Antibiotics are blind killers. They kill ALL the microbes that come in their way instead of attacking the disease-causing bacteria selectively. A prolonged antibiotic course can actually deplete your body of ALL existing bacteria! Our body depends on TRILLIONS of good bacteria to survive and stay healthy, which can be indiscriminately killed by antibiotics. Prolonged antibiotic consumption in heavy doses can lead to yeast infection, as the natural reservoir of friendly bacteria in the intestine and around the genitals is depleted. These bacteria secrete chemicals, like lactic acid, butyric acid, B vitamins and vitamin K to facilitate digestion. They maintain pH balance in the gut and around genitals to create a less favourable environment for the Candida. They give less space to the Candida for overgrowth. Probiotics are the ‘live’ factors in your body which vehemently oppose Candida yeast infections. So, once you kill them – it’s party-time for the Candida.
Most antibiotics compromise on your inner vitality and immunological capability immensely. Antibiotics are also known to trigger allergens, causing an ideal environment for the Candida to abound. Without the friendly bacteria, the toxins in your body go unabsorbed and un-neutralized. These accumulate in your intestine, making it a smug home for the Candida. Thus, yeast infection after consuming antibiotics should be no wonder at all.
The most common mistake is to take more antibiotics to kill the yeast, instead of replenishing probiotics in the system after an initial antibiotic course is over. While the Candida IS killed on taking more antibiotics, it comes back as soon as your antibiotic course ceases to exert its impact. Anti-fungal agents are quickly made ineffective by the adaptive strategy of the Candida genome which can genetically diversify and develop resistance to anti-fungal agents.
What can you do?
Say NO to antibiotics – as far as possible. Most diseases are curable naturally without the need to consume harmful antibiotics. Stop resorting to quick-fixes – they may be quick, but they rarely fix!
If your disease is chronic, and if you need instant relief, antibiotics may be indispensable. In that case – extend a hand to the friendly microbes. Once your antibiotic course is over, consume foods rich in probiotics such as yoghurt and kefir. Active soy sauce and fermented cabbage are also good sources of probiotics. Taking high quality, high potency probiotics supplements for one full course can make up substantially for the loss due to antibiotics. Add to it pre-biotics – the food for the good bacteria, which enable them to multiply faster. Inuflora powder is a good food for your friendly microbes to help them gain vitality and re-colonize your system.
During the period when you consume antibiotics, you should take extra care with regard to diet, lifestyle and stress management.
Yeast infection after taking a course of antibiotics is fairly common, but, a yeast infection may be set to motion by a multitude of factors which include your dietary practices, your sleep pattern and duration, the level of stress you are exposed to, your basic hygiene, your hormonal balances and your partner. Catering to a single cause – in this case, antibiotics – would be grossly insufficient to cure yeast infection completely. It would recur with more vengeance and better resistance. Holistic treatment that encompasses all these aspects is the only way to cure yeast infections completely and prevent them forever. Holistic treatment uses natural methods to address all the causes of yeast infections and it is the only method that cures the condition completely without any side-effects, and works in harmony with the natural functioning of the body.