Apple Cider Vinegar and Candida

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Candida albicans is yeast that typically dwells harmlessly within the body in small numbers, regulated by friendly or “good” bacteria and the immune system. Persons with weakened immune systems however, or those who have used antibiotics extensively may be at a greater risk. Candida, if unchecked can cause a whole host of problems, so to speak. Infections in women are common under these circumstances such as vaginal yeast infections for instance. Other symptoms affecting both sexes may include oral thrush and skin infections.

The overgrowth of candida can penetrate the wall of the intestines, thus preventing the yeast and other unsavory elements from being absorbed in the body. This is believed to trigger the immune system causing migraines, mood swings, cravings for alcohol and sweets, lapsed memory, poor concentration and may be a contributory factor for Fibromyalgia.

Studies conducted over the years suggest that steroids, contraceptives, antacids, refined sugars, ulcer medications could be the culprit.

Alternative, natural treatment:

Alternative treatments should consist of diet, exercise, herbs and supplements. Supplements however should be gradually introduced to prevent exacerbation of symptoms known as “die-off” or Herxheimer effect. For when candida albicans are eradicated, they release protein traces and toxins that can precipitate an antibody reaction from the immune system.

In 2 to 4 weeks improvement should begin to show. One probiotic that may have some impact on ridding candida is acidophilus. It’s known to make the intestinal tract more acidic, thereby preventing the growth of candida. The prolonged use of antibiotics may contribute to the growth of candida, some believe. As a result of this belief, research was conducted and has shown that acidophilus with a hydrogen peroxide strain known as DDS-1, significantly minimized yeast infections stemming from antibiotic use. These “good bacteria” also play a role in maintaining microbial equilibrium within the digestive system. Soluble fiber containing psyllium husks, pectin, flaxseeds or guar gum in an 8 oz. glass of water can be beneficial too. Dosage: one teaspoon to one tablespoon.

Capsules containing peppermint and oregano oil may prevent the growth of candida as well. The capsules should be enteric-coated for easy breakdown. These should be taken in doses of two times a day with water in between meals for several months. These oils are considered volatile and thus can be a bit toxic and should never be consumed in liquid form. It should remain in capsule form. Nor should the capsules be broken for ingestion.

Enteric-coated garlic capsules:

Garlic capsules that have been enteric-coated to open when they reach the intestines should be used in combination with the volatile oils. Once capsule two times per day taken with the enteric-coated volatile oil is a typical recommendation.

Caprylic acid from coconuts, oleic acid from olive oil, oregano oil, and even pau d’arco can have a positive effect on limiting candida overgrowth.
Enteric-coated garlic capsules can be helpful especially when ingested in combination with the volatile oils one capsule 2 times a day.

Lastly and certainly not least, I would have to recommend taking an organic, raw, unfiltered form of apple cider vinegar; 2 tablespoons with a 12oz. glass of water with lemon and 1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking soda. Take this once a day at sunrise or before going to bed. You can reduce it to 1/3 of a teaspoon if need be. This brings alkalinity to your body as well as neutralizes the candida.

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