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Candida Albicans And Vaginal Yeast Infections

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.

 

 

The Best Wat To Fight Yeast Infection

The symptoms of a yeast infection are important to be aware of. Many have concerns that they may have a yeast infection, but are not sure if they have all the symptoms. A yeast infection is common among women and if treated in the beginning stages, before the yeast infection has gone on too long, it will be easier to treat and to clear up.

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The article that follows will have information on the signs that should be looked for. A popular practice, that should never be done, is douching. This can start the growth of Candidiasis because it will disturb the important pH levels in the vagina. One should find alternative methods if this practice is an important issue for you. Douching may be the actual problem of your reoccurring yeast infection.

Many women will seek a doctor’s help if the home treatments have not stopped the symptoms within a week or so. By searching in your local grocery store or pharmacy, it is undeniable that the shelves are stocked with many over-the-counter remedies and treatments. Also, one may find several home remedies advised by friends or even from an internet search.

However, caution should be taken if the infection worsens after a week or so, the need for medical attention is very important at this point. If left untreated for a long period of time, complications may arise and the spread of the infection can travel to other parts of the body.

Natural Treatment For Candida Or Candidiasis

Garlic is nature’s equivalent of a powerful antibiotic, one that does not have side effects and heals without causing more problems. Garlic can be used topically, as an aid to lessen the itching and burning of the yeast infection. Eating garlic is also a good way to fight infection throughout the whole body.

If left untreated, a yeast infection can get out of control quickly. Even after trying over-the-counter remedies or home treatments, it is still important to see your doctor, especially if you experience them more than four times a year which is considered chronic.

Natural remedies are a great alternative to conventional remedies, however, one must use common sense while administering them. One alternative natural remedy is apple cider vinegar, while admittedly very effective at restoring good health, using too much topically may irritate the area in and around the vagina.

Another home remedy is to apply yogurt to the irritated and itching area. However, using any type of a sugary product, as well as eating sugar will actually make the yeast grow stronger.

Caution has to be applied when using a commercial douching wash. Many contain perfumes and other ingredients that will actually increase the itching. Another problem may also arise when using any douche regularly, this causes the imbalance of the delicate pH balance, or healthy bacteria.

The benefits of drinking the proper amount of water, to maintain a proper hydration level in our bodies, is just good practice. Especially when fighting off an infection of any kind, drinking water, to flush out toxins and maintain a good hydration in the body is very important to overcome any infection or ailment. With proper hydration, the body has a better chance to heal itself and will allow for a quicker recovery.

Escape From Candida And Chronic Yeast Infections

Using perfumed and scented pads, washes or douches in and around the vaginal area will create more problems in your fight against Candida. Candida and Candida Albicans, the fungus that is known to cause a yeast infection, will actually begin to multiply faster in this environment. Simple is better, use plain water in washing the genital areas, and stick to pads that are unscented. Good practice also is to stay away from synthetic underwear, simple, breathable, white cotton underwear is the best choice.

A chronic yeast infection is not something to ignore until it goes away on its own. Even the symptoms may appear gone, but you may still have the Candida Albicans present in your body. If untreated for too long, this bad yeast may enter the bloodstream and cause a systemic infection throughout the whole body.

One sign that yeast is out of control is a white-coated tongue, a tell-tale sign of a weakened immune system and a strong presence of yeast. A blood test will show how far the infection has spread, so a visit to your doctor is very important.

Since Candida overgrowth is dependent on certain foods, these foods need to be avoided. Candida overgrowth needs sugars, it may even cause cravings for sugar. Other foods it feeds on are dairy, including milk and cheeses, also, baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast should be avoided, and the breads that rise from these yeasts.

To learn exactly what to do to rid yourself of chronic yeast infections, a structured and proven diet to detox and rid the yeast from your body is a diet specific for Candida. These step-by-step instructions and sensible diet plan have helped thousand to live free of yeast infections or Candidiasis.

Natural Healing Candida Without Medication

Most studies show that taking a chemical, or synthetic form of vitamins or medication will not work as well as a natural one. Our bodies just can’t read a chemical or synthetic sourced product and many times will misidentify it for a poison attacking the body.

Taking good well-made vitamins, from a natural and organic source, is vital in your quest to become Candida free. The chemical vitamins are sold in the guise of a natural sourced supplement, these are often much cheaper than the real natural sourced vitamins. When your body tries to absorb and use synthetic supplements they are just not as affective.

I Eat Yogurt Everyday

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Many of us have heard or been told that yogurt is good for us, especially if taking it while on a round of prescription antibiotics. Your doctor may have even mentioned taking yogurt while on antibiotics to prevent getting a yeast infection.

This may be the only time you hear your doctor even mention yogurt, or yeast infections. The fact is yogurt is good for you because it contain good gut bacteria, but with so many kinds sold it is difficult to know which one will be most effective.

Upon reading the label you may see that it is made with a live culture, this is what you’re looking for and is vital to keep our bodies in the correct pH level. While it is absolutely true that when yogurt products claim they are made from live cultures they really are.

However, all yogurt has to use live cultures to become yogurt, the crucial thing to look for is if the live cultures, like Acidophilus, Streptococcus thermophiles, Lactobacillus bulgaricus are added AFTER the pasteurization has occurred. Pasteurization is very important in commercial dairy products, they have to heat the milk to eradicate germs and to give it a longer shelf life. But the heat kills the good cultures too.

So make sure that even if the label says; made with live cultures, check further that it says it is cultured again after the pasteurization step. Otherwise you may think that you are consuming all of the good healthy bacteria for your optimal health, instead you may be just eating high priced pudding.

The Difference Between Probiotic And Prebiotics

The different terms probiotic or prebiotic can be confusing, many wonder if one is more helpful to heal from Candidiasis than the other. Probiotics are what provide good digestion and defends our bodies against parasites and yeast infestation, the main cause of yeast infections. This is also vital in keeping our pH levels in balance and to protect and enhance our immune system.

Here is the difference, these precious probiotics are ingested, and have to travel a long distance through the body to reach the intestines. They need help to journey through strong stomach acids and digestive enzymes. The only way we can get them through is to give them a protective vessel to survive the trip.

The research shows that eating certain foods that feed the probiotics to feed will allow them to travel safely, think of it as snacks for a road trip. These prebiotic carbohydrates can be found in foods such as tomatoes, leeks, onions, garlic, bananas and honey. Giving the probiotics food to hitch a ride with the prebiotics will allow the friendly beneficial bacteria to travel successfully down to the intestines and gut. This is key in helping our bodies rid toxins and win the fight against yeast infections.

Make It Raw

One of the best ways we can heal our bodies and overcome the devastating side effects of yeast infections, is to make our diet from mostly raw vegetables. Not only raw vegetable and low sugar fruits, but raw nuts and living sprouts. If you are interested in more information on diet for yeast infection and Candida have a look at www.candidacleanseonline.com

The real benefit, among many that eating a mostly raw diet is the real benefit to our bodies and digestive system. When we eat nothing but foods that has been cooked, these are not only stripped of most of the nutritional value but do not have the beneficial enzymes found in raw foods.

Many times people find when eating cooked foods they have indigestion and stomach problems, this is because it is much harder to digestive cooked rather than raw foods. Raw foods are best and beneficial because the critical enzymes will aid in digestion and thereby good health.

How To Deal With Yeast Infection

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Yeast infection is a fungal infection that affects the vagina and the genitals and is characterized by itching, burning sensation and fever. This condition can be unbearable if left untreated and can affect even men who have sexual intercourse with an infected woman. Discussed below are some preventive measures and tips on how to deal with yeast infection.

Water To Flush Toxins

Take copious amounts of water (8 glasses or more): Taking good quantities of water every day helps flush out toxins that could be causing irritation. Water helps keep body cells hydrated meaning the infection won’t do much damage as compared to when the cells are flaccid.

Proper Diet For Yeast Infection

Yeast infection could be made worse by taking the wrong foods. It would be advisable to avoid deep fried foods, preserved foods, and acidic fruits. You may also have to reduce your sugar intake, as yeast needs sugar to thrive.

Medication

Some medications are known to trigger yeast infections. Antibiotics, birth control pills, and oral steroids top the list of drugs that promote development of yeast infection. If you have been using any of these medications, which resulted in yeast infection, talk to a physician about it.

Take Acidophilus Tablets

There are times when yeast infections occur during your menstrual periods. During such an instance, you will need to be proactive and take at least one tablet of acidophilus to control and prevent the infection. This will at least help ease the irritation and pains that come with the same.

Stay Dry

Yeast tends to thrive in moist environs. You will therefore need to stay dry especially around the genitals. Swimming and sweating due to strenuous exercises are some of the factors that could cause the area around your private to become moist. The best way to deal with this would be by taking a shower, wiping your body dry and changing into clean underwear.

Hormonal Balance

Keep hormonal balance in check. Certain aspects of life (such as stress and anxiety), and some drugs (steroids and birth control pills) can cause hormonal imbalance. Should this happen, then the body’s ability to fight infections is too low. Yeast infection sets in during such instances and can only be contained by avoiding some of these drugs and learning how to manage stress.

Avoid single dosage kits for yeast infection. Single dose kits for yeast infections are considerably much stronger than a week’s treatment. The single dose can make the condition worse causing amplified irritation and stinging. A week’s treatment for the same is however soothing and less potent.

Candida Treatment

Understanding what causes yeast infection is the first step to dealing with yeast infection. Some of the proven ways of Candida treatment are discussed below.

Avoid scented soaps and pads. Perfumed products are known to alter PH balance in the vagina hence should be avoided. Although sweet smelling, these perfumes create favorable conditions for yeast to thrive, thus making the condition worse. It would then be best if you used pure water to wash your private parts and unscented pads for this matter.

Be tested for overall yeast infection. One way to test for regular yeast infection is by testing for Candida Albicans. Certain symptoms such as a white-coated tongue and low immunity levels are clear indicators that one has this type of infection. Having a doctor test for the same before taking any medication is however advisable.

Avoid foods that trigger Candida. Caffeinated drinks, sugar, fermented foods and some dairy products are known to trigger candidiasis, hence should be avoided. Staying clear of these foods can help prevent a similar infection in the future.

Try a Candida diet. This is a diet plan that helps reduce chances of contracting yeast infection, as well as improve the body’s immunity. A Candida diet may comprise of lean proteins, vegetables, whole grains, alkaline fruits, herbal tea and probiotic supplements.

Yeast infection is debilitating and can slow one’s productivity. Learning how to handle the condition, as well as treating the same gives you an upper hand in dealing with yeast infection. Changing your lifestyle and eating habits can also prevent any future occurrence of the same. Adopting a cleaner lifestyle by avoiding scented soaps and pads, as well as sticking to a healthy diet plan can help contain the problem for good.

Prevention Of Yeast Infections & Remedies

The most beneficial way of treating a yeast infection is to take steps in preventing it from occurring in the first place. According to recent research Candida yeast infection can be prevented from forming in the body. As with any remedies, medicines or methods, common sense and action must take place in the event a reaction or if your symptoms worsen.

These tips are little more than common sense ideas, but they have been shown to be effective for most women. Separating the ‘wives-tales’ from safe and proven methods is important and is the first and foremost step to take.

A Long History Of Natural Remedies

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Remembering that modern, or western medicine has been around for a little over one hundred years or so speaks to the effectiveness of natural remedies used throughout the centuries. Some may wonder what our great-grandmothers or our great-great-grandmothers used and too what the natural remedies used for yeast infections were and did they work for them back then.

A yeast infection is caused by a fungus, it begins to grow by having just the right environment of heat and moisture. Changing the environment and interrupting the fungus from getting a start is an important tip. By wearing cotton underwear, known for its comfort and its absorbency, will allow for a more breathable fit and thereby provide less moisture and heat from building up. Also, white cotton seems to be more effective and less irritating than a dyed cotton.

Wearing clothing that is made from synthetic fabric will hold the unwanted heat and moisture, such as pantyhose or tight jeans, and these can actually tip the scale for the yeast to begin its takeover. Another good tip is changing out of a wet bathing suit as soon as possible and into some dry clothes.

Some another advice is from a female doctor of Urogynecology. She is quoted as saying she recommends going ‘commando’ and that she does it all the time, usually under long skirts and also when sleeping. Having a lack of underwear gets air to the right spots.

Having a yeast infection four or more times a year is considered to be chronic. Other helpful tips are making sure to use an unscented soap, avoid using body sprays and no perfumed douches. Since we all have yeast in our bodies, even men do, taking a look at why some have chronic infections while others have none, is an important research point.

Yeast Infections Are Not Normal

Yeast is a very important part of keeping our immune system functioning properly and leveling out the delicate pH balance of good health. But when yeast starts an overgrowth in the body, signs of a yeast infection begin to rapidly appear. Known in medical terms as Candida, Candidiasis and Vulvovaginal Candidiasis, these are not normal conditions and may eventually manifest as a dangerous disease if it enters the bloodstream.

Studies have proven that when the immune system is weak, a myriad of issues and diseases arise, including yeast infections. Lactobacillus Acidophilus are main players in getting the immune system back to a healthy state by replenishing the good bacteria into the gut. A few of the main causes of the fungi overgrowth can be corticosteroids, antibiotics, diabetes along with birth control and even pregnancy.

The Benefits Of Natural Remedies

Down through the years some effective at-home remedies have been passed down through generations and have worked well, some have scientific reasons yet some do not. Caution should always be exercised in using natural, over-the-counter or prescription remedies. Watch for unwanted side-effects and report them immediately.

Some natural remedy tips include using tea tree oil, boric acid, garlic and douching with vinegar. Some of these remedies have helped and even cured a yeast infection, however, vaginitis or an infection of the vulva and vaginal cavity may also occur from a bacteria.

Keeping our immune system healthy is most important. When the immune response system is not working correctly, try to troubleshoot what has happened differently in the past few months. Note if a round of antibiotics has been taken, have some unusual stressors taken place, or a poor diet and possibly other things that seem a likely candidate for starting Candida. It is vital to return the immune system to a strong state to keep our bodies in the very best of health

Recognizing The Symptoms Of Candida And Natural Treatment

Nobody would ever argue that yeast infections are just annoying. At best, they can be a constant, itching, burning irritation. At worst, they can lead to even more significant health issues. This is why it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the common symptoms of yeast infection and the best ways to treat it.

It’s important to be on the lookout for systemic yeast infections. If you experience any symptoms on a regular basis, this could be the culprit. Candida albicans is the organism responsible for these infections, and its continued presence might indicate a full-body problem. If you’re experiencing symptoms of immune system deficiency and notice a white coating on your tongue, visit your doctor and get tested for systemic yeast infection.

Cleaning And Hygiene

Most yeast infections are caused by simple oversights when it comes to vaginal hygiene. Making a regular habit of cleaning yourself thoroughly and properly is vitally important. Mild soap works best, and hard scrubbing is definitely not required. This is where thoroughness comes into play: Making sure the interior folds of the vagina get cleaned makes a huge difference.

Because humidity and moisture provide ideal conditions for the growth of yeast, drying your vagina after washing it is also critically important. A multifunction blow dryer with a no-heat option can help a great deal if you find that a towel doesn’t get the job done.

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While good hygiene is important you should avoid the temptation to use douches. Ordinary bath soap and patience are quite sufficient to keep the vagina clean. Douches are entirely too harsh; in many cases they can actually make vaginal tissues more receptive to these types of infections.

Scented body washes, soaps, and other hygiene products with additives can be the culprit behind some Candida. If these products leave behind chemical traces that encourage the growth of yeast, it’s that much harder to escape infection. You should keep in mind that certain tampons and sanitary napkins, especially those that are scented, can cause the same problems.

Natural Remedies And Tips For Yeast Infection

When it comes to natural remedies, many women swear by garlic. You can create an anti-infection tampon by threading a few cloves of well-washed garlic onto a string. Leave this inside your vagina for an hour or two, and you’ll likely see positive results. Garlic can work wonders thanks to its natural antifungal ingredients.

Oil of oregano is another natural remedy that can be highly effective. Although this natural extract is sometimes hard to find, you should have luck if you check at your local health food store. Oil of oregano is typically sold for internal uses like this, so pay close attention to all directions provided by the manufacturer. The active ingredient here is carvacrol, so make sure you find a brand that has plenty of it.

Blood sugar disorders can play with your immune system and make you more susceptible to all sorts of infections, including Candida. If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing frequent and severe Candida, you should know this is a strong sign that your blood sugar isn’t staying within healthy levels. Consult your doctor about this as soon as possible.

Consultation with a professional healthcare provide is always a good idea when you’re suffering from a long-term ailment. Persistent yeast infections are no different. A real doctor will be able to examine you thoroughly and determine if there’s an underlying issue contributing to your yeast infection troubles.

Although a yeast infection presents you with a problem that can be a real hassle to take care of. It’s not the sort of problem that disappears if you ignore it, though, so taking steps to remedy the situation is really important. Hopefully, the information provided here will give you an excellent starting point.

Effective Yeast Infection Remedies For Candida

Women shy away from discussing yeast infections. To them, it is a private matter. However, opening up and talking about the infection is a good way of learning about it and how to gain control of the infection. Read on and discover how to hand the infection and how to minimize the discomforts it causes among other things.

Candida Diet And Other Tips

One way of reducing the risk of getting a yeast infection is watching what you eat. Candida is a known cause of the infection and is found in certain foods that have high amounts of sugar, caffeine, yeast, mold and sulfates. Excluding these foods in your diet is one way of fighting this condition.

Keeping the genital areas clean as dry is a very important health practice for women. Washing the genital area well help to reduce the chance of the infection occurring or thriving since yeast grown in moist and damp areas. Such conditions are present near the vagina. A towel can help to dry the genital area. If that does not work, do not shy from using a blow dryer.

On the same subject of cleanliness, hot baths is always a good way of washing and also relaxing. However, hot baths may increase the risk of getting yeast infections because the organisms that cause the infection thrive in such conditions. If you must do a hot bath, then take a quick one and make sure you dry off the genital areas completely.

Since the yeast thrives in moist environments, it is imperative to stay as dry as possible at all times. If you have been swimming, change into dry clothing as quickly as possible. In addition, exercise can cause sweat and moisture to build up, so it is important to shower and change into clean underwear and clothing after a workout.

Tight fitting pants are also a risk factor. They might fashionable, but they increase the temperatures around the genitals. Avoid such clothes and go for loose fitting, thin clothing that give more room for movement and breathing. Those confined condition brought about by tight closes create the ideal conditions for yeast infection to occur.

The genital areas also sweat and this means that the clothes will be wet or damp, condition that yeast infections organism prefer. It is thus advisable to remove sweaty clothes as soon as one is able, take a shower, and dry off before wearing a clean change of clothing.

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One way of ensuring the genital areas stays dry is by wearing clothes or panties that absorb moisture. Cotton underwear of panties that have a cotton crotch are a good choice for this. The cotton acts a wick, absorbing the moisture while keeping the area well ventilated.

Using powders, scented tampons, and soaps is another risk factor worth avoiding. The products might smell good, but they contain ingredients that might cause an imbalance in the PH level around the vagina. The imbalance increase the risk of getting yeast infections.

A good natural remedy that fights bacteria is garlic. Hence, adding some garlic in your diet will greatly help to combat the infection. You can also try taking garlic supplements if garlic is not among your many choices of foods you prefer eating.

Some lifestyle change might be necessary especially if you get the infection twice or more in a year. The first change will be to check on your hygiene and make the necessary improvements in that areas. Other than that, you might have to quit using birth control pills, and lower your sugar and carbs intake. It will also be prudent to book an appointment with your doctor to seek additional advice on what to do as well as seek treatment for the infection.

Research on boric acid has shown that it is a cheap, safe, and highly effective yeast infection remedy. It is available in oral prescriptions, but only use the boric acid capsules after the doctor check you and prescribes the capsules to you. The dosage is normally one capsule per day. Avoid using this product if you are or might be pregnant because its safety in usage has not been tested on pregnant women.

Advice On Candida Diet

A Candida diet is ideal for women who have had a hard time trying to deal with chronic yeast infection. The diet consists of foods that reduce the yeast in that lowering the chances of getting the infection. A Candida diet includes foods such as whole grains, cherries, vegetables, pears, apples, berries, and lean protein sources. Herbal tea, probiotic supplements and plenty of water are also included in the diet.

In summary, Candida yeast infection can be addressed in a number of ways that can eliminate the itch, the yucky feeling, and burning sensation. Putting these tips into practice will help your gain control of the situation and know how to prevent or cure the infection.