Candida albicans is part of your microbiome, and found in many areas of the body like the mouth, throat, genitalia, urinary areas, and intestines. Some individuals create an environment that is a breeding ground for overgrowth. The most common causes are compromised immune system, using certain detergents, chronic antibiotic use, oral birth control, excessive sugar intake, or diabetes.
Symptoms of candidiasis
As you treat the candida symptoms you experience may mimic having the flu. It may be worse for the first week or two as the yeast die off, and about 3 weeks into treatment, the ubdding yeast die off, which can again cause flu like symptoms to reappear. If you have undiagnosed food sensitivites, which can also be a played in which. Low stomach acid can also be a cause of yeast overgrowth so it may be a good ideas to check with your physician.
Avoid these foods when treating the infection:
Make sure to avoid refined and excessive carbohydrates, sugar, dairy, and alcohol through the treatment period, which may last several months if you opt for a natural choice vs a prescription antifungal.
Foods that are believe to be beneficial during treatment period includes garlic, coconut oil, curcumin, aloe vera, pomegranate, kombucha, and high quality probiotics.
There are a number of supplements that we can recommend to help reduce candida if you choose to avoid prescription medications and do it with diet and supplements. Please consult with a medical professional before starting any new supplements and to properly diagnose a candida overrowth. Natural treatments may take several months to resolve, where as prescription based antifungals may work much quicker.