Learn About Intestinal Yeast Infection and How to Beat It
It seems that being afflicted by an intestinal yeast infection is becoming more and more common in today's society. And, if you have one, you may not even know it.
While yeast is often naturally occurring in the body and when properly balanced is harmless, it seems that the way we eat and take care of ourselves is causing big problems for many people when it comes to candida infections in the intestines.
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
Indeed, such candida overgrowth can lead to a myriad of health problems, many of which are seemingly unrelated to such a yeast infection.
Who can get it?
Intestinal yeast infections don't discriminate between men and women; however, since oral contraceptives are thought to be one of the main triggers, it might seem as if more women suffer from this problem than men. It is also thought that women don't oxidize at the same rate as men, and many women have a copper imbalance, and these may be key players in why more women suffer from this condition than men.
While you may know that intestinal yeast infections are the result of having too much candida in the body and not enough of the "good" bacteria to fight it, you may not know what causes such an imbalance, and until you are able to get the causes under control, you will likely suffer from this problem for a long, long time.
The common triggers and causes of an intestinal yeast infection include frequently taking antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in the body, which is great if you have a bacterial infection, but not so good if you suffer from yeast infections of any kind, as these drugs also wipe out the health-promoting good bacteria in the body.
You might also find that if you take any kind of steroids for skin conditions such as eczema, or if you take certain medications for ulcers or frequent heartburn, your chances of an intestinal yeast infection increase. In addition, if you have a weakened immune system, such as might be caused by AIDS or certain cancer treatments, then you are more susceptible to suffering from this condition.
If you take any types of oral contraceptives, you might be more prone to suffering from an intestinal yeast infection, and new research shows that if you use a form of contraception such as a copper IUD, you might suffer from a copper imbalance, which might then affect whether or not you wind up with this problem.
A diet high in refined sugars or carbohydrates might also be causing your candida infection, because the carbohydrates turn quickly into sugar and this can "feed" the candida in your body, which might then cause it to grow unchecked.
Usually, it's a combination of factors which lead to a chronic candida yeast infection.
Signs and Symptoms
Yeast infections of this kind commonly go undiagnosed because so often, the symptoms reflect those of other common conditions. However, you might want to consider seeking some non medical treatments if you think that you might be suffering from a candida infection.
Some symptoms include:
If you suffer from some of these symptoms, it could be that you have an intestinal yeast infection which could benefit from some treatments that you can carry out right at home.
Treatments and Remedies
For many people who are battling intestinal yeast infections, the treatment of choice is to change the diet to eliminate the potential food sources for candida. This requires cutting out as many foods which are high in sugar as possible and eliminating any bleached or processed flour foods. Since any "white" carbohydrates break down to become sugar, eliminating them will aid in reducing the food source for the yeast.
Lower the amount of fat in the diet and cut out many unhealthy oils as well as increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies (try to consume fruits which have lower sugar content; some anti candida diets suggest avoiding all fruits). These are high in nutrients and low in calories, so you can eat almost as much of them you want all day. When you combine these changes to additional ones, such as eating only lean protein and making sure to drink plenty of water, you will likely find that you begin to feel better.
Also, remember that your body does still need carbohydrates, so opt for those of the whole grain type in your anti intestinal yeast infection diet program. In addition, when you eat rice, ensure that it's the whole grain kind so that you get all the nutrition without the negative side effects.
Many people have begun to find that probiotics can not only help to keep your immune system strong, but since these are the "friendly" or "good" bacteria that are found naturally in the body, adding them through yogurt or probiotic drinks / supplements can be very beneficial to your overall healing process.
Another commonly used treatment for intestinal yeast infections is to increase the amount of exercise you get, which can help to speed up the metabolism so that you better digest what sugars you do wind up consuming. This will help to reduce the sugar food source for the yeast and help you to begin feeling healthier and more energetic. Exercise will boost your immune system, too.
You can learn about more remedies and cures for treating intestinal yeast infection as well as other types of such infections by reading the other related articles and pages on this website.
Click here for natural, herbal and homeopathic remedies for yeast infections, or here for natural, herbal and homeopathic remedies for candida overgrowth, or here for natural, herbal and homeopathic remedies for candidiasis thrush.
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