If you have a chronic illness or condition that requires you to regularly take antibiotics, you may find that fighting against the candida overgrowth in your mouth and genitals is a constant battle. Fortunately, there are some natural ways to restore the balance of good and bad bacteria in your body to avoid thrush and yeast infections -- and many of these supplements can even improve your hair, skin, and digestion. Read on to learn more about naturally managing candida growth when you're on a long-term course of antibiotics.

Begin a probiotic regimen

Although you may not associate your candida outbreaks with your digestive system, antibiotics tend to do more damage to your gut than just about any other bodily system. Restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria by consuming probiotics -- a wallop of good bacteria that can quickly take root in your gut and begin multiplying -- can quickly help tamp down any potential thrush or yeast infections, as well as minimize the symptoms of existing infections. It may take some time to get the right balance of probiotics in your daily diet, so don't become discouraged if you don't notice an instant effect. 

Cut out sugars

If you're like most Americans, your diet contains a lot of natural and added sugars -- even in "healthy" foods like yogurt and wheat bread. Unfortunately, these sugars provide a prime food source for candida, allowing yeast to multiply exponentially over a very short period of time. Cutting out sugar from your diet will essentially starve this bacteria, making it much easier to treat any candida infections and prevent them from recurring. You'll then be able to slowly re-introduce some sugar into your diet until you reach the tipping point at which you notice candida infections beginning to develop again.   

If you have Type I or II diabetes, you may also be at a greater risk for candida infections than the average person -- cutting out most processed sugars can not only make it easier to manage your blood sugar, but also help eliminate your candida symptoms and allow any minor infections to clear up much sooner than expected.

Detoxify your liver

Chronic candida infections can be tough on your liver, as it's responsible for filtering candida out of your blood and trying to prevent it from repopulating elsewhere in your body. Treating your liver well by avoiding alcohol (a source of sugar anyway) and taking supplements specifically designed to detoxify the liver can make it more efficient at removing candida and keeping new infections from cropping up.

For more information, talk to a doctor about treatments for candida.