What Is a Candida Infection?
A candida yeast infection occurs when the yeast microorganism, candida albicans, which lives in our intestinal tracts, becomes overgrown and disrupts the delicate bacteria to yeast balance. A healthy balance would be 10 parts bacteria to one part yeast. Candida is an opportunistic organism and will take advantage of a depleted good bacteria situation immediately. Should healthy probitoic bacteria in the bowels become disrupted or die off, yeast organisms will move in. Before long, this will result in an overgrowth of yeast and all of the complications that come with such a situation.
Fungal Candida Infection
Though people have inhabited the planet for millions of years, candida overgrowth was basically unheard of before World War II. Today, fungal candida infection is rampant, especially in the female population. One of the biggest reasons candida infections are so prevalent has to do with the wonder drug of the day: antibiotics. Like almost all medication, antibiotics cure certain ailments, while at the same time killing certain bacteria, thereby giving yeast and other opportunistic bacteria and parasites a place to dig in literally.
Candida infection adheres to the intestinal walls, eventually breaking through and allowing partially digested foods and bacteria to spill into the bloodstream. This eventually further weakens the immune system, making it even harder to kick the candida infection. Fungal candida infection can begin to grow in the body for a number of reasons and in a variety of ways. Though antibiotics top the list, many things can contribute to an overload of candida yeast infection.
- Antibiotics: Can be ingested through an antibiotic prescription or by eating dairy products from cattle laden with antibiotics. (The FDA recently has moved toward banning the injection of antibiotics in food animals.)
- Environmental molds and chemicals
- Bowel issues: Gas, IBS, constipation, and runny stools can all cause good bacteria to die off and cause a yeast infection - or be a symptom of yeast overgrowth.
- Immune deficiency
- Toxic metals and overload of food chemicals
Signs of candida yeast infection may include:
- Rectal itchiness and vaginitis
- Depression and anxiety
- Food allergies
- Indigestion and burping
- Constipation and/or runny stools
- Brain fog and memory loss
- White film on tongue
- White cottage cheese discharge from the vagina or penis
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Headaches and migraines
- Painful urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Weight gain
Vaginal Yeast Infections Cures
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, birth control contraceptives, especially those high in estrogen, contribute to more than 75 percent of the fungal candida infections women experience. His suggestions for keeping vaginal yeast infections away are simple: add real yogurt to your diet, wear cotton underwear (which allows the body to breathe) during the day, and go commando at night. If you have a yeast infection, eliminate dairy, except real yogurt (which should be eaten several times a day while symptoms last). Also eliminate all sugars and molds from your diet that includes all fermented drinks such as alcohol and wine, soda and fruit drinks, and all carbohydrates, dairy products, and anything that is prepared through fermentation. Yeast cannot grow without a food source and in this case, sugar is the main course.