Yeast infections causes treatment and overview

Understanding what a yeast infection is and treatment

So what is a yeast infection?

Our colons are populated by a large colony of bacteria which assists in the final stages of digestion and the manufacturing of some B vitamins. The vast majority of these bacteria about 80% are considered (friendly). Many of these are the lactobacillus acidophilus variety the same as the culture in some yoghurt. The remaining 20% are yeast organisms as Candida albicans

Yeast is very interesting. It is a single cell organisms related to moulds and fungi and is neither animal or vegetable. It is important to understand that yeast is endogenous to the human body. It lives all over out body and on the mucous membranes which line the gastro intestinal tract. It is especially prominent in the colon yeast has a job to do just like any other bacteria

Yeast is highly opportunistic organism which will take advantage of any chance to proliferate. The growth is normally kept in check by the friendly lacto bacteria ( acidophilus bifidus Bulagus and other varieties in our gut and by a healthy immune system . When regulating factors are disturbed the yeast multiplies

The proliferation of Candida albicans

We have considered the immune suppressing effects of a stressful lifestyle. The lack of nutrients from our diet will also reduce immune function and page the way to increase yeast numbers. Anything which imbalances the “friendly bacteria” in our colon will allow yeast to proliferate. Broad spectrum antibiotics (tetracycline vybramycin) such as types used for ear,nose and throat infections can wipe out our entire colony of “friendly bacteria” and leave the yeast intact

Yeast feed in sugar and it’s growth is promoted by dietary yeast from sources such as bread Vegemite alcohol and other fermented products environmental moulds and fungi like the type can be found in bathrooms or house foundations will promote the problem

Biochemical individuality explains why some people will develop symptoms of candidosis and others won’t and why some will only suffer mildly, whilst others will be smitten with the problem it’s easy to accept from the general standard of low resistance, poor diet and high antibiotics use that many people will be susceptible

Women suffer with candidosis more than men. The ratio is about 10:1 one of the reasons is the production of the female sex hormone progesterone favours the growth of the yeast. The hormone is also found in the contraceptive pill. Other steroids like cortisone regularly used for inflammatory conditions like the skin problems and asthma readily promotes yeast growth. Diabetics suffer as a result of there raised blood sugar levels. Those exposed to long periods of antibiotic use for skin conditions or repeated infections are at high risk. The gut is inoculated with intestinal flora as we pass though the birth canal. As the baby grows the numbers of friendly bacteria multiply if the mother has thrush at the time of delivery it may be contracted to the baby and this will begin an early pattern of problems young children are often prescribed antibiotics for repeated colds ear infections this can result in candidosis with frightening results

So the treatment

The occasional mild case of thrush or cystitis is common amongst women. This often follows a course if antibiotics and can be self correcting. It last a while and then the body overcomes the infection and corrects the balance of yeast it is the moderate to severe cases that we are most interesting in helping. Their symptoms can be severe and their life can be hell

A typical scenario leading to yeast overgrowth would be as follows:

Take the average women eating the average Australian junk food diet high in sugars rancid fats and processed grains and suffering a moderate degree of stress. Under such circumstances her immune systems will be weak winter approaches and her body is unable to defend itself against the latest “cold” that is going around this further weakens her she goes to the doctor who prescribes a course of antibiotics which are useless against anything of a viral nature. He knows this and she probably does to but what else can they do?

Antibiotic therapy

The yeast takes advantage of this reduced immunity and the absence of the regulating lacto Bactria that would normally keep there numbers in check. An added bonus is her high sugar diet in fact, by this stage she is beginning to feel poorly and will be propping herself up with lots of sweet things and bread. Yeast thrives on sugar and yeasty foods like bread Vegemite and alcohol and so they flourish unchecked. Soon there are so many yeast that they cant find enough food so they grow a rhizoid like root structure and burrow through the walls of her intestinal mucosa in search of nutrients. In doing so they compromise the precious barrier between our external and internal environments and faeces toxins and macro molecules proteins especially slip through directly into her bloodstream this is where the problem begins

The pill and other steroids

Is she is taking the pill or using cortisone or other hormonal therapy. Her problems will be worse in fact each time her monthly cycle comes around growth of yeast will be promoted by her raised progesterone levels

How to treat a yeast infection
.stop feeding the yeast
.support the immune system
.create a favourable environment in the bowels


Bulking diet ideas


What is bulking?

In essence, bulking is a phase in which a bodybuilder trains to a high intensity, limits cardiovascular training and increases calorie intake with the aim of facilitating muscle growth. Because the bodybuilder is within a calorie surplus environment some fat gains are usually accepted, but how much fat gain is deemed acceptable depends on the bodybuilder.

To further explain periodisation, the other phase bodybuilders usually undertake is known as cutting. As you may have guessed, this is the opposite to bulking, and involves a calorie restrictive environment, cardiovascular training to spur on fat loss and weight training aimed at maintaining muscle mass whilst the fat is being stripped away.

What is lean bulking?

Lean bulking may mean different things to different people.

For some, lean bulking means following a bulking phase which also limits unnecessary fat gain. This is opposed to the so called “dirty bulking” which describes bulking without a regard for fat gain and often an abundance of junk food. In this sense, what we describe in this article as bulking, and the subsequent sample meal plan, is lean bulking. The point of bulking is to facilitate an environment which is optimal for muscle gain, and this can be achieved without the need to notably increase fat levels which will just have to be reduced at a later date.

The other possible meaning of lean bulking is the belief of being able to increase muscle bulk whilst keeping fat levels abnormally low, or even reduce them from their current levels. This may be possible – mainly for beginners who will find this dual approach possible from sound training and a sensible diet alone, or by bodybuilders who take performance drugs – but for many intermediate to advanced trainers this will not be the case.

Generous serving of oats with skimmed milk
Large banana
350ml of cooked egg whites
Tbsp of flaxseed oil
Fruit juice or hot beverage

200g of tinned tuna
150g long grain brown rice
Generous serving of mixed veg

Chicken breast
Large baked potato
Item of fruit

Serving of a protein blend product or lean steak
150g wholemeal pasta
Mixed nuts and seeds
30 minutes before training 20g of whey protein in water

Post workout
40g of whey protein with 50g of dextrose or maltodextrin

200g of cooked salmon
250g sweet potato
Serving of veg

Tub of cottage cheese or serving of protein blend
Serving of oats with skimmed milk

This meal plan is merely a guide and it should be tailored for your specific needs, tastes and preferences. It is also recommended to vary the foods you consume each day to ensure you consume a variety of nutrients.

After a few weeks of following the diet, assess your progress. If you are gaining muscle mass whilst maintaining a good level of condition keep the meal plan in place. If, however, you are not gaining enough weight you may want to look to increase the calories, or inversely decrease the calories if you are gaining too much body fat.

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10 diet tips

Do eat four to six small meals a day. Smaller, more frequent meals will keep your blood sugar levels stable and will increase your metabolism. And, because the meals keep the tummy satisfied throughout the day, you’re less likely to turn into a pantry-raiding snack monster.

Don’t skip breakfast. Never. Ever. Your morning meal establishes healthy metabolism throughout day. What’s more, if you skip it, you’ll likely find yourself consuming larger quantities of food at later meals.

Do drink. Water, that is. Drink at least four to six glasses of H2O every day to keep the body hydrated. Water also helps the stomach feel full, making you less likely to give in to unhealthy snack attacks. For a refreshing twist on this go-to drink, try Morning Lemon & Mint Water.
Don’t drink too much alcohol. Whether it’s wine or beer, alcohol offers only empty calories and no nutritional value. If you’re going to enjoy alcohol, save it for special occasions.

Do keep clean eating snacks on hand. Whether the day is filled with the kids’ sports events or running errands for an elderly parent, it’s easy to give in to the bad snack temptation. Stay on your clean eating track by packing up healthy snacks in advance.

Don’t sabotage yourself with sugar. Excess sugar is linked to a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, and inflammation. Packaged and processed foods often flood the body with unneeded sugar. Even a product that sounds healthy, like store-bought applesauce, often contains too much refined sugar. Instead, satisfy a sweet tooth with natural sugars, like those found in a whole apple.

Do get very veggie. Vegetables deliver nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. Load up on veggies with these 6 Meatless Meals. They’re simple, healthy recipes that are perfect for busy nights.
Don’t serve super-sized portions. Even if you’re eating a clean diet, it will be hard to lose weight eating portions fit for a sumo champ.

Do combine lean protein and complex carbs at each meal. This clean eating one-two punch decreases insulin spikes and maintains energy levels. The combo also acts as a natural appetite suppressant, helping you feel fuller longer. Pair Chicken Pot Roast with your favorite salad topped with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or red wine vinegar.

Don’t go into the week without a meal plan. Can’t answer the question, “what’s for dinner tonight?” Be a planner. Decide on a week’s worth of clean eating recipes ahead of time so that you don’t get stuck feeding the family a boxed meal containing processed or powdered who-knows-what..