Jennifer tried the Candida diet, and found it was very restrictive. It included a regime of no fermented foods, no fruits other than tart/sour fruits (grapefruit, sour apples, lemon), no sugar, no wheat, no yeast products, no vinegars, no alcohol, no dairy, no sugars, and much more. She also took Caprylic Acid and Betonite, and lots of Acidophilus. It was tough to do, but it seemed to work for her. Dr. JJ commented that those that prescribe the candida diet focus on trying to kill it off. Dr. JJ feels that approach is appropriate for perhaps a parasite, but that a parasite different from a yeast infection. For a yeast infection, the focus should be on re-balancing the intestinal flora. He recommends giving your body probiotics to recolonize the good bacteria- you don't need to kill things off or starve it, like the approach used in the candida diet.
Probiotics also act a little bit like an anti-biotic. This is because a healthy probiotic like Lactobacillus secretes lactic acid which is used to kill off other bacteria. Other probiotics also have something called bactericides that act like anti-biotics and are designed to kill of other bacteria. Probiotics kill off other bacteria and also colonize their good bacteria. This makes probiotics a very effective yeast infection cure.
The length of time to take a candida treatment/ yeast infection remedies depends on the case. It is something that would need to be assessed on a case by case basis by a healthcare practitioner.
Once the yeast infection is treated, is it gone for good?
It depends, there are a number of things that will disrupt your flora balance including: stress, smoking, poor dietary habits, parasites from traveling to a foreign country, taking antibiotics. These things may cause someone t get another yeast infection.
It's very important to work with a healthcare practitioner to review your overall health and determine what approach is best suited for you.
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