Yeast Infection

Most people associate yeast infections (candida) with oral or vaginal thrush but, in fact, they may be associated with several of the following [1, 2]:

  • Catarrh (post-nasal drip)
  • Recurrent sore throat
  • Indigestion and bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Food and mould allergies [2, 4]
  • Severe food cravings, usually for high sugar foods and refined starches [4]
  • Asthma [4]
  • Eczema or chronic urticaria
  • Headaches
  • Rashes
  • Itching
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Jock itch
  • Nail infections
  • Scalp infections
  • Urinary tract infections [5]
  • Hot flushes
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel

Having any of the above symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have candida. However, if you have a number of them and they do not respond to treatment then you should, at least, consider the possibility. Becoming frequently acutely drunk from a very modest alcohol intake has been described as a useful pointer to yeast infection [4]. Alcohol is produced from fermentation of sugars with yeast.

What is Candida?

Candida is a fungal infection and fungi grow mainly as yeasts or moulds. Ordinarily, everyone has a small number of candida organisms on the skin, in the gut, mouth and vaginal area. These microorganisms grow readily in the presence of carbohydrates [2] and so they flourish with high levels of glucose. The typical Western diet is carbohydrate rich (bread, potatoes, rice, cakes, sweets, ice cream, biscuits, chocolate). Under normal circumstances the human immune system and the presence of bacteria limit the growth of candida [3]. Following corticosteroid or antibiotic treatment, where even friendly bacteria are killed, the opportunistic yeasts, multiply rapidly. In the gut, the yeasts can cross the intestinal walls entering the circulation to infect any tissue or cavity of the body [2, 5]. This is known as systemic candidiasis and it can result in infections of the kidney, eye, liver, biliary tract and brain (meningitis) to name a few.

Self Help for Yeast Infection

The usual treatment for candida is anti-fungal medications which can have some very irritating side effects including local rashes and swelling. You may find yourelf returning to the doctor again and again because the infection is never completely treated.  One thing you can do is completely cut out all yeast-based foods (such as bread) as well as carbohydrates such as sugar, potatoes and rice, which are broken down into simple sugars in the digestive tract. Click here for more information

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