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Get rid of candida albicans: 5 foods that can help

Candida albicans is a yeast existing in our intestinal flora, but it is potentially dangerous when it proliferates above usual amounts. It can proliferate in mucous membranes such as the bowel, mouth and vagina.

Candida albicans may produce substances that may have high toxicity, changing and disturbing the overall body function. It increases for example the intestinal permeability

It is common in cases of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease), irritable bowel syndrome, recurrent depression, chronic fatigue, autism spectrum disorders.

Extreme tiredness can be synonymous of a candida proliferation. The only way to detect it is through a stool test.

The treatment involves antifungal medication (almost inevitable), nutritional care and supplementation. 
There is some evidence of the usefulness of these strategies:

Probiotics

Health situations where the immune system is weakened or when antibiotics are needed are examples of conditions which enhance the proliferation of candida - by weakening the intestinal flora.
Thus, strengthen the intestinal flora 
with probiotic supplementation is a key point

Use either supplements  and foods that naturally are probiotics, such as yogurt, keffir, fermented milk or sauerkraut. 
Be aware that recovery of the intestinal flora takes time.


Food with low sugar content

Yeast and Fungus proliferate more when there is simple sugar available.

Anyone who has experienced a candida proliferation know that the candy/sugar cravings will increase and this is a trend that has to be contradicted!

Thus, a diet without added simple sugars can helps to generate a less yeast favorable environment, purpose which we want always, but even more when the candida proliferation is above the desired (in whatever tissue).

Thus, avoid adding sugars (white sugar, but also compotes, jams, fruit juices, ...). Limit yourself to fruit in nature and reduce the amounts of carbohydrates used in the meal (rice, pasta, ...) and use them only as wholegrains. It is true that the research is not very consistent in this respect because of the lack of strong studies, but the reduction of simple sugars will only be beneficial


Coconut oil


Coconut oil has about 50% lauric acid,
a saturated fatty acid having antifungal characteristics. Gargle with coconut oil is a good antifungal strategy, as well as use coconut oil in your meals

As an oil with a high saturated fat amount, it must be used sparingly.




Garlic

Garlic also has antifungal properties that are essentially because of the allicin content, which is is activated when we crush or cut fresh garlic.

Studies with allicin use amounts that are difficult to achieve while eating garlic but these results are interesting and although garlic cannot be used as a single treatment, it can be an extra help

The evidence is not strong enough so we can recommend you to eat garlic heads, but give more flavor to your salads and season your recipes with crushed or cut garlic.

Curcumin

Curcumin is present in turmeric and has reduction effects in candida  overgrowth

By comparison with antifungal drugs, there are studies showing that curcumin is more efficient.
As these tests are for now only in vitro, there is no recommendation for supplementation with curcumin to stop candida infections. But curcumin can be used to provide color, flavor, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties to your lunch or dinner


Reinforce your intestinal flora, strengthen your immune system, feed yourself healthily and be patient. Treatment for candida can be time consuming and requires dedication.

BluEmerald - for a healthy, conscious and sustainable life.


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