Candida is the medical term for the yeast that normally grows in our bodies. At any given time this yeast, or bacteria is there to keep us healthy. It works with our immune system to keep the pH levels in balance, and to aid in good digestion and intestinal function.
It is only when the body has experienced stress or trauma, such as and illness, followed by a round of antibiotics that the Candida begins to die. The body then reacts by over compensating and overgrowing the yeast. With excess yeast the pH levels, of acid to alkaline, start to tip to a toxic state and the infection begins to take root.
The Difference Between Candidiasis And Candida Albicans
When this candida overgrowth takes over the body, it becomes, in medical terms, Candidiasis. This type of bacteria or fungus targets the genital areas and, in the immunities weakened state, an infection results. An infection, in and of itself, is the bodies way of fighting off intruders and sending antibodies to the area.
Candida Albicans is this same bacteria or yeast of the productive Candida, again overgrowing. The only difference from Candidiasis is the area that it targets. These areas may be familiar to you, areas such as the mouth, skin, heat rash and diaper rash. The key to knowing that it is an infection, instead of a normal rash, is in the persistence.
If you are plagued by mouth sores, also diagnosed as Thrush, this is the Candida Albicans at work. Also, babies will at times contract a diaper rash, but if the diaper rash is persistent along with signs that the baby is also sick with a temperature, this is Candida Albicans. Again, when the immunities are weakened, anyone and any size can contract a type of yeast infection.
The body naturally targets the infected area and causes swelling, which can lead to itching, while fighting off the infection. Remember falling down and scuffing your knee when you were a kid, the site became swollen and a clear fluid began appearing at the area, these were your antibodies coming to the rescue to heal the wound.
Our bodies immunities react to an infection much the same way, it targets the area and begins the work of healing. But when our immune system has been weakened or comprised in some way, it cannot heal the area and needs all the help we can give it.
Compromising The Immune System
There are many things that can adversely affect the immune system. One of the biggest contributors to blame is antibiotics. When antibiotics are taken, their main purpose is to kill the bacteria that is causing whatever sickness you are battling. It can be a necessary evil sometimes, however, antibiotics have saved many lives, lives that could not have been saved decades ago.
However, when the antibiotics are fighting off and killing the bad bacteria, the good also, and unfortunately, are killed too. When the good bacteria is killed off, a yeast infection is one of the many signs that the good bacteria is no longer present in the body, or very little. When prescribing an antibiotic, your doctor many encourage you to eat yogurt while taking them. He is really saying take a probiotic or a live culture to regain the good bacteria.
Many times though, the doctor does not elaborate and give a focused recommendation to the probiotic aspects in some yogurts. Not all yogurts are created or made equal, specifically with the good bacteria or culture still intact. Most yogurt is made by first using a culture to begin the process, so in fact all yogurt is made with live cultures so if the label says this, it is a very true statement.
However, watch for the statement that say the culture is added again after the heating or pasteurizing process. Probiotics are live cultures, and they are very delicate. If exposed to light, heat or dry conditions they will die off. Make sure the labels on yogurt says the culture is added or reintroduced in after the heating process.
Also, watch for the same type of handling with the probiotics in powder or pill form. If buying a probiotic at a health food store or other natural whole food store, the best and most parts per million or billions of live active cultures, will be sold from the refrigerated section. These delicate little cultures must be handled from manufacturer to shelf with great care. If they are exposed to anything that will kill them, before you purchase them, you will be buying a dead culture with no benefits to you or to your health.