Zapping the Space Germs: Natural Candida Killers

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Today I am embarking on a new adventure in my battle with Candida overgrowth: Nystatin. It’s an antifungal medicine, which acts by creating holes in the fungus membrane walls, killing the Candida space germ dead (see my last post on Candida for the ‘space germ’ reference). I have previously avoided the treatment, opting for natural antifungals, as my experience with prescription medicines has historically been tempestuous, and in the most part, more damaging than healing.

I’ve not given up on the natural antifungals – I will return to their use after blasting the space germs with the Nystatin – and continue to add antifungal foods into my daily meals. It’s just that after nearly 2 years of debilitating illness, part of which could be contributed to a Candida overgrowth, I figured the use of Nystatin would just make well and truly sure that the Candida is under control so I can concentrate on my other symptoms. Posts to follow on this nuclear-bomb-to-the-gut approach!

There are so many different opinions for treating Candida. Every resource I have looked at lists a different combination of antifungals or diet permutations or drugs or procedures. I thought it would be useful to list all of the sensible ones here, to give a broad overview of the options available to anyone considering, or tweaking existing, Candida treatment. These are the ones that seem to have the biggest success according to research and the blogshere!

The most important thing to remember is that there is no one right answer, no definite cure, it’s just what is right for your body and your mind. Find the right combination of treatment and lifestyle choices and you’ll get there. It might take some time to get this right, and that’s where most people fall down – they give up hope, lose their motivation to keep trying. Something tried and tested for one may have no effect on another, you have to figure out through experience what’s best for you individually. It takes patience, and perseverance, but nothing truly great ever came of ease!

Natural antifungals

  • Caprylic Acid
  • Berberine
  • Horopito and Aniseed
  • Olive Leaf Extract
  • Pau d’arco
  • Oregano Oil
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Aloe Vera
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Oregon Grape Extract
  • Black Walnut Extract
  • Echinacea
  • Propolis

Antifungal foods

  • Garlic – eat it raw if you can!
  • Ginger
  • Onions
  • Coconut – in every form (flesh, dried, oil, milk. Avoid the highly sugary water though)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Seaweed
  • Cinnamon
  • Chicory root coffee
  • Almonds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lemon and lime juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Turmeric
  • Cloves
  • Swede
  • Oregano
  • Yogurt and Kefir

NB Antifungals should only be used in supplementation to a Anti-Candida diet, in conjunction with advice from a professional nutritionist or medical practitioner.

Some practitioners recommend cycling through a few different antifungals throughout treatment, to prevent the fungus from becoming resistant to the treatment. This does seem like common sense.

So, what’s your poison?! Have you had success in treating and preventing recurrence of Candida overgrowth with any of these antifungals? How about Nystatin?

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and the information on this website does not constitute or act as a substitute for professional medical and nutritional advice.

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