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Treating <em>Candida albicans</em>

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Q: I recently learned that all forms of sugar (even fruits) feed candida. How can I treat chronic yeast infections without eliminating sugar from my diet?

A: Treating chronic yeast infections begins in the gut, and diet plays a key role in the successful treatment of Candida albicans. That said, it is not necessary to eliminate all forms of sugar from your diet. There are three key steps in the treatment of candida overgrowth.

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Step one

Rebalance gut and vaginal flora with appropriate strains of probiotics. A 2014 study showed that lactobacilli probiotics maintain a normal vaginal environment and prevent disease recurrence. To support vaginal health, a probiotic should contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum.

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Step two

Starve off candida by altering the gastrointestinal environment it normally thrives in. This means consuming a diet that is low in sugar and yeast-promoting foods that feed candida. Avoid sugar-packed fruit smoothies and alcoholic beverages, and opt for low-glycemic fruits such as berries and Granny Smith apples. Eat nutrient-dense, nonstarchy vegetables; healthy fats such as coconut oil; and lean protein sources.

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Step three

Use broad spectrum antifungal preparations to combat various forms of yeast. Commonly used natural antifungals include caprylic acid, orange peel, and pau d’arco root bark. A complete candida kit that combines multiple antifungal and antibacterial ingredients will be more effective than single herbs. Always check with your health care practitioner before taking new herbs or supplements.

Depending on an individual’s genetic or acquired weakness, candida will show up differently. Be aware that candida does not always present as chronic yeast infections. An array of health conditions may result, ranging from skin disorders to unexplained digestive issues. Regardless of how and where candida presents, treatment always begins in the gut.

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