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Candida Overgrowth (Yeast Infection) Can Be Controlled!

It’s a fact, Candida overgrowth (Yeast Infection) can be controlled. Yeast infections, as they are commonly known, are not really caused by yeasts. Perhaps the most common cause is an organism known as candida albicans, which is a fungus.

Candida is everywhere, and we come in contact with it throughout the day on everything we touch, in the air we breathe, and on most food we consume.

Most people think that yeast infections only occur in females as a primarily vaginal disease. But yeast infections affects men, women, and children.

Most of the time, this fungus leads a quite and harmless existence, kept in check by so-called “good” bacteria, called bifodobacteria, found in the large intestine, and acidophilus, found in the small intestine and in the vagina.

It rarely becomes an infectious agent until some predisposing factor throws this bacterial ecology out of balance, then the simple yeast-like fungus transforms, morphs, or mutates into an aggressive fungal colonythat can severly compromise one’s health. This condition is known as candidiasis.

Candidiasis usually begins with a series of antibiotics, which are overly and/or inappropriately prescribed. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria, which they do, but oftentimes they kill both harmful and good bacteria. With the good bacteria gone, the fungus proliferates and takes over.

Steroids (hormonal drugs such as cortisone, prednisone, and birth control pills) can also kill off beneficial intestinal flora. Other factors that can provoke a yeast infection include a compromised immune system, pregnancy, hormones for menopause, chemical douches, consuming large amounts of refined carbohydrates and sugar, or sex with someone who has a yeast infection.

Successfull treatment of Candida overgrowth or Yeast Infection is through oral and/or topical medications to kill off the present yeast. But then, even when the fugal overgrowth is eradicated by medication, it often returns unless the underlying environment is normalized usually through probiotics to cultivate friendly bacteria, and then by implementing a diet of those foods that do not feed the yeast and make them strong.