Candida is a fungus (which is a form of yeast). It is the most common type of yeast overgrowth. Candida is a type of fungus which grows in our oral cavity, digestive tract, gut microbiome, and vaginal tract. In small amounts, this fungus is harmless to our body and has no symptoms. Its role is to help with digestion and nutrient absorption—which does it by balancing the good bacteria in your microbiome.
The issue occurs when there is too much Candida in proportion to your body’s good bacteria. This imbalance can cause leaky gut and many other digestive issues, as well as brain fog, fungal infections, mood swings.
Natural Treatments For Candida Overgrowth
Since food has a huge impact on the healthy levels of bacteria in the gut, one of the most important ways Candida overgrowth is treated is through diet. This means getting rid of sugars and carbs which Candida thrives on. Additionally, high-lactose dairy products should be avoided as well.
Incorporate the following foods into your diet. They’ve been found to fight yeast overgrowth and promote the growth of good bacteria.
- Garlic. Garlic has an antifungal substance called allicin, which is known to fight against candida overgrowth.
- Coconut oil. Due to its high lauric acid content, coconut oil can also help with Candida.
- Curcumin. Test tube studies found that curcumin has the ability to reduce the growth of Candida yeast and can even kill it. (Take one tablespoon a day – here)