A five-step process using natural ingredients may be used to effectively fight off Candida overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract. Steps include starving the yeast, killing the bacteria with anti-fungal herbs, regular intake of probiotics, supporting the liver and providing emotional support, explains Naturopathic Physician Maura Henninger. Patients following this process are typically symptom-free in six months or less.
Since they feed the yeast, sugars must not be consumed; fruit should be avoided in the first two weeks of treatment as well. Milk products may also cause overgrowth and yeast-containing foods like alcohol, peanuts and melons are not recommended. Potent herbs include berberine, grapefruit seed extract and olive leaf. Combining these anti-fungal herbs with caprylic acid is perfect for breaking down candida, advises Dr. Heninger.
Probiotics crowd out the bad bugs from the gut to avoid recirculation of the yeast and encourage proper bowel movements. Flaxseeds, psyllium and chia seeds mixed in salads and smoothies are beneficial; kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, coconut water and other fermented foods also help. Enhanced liver function is imperative to rid the body of the yeast; biotherapeutic drainage, milk thistle and molybdenum are a great approach. To avoid amplifying Candida symptoms, relaxation and physician support are critical. Homeopathic remedies are excellent for balancing the body's vitality during the cleanse.
Gastroinestinal Candida overgrowth symptoms may include painful and persistent gas and bloating, recurrent yeast infections in women, constipation, diarrhea, migraines, weight gain, depression, brain fog, eczema and acne of the skin, food sensitivities and fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, according to Dr. Heninger. Contributing factors are prolonged use of antibiotics and birth control, decreased digestive function, stress and impaired immunity. The condition may occur in tandem with bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and food sensitivities.