(NaturalHealth365) In conventional medicine – many physicians believe that candida infections are either non-existent or a localized (minor) health issue. In truth, candida is a fungus that normally lives in humans and under normal conditions does not cause harm to the host. On the other hand, it can become an opportunistic agent and can cause major health problems within immune compromised individuals.
Candida overgrowth promotes chronic disease
The uncomfortable symptoms of Candida overgrowth are all encompassing and range from fatigue, lethargy, poor memory, feeling spacey, insomnia, muscle aches, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, boating, vaginal burning, itching, loss of libido, endometriosis, anxiety, irritability, drowsiness, pressure above the ears, rashes, indigestion, heartburn, burning on urination, laryngitis and food cravings. All of these symptoms can be a sign that candida overgrowth is lurking behind the scenes – causing a major stress on the immune system.
The causes of Candida
The typical American diet with cooked, refined and processed foods is eventually going to inhibit the proliferation of the friendly bacteria and curtail their functions. Another destructive substance that destroys beneficial bacteria is man-made chemicals from air pollution, pharmaceutical drugs and insecticides in our food supply.
Friendly bacteria are absolutely essential for control of the bacteria, yeast and other parasites that populate the intestinal track. In healthy intestines, there are approximately two to three pounds of friendly flora residing in the gut. The major purpose of good bacteria is to produce lactic acid, and a natural form of antibiotic which sterilize and prevent the overgrowth of most negative microorganisms.
How to take charge of your intestinal health
To keep your intestinal environment healthy, there are some methods that make a huge different in helping you fight a yeast infection and intestinal dysbiosis. Studies have shown acidophilus to be useful in the treatment of yeast infections, herpes simplex 1 and II, acne, mouth ulcers, and travelers’ diarrhea. It also helps in controlling auto-immune symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Two products that aren’t often mentioned in anti-candida protocols are whey protein and colostrum. Colostrum contains components that inhibit the growth of candida – in an indirect fashion. These components have many protective factors that not only help with candida symptoms, but help heal the holes made by the yeast overgrowth on the intestinal walls that cause “leaky gut syndrome”.
Colostrum strengthens the immune system
In the late 1980’s, researchers from Denmark reported at the European Conference on Clinical Aspects of HIV Infection in Brussels, that colostrum tablets proved to be effective for thrush (oral candida) in HIV-affected individuals given ten times a day for ten days. In addition, whey protein contributes to the reduction of unfriendly bacteria and the establishment of an environment supportive of friendly bacteria. Remember, the purpose of any candida elimination diet is not just to kill off the yeast, but to feed the good bacteria.
Replacing missing nutrients should be a focus of any health program. When you improve your health with a higher quality of food from both animal and plant sources you are actually riding yourself of candida – naturally.
By the way, there are some powerful herbs that help to remove excess yeast from the body. Do your own research and try olive leaf, garlic, oregano oil, Pau D’ Arco, coconut oil, neem, black walnut and grapefruit seed extract. Tell us about your success – post your comments below.
About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.