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Candida (Yeast) Infections

Battling Yeast Infections

Yeast Infections - When you talk about yeast outside of the medical profession, most people give thoughts to the breads that Mom used to make for Sunday dinner.   

Here, we are talking about Candida infection (or yeast infection) that effects about 1 out of 3 people in the United States and is a serious condition. It is caused by a yeast organism known as Candida albicans, a natural organism that primarily lives in our intestinal tract but can also be found on the skin, in other places as well; generally places like the mouth and vagina although there is also a fair amount of yeast on your skin as well.

Our intestines is home to trillions of microorganisms including bacteria. Under relatively normal conditions, the vast majority of bacteria are beneficial while the remaining 10% or so are pathogenic or parasites.

In healthy people, friendly bacteria along with our immune system help to keep Candida under control.  If allowed to proliferate though, Candida will grow and become pathogenic causing a wide assortment of problems: Constipation, diarrhea, depression, headaches, frequently occurring infections, gastritis, heartburn, and colitis are but a few of the potential side effects of Candida.

Breast Cancer and Environmental Toxins

People also become more susceptible to Candida as a result of exposure to environmental toxins.  Chemicals, food additives and other chemicals along with poor nutrition will help Candida to thrive.  Candida itself produces toxins that further lower your immunity.

Other foods that promote the growth of Candida:

  • Foods made with white flour

  • White refined sugar

  • Candy

  • Pasta

  • Cheese

  • Mushrooms

Unfortunately, some people in the medical profession are not informed about Candida and may likely think that your problems are psychosomatic.  However, if you have been suffering from some of these symptoms, it is quite possible that are suffering from a Candida infection.

Unfortunately, most doctors are not informed about this condition and are likely to suggest that "it is all in your head." However, if you have been suffering from some of these symptoms for an extended period of time, and you have some risk factors (antibiotics, hormones, diet) there is a good chance that you, like millions of Americans, are suffering from Candida infection.

Getting Yeast Under Control

It is also possible that you can get a Candida infection under control.  Exclude the foods listed above for 3-4 months, drink plenty of water and your body will ultimately take control back from the Candida.  Some physicians will also recommend taking Selenium as a nutritional supplement to assist the body in ridding itself of Candida.

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