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Candida albicans is a pathogenic yeast that is naturally occurring and generally doesn’t cause any problems within the body. When an overgrowth does occur, it can lead to infections of the urinary tract, mouth, genital area and skin. The symptoms of an overabundance of this type of fungal yeast can range in type, severity and duration, depending on where the infection is.
In the past, a specific diet was prescribed to people suffering from an overgrowth of the yeast, a condition called candidiasis. This ‘anti-candida diet’ was focused on the complete elimination of carbohydrates from the patient’s system over a course of several months. Nowadays, the diet has been found to be scientifically outdated in the treatment of candidiasis, at least in its strict form. However, nutrition can still play a big role in the course of healing from the infection.
How to cure candidiasis
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for an overgrowth of candida because there are several different types of fungal yeast infections. Each course of therapy must be specific to the type and location of the infection.
Urinary yeast infection
In the case of a build-up of the candida in the urinary tract, symptoms such as burning while urinating, pelvic pain and blood in the urine could be present. These symptoms are treated via fluconazole, an antifungal medication.
Urinary yeast infections are usually brought on by:
- The use of antibiotics that could disturb natural gut flora
- Using a catheter
- A weakened immune system
Genital yeast infection
The risk of a genital fungal infection is much higher for women and can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, pregnancy or pre-existing diseases.
These types of infections can usually be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications and creams. If the overgrowth is serious, a prescription course of antifungal medication will need to be administered.
Oral yeast infection (thrush)
Candida albicans can be found in your mouth and generally doesn’t cause an infection. When it does, symptoms can include:
- White spots that bleed when touched
- Pain or burning in the mouth
- Loss of taste
- Dry mouth (cottonmouth)
- Difficulty swallowing.
Treatment for oral thrush typically comes in the form of antifungal medications such as nystatin or clotrimazole, or fluconazole in more serious cases.
Can a yeast infection be cured through diet?
A good diet can help the body recover from many infections. When the immune system is given the nutrients it needs to function at its best, the body is more in balance and thus less likely to contract certain types of ailments. The same can be said for a specific type of candida diet; it operates on the same principle of fuelling with wholefoods that are freshly prepared to retain as much nutritional content as possible.
Certain things can also be added to a well-rounded diet to help battle recurring fungal infections. Increased consumption of probiotics can be achieved by adding supplements to the diet or by eating foods high in probiotics. Also, eating certain ingredients such as garlic has been shown to contribute to an overall antibiotic and antifungal effect.
Candida overgrowth and chronic illness
For those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease, heavy antibiotic courses may have been administered, which could throw off the balance of the body. In this case, ensuring that your body has a healthy level of gut flora is vital.
Diet is especially important in this instance, because it can play a huge role in how the body responds to new medications and the side effects that may come along with being on a regular treatment plan for a chronic condition.
Which foods to avoid in fungal infections
While there isn’t much evidence to support that diet alone can cure candidiasis, there is a specific way of eating that can lessen the risk of infection.
People who are more prone to the overgrowth of Candida albicans can limit certain foods in their diet, such as:
- Foods high in sugars (including natural sugars found in fruit)
- Simple carbohydrates (in high amounts)
Many experts have now realised that diets high in yeast aren’t likely contributors to an overgrowth of Candida albicans, because nutritional yeast is not the same species, and because it is inactivated due to heat treatment or baking and cannot continue growing.
The best course of candidiasis treatment
Speaking with your doctor about your infection will help you distinguish between any other type of illness that could be a contributing factor to your fungal overgrowth. Once a positive diagnosis is made, your doctor will suggest or prescribe an antifungal medication to help assist in recovery. During this time, eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals and adding probiotics into the mix will ensure that when you are free and clear of the infection, the likelihood of it returning is lessened.
Make Well’s CDA Plus is a supplement that can contribute to control healthy levels of Candida albicans within the body. It is a good addition in conjunction with traditional treatment, a healthy diet, exercise and a lifestyle plan. For more information on Make Well’s CDA Plus or other supplements, don’t hesitate to contact us.