How to Treat Yeast Infections Naturally with Antifungal Supplements



Yeast infections are caused by the Candida albicans species of yeast (which is a type of fungus) and are very common indeed.  In fact it has been estimated that 75% of adults will encounter a yeast infection at some point in their lives.  Candida occurs naturally in the body and is normally kept in check by healthy bacteria and internal body flora.  An infection only starts if this natural balance is upset and the Candida yeast multiples rapidly into a symptom-causing outbreak.

Yeast infection symptoms are very varied and depend on what part of the body is infected.  In most cases the disease is associated with itching, soreness and redness of the affected area, and a white discharge in the case of oral and genital thrush.  For infections that affect the gut, the symptoms can be more generalized and include insomnia, fatigue, lack of energy, bloating and weight gain.

Many sufferers treat the disease using a topical antifungal cream applied to the infected area, or in instances of intestinal infections, an oral antifungal.  While these treatment types may relive the symptoms, they do not get at the root cause of the infection, which many times can re-appear.

The good news is that there are a number of natural treatments and anti-candida diet plans available that get at the root cause of the yeast infection.  These work to restore the natural pH and chemical balance within the body and create the right conditions for healthy bacteria to thrive.

Anti-candida diets involve reducing intake of sugars and carbohydrates – foods which encourage the growth of fungus – and increasing the intake of foods that have antifungal qualities.  Examples of natural antifungal supplements include

  • Caprylic acid – a fatty acid found in coconut oil.
  • Olive leaf and grape seed extract – both products with known antimicrobial properties.
  • Apple cider vinegar – which has antiseptic qualities.
  • Garlic – has antifungal qualities but also boosts the natural immune system and supports overall health.
  • Undecylinic acid – a clinically proven antifungal agent, commonly used as the active ingredient in nail fungus treatments such as Funginix.
  • Neem – a potent blood purifier with anitbacterial and antifungal proprieties.  Although it works against certain bacteria it doesn’t upset the natural balance in the body.

A good precaution is to take a course of probiotics and eat good amounts of live natural yogurt.  Following general heath principles such as drinking plenty of water and having a high fiber diet will assist in flushing the body of mycotoxins – the toxins produced by the yeast.





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2 Responses to “How to Treat Yeast Infections Naturally with Antifungal Supplements”

  1. Maria says:

    I have just started juicing for about two weeks. I experienced the usual detox side affect for a few days. I am drinking about 16 oz of fresh veggie and fruit juice. I have developed a yeast infection and also see signs of it in my mouth as well. Is this my body doing more detoxing or am I causing this with the wrong combo of produce. I am not prone to yeast infections…almost never in fact.
    I started juicing to losse weight. I still have one light meal per day. Thank you for your help. Maria

  2. veronica says:

    Hi Maria,

    I am not a doctor so first of all it is best to check with your doctor about your yeast issues, but here are some of my thoughts –

    If you are having yeast problems I would drop the fruit juice altogether because it sugary and yeast loves sugar. I stick with vegetable juice 90% of the time for this reason, I don’t want too much sugar in my diet.

    I am also not a big fan of “juice diets” were people take juice in place of meals. It is a little too drastic for my liking. I am actually in big proponent of eating 5 meals a day, 3 mid-sized meals and two snacks and then figuring out the total calories of those meals to create a weight loss plan. This is more moderate and sustainable long term I believe. Main concern with juice only diets, is that blood sugar levels are sent all over the place if fruit juices are used a lot and this isn’t great for health> While this will provide detoxification and weight loss, it is not great hormonally.

    Darren

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