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Is it True That Bacteria Feeds on Candida Albicans?

Posted in Candida on May 31st, 2007

So just what is a Candida Albicans overgrowth (it is often referred to as Candidiasis by medical practitioners) and is it true that bacteria feeds on candida albicans to keep it in check? 

Candida Albicans is a yeast/ fungus that is usually found naturally in nature and most people have it within their digestive system and on their skin with normally no ill effect.

As with any other form of fungi, say for example athletes’ foot, it can grow at a fast rate if it is not kept suppressed.  When it is stopped from growing, it will create no ill effect in the body. It is believed that most people in the US and Europe live quite happily with candida yeast in their digestive systems perpetually.

In order to keep the candida albicans under control, and stop it overgrowing, the body has a store of friendly bacteria which feeds on the Candida Albicans.

These friendly bacteria control the levels of candida in two ways: by lining the walls if the gastrointestinal tract so that the yeast cannot stick to the GI tract lining, and the good bacteria feed on the yeast to keep the levels low.

Often people who are suffering from Candida overgrowth will have got this infection because their levels of friendly bacteria (probiotics) have been reduced.

This can normally happen when they have a repressed immune system (through illness) or it is because they have been taken prescribed or non-prescribed medications for an extended period of time that has upset the delicate balance of the gut flora.

It is not unusual for someone who has been on a course of antibiotics to end up with a candida infection.  Other potential medications that can reduce the levels of good bacteria are birth control pills, cortisone or if being treated using chemotherapy.

Unfortunately, all these forms of medication are actually hostile to the friendly bacteria in the body and will kill it, which in turn can help the Candida Albicans to increase.

Of course, many of these medications are necessary, and so it is important to understand that after the prescription you may need to bolster the levels of probiotics in your body.

Taking a probiotic food supplement can do this. You will see these probably advertised on television or the local grocers as either “live” or “probiotic” foods.

The choice of probiotic food supplements is wide, and the sufferer should be able to find a suitable alternative, either by taking it in tablet/ capsule form or as a yogurt or probiotic drink.

The key thing to remember is that it can take time to replenish the levels of probiotics in the GI tract, and the concentration of probiotic in each of the supplements needs to be sufficient to make a difference.

The intestines of a human are large. To give an idea of how big if you took them out of the body, unravelled them and spread them out they would cover the size of a tennis court, and this area all needs to be lined with the right amount of probiotics.

The good bacteria will reproduce normally, but in situations where levels are low they can need a helping hand to regain the balance required to reduce the candida overgrowth.

It is normally recommended that someone with a candida overgrowth should not choose supplements that have less than 35 - 50 billion probiotic organisms within each capsule.  In this way they will be supplied with an appropriate concentration of the good bacteria.

When first taking a probiotic, you may suffer some side effects, because as the candida albicans dies, toxins are released which can make the sufferer nauseous, and potentially give them diarrhoea, as well as other stomach pains.

It is important that you act swiftly to treat a candida overgrowth, as if the candida albicans fungus penetrates the intestinal walls it can enter the bloodstream, and allow other toxins to enter the bloodstream.

Once in the bloodstream it can travel to other organs of the body and there can be major complications.

So, It is essential to remember that as good bacteria feeds on candida albicans yeast, keeping these at a high level needs to be a priority in anyone suffering from a candida overgrowth.

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How to Follow an Anti Candida Probiotics Program

Posted in Candida on May 24th, 2007

If you or someone you know has candida, probiotics may have been suggested.  But what are they and how can they help?

There have been many clinical studies carried out which are able to show that the use of probiotics can help not only to prevent and treat many common ailments, but also improve the environment in the gastrointestinal GI tract so that candida overgrowth can be suppressed.

“Live” food has grabbed the attention of the public, with large advertizing budgets being spent to sell probiotics drinks, foods and supplements – But do we really understand what they are and how they can help candida symptoms?

The probiotics that can be purchased usually use contains Lactobacillus as well as Bifobacterium and Acidodophilus, which are used to repopulate the good bacteria found in the intestinal tract and digestive system.

It is important that you have high levels of microbes in the body, as they help to suppress the bad bacteria, and reduce the chances of developing a yeast infection.

There are hundreds of different microbes that live in the human GI tract and keeping a healthy balance is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system and ensuring our digestive process are efficient.

The “good” bacteria, which is present in our gut, and in probiotic food supplements, are able to keep yeast infections, including candidiasis suppressed as they release a anti-fungal enzyme which can fight the effects of Candida.

It is also a good strategy to increase the levels of fiber being eaten, as well as eating foods that contain chlorophyll, as these are also beneficial to a healthy GI and the removal of a yeast infection.

If you do not like the idea of taking food supplements, then a natural way to boost the “good” bacteria in the GI tract is to eat live yogurt.

Yoghurt is produced using the same form of bacteria that that can be found in a person’s stomach and their intestines.  Eating live yogurt will help bolster the healthy microbe levels in the stomach to protect a person against the growth of Candida and other yeast infections.

Plus, with the re-balancing of the GI microflora, the immune system will get a boost of nutrients, which also helps with the fight against candida overgrowth.

If you are considering taking supplements to treat candida albicans growth, then it is important that you discuss the matter with your doctor first.  They will need to know any home treatments you are taking, so that you can be treated correctly to remove the candida symptoms as quickly as possible.

It is worth noting that when you start to take probiotics there can be short period of discomfort.  This can stretch over a few days as the GI tract regains balance.  The symptoms experienced can be abdominal pains, diarrhea as well as increased levels of flatulence and headaches.

This is very common as your body is trying to get itself back on to a more even keel, but if you are in doubt or the symptoms are prolonged or severe you should seek medical advice.

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What Are Anti Candida Diets and How Can They Help?

Posted in Candida on May 17th, 2007

With the diagnosis of a candida infection, a doctor will normally prescribe anti-fungal medication, a change to the persons diet and changes to their lifestyle.  So, what do anti candida diets consist of, and how can they help?

Candida, is yeast that exists naturally in everybody’s digestive system, and normally it causes no problems, and lives symbiotically as part of the gut flora.  It also lives in other warm and moist parts of the body like the vagina, the oral cavity and in folds in the skin.

Given the right environment in the gut, candida can multiply and start to cause problems for the host, ranging from abdominal cramps and migraines to severe symptoms that can be potentially life threatening if the infection is chronic and left untreated.

There are a factors that can spark the candida to overgrow, chiefly among these are a compromised immune system and low levels of friendly bacteria (probiotics), which work together to suppress a candida growth in a healthy person.

An anti candida diet therefore has two purposes, to starve the candida in order to suppress growth, and to give the host the nutrition it needs to help fight the candida overgrowth naturally.

Candida is yeast, so it relies on sugars as part of its metabolic processes, fermenting them into alcohol.  Therefore, eliminating sugar from the diet is usually the first recommendation, particularly refined sugars (white and brown along with syrups and honey).

A diet will also look to eliminate foods, which contain white flour and yeast (so breads, pastries and alcohol), fungi and mould such as mushrooms and cheese, fermented products like vinegar and pickles and some diary products.

Also, avoid processed foods, as they can have a number of hidden ingredients that contain elements that should be avoided, and often the nutritional content of processed foods is considerably less than fresh foods.

As well as foods that should be avoided there are some that can help promote the health of the digestive tract, these include foods that are high in nutritional content like fresh vegetables and probiotic foods.

Probiotic foods in particular can help replenish the levels of friendly bacteria in the gut, which is a defense against a candida infection.  Probiotics can be taken in a number ways, either as supplements or by eating ‘live’ foods such as bio yogurts, but ensure that the correct amount is being consumed, as too little will have little effect on the candida infection. 

Often when someone is suffering with a candida infection they are not able to absorb a healthy amount of nutrients, which can compromise the immune response further.  So, it is important to ensure that all foods eaten are high in the essential nutrients required by the body.  My tip is not to waste a meal, eat only foods that starve the candida and those that feed the body.

There are many variations of anti candida diets, but the key to remember is that they only form part of the treatment required to relieve someone of a candida infection, and they should not be adopted without discussion with your dietician, nutritionist or doctor.

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The Candida Yeast Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Connection - Are You At Risk?

Posted in Candida on May 10th, 2007

The reality of Candida yeast in the body and what effects it might have on a person are highly debated. It would seem that there are many who believe it causes a host of problems in some people, and there are others who say it is harmless, and it is not to blame for many of the medical conditions that seem to be fairly new to our world. Some find that they have to turn to Chinese medicine if they want to be taken seriously when they have problems with the yeast. Then there’s the possibility of a Candida yeast Chronic Fatigue Syndrome connection.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is something that is still very much a mystery. This is usually a diagnosis of elimination. The symptoms are often very hard on a person’s life. They might feel tired all of the time, weakness is common, and many may have Fibromyalgia at the same time. That leads to poor sleep and poor immune system function.

CFS is usually diagnosed after every other medical possibility has been ruled out. The reason for the condition is often unclear, and there seems to be no medical answer as far as a cure. Because an overabundance of Candida yeast weakens the immune system, there may be a link between CFS and this yeast, but the answers are not clear cut in each case.

Those with CFS often not only tend to have Fibromyalgia, but they often have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) as well. Candida yeast has been tentatively linked to IBS, so it makes sense that it might have also be a contributory factor of CFS for some people.

Probably the most pronounced symptom of CFS is the fatigue, and it is believed that the overgrowth of Candida yeast can sap anyone’s energy, and if it is spread though the body, it might be a chronic problem. Some people with CFS try to eat more carbs (or sugars) for the instant energy that it provides, but if candida is present these foods can actually make things worse as Candida loves sugars, and these sugars help it to grow and spread.

Some people with CFS have reported good results when taking a vitamin B12 supplement. When B12 is low, it can lead to anemia, which can then lead to an overgrowth of the Candida yeast. Some sufferers report that B12 supplementation has made them feel better and helped with a variety of problems. Though this link is pretty tenuous at best, it may go some way to substantiating the claim that Candida is causing more problems with the general health of many people than officially recognized.

If a patient with CFS has any of the symptoms of Candida (yeast infections, thrush, skin rashes, bloating, or frequent problems with sinus and respiratory infections) they should consider treatment for yeast overgrowth.

Though the Candida yeast Chronic Fatigue connection is not present in all cases you could speak to your doctor about Vitamin B12 supplements to improve CFS symptoms and help lower the amounts of the yeast in the system. If this brings relief, it should be something that is carefully monitored, as candida can come back if the immune system becomes unbalanced.

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a great resource for anyone looking for more information on the debilitating condition of CFS.

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Treating a Candida Rash Naturally

Posted in Candida on May 3rd, 2007

Candida often remains in the body without causing any major problems. However, when the immune system is compromised this yeast can grow unchecked. This can also happen when an antibiotics is taken, or when there is a problem with a vitamin B12 deficiency which causes anemia. When Candida grows out of check, it can show up as an infection in many places in the body. The most common are the vagina, penis, anus, mouth, and sometimes around the finger or toe nails. There are times when this problem shows up as a Candida rash.

This rash is often made up of a large patch of red skin that may be very itchy and irritated. Pustules may form in parts of the rash, and in some cases, it can be white and extremely raw and painful. This rash will appear around the anus or the vagina in women, and can be on the penis and the anus for men. In rarer cases, it might appear around the navel or the finger and toe nails.

Babies can have thrush in the mouth, and they may also develop a diaper rash that is from the Candida in their system. This is often something they got before they were born from their mothers. Because their immune systems are young, they may have problems with the overgrowth of this yeast.

There are many ways to treat this rash, and the main way is to get rid of the imbalance in the body. When the growth of Candida can be stopped, the irritations and infections will stop growing and can then be treated. Sometimes something as simple as eating a diet that is low in sugar can help keep Candida yeast at bay.

However, there may be natural ways to help get rid of the some of the symptoms, and someone who is experiencing a problem will want to find a way to get rid of the troublesome rash as soon as possible. Not only is it painful, it can be embarrassing when on visible areas of the body.

One of the best things for a Candida rash is to leave it open to the air. Though this is not always possible, it should be done as much as possible. This will keep the area clean and dry. This yeast craves dampness, so the drier the area can be the better. When clothing must be worn, it is best to wear materials that are loose, and ones that are made with breathable materials. It is also a great idea to get products made with natural ingredients when they are going to touch the body. Things like toilet paper and sanitary pads with added scents will irritate the rash.

When a Candida rash is present in the vagina or the anus, a simple bath might help it to clear up more quickly. There is a natural mixture of a half a cup of salt and a half a cup of vinegar that can be added to the bath water to promote healing.

When the rash is in the mouth, a mouthwash of apple cider vinegar might work well. Some suggest inserting yogurt or vinegar into the vagina, but it would be best to talk to a doctor about this before tempting to do so. If none of these remedies work, it might not be a Candida rash, or you may need medications to help you clear it up completely.

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