Candidiasis or More Commonly Known As Thrush and Yeast Infection

Author: Sherry L. Granader, Nutritionist

Candida albicans is one of many types of fungi that grow inside our bodies. Normally, it does not cause any harm because our bodies are equipped with probiotics or “good” bacteria, plus our immune systems keep it under control. However, poor diet, sugar-laden food and soft drinks, allergies and some medications can cause those ‘good’ bacteria to die, leaving candida free to grow inside your body.

Most people are familiar with the condition and know it as a yeast or thrush infection. Soft white patches in the mouth, around the anus or on the skin are signs of thrush and are common in babies, the elderly or those being treated with chemotherapy or dealing with AIDS. It can also appear in those dealing with chronic fatigue and other chronic health conditions when yeast has had a chance to become overgrown.

One of the most common yeast infections occurs in women and is known as a vaginal yeast infection which causes itching, burning and soreness with a thick, sticky discharge. Usually the culprit is the use of antibiotics, but it can also be caused by hormone imbalance, poor diet or a combination of all of the above.

Sometimes the fungus can spread throughout the entire body, known as systematic candidiasis, which can produce a variety of symptoms. A person may feel sick and be told by their doctor that nothing is wrong, however a compromised or weakened immune system can cause a real threat to the body. The fungus can actually poison the blood.

There are many natural remedies for reducing the levels of candida to normal levels and resolving the condition. Treating the underlying cause is the key. Here are some steps to consider:

Get to the bottom of any symptoms experienced, especially if they include chronic fatigue syndrome, imbalance of hormones or a compromised immune system. A qualified naturopath or natural medicine doctor can help identify symptoms and guide you through natural treatments. Knowing the foods that trigger the growth of yeast in the body is the first step in gaining control.

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