Candida is not something you want to have. But once you have it you may wonder what to do about it.
You may also ask a question why you got that ugly Candida in the first place. What caused it? Was it something you got from air? Was it your imperfect hygiene? Or maybe your husband gave it to you?
The answer often is somewhere else. You may have gotten it at a dental office when you were taking your wisdom teeth out. What? My dentist gave it to me? No, not really. Remember when you were told to take antibiotics after the surgery to prevent infection? So you did. You prevented a tooth infection, but also you got something else… Candida.
Antibiotics kill. They kill bacteria. Even the good bacteria. We normally carry a few pounds of microbes in the intestines and most of it is essential.
L. Acidophilus, a major type of bacteria living in the intestines, has been proven to keep the immune system strong, prevent allergies, lower cholesterol, decrease risk for cancers, and improve digestion. The problem with antibiotics is that they kill L. Acidophilus. But they do NOT kill viruses neither do they kill yeast.
Once L. Acidophilus and other good bacteria is gone, yeast have some space to grow. Yeast is like a weed. It will take over and prevent good bacteria from coming back. It does it by changing the intestinal environment from friendly to hostile.
Once yeast takes over, good bacteria will have a much harder time to re-establish itself. And it does not matter whether you take antibiotics for gums, colds, sinus, bladder, or lungs. In all these cases you are forcefully removing your good bacteria and leaving an open space for Candida to start a vicious cycle.
Taking antibiotics is a bigger problem than most people think. They create microbial havoc in the intestines that is difficult to repair. It is not sufficient to just eat yogurt to repair your intestines. Besides the fact that commercial yogurt contains very few beneficial bacterial strains, yogurts may actually promote more yeast growth as they can contain as many as 16 cubes of sugar in a cup. Sugar feeds yeast, but does nothing to regrow Acidophilus.
You know that aspirin is good for you, or at least you have been fed this “truth” by the media. It thins the blood, and makes the joints less painful. Yet, what you may not know is that even a short-term low-dose aspirin can damage your intestines creating unfriendly environment for good bacteria.
A study published by Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (May 2009) has concluded that even 14 days on 100 mg of aspirin can make significant unhealthy changes to gastro-intestinal tract in half of the people. With that in mind, maybe aspirin is actually really not all that good for you. But you can’t argue… it is good for Candida.
It is so easy to relieve heartburn with a drug! And there are so many choices. Acid-reducing meds are among the top pharmaceutical sellers. Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Gaviscon, Mylanta, Zantac, Tagamet, or Pepcid are among them.
These work well for heartburn, but they also contribute to, yes you guessed it… Candida. The job of the above meds is to lower stomach acidity. They are antacids. However, that presents a problem, because Acidophilus thrives in an acid, not alkaline environment and alkaline stomach will make Candida grow.
Acidophillus likes acid, but yeast prefers alkalinity. Antacids make environment more alkaline. Get it? Antacid as in anti-acid. Yet, most people do not get heartburn from too much acid. They get it from too little of it.
Cortisone is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory drugs. It can calm eczema, asthma, allergies, swelling, itching, pain, and discomfort.
Cortisol, a natural version of cortisone, is produced in our bodies on a regular basis. It also calms eczemas, asthmas, and other inflammatory conditions. Cortisol, when produces in smaller amounts is the body’s best friend. Cortisol produced in large amounts can cause problems.
High cortisol can damage the intestines. Delicate Acidophilus cannot grow on damaged surfaces. This is in contrast to yeast, which thrives on them. Because of the damaging nature of the hormone please consider other alternatives before accepting cortisone. Cortisone side-effects are sometimes non-reversible. Choose health-promoting alternatives instead.