When it comes to Candida Treatment there are basically two schools of thought.
There’s the traditional method of using anti-fungal medications and the less accepted natural method using diet and lifestyle changes.
In this article, I’ll discuss both treatment options and explore the benefits and drawbacks of each.
The Natural Method
The natural Candida treatment method is often referred to as the Candida diet.
It’s not widely accepted by the medical community for several reasons despite its success.
But, naturopaths and published diet plans have been helping people get well for decades.
Common Steps to Treatment
- Starve the yeast
- Restore immunity
- Restore microbial balance (probiotics)
- Treats the person holistically which increases overall good health.
- Teaches the person to eat healthier eliminating the junk that is in most western diets.
- Addresses the underlying causes of too much yeast growth in the body.
- People can become Candida infection free for life.
- Often promotes weight loss in those struggling to lose weight.
- People aren’t putting unnatural chemicals into their bodies.
- Restrictive, people have to give up sugary foods and other junk foods.
- It can take up to 3 months to feel the full benefits of this Candida Treatment.
- Die off symptoms can cause people to feel even worse than they did before for a few days.
- Eating out can be challenging.
- Can be difficult without a supportive family.
- Expense of the recommended supplements.
The natural method for Candida treatment is recommended for those that get more than one yeast infection a year and have other unexplained chronic symptoms.
This method requires some work and dedication, but there are many good programs and resources that can help people be successful using this method.
Traditional Candida Treatment
The most widely accepted treatment for Candida is to simply go to a doctor or a pharmacy and pick up an anti-fungal medication either over the counter strength or prescription strength depending on the severity of the infection.
- These medications kill the Candida yeast quite quickly and suffers begin to feel better in a couple of days.
- No diet or lifestyle changes are necessary.
- Often over the counter strength anti-fungals do the trick.
- These medications don’t address the underlying cause of too much yeast growth in the body.
- These medications and trips to the doctor can get expensive for those with chronic yeast.
- Some people experience side effects to the medications including allergic reactions.
- When used often, Candida can build up a resistance to them, making them ineffective.
For people who get an occasional Candida yeast infection, say once a year or one every couple of years, this Candida treatment is most likely the best option. However, for those who get frequent infections, the following treatment option may be worth exploring as a more long term solution.
Understanding treatment options, and then knowing the best way to make the right decision, takes time and experience for any medical professional.
The Magic Pill Method
I would be amiss if I failed to mention a third Candida treatment option.
If you have been researching online then you have no doubt seen advertisements for natural supplements that claim to cure your yeast infection by simply taking a certain pill everyday.
Sorry, but there are no quick, long term fixes or pills. These supplements may contain some of the herbs recommended on a Candida diet, but without making dietary and lifestyle changes, these pills are just a waste of your hard earned money.
If it sounds to good to be true, it is!
I recommend either of the first two proven methods to Candida treatment and only the traditional method for those that seldom get a yeast infection. For those with chronic problems the natural and healthy option should be greatly considered.
- National Institutes of Health
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