What is Candida?
Written by: Michelle Rivers
What is Candida? Candida is
a fungus that is found naturally in our body.
It is present in skin, gut,
rectum, vagina and mouth. The fungus faces competition from probiotic bacteria and
other natural flora in these places.
This helps maintain the
required balance thereby keeping the fungus under control.
However, if this balance is
disrupted due to any reason, overgrowth occurs resulting into
Candida overgrowth can
result into candiasis or thrush.
This infection can develop
in any part of the body, including blood and genital organs.
Most common of them all is
the vaginal candiasis that affects almost 75% women in the world.
But, other candida
infections are also not uncommon and include oral infection or oral thrush, skin
infection or intetrigo, blood yeast infection and other systemic yeast infections
in people with compromised immunity, like those suffering from Cancer and
The blood and Systemic yeast
infections can be quite dangerous and should be immediately consulted with a
How to stop Candida
The first thing that you
need to understand is you don't have to get rid of this fungus
It is an essential part of
our survival and remains naturally present in harmless condition.
You just have to get rid of
the infection, i.e. candida overgrowth. These five tips would help you succeed in
1. Eat foods that do
not promote overgrowth of this fungus
There are some foods that
create conducive conditions for Candida in the gut.
They contain carbohydrates
and sugar in large amount that forms the perfect base for growth of this
While having an infection,
you should avoid eating such foods which include sweets, baked goods, pasta and
In fact, you should try to
avoid dairy products, caffeine, nicotine, wheat and even alcohol.
There are some foods that
can help you fight the infection and you can include them in your
Yogurt contains probitics
and garlic, ginger, onion, broccoli, radish and asparagus have antifungal
properties that keep Candida in check.
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Hygiene is crucial to avoid
Candida infection, especially external infection, like on the skin or on the
genitals, both male and female.
You need to take bath, dry
yourself properly and wear cotton clothes most of the time.
Remember, Candida prefers
moist and warm places, so do not provide home to this fungus by being careless or
maintaining poor hygiene.
Stress is one of major
causes for a weaker immune system.
Weaker immune system means
there is no one to check the growth of Candida.
This overgrowth ultimately
leads to infection.
You should try to avoid
stress and for that you can join stress management classes.
Best way to beat stress is
take a relaxing bath, indulge in your favorite passion and exercise
4. Avoid using
chemicals and antibodies
Many of us simply resort to
antibiotic medicines and ointments upon encountering any type of
This approach can be useless
or even harmful in case of Candida.
You should not become
dependent on antibiotics rather give your body immune system a chance to fight
Also, overuse of these
antibiotics can disrupt the fine balance of these probiotic bacteria and yeast in
your body, causing their uncontrolled proliferation and resulting
5. Keep your immune
A weaker immune system gives
rise to various problems including yeast infection.
You should try to keep your
immunity in the top gear to avoid these infections.
Eating healthy food,
avoiding stress and regular exercises can help you in this
While we have discussed the
importance of stress management already, the important of exercising and healthy
food cannot be ignored.
Foods like apples, oranges,
grapes, spinach, broccoli and tea contain antioxidants and other elements that can
boost your immunity.
Regular exercising keeps
your body metabolism in check, thereby enhancing your immune system. Better
immunity not only stops Candida, but also reduces the chances of developing the
These five tips will help
you keep Candida in control and prevent it from becoming an
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Also, Candida infection in
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In such cases you need to
consult your health care professional immediately.
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