One way you can control Candida infestations is by inserting L. acidophilus into the environment where Candida has invaded. Summer is one expert who suggests using an even more effective treatment. Sarah’s treatments use more than just probiotics, they utilize natural methods to rid the body of Candida in just 12 hours. Summer’s was also able to permanently end Candida infection recurrence; stopping the agonizing cycle of recurrent Candida infestation. Summer is also able to be contacted via the email address provided at the bottom of her website.
Candida as an Opportunistic Pathogen
Candida is an opportunistic pathogen, one that usually does not cause any problems to its host unless there is an opportunity to do so. Having a compromised immune system is one opportunity that can give rise to an infection of Candida. Without a health immune system to suppress the growth of Candida, it can multiply without restraint until the host experiences the symptoms of a Candida infection.
Another opportunity to Candida infection can be afforded to this fungus when a course of antibiotics has been used; especially broad-spectrum antibiotics. Antibiotics often indiscriminately kill off both desirable and undesirable bacteria. While the antibiotics destroy the bacteria in the body the fungus Candida remains unharmed by the antibiotics. The normal bacteria that usually inhabit your body and consume nutrients are no longer there; therefore, there is more food available to Candida. In addition to their being excess food for Candida to consume, helpful bacteria, such as L. acidophilus, are no longer acidifying their environment by producing lactic acid. Candida do not thrive well in environments that are too acidic, and are Candida’s growth is stymied by L. acidophilus’ production of lactic acid.
Candida and Acidophilus in the Vagina
A vagina that has a healthy amount of L. acidophilus thriving inside of it is less apt to be inundated with Candida. If you are eating yogurt containing live cultures of L. acidophilus it is likely that these helpful bacteria will eventually find their way into the vagina. The L. acidophilus bacteria are thought to colonize the gut, then the rectal area, and then move into the vagina.
Once L. acidophilus has thoroughly colonized the vagina it can start combating Candida and help prevent and mitigate a vaginal Candida infection. L. acidophilus, as mentioned earlier, does this by consuming excess nutrients and producing lactic acid.
Candida and Acidophilus in the Gastrointestinal System
Research that took place in the 1970’s at Michigan State University showed a relationship between vaginal Candida infections and Candida present in the gut. 98 women who were in the study all suffered from recurrent vaginal Candida infections. These women all had Candida in their stools if they had Candida in their vaginas. If Candida was not discovered in the stools of the women in the study, it was never present in their vaginas.
Candidiasis Risk Factors
If you have undertaken corticosteroid therapy, used antibiotics, or have undergone chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer you may be at more of a risk for developing a Candida infection in your vagina. By helping the vagina and the gut have a healthy amount of L. acidophilus thriving in it, you can reduce your risk of having a Candida infection. You can administer L. acidophilus to your gut and vagina via the use of yogurt containing live cultures of L. acidophilus or by using L. acidophilus suppositories or oral supplements.
L. acidophilus when translated into English means acid-loving milk bacteria. Lactobacillus can be found in the small intestines of humans and the vagina of humans. The presence of lactobacillus in the intestines and the vagina is not considered harmful; on the contrary, L. acidophilus growing in these areas is beneficial. L. acidophilus produces many helpful chemical substances that help the body keep itself healthy.
There are some side effects which can result from in taking acidophilus supplements; for example, abdominal pain and gas. These symptoms often go away with more use of acidophilus supplements. It has not happened often, but there are cases of L. acidophilus infecting heart valves. The risk of L. acidophilus infecting heart valves may be elevated for people who have artificial heart valves.
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- William G. Crook, The Yeast Connection and the Woman (p.100 C. albicans in the stool)