Thrush? Recurring Yeast Infections? Common Signs Of Candida Overgrowth and What You Can Do About It

Do you have recurring vaginal yeast infections that make you miserable? If you are one of the many women who experiences frequent yeast infections, then you are definitely not alone!

While they tend to be more common in women, men, babies and elderly people are also prone to them. While women are more prone to thrush infections, men also suffer with ‘jock itch’ and athletes foot – both forms of yeast infection.

When not treated properly, yeast infections can lead to a host other health problems.

It is important to be able to tell how to identify the signs of yeast infections and how to treat them.

So, what exactly is candida?

Yeast infections are caused by candida overgrowth in the body. Candida is a type of yeast fungus that lives in small amounts in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth. It also likes other warm and moist places in the body like the genitals, throat, skin or blood.

Candida plays a vital role in the body because it aids digestion and the immune system. However, when candida is overproduced, toxins are released into the bloodstream which can result in adverse effects on the functioning of the body.

What happens then is that the immune system is unable to cope with the continuous release of toxins into the body – which leads to disease.
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What causes candida overgrowth?

In a healthy body, candida doesn’t cause problems. Good bacteria keeps the candida levels under control. There are however certain factors that cause an overgrowth or imbalance of candida in the body’s system.
• Eating a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
• Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol
• Chronic use of medications such as antibiotics, cortisone or oral contraceptives such as the pill 
• Living a highly stressful lifestyle
• Tight fitting and synthetic clothing that keeps the genital area warm and moist
What are the common signs of candida overgrowth?
• Vaginal yeast infections which cause a thick, white discharge and itching  
• Urinary tract infections often  accompanied by burning urination
• Itching and burning of the penis as well as a rash on the genital area
• Rectal itching
• Diaper rash
• Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch or toenail fungus
• Digestive problems such as constipation, gas, bloating or diarrhea
• Skin problems which include rashes, eczema, hives or psoriasis
• Migraines
• Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Hashimotos, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis
• Seasonal allergies
• Cravings for sugar and carbohydrates
• Anxiety, depression, irritability or mood swings
• Tiredness, feeling run down or suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue
• Struggling to concentrate, focus or remember things, suffering from brain fog, ADHD or ADD
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What you can do to prevent and treat candida naturally

In order to prevent and treat candida, you need to create an internal environment in which the yeast cannot proliferate and enter your bloodstream.

Step 1: Detox the body

An initial four week detox diet is recommended. This involves eliminating sugars and carbohydrates, thereby balancing the levels of candida.

Remember that candida thrives on sugar and refined carbohydrates and by controlling your intake of these foods you will be able to beat your Candida problem. Remove bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit, pastries, sweets, fizzy drinks and alcohol completely from your diet. (Click here for the comprehensive Candida diet from Feelgood Health)

While following this diet , use Feelgood Health’s herbal remedy called Candidate to treat yeast infections, reduce Candida overgrowth and encourage digestive and intestinal health. For an active yeast infection like thrush, jock itch or athletes foot, use Silverlab Colloidal Silver Cream topically along with the Candidate

For a regular detox, use Detox Drops to cleanse and purify the body from unwanted toxins. This remedy will also increase your energy levels, cleanse your liver and strengthen the immune system.
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Step 2: Change your diet

Increase whole foods, leafy, green vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, green pepper, celery or radishes and tomatoes. Use fresh ingredients and herbs when cooking and choose lean chicken, turkey, meat and eggs.

Avoid eating fast foods and convenience meals that contain additives and preservatives. Include bottled water, herbal teas and freshly squeezed juices into your diet instead of drinking alcohol, fizzy drinks or coffee.    
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Step 3: Avoid over-use of medications

While it is not always possible to avoid using medications, try not to use antibiotics, cortisone, antacids or anti-ulcer medications frequently. Take probiotics which contain Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium which helps to balance a healthy gut. Make sure you eat plenty of plain yoghurt to reduce Candida overgrowth in the body.
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Step 4: Strengthen your immune system

Keep your immune system healthy and strong by eating lots of fresh fruit and veggies, lean meats, nuts and seeds. Drink plenty of water (at least 8 glasses per day).

Take an immune-boosting tonic such as Immunity Plus by Feelgood Health which will strengthen your immune system, detoxify the body and fight against viral and bacterial infections.
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Step 5: Choose breathable fabrics

As you know yeast infections thrive in warm and moist conditions, especially in the vaginal area. Refrain from wearing tight jeans or spandex and instead wear pants with a more breathable fabric.

Choose 100% cotton underwear instead of polyester or synthetic materials.  
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By eliminating sugary foods and refined carbs and including more veggies, fruit, lean meats and fresh water into your daily diet, you will soon notice a significant difference. Not only will you be able to beat Candida overgrowth successfully, your skin will be clear, you will lose weight, have loads more energy and feel revitalised!

 

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