Why can’t I get rid of the Candida albicans in my gut?

November 12, 2012

Why can’t I get rid of the Candida albicans in my gut?

80% of all humans have Candida albicans present in their intestine and for the most part the organism causes no difficulty or symptoms to the host. However, if favourable growth conditions arise causing a corresponding rise in the amount of Candida albicans present in the gut a yeast infection may then develop. Currently there is no known reason for a sudden unhealthy rise in levels of these opportunistic fungi.

Yeast infections

A yeast infection is the result of the overgrowth of Candida albicans in various regions of the body – most commonly within the digestive tract but also in the mouth and genitals. Yeast infections may cause a variety of symptoms as well as the easily recognised discharge, including fatigue, weight gain, joint pain and excessive gas.

  • Vaginitis -A yeast infection in the vagina is more common than a similar infection in male genitalia and will often produce painful symptoms combined with a thick, unpleasant discharge.

  • Systemic infections -A yeast infection in multiple locations, a systemic infection, can be serious and may present a wide variety of symptoms not normally associated with this fungi. Systemic yeast infections are common in individuals suffering with an immunological disorder.

In order to prevent the development of any yeast infection it is essential to maintain healthy levels of the Candida albicans fungus.

Healthy levels

When kept at normal levels Candida albicans has a role to play in maintaining a healthy digestive system – much like Probiotics such as acidophilus. Fungi are able to maintain their levels in any environment by making use of that environment and in doing so will help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, thereby offering some protection to the body.

However, an overgrowth of Candida albicans must be dealt with quickly in order to avoid the development of painful and distressing yeast infections.

Natural remedies

There are many natural remedies that may be used to treat excess levels of Candida albicans, before trying any of the remedies it is always wise to consult with your medical practitioner. Using the services of an accredited, reputable herbalist practitioner will ensure that you do not mistakenly ingest anything dangerous or unsuitable.

  • Grape seed extract – dosage should be followed exactly as prescribed for up to six months

  • Choose a wide variety of intensely coloured foods – red and yellow peppers, green leafy vegetables, and squash.

  • Eat garlic

  • Try to avoid sugar as much as possible – sugar will feed the yeast leading to an increase in the infection.

  • Eat live yogurt cultures – Probiotics, live yogurt – particularly from sheep or goats – will help to eliminate harmful bacteria from your gut.

  • Herbs and spices – many herbs and spices contain antioxidants and anti-fungal properties and will also improve digestion, circulation, bowel problems and reduce any inflammation.

  • Choose non-glutinous grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, millet, brown or wild rice. These grains are high in dietary fibre that will help to keep the colon free from build up and thereby limit the growth of Candida albicans.

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