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Apple Cider Vinegar & Candida

Apple Cider Vinegar - How can it help against Candida?

Candida albicans (c.albicans) is a yeast that lives quite naturally in the lower bowel, vagina and skin. A healthy immune system keeps this yeast under control, principally through the presence of friendly bacteria like Bifidobacterium Bifidus and Lactobacillus acidophilus, which love to 'eat' yeasts like c.albicans.

However a compromised immune system often does not have the right amount of these bacteria. A course of anti-biotics, steroids or other immuno-suppressants will kill the friendly bacteria, but not the Candia Albicans (which is a fungus). In the right conditions the c.albicans will begin to grow uncontrollably, developing into a condition called Candidiasis, more commonly known as Thrush. If left untreated, the candida can break down the mucosal lining between the gastrointestinal tract and the bloodstream allowing toxins to pass into the blood and around the body. This exreme form of Candidiasis can lead to a further compromising of the immune system and serious health problems.

Apple Cider Vinegar - A Powerful Anti-Fungal

Apple Cider vinegar can be used in conjunction with an anti-candida diet to kill and control candida overgrowth. The vinegar is an excellent anti-fungal and can be applied as a water solution in an anal/vaginal enema to kill vaginal and bowel fungal overgrowth. Through the same mechanism, it can be used as a gargle or mouthwash to kill oral candida overgrowth.

Why is Apple Cider Vinegar So Effective For Fighting Candida & Fungi?

From a study published in 2011 in the Thi-Qar Medical Journal, it seems clear that the primary component of ACV responsible for the anti-fungal action is acetic acid. It is already known that acetic acid from ordinary white vinegar is an antibiotic and has been used widespread to treat Swimmers Ear (an inflamation of the ear and ear canal). Researchers have identified 90 distinct componernts of cider vinegar. To name just a few:

  • 13 Carbolic Acids
  • 4 Aldehydes
  • 20 Keytones
  • 18 Alcohols
  • 8 Ethyl Acetates
  • Acetic Acid
  • Propionic Acid
  • Malic Acid
  • Lactic Acid
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Potash
  • Pectin

How Does ACV Compare To A Standard Fungal Treatment Really?

In the aforementioned study, it was clearly shown and concluded that Apple Cider Vinegar was MORE effective than Fluconazole (a fairly standard anti-fungal drug) when used against Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus and resistant straights of Candida albicans and Non-Candida Albicans. And...

"Topical application of apple cider vinegar is an effective of Pityrosporum Ovale Folliculitis" (An inflammatory skin disease caused by a yeast pathogen).

Apple Cider Vinegar Douche Solution

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of raw, unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar to 8 cups of water.
  2. Use this cleansing douche solution twice a day when experiencing severe symptoms. Once the symptoms have reduced the solution can be used just once a day.
  3. Continue to use for a few days after the symptoms have gone.

Apple Cider Vinegar Shallow Bath

Run enough warm water into a bath to cover the groin up to the belly and add 2 cups of raw, unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar. You can bathe in the solution for 15 minutes per day to help reduce the symptoms of vaginal yeast infections. Sit in the bath with your knees pulled up, not laid straight out.

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

To make a nice warm apple drink, mix 1-2 tablespoons with approximately 180ml of hot (not boiling) water. Sweeten this with a teaspoon or two of Blackstrap Mollasses. Drink this slowly before your meal. Drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar will cause quite a bit of yeast and bacteria to die off in the stomach. This can leave you feeling a little unwell, nauseous and possibly dizzy. However, this is just your body getting rid of these extra toxins and will soon pass. To ease these die-off symptoms you may like to try taking an Epsom Salt bath. Just add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath and soak.

Further reading of the above apple cider vinegar study can be found here:


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2014-03-30 12:20:19
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