Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Candida Albicans–Friend or Foe?

Candida Albicans, in and of itself, is not the cause of candida and yeast infections.  Rather, it is a form of yeast that is normally located in the intestines, throat/mouth, reproductive organs and urinary tract of most humans.  Candida Albicans is a non-hazardous form of yeast and is a normal part of your gut flora whose primary function is to get rid of harmful bacteria.

If you are a normal healthy individual, your immune system along with your other friendly gut flora keeps Candida “in check”.  This friendly gut flora (also known as good bacteria) restrains harmful bacteria and yeasts which in turn maintains a balanced, strong immune system.

However, should the “good guy” bacteria become outnumbered by bad bacteria due to a compromised immune system, Candida Albicans changes from a yeast into fungus and grows uninhibited into a big problem.  This fungus attacks your body and allows dangerous and immune-compromising substances, such as undigested nutritional protein, to enter your bloodstream.  Your immune system then reacts to these foreign substances resulting in many variations of chronic health problems.  The condition resulting from this overgrowth of fungus in our body is called Candidiasis.

As mentioned above, a compromised immune system is the doorway by which Candida Albicans turns into a harmful fungus leading to Candidiasis.  Your immune system may be weakened for many reasons including a poor diet, constant stress, prolonged use of steroid hormones, anti-inflammatory drugs, acid reflux medication, anti-ulcer medications, immunosuppressant drugs as well as more serious health conditions such as AIDS and cancer.

The primary symptoms of a yeast infection are easily identified as external soreness, itchiness and burning of the genitalia usually upon urination.  In addition, a thick white vaginal discharge will also be present.  A few of the chronic symptoms that indicate a yeast infection or Candidiasis are headaches, allergies/asthma, digestive and urinary tract problems, depression, chronic fatigue, psoriasis, muscular soreness and even multiple sclerosis.  Symptoms that appear in children may be allergies/asthma, ear infections, attention deficit disorder (ADD), hyperactivity and autism.

Many times we run back and forth to the doctor looking for a cure to these individual ailments without ever getting to the root of the problem—which is, more times than not, a Candida Albicans yeast infection.  Many doctors overlook the possibility of Candidiasis and only after much testing and medical expense, is this found to be the problem.

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Remedies Yeast Infection - a probiotic portion may be the answer you've been seeking.

Probiotics an Effective Yeast Infection Remedies

Natural yeast infection remedies are not only effective, but they are also more likely to prevent recurring yeast infections when used correctly and consistently.  There are actually a few simple remedies that were found to be very effective to treat and cure stubborn and recurrent yeast infections.

Probiotics are among the most effective natural remedies available to help rebalance the bacteria in your body and cure your yeast infection!
If you suffer from recurring yeast infections and have relied on expensive prescriptions or on the counter treatments that work temporarily, at best, this could be the best piece of news that you have heard for some time!
The main objective of the yeast infections permanently cure is to restore the balance of the yeast and the good bacteria in the vagina.  To do this, the natural replenishment "good bacteria", also known as probiotics, to remove the harmful overgrowth of Candida.   Probiotics are available as tablets and suppositories, however, suppositories may be a little more difficult to find.
Birth control pills, drugs, bad food and the persistent stress are some of the things that can lead to yeast infections.
But the most common cause of yeast infections is the use of antibiotics.  If you have recently taken antibiotics, it is probably the culprit that led to your yeast infection.  Antibiotics destroy healthy bacteria in your digestive tract, and harmful bacteria in your body.  This lack of healthy bacteria allows the overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus called Candida albicans, which in turn led to a yeast infection.

If you are prone to recurrent yeast infections, it is very important to take probiotics every day and especially during the taking of antibiotics.  Probiotics will replenish healthy bacteria is killed by the antibiotics.  You should take probiotics as far away as possible from the time you take antibiotics to prevent the two canceling each other.
The most vital probiotic strain to take is Lactobacillus acidophilus that blocks the proliferation of Candida Albicans yeast.  Most oral probiotics containing lactobacillus acidophilus, and other probiotic strains that help balance the intestinal flora.
Oral probiotics are one of the most effective remedies yeast infection and by restoring the balance of healthy intestinal flora in your gut and vagina, recurring yeast infections can be avoided.

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