Brief summary of Candida Albicans Yeast Infection :
Candida Albicans is unfavourable yeast that can colonise the vagina, intestinal tract, mouth and even organs. An excess in the system can cause an infection termed candida albicans yeast infection.
The long term or frequent use of antibiotics and the Contraceptive Pill are major causes of Candida overgrowth.
Antibiotics are especially harmful as they kill off the 'friendly' bacteria within the gut that would normally keep this yeast under control. This is called Dysbiosis (unbalanced gut bowel flora)
People with Candida infections experience much ill health with a wide range of symptoms.
If the Candida Albicans yeast spreads to the Intestinal Tract, it is then called Candidiasis !
Intestinal Candidiasis :
With intestinal Candidiasis, allergic reactions to foods could develop and a person may experience one or a number of the following symptoms after eating a meal, or even just one food item i.e. …
Intestinal Candidiasis can cause such damage to the intestinal walls that Leaky Gut Syndrome develops.
If the Candida yeast proliferates throughout the body, it can eventually tax the immune system to such an extent that life-threatening ailments could develop.
Vaginal Candida :
Vaginal candida is a fungus infection by candida albicans and other organisms including Torilopsis glabrala.
Some causes of Vaginal Candida :
A few of the causes of vaginal candida include ...
- oral contraceptives
- broad spectrum antibiotics
- iron deficiency
- steroid therapy
- a high sugar diet
- excessive alcohol
When it is sexually transmitted, vaginal candida may appear together with mixed organisms which prove difficult to eliminate.
A greater incidence of the condition is found in women.
By interfering with the hormone balance, The Pill raises the female body into a constant state of false pregnancy. This affects the character of vaginal secretions and favours growth of unwanted fungi.
Oestrogens in The Contraceptive Pill create a tissue climate conducive to candida. Vaginal deodorants and some soaps can cause irritations.
Due to vaginal candida's effect of the fallopian tubes, it is a common cause of infertility.
Symptoms of Vaginal Candida :
- vulva itching
- white discharge of watery to cheesy consistency
- painful urination
- recurring cystitis
- pre-menstrual and menstrual problems
Anti Candida Self Help :
A change in diet to the well known anti candida elimination diet is crucial as it eliminated the foods which aggravate the condition. The candida diet is very strict and most people find it very difficult to follow but it does produce results.
The anti-candida diet eliminates all food additives, colours, added flavours etc. It is gluten-free, low in fats and high in fibre.
There are are a number of supplements such as probiotics and natural anti-virals which can help the body to fight the yeast infection.
Foods to reject on the anti candida diet include: dairy products (butter cheese, milk), brewers yeast, and foods and drink with which yeast has been associated eg...
- bread (also contains gluten)
- home made wines etc.
Dried fruits, mushrooms, monosodium glutamate, pickles, preserves, smoked meat and smoked fish are also to be avoided.
As candida albicans and yeast's in general thrive in presence of sugar, the food items below must also be avoided e.g.
- table sugar
- white flour products
- too much honey etc.
CANDIDA ALBICANS & CANDIDIASIS SUMMARY
- Alter diet to an anti-candida specific diet.
- Improve the digestive process.
- Restore normal bowel flora (favourable bacteria in the colon).
- Provide the body with certain nutrients to help it fight off the infection.
- Offer the Liver support in it's detoxification function.
- Restore the body's immune system so that it will repair damaged tissue & enhance it's ability to ward off recurring infection.
- Digestive Enzymes
- Probiotics e.g. Acidophilus & Bifido
- Caprylic Acid
- Agnus castus
- La Pacho (Pau d'arco)
- Flaxseed oil
- Lapacho Tea
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Vitamin C
- Aloe Vera
Basic information on the anti-candida elimination diets, the symptoms of candida yeast infections, candidiasis, causes of vaginal candida and how to manage a candida albicans infection.