Candida is a yeast that can reside in places throughout the body – vaginal, digestive, and oral. It is normal to have yeast in small amounts, but when there is an imbalance in the flora (good bacteria), if can allow the yeast to overgrow. There are multiple strains of yeast that can become problematic for people. Stress, medications (antibiotics, birth control), low immune function, digestive issues, constipation, diarrhea, and a high sugar diet are a few things that can cause the yeast overgrowth.
Treating a yeast overgrowth is a multi step process and should be done with naturopathic supervision. Herbs kill the candida while a candida diet prevents reoccurrence and eliminates the yeast. Lastly, the gut needs to be healed and healthy bacteria restored.