I have suffered from Candida for nearly 10 years. As a matter of fact, I admit to being one of those women who heard the term “yeast infection” and immediately thought of a vaginal infection or oral thrush and thought there were no other forms. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I did some research and learned exactly what Candida is and how it impacts the body, so I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned with you.
What is Candida?
My chronic yeast infections and low energy levels were becoming an issue in my life. It was, believe it or not, my father who finally said to me, “You need to find out what is causing your symptoms instead of letting your doctor treat the visible symptoms.” What he said didn’t make sense to me at first. After all, a vaginal yeast infection is what it is, right? Wrong. According to emedicinehealth.com yeast infection can spread everywhere in the body, it is pretty rare but highly fatal (45% of people may die).
I eventually stumbled on probacto’s blog and realized that everything I thought I knew was wrong. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a yeast organism that exists naturally in the human body – in everyone’s body, regardless of gender. If the yeast level gets off balance, different conditions can occur. For some people, it’s as simple as a vaginal infection or oral thrush; maybe even ringworm or jock itch for the guys. For others, the yeast runs rampant throughout the entire body and before you know it you have a raging systemic infection that mimics other medical conditions.
What Causes Candida Infections?
Here’s where things get tricky. A lot of things can cause the balance of good bacteria vs. Candida in your body to go off balance. Some examples are:
- The overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria in your intestines, but the good bacteria helps to keep the yeast organism in check as well.
- A depressed immune system. This can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Those who have autoimmune disorders tend to suffer from yeast and fungal issues.
- Lack of exercise. In this modern day and age, many people tend to want to do everything without lifting a finger. A lack of exercise makes many people unhealthy and overweight, with poor blood circulation.
- An unhealthy diet. Those who have strong immune system can usually fight off Candida. MedlinePlus by the NIH says that repeated yeast infections are a sign of an immune system deficiency. If you’re already having trouble and you continue to eat foods with sugar or yeast, you are actually promoting an environment in which Candida can grow. You’d be surprised at the foods that contain ingredients that promote yeast growth – including condiments, coffee, most processed foods, and even some vegetables.
- Stress is a major contributor as well. Those who are under continued stress produce Cortisol within the body. Psychology Today ranks stress as public enemy number 1 for health. When the body produces cortisol, your immune system is immediately depressed and your blood sugar level rises. Candida loves sugar, and continued stress over time will allow it to thrive.
These are just a handful of the things in your life that can cause Candida to thrive. And the symptoms are even worse. If you develop a chronic candida problem, you’ll start to feel depressed, fatigued, and in some cases hyper. You’ll crave carbs and sweets, lose some of your coordination, and develop a wide variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. Your skin will get itchy and you might even develop fungal nail infections. Your breath will smell bad and your skin might, too. You might cough or develop flu-like symptoms. You may have vision or hearing problems and you might develop symptoms similar to a UTI or vaginal yeast infection; you might gain weight; and you might have headaches or migraines.
So what can you do?
Like I mentioned before, I had stumbled up on probacto’s blog, and then their candida questions forums. They have experts writing advice for free as well as answering any questions you may have. I was astounded by the wealth of information offered for free on the, and I made the decision to purchase some probiotics and antifungals from them.
That was the best thing I’ve ever done. They really give you all the tools necessary to completely cure yourself from Candida. They do not charge for any information, and they do have a probiotic for sale, but it’s the best one in the business. I bought it because I wanted to support their efforts as well as there really is nothing better after researching hundreds of others.
Using their probiotics and antifungals was easy, just take it when it’s time, but the difficult part was following the diet. The first week was the toughest, I craved carbs and sweets but I knew that what I was doing would ultimately make me feel better. I cut out processed foods and sugars, worked on eliminating foods that caused me allergies or intolerances, and then reintroduced foods that didn’t bother me. The process took months. I also took a few herbal supplements and completed a couple of detox cleanses for my liver and kidneys.
I can honestly say I’ve never felt better. I know a lot of people think Candida itself is a myth, but it’s not. It’s just that most doctors don’t understand it at it’s core. The thing is thousands of people have done a Candida cleanse and have never felt better, and I am glad that I trusted probacto to help me with my Candida, I’ve never dealt with a better company.