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Natural Treatments for Treating Yeast Infections or Candida

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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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I started having chronic re-occuring vaginal yeast infections about 2 years ago. I went to my western doc and she gave me scrips for anti-fungals, over, and over, and over again. I'm not a person who runs to the doc for a scrip evertime I get sick so I thought this was not really helping the problem. I haven't taken anti-biotics in 20 years, I was tested for all sorts of dis-ease and no diabetes, I eat a very healthy diet. On my own, since my doc wasn't helpful (it's just your age, yes, it happens to a lot of women, oh, it could be the start of perimenopause, you'll just have to keep taking these anti-fungals...etc) I turned to first to the internet and then to a friend who is a naturopath. She suggested starting with a candida cleanse and then the candida elimination diet. I did the cleanse. No relief. I don't eat much fermented, processed food or sweets, so going on the Candida diet was pretty easy. After 6 months, nothing had changed. I added all sorts of pro-biotics to my diet...still nothing...I had my partner tested, he was negative...no change...My partner and I broke up and I was sexually inactive for a while...no change. My naturopath finally suggested garlic. First, she said to take a fresh raw clove of garlic, cut it into swallow-able pieces and swallow that 3 times a day for the first week. Let me tell you, the burning and itching disappeard in 4 hours! After the first week, she told me to switch to a Kyolic type of garlic (aged garlic that doesn't make you stinky) and take 6 capsuls a day, 3 2x a day or 2 3x a day. For me, this is the only thing that has worked. Unfortunately, if I stop taking it for any length of time, the yeast eventually comes back. The garlic keeps is away, but I"m not really sure this is a "cure." It sure has been the only thing that's made me feel better though.

October 3, 2010 - 11:42am

Thank you for the very well-researched information on Candida overgrowth and natural ways to combat this. I used to suffer from an excess of Candida, manifested through painful vaginal yeast infections. However, if it goes untreated a candida infection can manifest in strange, seemingly unrelated ways such as irritability and confusion. I managed to overcome Candida overgrowth with a diet low in sugar and through a detox and I also take a probiotic supplement sporadically (but always following antibiotic treatment). I have never felt this good!

March 24, 2009 - 8:21am
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