Yeast Infections

What is it?

Yeast, or candida albicans, is an opportunistic infection, meaning that it sets up shop wherever things are out of balance. Yeast infections are common in women’s vaginal tracts, and in areas where there are creases in the skin and moisture collects, such as underarms, groin, and breast folds. Yeast can also overgrow internally, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. Common external symptoms include redness, itching, and pain at the site of the infection. Internally, one may experience bloating and gas, as well as headaches and flu-type symptoms.

Key points:

  • Common cause of vaginitis in women
  • Called thrush when it occurs in the mouth, common in babies and the elderly
  • May occur after use of antibiotics
  • Persistent or recurrent infections can indicate an underlying condition such as immunocompromise or diabetes
  • Indicates the ecosystem of the body is out of balance
  • Common in women who use oral contraceptives or are taking hormone replacement therapy
  • Also common in pregnant or menopausal women due to hormonal fluctuations
  • Can be a sign of heavy metal toxicity

How do we treat it?

We look at your health history to get an idea of why your body is allowing this opportunistic infection to exist. Often, we make dietary and lifestyle suggestions that will allow your body to eliminate yeast, as well as giving remedies that assist in this process. In clients with excess yeast, we usually also find a high level of toxicity, which may include heavy metals and other health-detracting substances. This pairing occurs because yeast can help to metabolize these impurities, which may be the reason for the yeast’s presence. If this is an issue for you, we will work with you to insure that your body is fully processing and excreting these substances, which will in turn make the yeast unnecessary.

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