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Candida: A Misunderstood Health Concern

Guest post written by James Schreiber, former sufferer of Candida albicans

Are you suffering from health problems your doctor can’t explain?

Candidiasis doesn’t get much attention from the mainstream media, but that doesn’t mean it can’t negatively affect our health on all imaginable levels.

To the contrary, people with this often frequently overlooked condition often suffer from crippling fatigue, “unexplainable” digestive disorders, allergies, headaches, and yeast infections. Read on for more information about this overlooked and frequently misdiagnosed problem.

Candidiasis, also known as yeast infection or simply “Candida,” has become much more common since the invention and widespread use of antibiotics in the 1950′s. Eventually, it became clear that antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria in our gut, but the good ones, too. And this frequently overlooked side effect is the main culprit behind the increasing incidence of Candida infections.

Candida Symptoms

Friendly bacteria aid our digestion, promote strong immune system and keep intestinal pathogens in check. But once they’re wiped out by antibiotics, they can – in certain cases – get replaced by not-so-friendly organisms like Candida albicans, which is an opportunistic yeast that can grow out of control and cause a wide range of seemingly symptoms associated with chronic candidiasis. Some of them are listed below:
  • Excessive tiredness (more noticeable after eating)
  • Digestive issues: bloating, constipation, diarrhea
  • Headaches and anxiety
  • Rashes, recurring genital yeast infections
  • “Brain fog”, lack of concentration
  • Adult onset allergies
It’s not just patients taking antibiotics who are suffering; other factors playing role in developing candidiasis include diets high in simple carbohydrates (Candida albicans thrives on sugar), birth control pills (these may cause hormonal imbalances), and compromised immune system (due to stress or in AIDS and cancer patients).

Treatment of Candidiasis

Candida overgrowth is quite common. In fact, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 75 percent of women will experience this condition at least once during their lifetime in the form of localized yeast infection. But what can you do when you suspect a bigger imbalance and experience the aforementioned symptoms?

Once your doctor (or naturopath) confirms that Candida can be the culprit behind your health problems, you’ll most likely undergo a cleanse regimen that usually consists of dietary modifications, supplementation, antifungal drugs and stress management techniques.

Candida albicans feeds on sugar, and that’s why many alternative practitioners recommend sticking to the Candida diet, which restricts the consumption of processed and sugary foods. Your friendly bacteria could also use a supporting hand – that’s why some naturopaths might suggest a probiotic supplement to support the body’s natural, proper bacterial balance.

Finally, antifungals present an intelligent way to respond to chronic candidiasis as they contain fungicidal compounds that directly inhibit Candida overgrowth. These are available as prescription drugs or over-the-counter solutions.


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