(NaturalNews) Ways to kill candida and balance your intestinal flora
Most people ingest too many refined, processed foods. Even us health nuts have a tendency to do this. In this fast paced world, with the body biologically programmed to desire sweets and other easy carbohydrates that are so much harder to find in nature, it's common and totally normal to have too much candida in our body.
If you experience this problem, and again, most people do, here are some ways you can balance your gut flora. Balancing the flora will alleviate many health issues, even little annoying ones you thought you were stuck with for the rest of your life such as itchy ear canals, body odor, and eczema.
Most people know that garlic is antifungal, antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antiviral. It also helps with a host of other issues including the removal of toxins in the body. If I could only choose one single item to work with when it comes to healing and treatment modalities, I would choose garlic. Unfortunately, many people don't know exactly how to use it to reap the benefits.
First and foremost, don't cook it. It loses all its candida fighting properties when you do. Secondly, cut it up and give it a minute before ingesting it. Or, if you've got a strong stomach and an even stronger mouth, chew it up for a minute with your mouth open, breathing in and out. This is also an incredibly effective treatment for tooth and gum problems, and even bad breath; though swallowing it, of course, can lead to garlic breath for many, but garlic breath is a sign of a toxic body.
Don't use garlic from China, even if it's organic. One way to tell, is those smaller, bright white garlic bulbs are almost always grown in China. China's soil is just too toxic.
Oil of oregano has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties as well. Oil of oregano is exceptionally powerful and can be taken in tablet form.
Some other essential oils that kill candida include lavender, clove, tea tree, and peppermint, though I don't recommend taking these oils internally. They are a good solution for candida skin rashes, though they can be painful to use. In most cases, they will not harm the skin even though you will feel a burning sensation.
Coconut oil is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties, though it's efficacy with candida control is weak compared to other ingestible choices. Neem oil is an oil with similar anti-parasitic properties, a bit stronger at parasitic control than coconut oil, but it should only be applied topically.
Other notable items that are known to combat fungus include wormwood, black walnut hull, Spanish black radish, Pau d'Arco, goldenseal, coptis chinensis, ginger, cinnamon, and olive leaf extract. All of these are great to have around, and a few of them are exceptional at killing parasites, viruses, and bacterial infections (coptis chinensis, wormwood, black walnut hull, Spanish black radish) but while they are certainly antifungal, they're not the strongest solution.
My favorite combination for eliminating excess yeast in the body is undecenoic acid and very high quality probiotics. Combine this with Shillington's intestinal cleanse and with big salads every day with lots of different vegetables, and you've got yourself a clean colon free of excess candida in days, often in just one day. What I love about undecenoic acid and probiotics is that they don't kill off good bacteria. They only eliminate candida and other fungi. If I want to knock out parasites as well, I use a supplement with wormwood and black walnut hulls.
Whatever approach you take with intestinal maintenance, a diet with a diverse selection of lots of fresh, raw, and preferably organic vegetables is the most important thing you can do for your colon and your whole body.
For more information on ridding your body of excess candida, including specific supplements, check out How to Cure Candida. If you suffer from allergies, this is typically a Candida issue, check out Allergy Free in Five Days. Check out the first three sources if you've recently taken antibiotics, and for more information about all the incredible ways bacteria plays a part in our health.
About the author: Michael Edwards is the founder, owner, editor-in-chief, and janitor for Organic Lifestyle Magazine and Green Lifestyle Market. At age 17, Michael weighed more than 360 pounds. He suffered from ADHD, allergies, frequent bouts of illness, and chronic, debilitating insomnia.
Conventional medicine wasn't working. While he restored his health through alternative medicine he studied natural health and became immersed in it.