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Natural Medicine Approaches to Candidiasis

Candida albicans is a type of fungus living in harmony with millions of other microorganisms that are part of our body’s normal gut flora.

Skin Brushing

As more people become aware of the importance of detoxification, products and procedures are also rising in numbers–and price! Dry skin brushing is quick and easy (and inexpensive) way to detoxify daily, and the benefits will be noticed immediately.

Aloe

Native to Africa and the Arabian peninsula, Aloe is a commonly known herb and well reputed for its soothing and cooling properties. Considered by the Romans to be sacred to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, this herb has a long history of beauty applications extending well into present day.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin primarily created by the action of UVB sunlight on the skin. Vitamin D’s journey through the body begins when its precursor is converted to cholecalciferol (or D3) by sunlight.

Oranges

One of the most well-known fruits in the world, oranges were first recorded in China around 500 BC. From there they were imported to the Roman empire, exported to Northern Africa, introduced in Spain by the invading Moors, and traveled to America with Christopher Columbus.

Summer Sun – Block or Bathe

Summer is here, as we can easily witness by the lengthening days, rising temperatures and row upon row of sunscreen products adorning store shelves. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (2010), these products are key to good skin health and preventing dangerous skin cancers since “sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.”

Abdominal Massage

Abdominal massage is a great therapy to help get sluggish intestines moving and help with constipation, bloating, gas and elimination. Abdominal massage helps stimulate peristalsis, which are contractions in your GI tract that help move waste through.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra)

Slippery Elm is an herb that can help rebalance an over-extended or inflamed GI system. Because Slippery elm contains mucilage, it becomes like a slick gel when mixed with water and taken internally.

Probiotics

There are over 400 species and thousands of strains of bacteria that are supposed to inhabit the lower intestines and colon. These 400+ species are collectively called probiotics, which means “for life”, and were initially discovered in the early 1900’s.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a fermented food made from both dairy and nondairy bases that provide strains of beneficial bacteria for your gut.