How to Treat Candida Overgrowth
Complementary treatments, which emphasize therapies that reduce the levels of candida to normal levels, are the best ways to resolve this condition. Depending on the person, there are several steps that are often required for success in treating candida overgrowth. This requires treating the underlying cause(s). One of the obvious steps to eliminate or cut down on simple sugars, alcohol, etc., which feeds yeast. Also, direct therapy that destroys candida works to assist the body in getting candida levels down to a controllable level. Examples include oregano oil and garlic.
However, many chronic cases require a change in the biological terrain. By this we mean the state and health of the digestive tract, organs of detoxification and elimination, immune system, and hormone balance. In particular, one often needs to improve digestion and elimination. The by-products of poor digestion can form metabolites that can promote candida growth.
Leaky gut syndrome, as the result of intestinal permeability is often a root problem of chronic candida. It is also imperative to promote the growth of the friendly flora that inhabit the digestive tract and many other areas of the body. These good bacteria are an essential component of the immune system’s presence that keeps yeast levels in check. Also, keep in mind that chronic stress can alter flora balance and suppress immune function.
And lastly, hormone balance is important, especially for women. The use of the birth control pill or other forms of synthetic hormones may set the stage for candida overgrowth.
For some individuals, Dr. Stengler prescribes antifungal medications. Examples include Nystatin and Diflucan.