Treatments for Candida Albicans
Candida albicans is a natural strain of yeast that neutralizes a certain species of gut bacteria. It is very useful in the body when it is found in low concentrations because it helps maintain ideal intestinal flora levels. This maintenance is the normal, healthy function of Candida albicans. When the yeast starts to overgrow in the body it can lead to some very common health disorders. These disorders can range from fatigue, possible muscle weakness, sleep disorders, anxiety, possibly vaginal yeast infections, headache, depression, rashes and other skin disorders, diminished sex drive, muscle and joint pain and chemical sensitivities. Candida infection can be treated. A healthy diet and lifestyle modifications in most cases are the start to treatment.
Treatment Diet for Candida Yeast Overgrowth
The Candida treatment diet is very strict. It only works if sugar in all forms is eliminated. Sugars found in grains, fruits and some sweet vegetables contain too much sugar and feed the yeast. The idea behind the Candida treatment diet is to starve the yeast that is living in the body. This is very hard to do because if the user eats anything outside the diet then the yeast is fed and it starts growing again. There is a long list of foods to avoid like cereal, bread, pasta, muffins, carrots and even wine. This makes the diet part virtually impossible. The diet must be adhered to for 6 months straight in order to correct the yeast problem. The diet is possibly unhealthy too because there is not enough carbs and too many proteins. There are better ways to fight Candida yeast overgrowth.
Four (4) Categories of Candida Treatment
1. Antifungal Products
2. Enzymatic Products
3. Probiotics (acidophilus) Products
4. Polysaccharides Products
These agents rely mostly on their ingredients. They will contain things such as olive leaf, coconut oil, garlic, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract and others. They will work temporarily, but the Candida organism will become immune to the effects. Both natural and synthetic antifungal medicines do not restore the balance of yeast in the body which is what needs to take place. One other type of antifungal treatment is colloidal silver. Some people have had responses to it others have not. Antifungal medicine will only work if the yeast is in the earliest stage of growth and is weak.
Enzymes work by attacking the cell wall of Candida. It can attack it almost anywhere in the body. The enzymes dissolve the cell wall that is common to the fungi. Using the enzymes alone can not keep the Candida from growing back because there are fungi growing deep in the intestinal. The intestines keep producing new yeast cells. Using the right enzymes combination however can help control the imbalance of Candida yeast in the body.
Probiotic (acidophilus) Products
Many probiotic products contain large numbers of bacteria or are blended with herbs to fight Candida. Many have design flaws. In order for the probiotic product to be truly effective it must have friendly bacteria that are alive and the delivery system of the bacteria must be guaranteed. Many of the acidophilus in probiotic product is already dead or largely dead. The bacteria have to reach the colon without being digested by the stomach in order to work. When looking for a product checking the label will determine if it has a delivery system.
Some Polysaccharide products have been shown to keep Candida from returning. Polysaccharides contain essential sugars which include Mannose, Galactose, Fucose, Glucose, Xylose, N-acetyneuramic acid, N-acteylgalactosamine and N-acteylgucosamine. These sugars are derived from a group of mushrooms that are known to cause healing. These fungi attack the Candida yeast overgrowth in the body and regulate it. It is ironic that a fungus will kill another fungus. There are a lot of mushroom products on the market, but the Red Reshi or Ganoderma mushroom seems to be the most effective.