Miranda is a young woman who has experienced multiple yeast infections and tried everything that she knows of to cure them. She has taken multiple prescriptions, and only Nexium works as a temporary solution. She has taken laxatives from the advice of her friends, but the side effects of bloating and even more constipation only worsen with time.
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Miranda’s health concerns may both be a cause of supplements and medications that she is taking to help destroy candida and a root health condition that is causing recurring candida infections. Breaking down what Miranda has tried will assist in determining what better solutions may be available as well as outline some potential underlying causes of her health concerns.
Prescription Medication and Stomach Acid
Antibiotics, birth control, and other prescription drugs can cause yeast infections because they disrupt the internal flora (probiotics), hormones, and other bodily functions. Candida is given an environment to overgrow in when the intestinal tract is imbalanced.
Nexium is used to treat GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and other conditions with excessive stomach acid. Side effects include fungal infections, though excessive candida in the body can contribute to high acidity levels in the digestive tract.
Low stomach acid is another contributor to recurring candida infections. A simple pH test from a store bought kit will determine how high or low stomach acidity is. Betaine HCL is a supplement that can support health pH levels in the body.
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People reach for laxatives to reduce bloating and constipation, and there is a common idea that taking laxatives will cleanse the body. Unfortunately, laxatives can worsen and even cause candida overgrowth. Laxatives may cleanse out good bacteria and make intestinal lining difficult for these probiotics to flourish.
Laxatives also put more stress on the body, thus weakening the immune system and adrenals. When both of these latter functions are tired, candida can grow faster. The body may become reliant on laxatives the longer they are taken, which can reduce electrolytes in the body. This may lead to lung and heart conditions among other concerns. Ultimately, the body’s reliance on a laxative means that the body is weakened, including the immune system’s ability to function properly.
Many laxatives upset the digestive tract. Even natural formulas can irritate and even strip the colon when taking for extended periods of time. Senna and cascara sagrada are two common herbs to look out for in laxative formulas. Both herbs may cause more harm than good in some individuals, and neither are meant to be taken for extended periods of time.
Certain natural supplements can support healthy cleansing. Inner aloe leaf juice or gel is gentle in the body and healing toward the intestinal lining. If taking a liquid, ensure that the product has no additives, including preservatives.
Natural detoxification and cleansing in the body is promoted through probiotics. A strong probiotic that doesn’t overwhelm the digestive track requires different strains to work synergistically and not fight for attention and reproduction. Canxida Restore has a moderate number of bacteria and strains to support healthy and gentle repopulation of probiotics in the gut.
Gentle herbs, such as slippery elm bar which coats stomach lining so that food can slip through the intestinal tract, ginger and chamomile to calm the stomach, and HCL to promote health acid levels, are available in Canxida Rebuild. This multivitamin supports digestive healing and is formulated for those with yeast infections and other candida related concerns.
Though uncommon, people do have yeast allergies. Many may mistake the allergy for gluten intolerances or a strong candida infection that becomes more inflamed when trigger foods or drinks are consumed. Yeast allergies are likewise diagnosed as celiac or similar food diseases.
There are many different types of yeast, and people with yeast allergies are often allergic to the saccharomyces cerevisiae strain. Environmental allergies to fungus and mold tend to go along with this allergy, and so keeping a clean home and eating food with no fermentation is important.
Diagnosing a yeast allergy can be difficult, as both infections and intolerances have the same symptoms. Digestive upset including bloating, stomach pain, heartburn, and gas is a common first sign of any three possibilities. Joint pain, short breath, and muscle soreness may also represent any of the three yeast concerns.
Having allergy-like reactions such as a skin rash or infection, runny nose, watery eyes, or a sore throat shortly after eating yeast has a stronger link to allergic reactions.
Intestinal Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects the colon, and the poor health can lead to recurring yeast infections. IBS also has similar symptoms as candida overgrowth, including bloating, gas, abdominal cramping and pain, and irregular bowel movements.
Leaky gut is another condition that allows candida to overgrow in the body, including in the bloodstream and other areas. Leaky gut occurs when poor diet and immune function allow holes to tear in the intestines. Larger holes in both size and number allow particles to escape the digestive tract and end up in the blood stream. This includes parasites, bacteria, fungi, and harmless particles that the body mistakenly attacks as a threat. More information is available on leaky gut in connection to yeast infections, allergies, and overall health. IBS, leaky gut, and candida overgrowth share the same dietary needs to heal the body.
A recent study found a link between candida and inflammation of the stomach lining, known as gastritis. Antacids are often taken to reduce the symptoms, but will not resolve the underlying cause for gastritis. NSAIDs (ibuprofen), cigarette smoking, and excessive alcohol intake are common causes. Alcohol, any fruit with citric acid, sodas, and most forms of caffeine (coffee and black tea) should be avoided. Onions, garlic, and green tea can support healthy healing while also destroying excessive yeast in the body.
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Foods to Avoid
Any food and drink that feeds candida should be avoided when going through a cleanse, especially if an allergic reaction is present. Cheese, breads, nuts and peanuts, and mushrooms are especially high in fungi and yeast and may trigger an allergic reaction. Fruit is high in sugar and may also aggravate the body. Drinks to avoid include ciders and alcohol, especially wine and beer. Supplements may also derive from yeast. Look for ‘yeast free’ labels when taking supplements.
Condiments, sauces, vinegars, and gravy should also be avoided. Packages of these substances often contain wheat, derivatives of corn, and other ingredients that can upset the digestive system. The one exception to this guideline is apple cider vinegar which can increase stomach acid. Each person will respond differently, and so taking small doses of apple cider vinegar to see what reactions may occur is a good method to determine whether it will support healthy digestion or worsen symptoms.
Foods to Eat
Resources are available with foods high in fiber for natural and gentle cleansing that will also destroy yeast.