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How to Treat Candida Albicans with Herbs & Vitamins

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author image Tracey Allison Planinz
A professional writer since 2008, Tracey Planinz writes articles on natural health, nutrition and fitness. She holds a doctorate and two professional certifications in her field, and continues to develop her education with additional classes and seminars. She has provided natural health consultations and private fitness instruction for clients in her local community.
How to Treat Candida Albicans with Herbs & Vitamins
Yogurt and other dairy foods contain probiotics, which combat yeast infections. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Candida albicans is a prolific fungus commonly referred to as yeast. It lives in mucous membranes, intestines, the vaginal cavity and the rectum. Although it is not always harmful, an overgrowth of candida can cause yeast infections, sinus infections, skin rashes, thrush and digestive problems. As with any type of infection, it takes time to rid the body of yeast overgrowth. By following a few basic steps, including taking certain herbs and supplements, you can eliminate Candida albicans and combat future infections.

Yeast-Free Plan

Step 1

How to Treat Candida Albicans with Herbs & Vitamins
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Eliminate sugary foods, especially processed flour and refined sugar, from your diet. The first step in eliminating candida and fighting a yeast infection is removing the fungus's main food source. This includes all candy, desserts, processed and packaged foods high in sugar or carbohydates, as well as colas and fruit juices with added sugar, corn syrup or other sweeteners. Although as a temporary measure it fights immediate infection, it is a good idea to decrease overall sugar consumption to prevent future outbreaks.

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Step 2

Take a daily probiotic supplement such as Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium bifidus to kill candida in the body. This simple step must be followed consistently to overcome the infection. Probiotics come in liquid and capsule form and can be found in the refrigerated section of your local natural health food store. As these supplements contain live bacteria, known as friendly flora, they should be kept refrigerated at all times and should be taken as directed. Yogurt and other dairy products also contain natural healthy bacteria, such as acidophilus, and can be part of the yeast-free diet.

Step 3

How to Treat Candida Albicans with Herbs & Vitamins
Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Photo Credit Tea bush and trees image by Valery Shanin from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Cleanse the infected area daily with either diluted goldenseal extract or tea tree oil. A few drops of either herb may be added to the bath, sitz bath or a douche. According to the Clayton College of Natural Health Herb Reference Guide, both goldenseal and tea tree oil naturally fight a number of fungi and bacteria, including Candida albicans. Herbalists use these plants as natural antibiotics and in the treatment of sinus infections, infections of mucous membranes, vaginal yeast infections and parasitic infections. Do not to take tea tree oil internally, as it may be toxic. Use it only on external infections such as thrush.

Step 4

How to Treat Candida Albicans with Herbs & Vitamins
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Take a daily supplement of vitamin C, B complex and a multivitamin containing a broad spectrum of trace minerals to nourish the immune system. In addition to feeding candida, a diet high in sugar and carbohydrates also depletes zinc, manganese, selenium, B vitamins and other nutrients that support immune function. This decreases the body's natural defenses against bacteria and fungi such as candida. Follow product directions or check with a health care professional for appropriate dosage.

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