Candida albicans (also known as candidiasis or a yeast infection) has become a hidden epidemic in many parts of the world. It has been and is increasingly becoming a major illness in its own right, as well as a contributing and underlying causative factor in many other chronic illnesses. Health problems involving yeast infections are one of the primary reasons patients come to see us as natural healthcare professionals, and for over twenty years, people have come seeking my assistance with many different yeast infection related health issues.
If you suspect or know that you may be suffering from a yeast infection, Candida Crusher provides you with right guidelines for understanding the causes of candidiasis, as well as diagnosing and treating this common condition with nutrition and natural medicine in addition to incorporating the appropriate lifestyle changes.
There are several reasons why candida is such a major issue today; just as big a problem if not bigger than it was in the eighties when everybody talked about it. It is easy to think that this condition only affects a few people when in fact yeast overgrowth and dysbiosis are rampant conditions affecting countless people we see today. It has been estimated that more than 60 million people in America alone are affected by yeast infection and the number is increasing.
In the eighties it was called a yeast infection or candidiasis, but many people today who have a yeast infection believe they have (or may mistakenly been diagnosed as having) irritable bowel syndrome, a food allergy, gluten intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis or many other different conditions which may appear at first to be an illness in their own right, but in fact have a yeast infection as one of their underlying and primary causes. Yeast infections today are more prevalent than they have ever been since not only the discovery and rampant prescribing of antibiotics and steroidal drugs, but other drugs such as immune modulating drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs, aka NSAIDS. Sugar-laden foods have never been so cheap and widely available in history previously, and our ever-increasing consumption of sugars in our diets (like high fructose corn syrup) along with an increasing reliance of packaged, processed and take-out foods, we can expect yeast infections to only get worse in the future.
Today, our high level of technological advances coupled with sedentary lifestyles mean that many people do not exercise adequately nor pay sufficient attention to maintaining healthy (home-cooked) diets and balanced (low-stress) lifestyles. Yeast infections therefore play an even greater role today than they ever have at any time in our history, and they seem especially common in the hurried, worried and stressed kinds of people. The people who most commonly seem to get yeast infections are the same kinds of people who tend to get adrenal fatigue, they tend to be the busy people, the workers, the doers, the A-type people, careers or over-achievers.
As we move forward in this series of blog posts, I’m going to share with you more about my training, research, experience, and insights. We’ll talk a lot about lifestyle and how it influences your health, in terms of Candida and as a whole – and the things you can do to make improvements, slowly but surely. I hope you’ll join me on this incredible journey.