Do you Have Candida?
We’ve all been there; dashing to Boots in the lunch break thanks to an embarrassing (and always untimely) yeast infection; the most common of which is ‘candida albicans.’ While creams provide relief, they don’t address the underlying cause… or prevent another attack.
So how can you spot candida before it gets out of control?
One of the first signs is sugar-cravings.
This includes an insatiable appetite for bread and pasta - simple carbs , which convert quickly to sugar - as well as sweet fruits like bananas, grapes and figs.
When you have an overgrowth of yeast in your gut, the ‘yeastie beasties’ can hijack your hunger and fuel unhealthy cravings. These unwelcome critters thrive on sugar and every time you consume it you are adding to their army .
So what can you do?
Here is my four-step program:
* Cool the Burn: One of the best natural treatments is to dilute two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm filtered water, dip an organic tampon in it then insert. Leave for two to three hours and repeat as necessary over the next two days.
* Cut Out Sugar: Fill you diet with healthy fats to curb cravings – think avocado, nuts and seeds plus spicy curries and pesto courgetti (the more garlic the better if you can tolerate it).
* Eat Coconut Oil: It’s rich in Caprylic Acid, which has an ‘exceedingly powerful’ effect on candida, according to research from Japan’s Niigata University.
* Take Probiotics: It’s VITAL to rebalance your gut flora with a quality probiotic. Try Healthy Flora  from Dr. Nigma
 Diets rich in carbohydrates are also associated with candida overgrowth(Weig 1999; Akpan 2002).
 A term coined by American Nutritionist Dr. Mickell S. Parsons
 JC Rathmell, et al. Glucose metabolism in lymphocytes is a regulated process with significant effects on immune cell function and survival. J Leukoc Biol.2008 Oct;84(4):949-57.
 Higher sugar intake is associated with vulvovaginal candidiasis and abnormal glucose metabolism is associated with recurring vulvovaginal infections (Donders 2010).