Apple Cider Vinegar for Candida
The use of apple cider vinegar (ACV) for treating Candida infections is gaining popularity among physicians and naturopaths. ACV contains acetic acid which is known to kill candida overgrowth.
Acetone, another chemical used in making ACV, may have anti-fungal properties as well. Other ingredients include citric acid, malic acid, lactic acid and pyruvic acids. These chemicals are believed to work together to inhibit fungal growth.
There is no scientific evidence that shows that ACV kills all types of fungi or other bacteria. There is some research showing that it may reduce the severity of infections caused by certain strains of Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus.
However, there is not enough data to determine if ACV reduces the duration or severity of these infections.
Some studies show that ACV may improve symptoms associated with candida infections such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Some studies do not show any benefit from using ACV for treatment of candida infections.
More research is needed before doctors can recommend its use for treating candida infections.
Acidophilus is a type of probiotic that helps protect against Candida overgrowth. Acidophilus strains are commonly found in yogurt and kefir.
Other sources of probiotics include raw milk, some types of berries, and dark chocolate. It has been suggested that taking acidophilus supplements or eating more foods with this bacterium may be helpful in preventing or treating yeast infections.
There are several ways to use apple cider vinegar to kill off the overgrowth of yeast. Some people use it topically to treat various skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
People also use it for treatment via enemas or vaginal applications.
The most common way to take ACV is orally. Some people take it straight, usually mixed with water or other liquids such as juice.
Others mix it with honey to make the flavor less intense. There are many other options for flavoring the taste of ACV. It can be added to food as well. However, it may change the taste of some foods significantly. People that use ACV to relieve heartburn or indigestion usually take it right before bed.
Some people take a dosage of 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before each meal. Others use it only when they experience heartburn or other symptoms of an intestinal infection.
A typical treatment plan consists of taking 1 to 2 tablespoons mixed with 6 ounces of water four times daily for at least two months. Some people find relief in as little as two weeks.
In order to get the most benefit from using apple cider vinegar for treating a yeast infection, it is important to make sure that you are consuming a healthy diet. Eating a lot of sugary junk food and other types of food that promote yeast growth will make the infection worse and ACV less effective.
While research concerning ACV as a treatment for candida is mixed, many people have found it to be an affordable and safe way to treat a yeast infection.
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