Thursday, 24 October 2013

How Do I Get Rid of Candida Infection?

Getting rid of yeast infection goes beyond the application of a specific therapy. A complete treatment plan which incorporates appropriate lifestyle changes as well as other necessary measures will be required to get rid of the infection and avoid a recurrence.

You probably know by now that yeast infection can cause miserably embarrassing symptoms, but you would like to make the necessary effort to get rid of these symptoms and prevent a recurrence, so that you can have your life back.

There is no doubt that adhering to appropriate lifestyle principles and combining them with a complete treatment plan that addresses all the ramifications of the infection ensures that you can get rid of this embarrassing affliction and prevent its recurrence. Let me give you some of the simple lifestyle changes you may need to make.

Yeast infection is caused by a fungus called candida which loves to live in moisture laden areas of our body. The digestive and the genital tracts happen to be two common areas. Generally, measures that will reduce moisture in the genital area would be helpful in controlling yeast infection in that part of the body.

Avoid prolonged wearing of wet workout gear or bathing suits as much as possible. Instead, wear loose-fitting underpants, especially if they are made of cotton. Maintaining proper hygiene such as simple hand washing will also help keep away yeast infections.

Dietary changes make a significant difference in the prevention of yeast infection and this forms part of the treatment plan mentioned earlier . The organism’s main source of fuel is sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more fuel you give to yeast infection. By reducing sugar in your diet as much as possible, you not only help in maintaining a healthy body, you will also curtail an overgrowth of the fungus. Become food smart by learning what foods act like sugar in your body. Reduce the consumption of things like alcohol, dairy, yeasty breads, sugar and sugar substitutes. Eat plenty of fibre every day.

Prolonged use of antibiotics also tends to eliminate protective bacteria and cause the proliferation of the fungus. It is not always possible however to avoid antibiotics, but it is essential that you do not take them for longer than necessary, as they have the effect of killing both good and bad bacteria. Yeast infection then gets room to fester and thrive once the good bacteria are gone. If it is not necessary to take them, please avoid doing so.

The immune system helps to fight off infections, and that includes yeast infections. Drugs which suppress the immune system have the same effect on the body as the excessive use of antibiotics. They cause the candida organisms to proliferate and invade the tissues, thereby starting a yeast infection. Similarly, medical conditions that weaken the immune system are also likely to bring about or worsen a yeast infection. Such conditions include H.I.V infection, cancer or cancer chemotherapy, steroid medications, oral contraceptives, diabetes et.c

When you protect your immune system and keep it healthy and strong, you help your body fight yeast infections. It is therefore beneficial to strengthen the immune system by reducing stress, fuel your body with nutritious foods, engage in regular exercises and get plenty of sleep.

You can get rid of yeast infection if you undertake the complete treatment, create habits and make lifestyle changes that will ensure that the infection does not recur.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Common Myths about Yeast Infection

Yeast infection is a common affliction, and when something is as common as yeast infection is, it tends to generate several myths. That unfortunately is the case with yeast infection, otherwise referred to as Candida infection. Believing these myths often influences the course of the affliction. We will look at some of the more common myths here.

Only women suffer from yeast infection.
This isn’t true at all. Both men and women have the Candida organisms living naturally in their body and both men and women can get Yeast infections. In fact, men can get yeast infections on their genitals just like women can get vaginitis caused by yeast infections. Many studies have shown that Candida overgrowth is present in 90% of the population.

Only drugs and antifungals can kill the Candida organisms.
Drugs and antifungals can treat the symptoms of Yeast infection. However, they don’t treat the underlying cause. In fact, many Candida drugs and antifungals can cause a number of other harmful side effects and symptoms. If you suffer from recurring Yeast infection it is important to look at the underlying cause. Relying on drugs and antifungals will not alleviate the problem and  you may continue to have recurrence.

Home Remedies Don’t Work To Treat Yeast Infections
This is not entirely true. It depends largely on the home remedy. One popular home remedy for Candida overgrowth is known to be highly effective in eradicating the organisms and preventing a recurrence. This involves a holistic program designed to get rid of the infection naturally.

Yeast Infection is not a big deal.
Overgrowth of the candida organism  can overwhelm the immune system in susceptible individuals with serious consequencies. It can become systemic, and take over your blood and organs so it is a big deal. Candida overgrowth can also cause other surprising problems like weight gain, chronic fatigue, severe debilitation, headaches, hormonal imbalances and a wide variety of pretty serious problems. Yes, Yeast infection is a big deal.

 Only people with compromised immune systems get Yeast infections
While people with compromised immune systems are in danger of more serious complications from Yeast infections, the truth is that anyone can get it. Healthy, unhealthy, good dietary habits, poor dietary habits, male, female, young and old – The Candida organisms  exist in everyone and everyone is at risk.

However, you will strongly improve your chances of avoiding an overgrowth of the organisms if you take great care of yourself. This includes making sure you reduce stress, eat a nutrient rich, low sugar diet, eat lots of fibre and don’t smoke or drink heavily.

The organisms live in everyone and can cause real and serious health problems. No one is immune. If you suffer from Yeast Infection get some help and try to eradicate it. Simple lifestyle changes and a holistic approach to completely eradicate the organisms can make a big difference.