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Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Chronic Yeast Overgrowth (Candida)

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Chronic yeast overgrowth is something that’s often referred to as candida. If you’re not familiar with it, then basically, all you need to know is that we have all types of yeasts and bacteria in our bodies. Some are good and some are bad, and most live within our digestive tracts. The good “bugs” keep us healthy, energized, and protect us from the harmful toxins and everyday contaminants we encounter. They also help keep us regular and keep our skin, weight, and immune system in check. Bad yeasts and bacteria do the opposite, and sadly, things that we eat in our diets can often fuel these bad “bugs” to become predominant in our systems, outnumbering the good bacteria.

What is Candida?

Everyone has a type of yeast known as candida albicans in the gut. It’s one of the most well-known because it’s easy to get out of hand since it’s fed through sugar, or anything that converts to sugar in the digestive tract (like refined carbs, breads, pastries, cookies, very high starch foods eaten in abundance, candies, sweets, most processed foods, and some moldy foods like cheese, beer and wine). Candida thrives on these foods and can grow at rapid speeds. When this happens, chronic yeast overgrowth occurs and is seen through symptoms such as: constant fatigue and heaaches, depression,  jock itch, possibly skin yeast infections like ringworm and psoriasis, multiple types of food reactions or allergies, brain fog, and a sensitivity to  certain types of moldy, fermented foods (cheese, dairy, wine, beer). Some natural health experts also believe that sugar addictions stem from yeast overgrowth because the yeast needs ‘food’ to survive, leading one to eat more and more.

How Natural Remedies May Help

Many natural remedies are available and you’ve likely seen all kinds of anti-fungal pills at health food stores that promise to help get rid of candida. While some of these may in fact fight the symptoms of candida and even cure mild cases, it’s best to treat the root of the problem first: removing the harmful foods and replenishing the good gut bacteria. One natural remedy that can help you restore good gut bacteria is an old time classic treatment known as ACV, or apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is fermented with a beneficial yeast that acts as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria in your gut, so essentially it helps your good bacteria grow as you eliminate harmful foods that feed the harmful yeasts like candida. Apple cider vinegar is even applied topically to the skin to treat skin fungal infections, acne, and even used as an alternative treatment to chemical-filled creams for jock-itch.

The Most Important Part About Fighting Candida

First, it’s important to remove all the processed, refined and even naturally sugary foods on your diet. Stick to lots of greens, low-starch root vegetables like turnips, green vegetables and other low-starch vegetables, raw nuts and seeds that are fresh (to prevent mold encounter), as many fresh foods as possible, and low sugar fruits like berries, green apples, cucumber, limes, tomatoes, lemons, and some people handle citrus fine. You can also eat naturally sweet, healthy foods instead, and emphasize healthy fats from coconut, which contains anti-fungal properties naturally.

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Some recipes you could enjoy might be: Jazzy-licious Kale, Mesquite Avocado Kale Salad, Escarole and White Bean Soup, Low-Carb Sugar-Free Vegan Protein Bars, Kale an Grilled Tomato Salad or a Chickpea omelette for something hearty. You can also learn to make lower sugar smoothie recipes without so much fruit, with a few of these naturally, healthy tips. 

After a while once the yeast is under control, many people can add back low-starch grains like oats and quinoa, and some can even keep them in the beginning. Lentils, chickpeas, avocados, and even winter squash are also usually tolerated just fine on a yeast-free diet. The lower the sugar content of a food, the better. Once you’ve replaced the harmful ‘food’ that candida thrives on, it’s important to add other items to your menu that can possibly help fight bad bacteria.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar as Part of a Candida Treatment Regimen

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Apple cider vinegar is a stellar choice to help your body heal naturally because it’s known for so many healing benefits, including acting as an ant-fungal and anti-bacterial food. You’ll need to take it internally as it can help flush out toxins, mucus, and all types of harmful bacteria that can cause a back up during digestion and cause yeast to fester even more. Take a tablespoon diluted in some room temperature or warm water in the morning, in the afternoon and at night after or before your meals. You can add some lemon and stevia if you need it to taste better. You can even add it to herbal teas over ice if you want (it’s actually pretty refreshing!). Try adding ginger to fight bacteria further, and whatever you do- buy the right kind of apple cider vinegar.

You need to purchase raw, organic apple cider vinegar so you know that the ‘mother’ is still in tact, which is the good bacteria the vinegar grows on. (This is the cloudy appearance you see in the bottom of the jar.) A good brand is Bragg’s, though some others are available too. Be sure it’s also non-GMO and organic, whatever you do, to avoid pesticides and harmful chemicals that only feed bad bacteria.

How Apple Cider Vinegar Helps

Since apple cider vinegar is a prebiotic (which feeds the good bacteria), you need to be sure you’re taking in plenty of good bacteria so they can thrive. You can eat fermented foods that are helpful, such as sauerkraut, raw kimchi, and miso. You’ll want to avoid dairy, gluten and most wheat products, and other allergenic foods that can sometimes aggravate yeast overgrowth as well. Also, eat plenty of prebiotic-rich foods that can also help your good gut bacteria and take a plant-based probiotic as well.

You may find in the beginning of healing and battling yeast that you suffer a detox reaction where you feel worse before you feel better, but after several days or weeks, you’ll probably feel much better. You might also see some changes during digestion at this time, but keep in mind that your body is healing and getting rid of bad bacteria. Use warm baths, take magnesium or eat magnesium-rich foods if you find you have a hard time sleeping or with regularity, and be sure to get some fresh sunlight daily if you can. If you’re tired, allow your body to rest, and overall, just focus on eating healthier foods while your body adjusts.

What to Remember About Candida and Yeast Overgrowth

Keep in mind that chronic yeast overgrowth can lead to larger health problems later on, so do your best to take care of your body. Though apple cider vinegar may not cure it completely, it can be used as a helpful tool in fighting candida. For professional advice on treating yeast overgrowth, see Body Ecology, a world-wide leading organization known for treating candida, The Candida Diet, and Ricki Heller, a reknowned candida expert with recipes and tips for plant-based eaters.

Also see how to eat a healthy lower carb diet as a plant-based eater from one of our health experts, Registered Dietitian, Ginny Messina.

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2 comments on “Tips for Using Apple Cider Vinegar to Treat Chronic Yeast Overgrowth (Candida)”

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ann
11 Months Ago

ACV used to be a staple in our house, although it didn\'t really help to my yeast infections. You need a good diet, supplements and definitely a good colon cleanse. I got a lot better based on these tips
http://candidaspecialists.com/recommended-candida-supplements-experts-guide/


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Jenny Hume
1 Years Ago

I used to suffer from persistent candida for about 10 years so I very much relate to people who suffer from it. No medications or treatments ever really did anything for me (i tried them all haha) but I was actually able to cure my candida naturally after countless hours of online research. What worked for me is as follows:

1. Coconut Oil. Apply this to the effected area 3/4 times a day to treat existent candida and allow for further root treatment.

2. Follow every step in the in the video & full guide seen at curehealthproblem*com/candida (obviously change the * for a dot as it wont let me post links here) to get to the root of the problem in a NATURAL way so that it doesn’t come back. This the important bit!

3. Add Garlic to your daily diet. You can take garlic supplements if you do not like the taste.

Try all those three steps together and hopefully you will get as much luck with getting rid of candida as i did. It’s not that hard so just stay confident as candida can be treated very effectively but getting to the root of it is the important part. Good luck to you all!


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Skeptical
1 Years Ago

I was looking into uses for apple cider vinegar. Unfortunately I came across this website. I have read articles on here, particularly by Elizabeth Forel about the New York City carriage horses that I KNOW are simply incorrect on their facts. Allowing such propagandist and non-factual articles on some subjects makes the entire website suspect. You have lost any sort of credibility with me, and probably many others by allowing yourselves to be a mouthpiece for ignorant and radical factions. I will look elsewhere for information I can actually trust.


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Ann
12 Jul 2015

I felt the same, I think you should look at this one before starting anything...
http://candidaspecialists.com/recommended-candida-supplements-experts-guide/
http://candidaspecialists.com/candida-yeast-infection-treatment/

Ann
12 Jul 2015

I feel the same...I think you should read this before taking ANYTHING...I personally think good knowledge is priceless
http://candidaspecialists.com/candida-yeast-infection-treatment/



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