Yeast Infections and Other Common Ailments

Most people associate the term “yeast infection” with television commercials promoting products to cure vaginal yeast infections. While that type of yeast infection is extremely common, with most women suffering at least one of these infections in their lifetimes, there are other types of yeast infections which are not nearly as infamous and easily recognized. Yeast can also cause infections in male genitals, body creases such as armpits or groin, or in the mouth (known as thrush).

Aside from these fairly recognizable ailments, which usually present quite obvious symptoms, yeast overgrowth within the body has been implicated in a wide range of less widely-understood medical conditions. While there is not a 100 percent agreement upon the role of yeast in these conditions, evidence suggests widespread systemic yeast infection may contribute to medical conditions such as the following:

  1. Migraine headaches
  2. Mood disorders such as depression
  3. Unexplained weight gain
  4. Chronic fatigue
  5. Fibromyalgia
  6. Asthma
  7. Psoriasis
  8. “Foggy brain”, or difficulty with concentration and memory
  9. Allergies or food sensitivities
  10. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  11. Behavioral disorders in children
  12. Sexual dysfunction

Origin of Internal Yeast Infections

A type of yeast called Candida is most often associated with yeast infections. Candida actually lives within the body in small amounts at all times, and in normal healthy individuals should not cause a problem. The numbers of Candida organisms are controlled by beneficial bacteria which also live within the body and feed on the yeast. The organisms maintain a delicate balance which is not harmful to their human host unless this balance is disturbed. When yeast begins to multiply beyond its normal level, an infection that can affect many different parts of the body is the result.

The levels of bacteria which normally control the growth of yeast may be disturbed for many different reasons. One common cause is the use of antibiotics. While antibiotics are very helpful in killing harmful bacteria which cause infections, they also can reduce the numbers of helpful bacteria within the body. With nothing to control its growth, Candida can begin multiplying very quickly. This is a very common problem in patients who are HIV positive or have other immune system disorders which necessitate frequent or long-term use of antibiotics.

Since yeast feed upon sugar and thrive in environments with a high sugar content, diet also plays a role in the development of yeast infections. For this reason, diabetes is often a contributing factor, as those with diabetes have chronically higher blood sugar levels.

Other causes of internal yeast infections may be related to hormone imbalances, such as those commonly seen during pregnancy and menopause. Also, any disruption of the immune system can lead to an internal imbalance which encourages the growth of yeast.

Alternative Treatments

Those who suffer from the above ailments are often frustrated by the general lack of effective treatment options available to them. Many of these conditions are not fully understood, and no cure or satisfactory symptom management is currently available. Research into the causes and possible cures of these ailments is ongoing, but in the meantime many patients are becoming more willing to try safe alternative medical treatments.

Since Candida overgrowth has been implicated in the above conditions, it makes sense that a natural yeast infection remedy is often very helpful to these patients. Unlike traditional medical treatments, which often only mask the symptoms of a disease, this type of alternative medical treatment seeks to address the root of the problem. This remedy changes the conditions within the body which led to widespread systemic yeast infection in the first place. Once those conditions have been corrected, yeast is unable to cause any more problems, because it can no longer flourish and infect the patient.

Treating a yeast infection the natural and holistic way is actually quite simple to do. It involves dietary modifications and correction of the body’s internal balance of beneficial bacteria which control the growth of yeast. The treatment also helps to promote a healthier immune system so that the body can more effectively fight off infections within the body. Patients often feel an improvement in symptoms within a matter of days. In just a few weeks a drastic difference is noted.

For those who suffer the mysterious ailments listed above, especially those tired of waiting for answers, a natural solution to widespread internal yeast infection may be the answer they have been seeking. This link provides extensive information on treatment of the underlying cause of the problem your body has rather than treating only symptoms.