Natural Remedy for Yeast Overgrowth

Many people suffer from it. Many don’t even know they have it. An overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract has been shown to lead to an array of symptoms, both physical and emotional that many people suffer from. Chronic fatigue syndrome, brain fog, eczema, food cravings (especially sugar), indigestion, joint pain, memory problems, sore throat, vaginal infections, body odor, depression, mood swings, hormonal imbalances, frequent colds, and a weakened immune system to name a few. Everyone has candida in their gut, but what to do when it gets out of balance? Jatoba.  


After spending the last few weeks in the heart of the Amazon jungle, meeting with local farmers and exporters of some of the world’s most powerful remedies I learned that there is an even more dense ecosystem than that of the jungle – our own gut. Habituated with over 100 trillion good bacteria, parasites, yeasts and molds it may just be the most important ecosystem to keep in check. Over 70% of the immune system is in the digestive tract. It’s important to note that candida itself is a harmless microorganism. It starts as a yeast organism but has the ability to change into a pathogenic or polymorphic pseudo-fungal form – a harmful form.  The ability for it to change is what creates the problem. Anything that suppresses the immune system can then contribute to this polymorphism, including the use of antibiotics, chemicals in the environment, overconsumption of sugar, alcohol or other substances that weaken the immune system – including processed foods. This is where the bark of the jatoba tree comes in. Clinical tests back in the 1970s have shown jatoba bark to have anti-yeast activity as well as antimicrobial effects. Consumed as a tea (which actually has a nice taste) or a tincture it has been used as a remedy for candida, fungal infections, including athlete’s foot, or nail fungus. It is also considered an energy tonic. If looking to add as a support to ward off any toxic forms of candida, around half to one full liter a day of jatoba bark tea can be consumed in conjunction with supplementation with probiotics as well as a sugar elimination diet. It can be a tough regiment for many people and therefore important to seek support for your regiment. The results of a clear mind are worth it.   

Although, like most “natural alternatives” remember there are still many credible scientific resources that still claim that candida hypersensitivity is an “implausible syndrome.” I’ve personally come to recognize, that no matter what the scientific evidence, the personal evidence of experience the effects of breaking the sugar addictions and incorporating some health supportive foods should always be the primary focus. Take the time to focus on how you want to feel. Try the coconut almond butter sauce recipe below to use as a dressing for sautéed vegetables, salads or a dipping sauce for rice wraps. Not fighting candida? Add a bit of maple syrup or tamari for extra flavor. 

Sugar Free Coconut Almond Butter Sauce.

1 Cup Organic Almond Butter

2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, peeled and chopped

½ Cup Coconut Milk from the can

2 Cloves Garlic

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix or blender. Enjoy. *Feel free to add coconut aminos for an alternative to soy sauce or nama shoyu.



About Me

Kristin Fraser is a speaker and consultant on natural health, including food preparation workshops and nutritional seminars. Offering you insightful information on leading a healthier, happier life.


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