A healthy immune system has candida in balance with the other micro-organisms in body, digestive tract, mouth, vagina etc. Yet, under certain conditions, it begins to overgrow and get out of control. One of the main culprits behind yeast overgrowth is the use of broad spectrum oral antibiotics. This is due to the fact that they wipe out too many friendly micro-organisms that keep the balance and allow particularly virulent microbes to proliferate such as candida albicans. Although candida albicans is the most frequent offender of yeast infections, other yeast groups are also possible culprits. These include Torulopsis, Cryptococcus, Malassezia, and Trichosporon yeasts. Some other causes of candida overgrowth have been attributed to the contraceptive pill, hormone therapy, over consumption of alcohol or sugary foods and diabetes.
Symptoms of candida overgrowth
- White cottage-cheese type of discharge
- Mild to intense itching in the vagina and surrounding skin which may also be painful
- A fishy odour
- Stinging sensation on urination
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Vaginal Candida (Candidosis/Thrush)
- A thick white coating on the tongue and throat which can be scraped off to reveal red, angry skin
- Discomfort in the mouth and throat sometimes like a burning-feeling
- Loss of taste and unpleasant taste in mouth
Oral Candida (Candidosis/Thrush)
How Can Colloidal Silver Help?
Prescription anti-fungal creams, tablets and pessaries are the treatments of choice for doctors but if you would like to try something with no known side-effects and slightly more natural in nature then try using a colloidal silver. Colloidal silver contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral AND anti-fungal properties and is a safe and easy treatment to try at home.
Treating Vaginal Candida
Soak a tampon in colloidal silver and insert the tampon into the vagina. Change the tampon every 4-5 hours. Do this until you feel symptomatic relief.
Treating Oral Candida
Swish 1 tablespoon of colloidal silver in your mouth for 5 minutes 3 times a day. Do this especially after eating sugary things as candida thrives on sugar. You can spit it out or swallow it afterwards.
Silver is not a toxic element when taken prudently but if taken orally in really excessive dosages (like large daily doses for many, many years) it can result in a condition called Argyria which is a build up of silver particles in the body causing the skin to turn a greyish blue colour. This is really not something you want as it is non-reversible and clearly not enviable cosmetically. It is not problematic except when taken in exceptionally high doses over exceptionally long periods of time but this could be said for many, many elements or substances. Like any medicine or treatment, the dosages should be followed and common sense should prevail
Other Natural Remedies for Candida?
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an ancient health elixir that can be used as an anti-candida remedy to kill and control candida overgrowth. The powerful anti-fungal properties of apple cider vinegar (due to its high content of acetic acid) make it one of the most effective natural treatments for controlling yeast. 2 tablespoons can be mixed with water and drunk morning and evening. Also, to treat the infection locally (if brave as it might sting at first!) dilute a teaspoon of ACV with distilled water and dab onto the area with a clean cotton bud or cloth (it's best to test on a small area first and if it's too stingy, dilute the mixture further until its comfortable.)
Baking soda is another powerful natural remedy that can help to halt candida in the tracks due to the fact that it reduces the acidy of the body (Ph). Friendly organisms prefer a more alkaline environment. Start off with 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 cup (8 ounces) water. Drink this 1 - 3 time a day Depending on the severity of your symptoms.
The live culture in plain yoghurt is a great remedy for a yeast infection. It helps to restore the balance of good bacteria as well as resetting the internal pH levels. Yoghurt can even be included in a vaginal douche or added to a tampon and inserted, which will help to combat the odour and discharge associated with candida.
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