Dear Pharmacist, I've been suffering with abdominal cramps, bloating, a yellow toenail and a white-coated tongue. My doctor told me I have a candida infection and prescribed Diflucan. This requires liver testing. Even though my tongue and toenails are yucky, I'd rather deal with that than damage to my liver. What other options will help me get rid of candida? - E.H., Gainesville, Fla.
A: All of us have this yeast Candida albicans inside our bodies, but when your immune system is overworked, the yeast growth gets out of control and causes widespread, uncomfortable symptoms. Candida overgrowth (candidiasis) may cause irritable bowels, bad breath, constipation, eczema, psoriasis, vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm, and cancer. The brain gets involved too, and some people experience headaches, brain fog, mood swings, anxiety, as well as intense cravings for sweets and starches. That's because candida needs sugar to grow. If you have a sweet tooth and a stressful life (and thus a compromised immune system), you will make candida spread like wildfire. Starve it to death by avoiding white sugar and carbs then boost your immune system with antioxidants, glutathione and vitamin D.
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