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The best ways to tackle candida

Why do I have stomach cramps after eating? 

Feeling tired all the time? Always getting thrush, or bloating? You could have candida, but there are some effective natural ways to ease this common condition.

Candida is a type of yeast that lives harmlessly in the mouth, gut, vagina, and on your skin.

But if something happens to upset the natural balance of your body, it can lead to fungal infections – 75% of women will get thrush at some point in their lives.1

If you’d prefer to take the complementary route, studies show that natural solutions may be a viable way to tackle candida.

What is candida?

Candida doesn’t normally cause any problems, but sometimes it can multiply too quickly, leading to an infection known as candidiasis.

Candidiasis is called thrush when it develops in the mouth or vagina.

It can also affect the skin and nails, causing infections like athlete’s foot, and may contribute to inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease.

Some practitioners also believe candida can enter the bloodstream, affecting the joints, heart and brain.

Symptoms of candida include:2

  • feeling fatigued
  • recurring bouts of thrush
  • bloating and other digestive complaints
  • repeated urinary tract infections

What causes candida?

Stress can affect our immune system, triggering candida to grow, while using antibiotics for long periods of time can upset the balance of bacteria in our gut, reducing our defences.

Eating lots of processed sugary foods or drinking too much alcohol can also feed the yeast, causing an overgrowth of candida.