink anything yet, you spit into a glass of water. While you observe the glass during the first hour, you would see some cloudy strings that dangle down from the spit. That “can” be a first indication of possible candida yeast infection. But, to be certain you would need a lab test confirmation, because this home test can also indicate numerous other conditions, like heavy metals, parasites, allergies, and more. So if you see nothing other than the spit staying on the surface, you have a strong indication that you have no excessive Candida.
How to keep the best balance of bacteria in the gut
The perfect balance should be something like 80% good / 20% (so called) bad bacteria.
Probably the best way to correct a disturbed balance is to add probiotics via food intake. That is easier, more natural and cheaper than using supplements.
Natural probiotics from food (all organic, please) 🙂
- Miso: the real thing is made only from fermented soy beans and sea salt
- Tempeh: fermented soy beans
- Yoghurt, kefir, lassi: unpasteurized (but only from raw milk by grass fed cows & goats)
How to heal Candida infection
Here we’ll list some therapies or actions that are considered generally beneficial, and for solving candida problems.
- Eating natural, unprocessed, organic food
- Drinking natural beverages, spring water with higher pH, like +8 pH
- Avoiding processed, non-organic food and candida promoting items (see above)
- Raw food
- Promote digestion
- Colon cleansing
- Sauna or sweating sessions
- Natural lifestyle
- Less stress
In some cases it can be good to use supplements of vitamin A, or vitamin D (especially when there is lack of natural sunshine).
Your lifestyle is very important here and probably need some or drastic adjustments to become more natural. Actually, for the most part the body heals itself from many diseases, if treated with natural food, drinks and lifestyle. But, most people abandoned that path for so long, that it can be a long search to become in harmony with nature again without a proven program.
The word ‘anti-biotics’ should trigger an alarm signal in our head because of its destructive nature, while the word ‘pro-biotics’ should put a smile on our face because of its life generating nature.
So the holistic treatment of the gut flora, creating the best environment by promoting friendly bacteria, is a completely different approach than going to war against the symptoms.
Nevertheless, there are still many medical health workers out there, which are completely ignoring this problem and only prescribing some poisonous drugs, trying to suppress the symptoms, thus preparing for the next illness.
If you are looking for a natural step by step system to get rid of candida, we found this very helpful.