Your pH balance is an important factor for you to seriously consider if you want to beat that yeast infection once and for all, because pH affects the delicate balance of your biochemical health profoundly.
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While it is a myth that a predominantly alkaline diet discourages yeast and a predominantly acid diet favors yeast, understanding the pH balance is important when it comes to maximizing your digestive health, and by optimizing your digestive health you will be discouraging a yeast infection. More importantly, by maximizing your digestive potential, it will be harder for candida to translocate from your digestive system into the bloodstream, where it can cause major problems.
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Let me explain first about acidity, alkalinity and your body. For example, the vaginal environment is acidic. Your digestive system is a predominantly acidic environment likewise, especially your stomach and small intestine, where most of the protein digestion occurs. Lactic acid favours the production of lactobacillus species in the digestive system, and without an acidic environment created higher up in the digestive tract, the pancreas lower down will not be sufficiently stimulated to create the alkaline pancreatic enzymes and juices.
Real problems arise once candida translocates from the digestive system, a predominantly acidic environment, into to the blood stream, a slightly more alkaline environment. Yeast begins to thrive in this slightly alkaline environment because the hostile environment of the digestive system does not challenge it. The pH change that occurs with this translocation allows candida to change into its more pathogenic fungal mycelial form.
Besides, your immune system will have become weakened over time and find it harder to counter the yeast infection once it has moved from the gut to the bloodstream. The more balanced your body’s pH levels, the healthier you will be and the easier it will be for your system to fight off a yeast infection.