Apple cider vinegar can definitely be good for what ails you, including candida yeast infections. Using apple cider vinegar for good health, digestion and dieting have long been common practices.
For the purposes of health and natural healing, apple cider vinegar should be in its raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized form. It will look cloudy instead of clear in the container.
This is not the vinegar you usually find on the grocery store shelf. Some larger retailers may carry it in their organic food section or you may find it at a produce retailer, health food store, or online at places like Amazon.com.
Treating Candida Yeast Infections with Apple Cider Vinegar
Candida is a genus of yeast. Prolonged use of antibiotics “triggers” the yeast Candida Albicans to create infections in all parts of the body inside and out.
The Candida reside primarily deep in the intestinal tract, therefore, Candida flare-ups tend to begin with digestive ailments. Of course, when Candida begins to multiply; outbreaks of infection can quickly pop-up anywhere, either inside, or outside the body.
Everyone has seen how yeast works when bread is rising. It is the yeast eating and multiplying and emitting gasses that cause the bread to rise. Yeast reacts the same way in relation to your body.
Apple Cider Vinegar is full of natural enzymes that promote good digestion and are proven to negatively affect levels of Candida infestation in the body, and this is one of the things that makes it such a good natural home remedy.
Ingestion of Apple Cider Vinegar can also restore pH balances in the body. This is the environment that good bacteria thrive in and vinegar encourages them to grow and multiply. The more good bacteria you have, the less room is left for the bad bacteria.
When you first begin treating Candida with vinegar, you actually feel worse for the first few days, this is known as Herxheimer Reaction. This is a result of the Candida dying. When they expire they emit toxins that can cause nausea, fatigue or a foggy feeling. These symptoms should resolve within a couple of days, and you will begin to feel better than ever!
How much you should take to treat an infection
A simple way to begin your vinegar regimen is to take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day. Some like the taste of this raw form of vinegar and take it alone.
If you cannot tolerate the taste, add it to a glass of lemon water or sugar-free fruit flavored drink mix or any other non-carbonated, sugar free, water-based drink – you will never know it’s there.
You can also cook with vinegar or make vinaigrette salad dressings. The most important thing is to take it every single day. There are many recipes incorporating vinegar, and you can find them at online Natural Remedy and Health Food sites.
External Candida infections can be treated with direct application of vinegar. Just apply with a cotton ball or swab.
Alternatively, you may find it more convenient to soak in a vinegar bath, just add 1 cup of vinegar to a tub of warm water. For vaginal Candida, mix ½ cup vinegar in a quart of warm water. This douche used in combination with your daily internal dose of apple cider vinegar should have you Candida free in no time!