The Ultimate Candida Remedy Revealed
Yeast infections happen to the best of us! These pesky infections are more bothersome than harmful. The itching, inflammation, irritation, burning, and uncomfortable symptoms, can be prevented and even cured naturally if you take the right steps to ensure proper health. We have heard of ancient aids like drinking cranberry juice and eating yogurt as a Candida remedy. We also know that doctors can prescribe antibiotics for yeast infections, as well. However, antifungal antibiotics can actually make symptoms worse for many people. What if you could treat candida naturally by just drinking water? That seems like an easy process to me, almost too good to be true! A Candida remedy might be as easy as drinking alkaline water.
What Is Candida?
Candida Albicans is a common yeast infection that is found in mucous membranes such as the mouth, intestinal tract and even the vagina. In healthy individuals, this type of yeast infection is seen more as a nuisance than a danger.
This type of fungi is found within your digestive tract. It has been known to multiply quite quickly in the right circumstances. Symptoms can include inflammation, brain fog, rashes, itchiness, urinary problems, bloating, burning and dryness. A Candida remedy can be anything from diet choices, to antibiotics, or even lifestyle changes. Another type of Candida remedy is drinking alkaline water.
Why Is Alkaline Water A Good Candida Remedy?
Research has shown that alkaline water prevents and reduces the growth of Candida. The water works to create a more neutral, alkaline environment instead of an acidic environment that Candida loves to thrive in. Alkaline water is also very good for detoxing your body and provides antioxidants. Since this water works towards restoring pH balance in your body, it discourages this yeast from growing and becoming an issue.
This type of water also gives proper oxygen levels to the cells within your body, which increases the oxygen levels in your tissues and organs. A good aerobic environment is a healthy environment for your body. Candida needs an environment with limited oxygen or an anaerobic environment to thrive and produce. Drinking alkaline water is a natural Candida remedy that will help bring balance back into your body and your digestive tract.
So What Exactly IS Alkaline Water?
Alkaline water is like tap water however, it has a higher pH level than normal drinking water. Due to the higher pH, there have been studies that show how alkaline water can neutralize the acid in your body and stop an acidic environment from breeding yeast infections. Normal tap water typically has a pH of 7, while alkaline water has a pH of 8 or higher.
Benefits Of Drinking Alkaline Water
Above we discussed some ways in which alkaline water may be a Candida remedy. However, there are other benefits to drinking alkaline water. Alkaline water and health may go hand in hand. Many of the benefits of alkaline water include:
- It is a good tool for detoxing the body
- Alkaline water is a good antioxidant
- It is good for hydration
- If you drink alkaline water regularly you can boost your immunity and decrease infections
- It aids in cancer prevention
- It helps prevent osteoporosis and is quite good for your bone health
- It manages pH levels within in your body
- Alkaline water can help with your acid reflux
- It also may help prevent diabetes
- Alkaline cures yeast infections
- This water cleanses the colon
- Alkaline water is great for your skin
- It can help with weight loss
- It supports overall body health
If a water can do all that, why would you not want to drink it regularly and reap the benefits? Alkaline water is a powerful resource for your body and your health. New studies are coming out about it constantly. Take a few minutes and look into the research for yourself before you decide to add it to your diet. Also, if you have serious health issues please talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes.
What Else Can Raise Your pH?
Alkaline water is not the only way to increase your pH in your body. You can also incorporate alkaline enriched foods into your everyday diet. Foods that contain alkaline include:
- Fresh Oily Fish
- Green beans
- Red Cabbage
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Foods with Omega 3, 6 and 9
- Wheat Grass
How To Balance This Diet Into Your Candida Remedy
Candida Albican likes to grow in specific anaerobic environments. A diet high in sugar and yeast can create a perfect environment for the overgrowth of Candida and can wreak havoc on your body. Sugar tends to take a big toll on our bodies, as well. It quickly creates an acidic environment, and ferments, which turn it into yeast causing more problems. North Americans consume way more sugar than we should from chocolate, soda, sweets, coffee, fruit juice and other junk foods. North Americans also consume too many yeast products such as bread, alcohol, pasta, cakes, sweets, biscuits and other items made with yeast. In order for the Candida remedy to stop the overgrowth of Candida Albicans we have to have a change in our lifestyles and diets overall. In order to do that, you should:
- Limit sugar intake
- Limit yeast intake
- Cut down on acidic foods such as coffee, tea, dairy, saturated fats, refined salts
- Enjoy a diet of alkaline rich foods such as fresh salads, steamed vegetables, and other clean eating concepts
- Limit over-the-counter drugs and medication: I understand completely that there is a proper use for them, however, they are not always needed
- Cut out nicotine and alcohol from your lifestyle
- Some antibiotics can create yeast infections, so be cautious of that as well
- Stress can weaken your immune system so try to limit your stress levels
- Drink Alkaline water
- Get regular exercise
A lifestyle with a healthy diet packed with nutrients, plenty of water, essential vitamins, good minerals, less processed foods and more antioxidants is just the beginning of a good healthy diet that can aid in preventing Candida growth. You also need it to be less sugar, less yeast, and blood cleansing. Your digestive tract needs to be clean, clear, and contain good healthy bacteria in it. Candida can not grow in a healthy, aerobic, alkaline environment. So, the better care you take of your body, the less chance you will have these types of yeast infections. Lifestyles with a lot of nicotine and alcohol can also put stress on the body so it’s best to avoid these things and to make better lifestyle choices for yourself.
Candida, Alkaline Water And Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome Fatigue and not having energy is a big complaint as we get older. However, if you are experiencing fatigue and have other symptoms, there may be another underlying issue such as adrenal fatigue syndrome (AFS). Adrenal fatigue syndrome consists of many nonspecific symptoms that can be debilitating and wreak havoc on your life. A few of these symptoms include:
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Unexplained weight loss
- An increase in anxiety and stress
- Fatigue and a lack of energy
- Infections that seem to last longer than usual
- Frequent colds and symptoms mirroring that of the flu
- Cravings for fatty, salty foods that are high in protein (meat/cheese)
- Lack of energy in the morning
- The need for coffee or other stimulants to get you going
- Mild depression
- Decreased ability to handle stress
The biggest cause of adrenal fatigue syndrome is stress whether that is physical or emotional. Stress triggers the body (specifically the adrenals) to create cortisol (an anti-stress hormone) to help alleviate the stressor. However, when we are overly stressed our body can not keep up with the cortisol production and that leads to adrenal fatigue syndrome.
Candida Albicans tend to flourish and thrive in people with adrenal fatigue syndrome. The added stress on your body weakens your immune system and gives this yeast a place to flourish. Antibiotics, especially those that fight fungus, will only make this worse. Candida remedies that destroy yeast seem to increase the issues. Diet and lifestyle changes are the best way to handle Candida and AFS. Also, not all stress can be avoided. However, if you can manage and reduce your stress, this will help both your AFS and Candida regulation.
Candida versus Adrenal Fatigue
The only problem with creating an environment that keeps Candida from growing is that they can die off quickly and cause some symptoms such as:
- Itchy skin
- Rapid Heartbeat
These symptoms are short lived and last only about a week or two. Drink plenty of water and get good rest to help alleviate some of these symptoms. Those with adrenal fatigue should first focus on their adrenals before candida.
Also, keep in mind that those with AFS may suffer from hypoglycemia, so changing sugar intake may cause an issue. Talk to a doctor or specialist who understands adrenal fatigue syndrome before trying to self-treat. It’s also important to talk to a nutritionist who understands AFS before you go on a special diet or trying any type of dietary supplementation. It’s never a good idea to treat yourself with any type of diet, supplements, or candida remedies without consulting a professional who understands what you are going through. It can actually worsen the issues.
Treating the yeast infection the right way, but before treating adrenal fatigue, can actually make things worse and weaken your whole body. This will make recovery even slower. A doctor who is knowledgeable in adrenal fatigue can offer you a better approach that includes both short term benefits and long term benefits. That is why it is so important to enlist professional help when Candida and adrenal fatigue syndrome are both an issue.
The NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response, Candida, and AFS
Before we think about a Candida remedy to stop overgrowth, it is important to understand the NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response system. The NeuroEndoMetabolic stress response system is a conventional model that explains and shows how our bodies react to various stressors and how one thing will affect another thing. It is key to understand that the bodies systems and organs all correlate with each other. So, when one system is affected it can have an impact on another.
A main part of the NeuroEndoMetabolic Stress Response is the neuroendocrine system. This system includes the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) hormonal axis. The HPA hormonal axis is our bodies biggest stress reliever. This neuroendocrine highway sends and receives messages through our sensory organs, chemical messages, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Our bodies then interpret these messages and come up with a solution to reduce the stress.
Your adrenal glands are an important part in stress relief and reduction. They make the hormone cortisol. It is a primary stress reliever. However, when the adrenals are overworked this results in adrenal fatigue syndrome.
When using the NEM model, and seeing Candida Albican from a whole body perspective, you really need to take a comprehensive holistic approach that includes lifestyle and dietary changes to see the best results. You need to think of changes to your way of life and not just killing off Candida in your body. The underlying problem with this yeast infection is stress. Stress creates an unhealthy environment. Stress is also a factor in adrenal fatigue syndrome. So, in the NEM approach, you need to establish a balance of diet and stress-reduction in order to prevent Candida overgrowth.
You have to keep in mind metabolic functions, glucose levels and acidic levels in the body. Glucose and metabolic function can also have an effect on those with adrenal fatigue syndrome. So it is really key to understand these things and consult a professional when you have questions or when you would like to try certain approaches to Candida. The NEM approach shows how organs and systems correlate. If your balance is off, it can affect your whole body in a negative way. Drinking alkaline water and having an alkaline rich diet can help, but you also have to focus on the issues of adrenal fatigue in order to take care of your body as a whole and to find an overall reduction in symptoms.
You have to keep in mind, when you have adrenal fatigue syndrome, that infections take longer to eliminate. So, you have to be patient. Focus on what is causing the AFS and fully understand the NEM approach to help bring balance back to your body. Candida Albicans are frustrating when you are trying to stop overgrowth. While alkaline water may be helpful for most, it may not be as helpful in those with advanced AFS. A weak body sometimes cannot tolerate alkaline water. Talk to your physician or specialist before embarking on alkaline water if this is your situation.
Drinking alkaline water regularly and eating an alkaline enriched diet daily can help prevent candida overgrowth if you are healthy. However, those with advanced AFS may not be able to handle this type of water. At the same time, as doing the above, you really need to focus on lifestyle changes and stick to dietary changes when trying to prevent these yeast infections from happening. Candida thrives in acidic, anaerobic environments rich in yeast and sugar. So, in order to remedy this issue, you need to have a better pH balance and cut out yeast and sugar. Keep in mind, that if you have adrenal fatigue syndrome, you need to focus on that before focussing on Candida. Our bodies function best when balanced. Healthy diets, limited stress, and the correct pH are all contributing factors to both adrenal fatigue syndrome and Candida. When in doubt, always talk to a specialist, who understands adrenal fatigue syndrome and can help with Candida prevention. For more information, or to see related articles on AFS, go to https://www.drlam.com. The power of knowing what to do is the best way you can help yourself.
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Dr. Lam’s Key Question
Is there a better Candida remedy then antibiotics?
Many believe that alkaline water can treat an overgrowth of Candida by neutralizes the environment and making it more aerobic.