Stop Candida Naturally
If you've been eating a high-sugar diet for years, it's quite possible that your digestive tract has an overgrowth of an organism called Candida albicans. In addition to overgrowth of yeast in the gastrointestinal tract, most people also experience an allergic inflammation of the mucous membranes throughout the body. This can result from exposure to environmental mold (in your cellar, for example) or eating foods that contain yeast. Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn and even abdominal pain and rectal or vaginal itching. All are a sign of yeast overgrowth in the mucous membranes. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression, headaches (even migraines), post-nasal drip, brain fog and water retention are often signs of allergy resulting from exposure to environmental mold or mold in food products such as cheese and nuts. In addition to its other annoying or painful symptoms, Candida overgrowth or allergy can keep you from losing weight by causing cravings for...
Many physicians treat yeast only in the form of oral thrush or vaginitis. But it can be a far more extensive problem. People with yeast can suffer from a long list of complaints (see Yeast Symptoms below). I've seen thousands of people who exhibited many of these symptoms and eventually found out that the large majority were affected by overgrowth of yeast.
It is important to remember that yeast overgrowth stresses the immune system, undermining your total health. When it comes to weight loss, a yeast overgrowth, in combination with mold sensitivity, may lead to a suppressed metabolism. This may deplete your body of the energy it takes to burn fat. Of course, there may well be other causes that we haven't yet identified. I think that the complete explanation of what Candida overgrowth does to the human body is still well in the future. (For a few common annoyances, see Did You Know These Conditions Are Yeast Related on page 337.) But I do know from my medical practice that this is a problem that can cripple weight loss efforts.
Vanillin exhibits in vitro antifungal activity against the yeasts Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans (Boonchird and Flegel, 1982) Minimal inhibitory concentrations of vanillin for C. albicans and C. neoformans were found to be 1250 and 738 g ml-1, while minimal fungicidal concentrations were 5000 and 1761 g ml-1, respectively. It is also reported to inhibit the growth of some food spoilage yeasts (e.g. Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Zygosaccharomyces rouxii, Z. bailii and Debaryomyces hansenii) in culture media and some fruit pur es (Cerrutti and Alzamora, 1996).
People with diabetes, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and candida (yeast infection). + Broccoli Rabe Stevia is a herb native to South America. What makes it unique, is that a very small amount of it is very sweet, and it has no sugar (carbohydrates) or calories. For cooking, it is used as a sweetener. White stevia powder is very concentrated, 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia is not widely used in the U.S. due to political reasons. Because it has no sugar, stevia is recommended by the governments of Brazil, China, and Japan for use by hypoglycemics and diabetics. Stevia is also anti-fungal, making it ideal for individuals with yeast conditions (candidiasis) this natural sweet-tasting herb satisfies the desire for a sweet treat without feeding the yeast. Stevia can be difficult to use because it does not have the same effects as other sweeteners (such as, sugar (e.g., sucanat), maple syrup, or agave). Other sweeteners make cakes moist and light, and stevia will not....
To assess the antifungal activity of thyme oil, attention was directed towards some food-spoiling fungi, especially Aspergillus (Conner and Beuchat, 1984 Farag et al., 1986, 1989 Deans and Ritchie, 1987), and to various dermatophytes (Janssen et al., 1988) as well as some phytopathogenic fungi, e.g. Rhizoctonia solani, Pythium ultimum, Fusarium solani and Calletotrichum lindemthianum (Zambonelli et al., 1996). The yeast Candida albicans was also inhibited by thyme oils, namely those of T. vulgaris and T. zygis (Menghini et al., 1987 Cabo et al., 1978). Thymus serpyllum was found to be highly active against various species of Penicillium, Fusarium and Aspergillus (Agarwal and Mathela, 1979 Agarwal et al., 1979). It could be demonstrated that thyme oil (T. vulgaris) inhibits both mycelial growth and aflatoxin synthesis of Aspergillus parasiticus (Tantaoui-Elaraki and Beraoud, 1994).
Once medications, thyroid problems and Candida are brought under control, we can quite logically expect that almost ninety-nine percent of overweight people who do Atkins diligently will lose and keep off weight. But since there are 150 million overweight Americans, even the remaining one percent means that there are one and a half million metabolically resistant people who still need help. For that group, I suggest something more than the Induction phase's 20-grams-of-carbohydrate-a-day meal plan.
Candida albicans, the culprit's medical name, is one of four hundred species of indigenous organisms residing in the human intestinal tract. In other words, Candida is a normal part of us, and, in healthy competition with our other intestinal flora, it serves us well. Candida, however, is an opportunistic organism and at the first sign of stress it has a tendency to spread inappropriately. When it does, you have a yeast overgrowth-and, very often, yeast sensitivity. The symptoms are extremely common One in three people may be subject to them.
Probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, are essential in dealing with yeast. If Candida albicans has overgrown, then repopulating your insides with good bacteria that compete with Candida is certain to be helpful. I recommend that you find a probiotic compound that contains not only acidophilus-which is a direct inhibitor of yeast overgrowth-but also such other beneficial bacteria as bifidobacterium and bulgaricus. Preparations that do not need to be refrigerated are preferable. The best products are sold in dark glass or plastic light-screening containers. Make sure that the probiotics are not in a milk base. It's worthwhile paying a bit extra to get a really good product.
All Natural Yeast Infection Treatment
Ever have a yeast infection? The raw, itchy and outright unbearable burning sensation that always comes with even the mildest infection can wreak such havoc on our daily lives.