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How Candida Yeast Infections Affect You

Posted in Candida on June 28th, 2007

Candida yeast infections are caused by a group of microscopic fungi.

Although these fungi can live quite happily in the body, on the surface of the skin or in the digestive system, it only takes a certain set of circumstances and they can start to reproduce rapidly, causing what is commonly called a yeast infection.

The Candida yeast infection particularly thrives in an environment that is moist and warm, such as in the digestive system, in the vagina, as well as in the folds of the skin, on the skin as well as the nail bed.

The most common reason for a woman to suffer from vaginal burning, itching and a discharge is because they are suffering from a yeast infection. 

Unfortunately, as the Candida yeast is found in most women it can overgrow if the environment and conditions in a woman’s vagina changes.  One of the main reasons why a woman will suffer from vaginal yeast infection is through excessive use of antibiotics or steroids.

Also pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, sperm, diabetes as well as birth control pills can contribute to a woman developing a Candida yeast infection.  And unfortunately these infections can become even more common after menopause commences.

So, if you think you are suffering from a Candida yeast infection when is the best time to consult your doctor in order to get it diagnosed and treated properly?

I would suggest the best time is right NOW. There is no good reason to wait for a candida infection to spread and get worse.  In fact, the repercussions of such a decision can lead to a number of severe complications.

If you have tried over the counter treatments, and find that they either do not work, or the symptoms become worse, then you should seek the advice of a medical professional. 

It is not unusual for the symptoms of candida infections to be confused with other condition such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis as well as bacterial vaginosis, so it is important to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible to get the appropriate treatment.

If you find that your condition not only worsens, but you start to suffer from fever, chills, nausea along with vomiting.  Or the rash begins to spread to other parts of your body then you should seek medical advice immediately, as it may be the result of may more serious illness.

In general at least 3 in 4 women will at some points in their lives suffering from Candida yeast infections and thankfully these problems can soon be treated if they are diagnosed and treated successfully.

Candida yeast infections can either be treated using more conventional forms of medication such as anti-fungal medications or you can decide to go the alternative route and use more natural treatments instead. A combination of both usually offers the best results.

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Discover Alternative Medicine for Candida

Posted in Candida on June 21st, 2007

A question I am often asked by people is this: ‘do I have to rely on prescription drugs to relieve candida symptoms or is there alternative medicine for candida that is reliable?’

As with most diseases, illnesses or infections that have become common around the world today, we are always looking for a healthier, more natural way to treat them.  

We seem to trust the “the establishment” less and less.  This is probably due to the many documented cases of drugs that have been prescribed for years turning out to be highly dangerous for proportions of the population.

So, turning to alternative treatments, which have in some cases been safely used for thousands of years, seems to many to be a safer and more natural option.

Although, we should not forget or underestimate the amazing impact that modern medicine has had on our health and longevity.

There are certain practices that are recognized to treat candidiasis (when candida albicans yeast overgrows), but lets just for a moment explain what candida is, as this will go some way to explaining the best alternative medicines available for relief.

A Candida infection is usually caused when the candida yeast, found in the human gastrointestinal(GI) tract increases, sometimes at an explosive rate.

It is normally kept in check by the good bacteria in the gut, which are a line of defense against candida running rampant. These good bacteria and a healthy immune system are normally our safeguard against candidiasis.

If you do suffer from a candida infection, modern medicine practitioners will often turn to the traditional ways of treatment to complement any prescriptions that they may have given you.

One of probably the best ways of helping to treat Candida is by adopting a Candida Diet.  This particular form of diet is designed to create an environment in the digestive system that is “unfriendly” to candida, and helps promote the growth of good bacteria.

It does this by reducing the foods that the candida thrives on, which includes alcohol, sugar, baked goods and processed foods.

It aims to help reduce the amount of sugar and yeast that your body absorbs whilst allowing the body’s own natural anti-fungal and probiotic defenses to do their work.

Another great way of dealing with the problem of Candida by using alternative medicines is taking specific herbs, which have shown to be beneficial. Have a look at the list below:

Pau D’Arco Bark  - This contains anti-fungal properties and is often taken as a tea.   It may also be taken as a vaginal douche once it has cooled.

Garlic – This contains compounds that are anti –fungal and anti-bacterial, which can help with even chronic candida overgrowth.

Aloe vera juice – Can help heal the gut lining which can become “leaky” in a sufferer with a candida overgrowth.

Horopito Aniseed - Has powerful anti fungal properties, which in studies has shown to speed up recovery from a candida infection.

These are just a few of the alternative medicines for Candida that you can use to treat infection, but there are many more topical treatments you can try too.  These include tea tree or lavender essential oils, which are to be applied to the affected area 2 to 3 times each day. However, ensure you read the instructions on the packaging first and it pays to do a skin test to check for any adverse reactions before liberally applying.

Before embarking on any of the above natural alternative, seek the advice of a nutritionist or a medical professional, as they will understand better your personal circumstances and be able to tailor a solution for you.

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How to Diagnose and Relieve a Candida Albicans Intestinal Yeast Infection

Posted in Candida on June 14th, 2007

A Candida Albicans intestinal yeast infection is caused by a fungal organism which, it is believed, is present in everybody’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract no matter what their age, how healthy they are or their gender.

Candida Albicans is the most common type of candida fungus/ mold, and all healthy people are immune to candida albicans.  In fact, for many years a solution containing candida albicans has been injected just under the skin as a way of checking for a normal healthy immune response or for any obvious abnormalities.

The most common types of Candida Albicans are those which cause either a vaginal yeast infection in women or oral thrush which can infect anyone including young babies.

In a normal healthy host, candida present in the gut is kept under control by both the body’s immune system and the friendly bacteria (probiotics) that are found in the intestinal tract. 

However, problems start to occur when the Candida Albicans is allowed to colonize, multiplying and causing many of the symptoms associated with a candida infection, which range from stomach irritation to more severe even life threatening symptoms.

This can happen due to a number of reasons:

The levels of friendly bacteria in the GI tract have been reduced below a healthy amount often due to taking prescribed or non-prescribed medication for an extended period of time.  This then compromises the body’s natural ability to keep the candida albicans from multiplying.  If a person has been taking a long course of antibiotics then it is worth keeping a close watch for any yeast infections.

A poor immune system, either through medication or through illness, can allow the candida albicans to thrive and spread. Candida infections are not unusual in HIV patients or in people who have been treated with Chemotherapy.  Also a persons lifestyle can impact on their immune system, especially if they have stressful jobs or ongoing stressful personal situations.

A poor diet has been attributed to an increased risk of a candida infection.  This is particularly true of diets that are high in sugar. 

Unfortunately as it grows the Candida Albicans can change from its relatively harmless “yeast” form, into the fungal form, which lines the GI tract walls and, if allowed to overgrow, uses its long root like tentacles to penetrate the intestinal lining and release spores into the rest of the body.

If this occurs then a break down may occur between a person’s intestinal tract and their circulatory system and so allow the introduction of allergens, poisons, irritants and toxins into the bloodstream.  If the openings are large enough then partially digested proteins may also enter the bloodstream, a situation known as leaky gut syndrome.

Although it has been hard to diagnose in the past, as candida is a normal part of the GI tract flora, there have been some advances. A simple blood test known as a Candida Albicans Assay test can often be enough to diagnose whether a person has an increased level of Candida antibodies in their bloodstream.

To help a diagnosis ensure that you keep a record of any symptoms you may be suffering from and discuss them with your medical practitioner.  There are a number of conditions that can have similar symptoms to a candida overgrowth, so the more you know about the condition the better chance you have of fighting it.

Treatments have been shown to be effective against candida albicans infections once it has been successfully diagnosed, and they usually include a course of anti -fungal medication, a change in lifestyle to reduce stress and an anti-candida diet.

To reduce the risk of another Candida albicans intestinal yeast infection occurring, it is important to understand the initial cause of the infection and treat that to reduce the chance of further episodes.

If you are interested in more natural ways to combat a candida albicans intestinal yeast infection then sign up for my free candida newsletter and discover how anti candida diets and natural candida remedies can help you.

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Can Candida and Migraine Symptoms be Linked?

Posted in Candida on June 7th, 2007

Is there a link between candida and migraine symptoms?

Migraines normally start with a throbbing sensation on one side of the head, and if left untreated can start to move to the other side also.  In most cases around about 60% of migraine sufferers will get some symptoms about 24 hours prior to a migraine attack. 

They may find that they have mood changes and crave particular types of foods.  They also may yawn repetitively and feel fatigued.

Dehydration can be a cause of migraines and a person may feel dry and thirsty, but unfortunately they also find that they may retain fluids and feel a little bloated.  However, consuming more water will help with the elimination of toxins, which are believed to be one of the reasons that a candida infection can cause migraines.

Interestingly, some candida is present in and on our skin all the time.  It is no threat to the host, and is considered beneficial if maintained in balance in the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  It is only when it is allowed to colonize that it becomes a threat to the host and can cause any one of dozens of symptoms, including migraines.

When there is a candida infection, the body has to deal with more toxins and there is a greater strain on the immune response.  An example of one of the toxins that is releases is acetaldehyde, which is considered responsible for a person’s symptoms when they have an alcohol “hang-over”.

In a study carried out which looked at the relationship between Candida and migraine attacks it was found that 13 out of the 17 sufferers responded to change of diet and medication within 3 months and so suffered from less severe and fewer migraine attacks.

Also blood tests were carried out during this study and it was found that the number of Candida antibodies had decreased as well.

The remaining 4 did not respond to the program during the study because they did not actually follow the regime provided by the research team.

So, the first step to take if you believe that you have a migraine that may be caused by candida is to get the candida infection diagnosed.

This step may not be as simple as it sounds, as yeast infections are not always easy to diagnose as we already have candida present in our bodies.  However, there are various tests that can be carried out that you can ask your doctor about.

There are also a number of symptoms that can be identified that are associated with candida; these should also be mentioned to your doctor if they are identified.

Once diagnosed there are a number of treatment options, which are designed to one or more than one of the following; kill the fungus, starve the fungus, improve the diet, bolster the immune system.

There are also natural methods that can be used to relieve the symptoms.

Unfortunately, when a treatment starts to bring the candida infection under control, even more toxins can be released into the body.  However, this is a necessary evil to remove the long-term symptoms.

One way to eliminate toxins quicker, and also help with migraines is to increase the volume of water drunk during the day.  Water can help flush out toxins in the body, and it also helps reduce the symptoms of the migraine.

There is one final thing to consider once the candida infection is under control. You will need to understand what triggered the candida infection in the first place.  The above treatments may help eliminate the candida infections, but they could come back if the root cause is not understood and resolved.

So, if there is a candida infection, eliminate the impact of candida and migraine symptoms should ease or disappear.

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