Candida, Thrush & Yeast Infections
Due to its many disguises and symptoms, candidiasis is often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Candidiasis may affect anyone at any age and is easily transmitted through intimate contact such as sexual intercourse and breastfeeding mothers. Factors that increase susceptibility to candia infections include immune weakness, antibiotic use, contraceptive pills and steroidal medications. As candidiasis can damage the intestinal lining and disrupt the immune system, people with candida infections often will also have or develop food allergies or sensitivities.
The role candida plays in chronic pain and disease can be extreme. Yeast overgrowth disturbs your intestinal tract lining, allowing allergens and toxins to circulate into your body while your immune system becomes too weak to handle the influx. Together these variables can play a major role in a diverse group of seemingly unrelated health problems - not just vaginal yeast infections. These range from PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and interstitial cystitis, just to name a few.
The following links contain a questionnaire to give you a guide to the list of symptoms associated with candida and a candida diet:
I look at it as a 3 step process to eliminate Candida.
1. Diet - if you continue to eat the offending foods you are simply providing candida with the nutrients to multiply.
2. Probiotics - replacing the benefical bacteria is extremely important, this helps to restore the bacterial balance in the gut that has been over taken by candida.
3. Kill off, it doesnt matter if you use medicines or supplements, as long as you are not following the diet you will not eliminate candida. Only invest in this area if you are going to follow the diet.
My advice to those that are not yet ready to follow the diet is to use acidophilus supplementation to help control the balance of bacteria. And when ready to do the diet then invest treatment.
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