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Anyone who has ever experienced yeast infection, or is dealing with one at the moment, knows how debilitating and stubborn it can be. Controlling yeast infection can be very frustrating, if not impossible.

Much more serious health problems could develop if you leave a yeast infection such as Candida untreated. Men are sometimes afflicted, but the patients are most often women. Common yeast infections come as a result of an overgrowth of Candida albicans. So what is Candida, what are the symptoms of such an infection, and is there any effective treatment?

What is Candida Albicans?

Candida is form of yeast normally found in the lower bowels, the vagina, and the skin. In healthy individuals the presence of C. albicans is considered a normal part of the bowel flora. This is a community of bacterial organisms that live in the lower digestive tract. As long as the immune system is healthy and strongly functioning, the growth of Candida albicans is regulated and kept under control. Normally the presence of friendly bacteria such as Bifidobacteria bifidum and Lactobacillus acidophilus in the intestinal tract provides a natural control mechanism to prevent the overgrowth of C. albicans. However, this friendly bacterial environment can become compromised so that an imbalance occurs in these people. This relatively common occurrence gives the C. albican yeast cells an opportunity to over-populate rampantly, making it possible for the yeast infection to spread to other organs and tissues.

What is Candidiasis?

That is a simple yeast overgrowth, or an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Yeast infections such as Candida have the opportunity to take hold when our immune systems become imbalanced. Such imbalances are initiated by exposure to and the use of antibiotics and sulfa drugs, steroid hormones, and immunosuppressant drugs.  It is also easier for a yeast infection to occur in case of improper diets, and dieting associated with a myriad of environmental agents.
The opportunity for a yeast infection to take hold in a woman’s body is compounded further with pregnancy. It is also possible through multiple pregnancies and the use of birth control pills. The female sex hormone progesterone that elevates in the last half of the menstrual cycle significantly increases susceptibility to yeast infection as well. In time, a weakened immune system may relinquish control, giving Candida an opportunity to proliferate and transform into a harmful fungus. This condition, called Candidiasis, can severely harm one’s overall health status. In severe cases when Candidiasis (the fungal form of Candida) is present, it can break down the mucosal lining between the bloodstream and the gastrointestinal tract. This breakdown may facilitate passage of harmful toxins and allergens into the patient’s bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream these toxins are free to travel to all parts of the body, where they can produce a host of adverse symptoms and further weaken the immune system. It is important to be aware of the threat this condition can have to a patient’s health and life. However, there is an effective solution, so anyone diagnosed with Candida should consider therapy options.

What to do if there is a suspicion of yeast infection?

Once you suspect you could have a yeast infection such as Candida, you should go to a health professional who understands all the symptoms of an untreated yeast infection and candidiasis for drug treatment. You could also consider the usage of proven alternative health care treatment like CandaCleanse or Candistroy. However, it would be best to consult your health care provider for direction on dietary management and drug treatment you should receive.

Treatment of Candida

First off, you must stop feeding the growth of C. albicans. Think about how often you find yourself craving sweets, sugar or breads. Candidiasis is fed by any sugar source we make available through the diet. You should also avoid all alcohol because it is made of fermented and refined sugar. Try to avoid fruit juices and most fruit, maple syrup, honey, and potatoes since its starch is converted to sugar. Even yogurt, despite having concentrations of friendly bacteria, also has a high sugar content. Remember that Candidiasis gets a foothold when friendly intestinal bacteria are destroyed. It happens most often when these bacteria are killed by antibiotics and steroid hormones. You could also consider an elimination of all immunosuppressive drugs and antibiotics. It would be good to consult a health care provider who understands yeast infections to help you re-balance and strengthen your body’s immune system. The doctor could also recommend a therapy with a low-toxic antibiotic Nystatin or a Caprylic acid preparation, garlic or Pau d'arco tea. In fact, many different types of anti-fungal medicines are prescribed to treat Candidiasis, including Amphotericin B, Fluconazole, and Ketoconazole beside Nystatin and Caprylic. Like many other prescription drugs, these often come with unwanted side effects. However, they may prove necessary in the case of severe Candidiasis, when all other treatment options have failed.

What is Candidate?

There is a number of herbal remedies with known anti-fungal properties which have demonstrated a positive effect, mostly on intestinal health and functioning. Native Remedies has chosen the most effective of these and combined them in a unique therapeutic formula called Candidate, especially designed to treat Candida overgrowth, prevent topical Candida infections such as thrush and promote the growth of healthy probiotic flora in the digestive tract. Candidate achieves lasting control of Candidiasis and its symptoms as well. Candidate contains herbs that specifically target fungus overgrowth. Since Candida is a fungus, Candidate is able to eradicate the fungal overgrowth at its source, and help balance and restore intestinal health once this happens. Candidate can also help improve the body’s overall systemic health. This is because, in addition to its anti-fungal properties, it contains herbs well known for their ability to soothe the digestive tract. It could also repair cell damage caused by Candida overgrowth and strengthen the liver and immune functioning.

Candida treatment confusion

Many practitioners you may visit for Candida treatment will tell you that you must build your immune system, or you must detoxify. It is also common to hear them say you have to kill your Candida, or to balance your metabolism. Some will tell you they must do all four immediately and put you on sixty products each day. However, many doctors do not know the proper way to handle Candida, EBV, HIV, or any such condition in four steps. These four steps must be done in an exact order and to full completion; if not, the patient is likely to relapse.

The first step is to eliminate parasites, as they can cause Candida by killing the friendly bacteria just like antibiotics do. Candida is now attacked using natural herbs that can kill it throughout the body wherever it took place. These herbs can also kill it in the intestines at the same time, which gives a head start in Candida treatment. These herbs you might try are not taken all together every day because the Candida will get used to them. This is called resistance, and is a common problem in bacteria treatment using too common specific antibiotics. In this case, it is not going to kill bacteria any more. That is why these herbs must be taken alone, one at a time. It would be the best to use four different ones taken each one alone for four days.

Candida must be cleaned out from the intestines, this is only way to make your Candida treatment effective and complete. At this point it is best to use a different type of natural Candida killer that can concentrate all its power on intestinal elimination. These substances can reach yeast that is hiding in the folds of the patients intestines. While this is done, you should also clean out the whole digestive tract so the killers can contact and reach any Candida that might be buried under old mucus or hardened feces. After this the doctor should give you complete friendly acidophilus and bifidus bacteria. This will prevent the Candida from growing right back, which is a common problem with Candida treatment, even if successful. Any damage done to the intestines you might have can be repaired at this time. It is recommended to use special vitamin formulations that will reduce inflammation and reform healthy tissue. Then the goal to rebalance what went wrong and caused the Candida to grow per the stool test we talked about before. You must know Candida causes vitamin deficiencies by preventing their absorption. Now you can take vitamins without getting insatisfactory reactions and results. When Candida is eliminated, we can begin to take nutrients and absorb it again, and you should see results.

Finally, at the end of this four step therapy, the immune system can be strengthened without having to battle a continuous infection. The immune system rarely recovers while Candida is still there. If each phase is done in order and to full completion, the chances of relapse are insignificant. It is highly unlikely that the patient will still have the underlying weakness which led to starting on the antibiotic that may have induced the yeast infection to begin with.