Thanks to our sugar-rich, acidic diets in the past few decades, yeast infections have become increasingly common. In answer, medical professionals have prescribed antibiotics at every opportunity, but unfortunately, bacteria evolve in response to challenges to their survival. Candida albicans is a normal inhabitant of your body, but too much of it can cause minor problems. When treated with antibiotics, good bacteria are destroyed and you are more vulnerable to candida glabrata, which is becoming drug-resistant due to genome changes.
This means we now have a stronger, more resistant form of candida that is making it harder to treat yeast infections and other candida-caused ailments. We have to find new ways to deal with these problems. Here are some methods medical professionals are starting to use to treat antibiotic-resistant candida.
Make your diet healthy
The first step in any medical professional’s candida treatment now is a set of dietary changes. You can go a long way towards avoiding or treating yeast infections by simply making the right changes to your everyday diet. This means you should cut down on excess sugar, fats, and other ingredients commonly found in junk food. Start eating more healthy vegetables in your diet – start slow with one new vegetable per week, if you like – and cut out any processed foods. Foods in a box or package that you find in the inside aisles of the grocery store are suspect. Some people swear by remedies like cranberry juice for preventing yeast infections, but they won’t work well if the rest of your diet still contains junk.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Sinus symptoms can be caused or exacerbated (made worse) by smoking, and alcohol promotes the growth of yeast in your body. If you can’t cut out the smoking habit, try switching to e-cigarettes so you only get the nicotine and flavoring instead of the other ingredients that damage your airways. You can also cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink even if you don’t cut it out completely. Fewer drinks means fewer chances for yeast to be introduced to your body.
Exercise and condition your body
Candida thrives when you have weak body tissues. The more you exercise and condition your body, the better your overall physical health. Weak tissues can be improved with aerobic exercises such as running, walking, or elliptical training, or strength exercises like pushups and using strength equipment. Repairing the body’s tissues and strengthening your immune system through exercise will help fight candida without antibiotics.
Some of these solutions might work for you if you currently have too much candida in your body and are suffering frequent yeast infections. Rather than being reliant on antibiotics, which are probably working more poorly every time you try them, focus on overall body health and change the factors in your environment that make your body more vulnerable to candida. Your medical professional will likely suggest some or all of these steps, and in working with them, you may be able to find even more ideas for dietary changes and non-pharmaceutical treatments.
Lisa Richards struggled with poor health for years until she discovered the real culprit was Candida. Now healthy, she hopes to help others beat this persistant yeast infection through diet and nutrition.