Yeast infections causes treatment and overview

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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

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