Recurring Yeast Infections

You took the pills, used the cream or suppositories, maybe even tried to implement one of those rigorous anti-Candida diets, and the darned infections just keep coming back. Why are recurrent yeast infections so persistent, and how can you get rid of them for good?

First, know the enemy

If you’re suffering from recurrent yeast infections, Candida albicans (or C. albicans), the bacteria most commonly associated with yeast infections, is not the problem. C. albicans is present in almost all humans, but yeast infection symptoms only occur when the populations of the bacteria begin to grow in an uncontrolled fashion. This unnatural growth is called a bloom.

So why do C. albicans populations bloom? – That’s a key question, and the reason why most typical “kill-the-Candida” approaches do nothing to prevent a C. albicans bloom from recurring. The problem, therefore, is not the bacteria. The true enemy is an imbalance in you body’s internal environment.

The human body naturally contains a plethora of various bacteria and other organisms all living together in a dynamic state of tension. When the body is healthy, these organisms are kept in a state of balance. L. acidophilus, for example, is a beneficial bacteria that aids in digestion, supports the immune system, and naturally controls population levels of C. albicans.

If something happens to disrupt the chemistry of the body, for example if the body becomes too acidic, or if something happens that dramatically reduces populations of beneficial bacteria, such as the decimation of L. acidophilus populations by antibiotics, then C. albicans populations can begin to bloom and yeast infection symptoms will result.

Candida blooms can be lethal

Yeast infections need to be taken seriously. Moderate populations behave in a yeast-like fashion. Their impact tends to be local and easily controlled, but when the populations become too great, the bacteria begins to behave like a mold, sending root-like tendrils out into the surrounding tissue and organs. This is called a “systemic infection”, and left untreated can result in a death rate of over 75%.

Developing a battle plan

Knowing that the enemy is not the C. albicans bacteria itself, but rather the imbalance that allows it to bloom, yet knowing also that uncontrolled C. albicans growth can ultimately result in death, we need to develop a battle plan that quickly reduces populations of the bacteria, then re-establishes the body’s natural balance to prevent a recurrence of the bloom.

Unfortunately, many over-the-counter and prescription treatments for yeast infections tend to focus only on killing the C. albicans bacteria while actually aggravating the imbalance. We need a more natural and holistic approach.

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