I had chronic vaginal yeast infections, white tongue, acid reflux, gas, bloating, etc, and my doctor was eyeballing labeling it Candida.
I found the best way to beat it was COMPLETELY altering my diet, which I did not so much because of just the yeast factor, but because I wanted to change my lifestyle. You can eat more than you think, but you have to research it thoroughly, and stay away from ANYTHING that has ANY amount of starchy carbs, sugars, etc. Drink lots of water (I do 3-4 litres a day), eat as many raw, leafy veggies as you can. Stay away from dairy. The "paleo" diet seems to compliment this to some extent. I actually went pesco vegetarian, but ended up having to take iron supplements, which was no big deal. If you can stick to a good regimented diet, add a few supplements (I found both St. Francis' Farms' Fungafect, as well as just plain oregano oil daily, helped a lot. Talk to homeopaths, holistic practitioners, and naturopaths, cuz they're usually incredibly helpful on the "healthy lifestyle maintenance" front.
I've always been physically active, but I think my getting into a real physical fitness regime helped a lot as well. I found a great deal with a trainer doing small classes with lots of one-on-one attention. Yeh, it's not that cheap, but what I saved from not hanging out at the bar helped offset it. I now only do hot yoga (Bikrams) 3-5 times a week, and, amongst other positives, the purging via sweat helps a TON.
I believe that its a matter of beefing up your immune system, making your body as healthy and efficient as possible, and cutting off any sort of food source for the yeast. If you can maintain this for a sustained period of time, say a year, you may very well knock it out of the park like I managed to. I have had zero symptoms for at least four or five years, and I cheat and eat "bad carbs" (refined flour based foods), sugary stuff (odd chocolate bar or cookies) now and then, and I love beer, but not anywhere as frequently as I used to. It's a balance, and about being good more often than not.
No problem. Also The Yeast Connection by Dr. Crook has an overview, but I found that the guidebook helped the best.
My candida has returned after being gone for a month after a six month battle, luckily the medicine that my homeopath uses to clear it up in days arrives tomorrow, but I am going to try a complete cleanse as that is the one thing that I didn't do and I think contributed to its return. We'll see crossing fingers!
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Hi La La, one does not 'catch' Candida as it already lives in the body. However, when the immune sytem is comprimised by othe infections eg glandular fever/flu/STD's, or bombarded with too many hormones or medications, then it can overgorow and cause the symptoms that it does.