Yeast infection is a band of syndromes ranging from a solitary episode to relentless recurrence. Yeast infection caused by Candida albicans, generally begins in the digestive system and little by little spreads to other parts of the body. Candida is present all over the body in all humans. Normally, this yeast remains in a healthy balance with the other bacteria within the intestinal tract. Under conditions of extreme stress, lowered immunity or the long-term use of steroids and antibiotics, the Candida can multiply, thus disrupting the balance of the gastrointestinal flora. Prolonged use of antibiotics not only kills pathogens but also a large number of beneficial bacteria. With the depletion of the beneficial protective flora in the intestines and a weakened immune response, this opportunistic yeast can then spread and multiply beyond the intestinal tract affecting every almost every organ in the body. Many researchers have determined that intestinal yeast infection could be the basis of most illnesses such as chronic infections, chronic fatigue, allergies, and many other ailments. This could be the result of toxins produced by the yeast. Seventy-nine such toxins have been identified so far.
Some of the more common intestinal yeast infection symptoms include the following:
· Chapped and dry flaky skin.
· Poor appetite and chronic fatigue.
· Stiff shoulders or headaches or arthritis.
· Constipation and bad breath.
· Bloating and indigestion, frequent intestinal gas.
· Constipation or diarrhea.
· Sexual dysfunction.
· Chronic hives.
· Craving for sweets.
from these, symptoms like suicidal depression, autism,
worsening premenstrual syndrome, irritability and mood
swings, impotence, hyperactivity, urinary infections and
disorders, recurring vaginitis, menstrual irregularities
have also been attributed to yeast infection. As all
these yeast infection symptoms are unrelated from one
another, doctors have an extremely hard time making the
diagnosis of a Candidiasis.
Treatment of intestinal yeast infection is aimed at reducing the number of yeast through diet and antifungal medications, enhancing the immune system, and repopulating the intestinal tract with beneficial bacteria with the help of probiotics. All these steps may or may not relieve symptoms, so it is recommended that intestinal yeast infections be treated by a holistic medicine practitioner. Holistic cures enhance the body’s own healing powers without relying on external factors such as harmful medicines. Changes in lifestyle, diet habits, clothes, emotional health are all incorporated to effect permanent freedom from yeast infections.