First of all…what is Candida?
Candida lives inside of each and every one us. We all have moderate amounts of Candida and other yeast living inside of us and it doesn’t cause us any harm. Normal amounts of Candida live in the mouth, stomach, and vagina, and do not cause infections.
As long as the ‘friendly’ bacteria outnumber the bad, candida can pose no threat. However, eliminating the ‘friendly’ bacteria can result in Candida becoming free to multiply to detrimental levels.
Candida growth can be caused from taking certain drugs like antibiotics, corticosteroids, hormonal birth control, pregnancy, being overweight, having a bacterial infection, or other health conditions like a weakened immune system and diabetes for example.
Once our internal environment gets out of balance, Candida can change into its fungal form (spores). The spores penetrate the intestinal wall and are then transported in the blood stream to the other organs. Once the overgrowth occurs it causes a multitude of symptoms within the body.
Oral thrush Candida is responsible for the whitish spotted or patchy eruptions on the tongue and throat. Symptoms may include feeling a burning sensation inside the mouth, an unpleasant taste and possible cracks at the corner of the mouth.
With vaginal thrush, there may be itching, irritation, and swelling of the vagina and possibly a creamy white discharge. More often associated with women, it can affect men, usually on the head of the penis and may cause redness, irritation, and soreness with a possible discharge.
Candida can also affect the toes with nail fungus, possibly affecting all or part of the nail resulting in a foul-smelling, discolored and thicker nail. Other fungal and Candida issues that are more common and yet the most overlooked include dandruff, skin problems, rashes, itchy skin, allergies, athletes foot just to name a few.
Some research has suggested that the toxins produced by Candida can penetrate the brain and neurotransmitters and cause psychological disturbances, from mood swings to fuzzy thinking and even psychotic episodes. Candida sufferers can experience many symptoms caused by toxins from the yeast’s metabolic processes, and from the actual physical presence of the yeast.
Yeast requires sugar to thrive and multiply, so today’s standard diet of highly processed food is the perfect kind of fuel for Candida. An unhealthy body creates the perfect environment to allow Candida to thrive, grow and take over. The key is to make sure that your diet and lifestyle inhibits their growth. It is important to focus on making the body a less favorable environment for this organism.
4 amazing ingredients to add to your juice or smoothies to fight off Candida
- Coconut oil is a natural antifungal that kills the Candida yeast cells by interfering with their cell walls. It is a safe and effective way to prevent Candida overgrowth from returning
- Garlic strengthens the immune system by promoting the ability of white blood cells to fight infections and other immune cells to attack viruses and other bacteria.
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties also, when you combine these ingredients together you are not only boosting your immunity but also reducing overgrowth of fungus and bad bacteria.
- Lemon contains mild antifungal properties and the lemon oil help detoxify the liver as it tries to fight off the Candida
- ½ cucumber
- 2 cups spinach/kale leaves
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ inch of ginger
- 1 apple
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 lemon juiced
Place all the ingredient through the juicer and enjoy immediately