Tracee ReynoldsJuly 6, 2024
3 minutes

Understanding candida and yeast infections empowers us to recognize symptoms early, seek appropriate treatment and make lifestyle changes now


Understanding Candida and Yeast Infection

If you’re reading this you’re likely suffering Candida and Yeast Infection discomfort now. Candida, a type of yeast, is a natural inhabitant of the human body. Normally found in small amounts in the digestive system and on the skin, candida coexists peacefully with other microorganisms. However, under certain conditions, candida can overgrow, leading to yeast infections that can affect various parts of the body.

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What Causes Candida Overgrowth?

Candida overgrowth typically occurs when there is an imbalance in the body’s microbiome, which can be influenced by factors such as:

Dietary Choices: High sugar intake, processed foods, and alcohol can promote yeast growth.

Antibiotics: These medications can disrupt the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, allowing candida to proliferate.

Weakened Immune System: Illness, stress, or medications that suppress the immune system can create an environment where candida thrives.

Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, such as those during pregnancy or hormone therapy, can contribute to yeast infections.

Underlying Health Conditions: Conditions like diabetes or HIV/AIDS can increase susceptibility to candida infections.

Common Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Recognizing the signs of candida overgrowth can help in timely intervention. Symptoms may vary depending on the affected area but commonly include:

Oral Thrush: White patches on the tongue and inside the mouth.

Genital Yeast Infections: Itching, burning, and unusual discharge in the genital area.

Digestive Issues: Bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.

Skin and Nail Infections: Rashes, redness, or itching in skin folds or under the nails.

Fatigue and Mood Changes: Persistent tiredness, brain fog, or mood swings.

Treatment Approaches

Managing candida overgrowth involves a multifaceted approach aimed at restoring balance in the body:

Dietary Modifications: Limiting sugar and refined carbohydrates, while increasing fiber-rich foods and probiotics, can help starve candida and support beneficial bacteria.

Antifungal Medications: Prescription or over-the-counter antifungal medications may be necessary for severe or persistent infections.

Lifestyle Adjustments: Stress management, regular exercise, and adequate sleep support overall immune function and microbiome health.

Natural Remedies: Herbs like garlic, oregano oil, and pau d’arco are believed to have antifungal properties and can complement conventional treatments.

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Preventive Strategies 

Preventing recurrent yeast infections involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle and addressing underlying factors that contribute to candida overgrowth:

Hygiene Practices: Practice good hygiene, especially in moist areas prone to yeast infections.

Balanced Diet: Eat a varied diet rich in whole foods, fiber, and fermented products to support gut health.

Probiotics: Incorporate probiotic-rich foods or supplements to maintain a diverse and healthy gut microbiome.

Regular Check-ups: Monitor health conditions that may predispose you to candida infections and seek timely medical advice.

Beat Candida and Yeast Infection Early

Understanding candida and yeast infections lets us recognize symptoms early, seek appropriate treatment, and adopt preventive measures. Start by making changes.  By addressing lifestyle factors, maintaining a balanced diet, and leveraging both conventional and natural therapies, managing yeast infections and candida overgrowth is achievable.

Embracing holistic health practices supports the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain balance, promoting overall well-being. Essentially, you’ve got to come at this from a few angles.

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Discussion (2 comments)

  1. Dr. Bakker – how can one tell if Pau D’Arco is the real deal as you say? Do you think “New Roots” caprylic acid with lapacho is a good supplement? Where can I purchase CanXida? Thank you.

    1. Kia ora Shan, Tracee here, thanks for your query. I asked Eric this question and he said “thats a whole article in its own right”. Thank you. The New Roots caprylic acid with la pacho looks like a fine supplement. Canxida products can still be purchased through

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