Before talking about the home remedies for candida, you may ask about Candida itself; so at the beginning let us talk about candida.
Candida, what could it be?
Candida is one of the millions of microorganisms that are normally present in our bodies. This kind of microorganism is called fungus and it could be found in our mouth, skin, digestive system, and vagina as normal flora and it couldn’t cause any harmful effect unless there are any changes in our immune system that cause an imbalance in our normal flora that called Candidiasis.
What is candidiasis?
It's an overgrowth of candida and, the most common type is Candida Albicans, due to one of the following conditions:
Excessive use of antibiotics.
Prolonged use of Immunosuppressive drugs.
Prolonged use of Contraceptive pills.
All these causes can disturb the balance between bacteria and fungus in our normal flora and could cause many undesirable symptoms, some of them can be managed by home remedies for candida and others might need a serious medical intervention.
When can I use the home remedies for candida?
There are many symptoms that can indicate that you are most probably having candidiasis such as:
Oral thrush is a kind of candidiasis that happens in the mouth or throat, people who are suffering from thrush develop white bumpy patches in their tongue, inner cheeks, tonsils, and throat and these patches may slightly bleed.
Also called yeast infection, its symptoms include redness, swelling, painful intercourse, and thick white vaginal discharge.
Recent studies indicate that the overgrowth of candida can cause gastrointestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
Tiredness and fatigue
According to what we mentioned earlier about the gastrointestinal effects of candidiasis it can cause a deficiency in vitamin B6, essential fatty acids, and Magnesium which will cause feelings of tiredness and fatigue
Skin and nail fungal infections
The most common symptoms are itching and visible rash.
And as we said before the net cause of this overgrowth is the imbalance between the beneficial bacteria and the fungus in our body, so the home remedies for candida would help return this balance back again.
The most common home remedies for candida
Your food plays an important role in keeping the balance between the good bacteria and other bad microorganisms in your GIT, So eating refined sugar, carbohydrates and lactose-containing products can cause the bad microorganisms such as candida to overgrow.
On the other hand, there are many dietary products that can maintain our normal flora balanced such as:
Yogurt can be considered probiotic because it contains a live bacteria that is called Lactobacillus Acidophilus, this bacteria will maintain the good flora growth in your body and will decrease the growth of bad microorganisms such as candida.
Greek yogurt is the best kind but make sure it doesn't contain any added sugar or other flavoring additives, because as we said it may help the growth of candida.
One of the best home remedies for candida has been proven its efficacy. This is an essential oil that is extracted from coconut flesh and has many other benefits in our health but be sure that you bring pure organic coconut oil. For the fungal treatment, apply coconut oil to the affected part.
Many studies showed that garlic has an effective killing effect on candida, so if you want to use it as a treatment for candida try to insert it into your food. Do not try to put it directly in the affected area because it may cause pain and burning.
Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is one of the immune system enhancers and also has antimicrobial components, so it can help treat fungal infections like candida.
Try to increase your uptake of vitamin C to obtain a strong immune system and healthy skin but don't try to apply the acidic vitamin C directly to vaginal lesions.
Wild oregano essential oil
Wild oregano essential oil can alter the growth of candida, so it can be one of the home remedies for candida, but there are some cautions you have to take care of:
Essential oils are usually inhaled as a part of aromatherapy, but some studies indicated that you can apply it to the infected part in a diluted form by adding it to a carrier oil such as olive oil or sweet almond oil.
Oregano oil has a blood thinner effect, so if you have blood clotting issues or using blood thinner drugs, you cannot use it as an inhaled form or even in the diluted form.
Not to be used orally.
Do Not apply it directly to the vagina.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil showed antiseptic and antimicrobial effects, so it can be used as one of the home remedies for candida but with cautions:
Be sure that you are not sensitive to this component.
Do not use it orally
Must be used in a diluted form with another carrier oil like coconut oil
It can be applied in the form of a vaginal suppository
Apple cider vinegar
One of the most popular home remedies for candida, especially vaginal candidiasis, You can use it in the form of a diluted bath with water, don't ever try to use it in the concentrated form or to be used as a douche because douche aims to flow out all the microbial content even the good bacteria, so it can expose a woman to the recurrence of candidiasis. You can also be sure to add vinegar to your diet.
At the end of this article, let me remind you that you may need medical intervention if you have serious symptoms, or if you are not sure that it’s a fungal infection, but anyway be sure that your healthy intake of food and using the home remedies for candida in the proper way will help you to keep your immune system strong and balanced.
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