A yeast infection can affect a womans health ...

...by invading virtually any system of her body.

Learn how to bring the yeast infection microorganism (Candida albicans) into balance naturally

  • Approximately 30 percent of all persons around the world above the age of twelve - mostly females - suffer with yeast infection related illnesses caused by the fungus within us known as candida albicans.

  • While men can get candidaisis, the effects for them are usually not as consuming.

  • It is possible that a woman's vastly more complex hormone system predisposes them to the candida syndrome.

  • Young children exposed to Candida albicans usually end up with a yeast infection when antibiotics are prescribed for other infections. These antibiotics kill off friendly bacteria, consequently there is nothing to counteract the yeast overgrowth.

What is Candida Albicans?

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Candida albicans is not a dis-ease. It is a fungal parasite, a yeast growth that is a natural resident of the body. It is normally found in harmless proportions. This yeast is usually controlled by our immune defenses and by the usual bacterial flora present in and on the body. It is a saprophyte, that is, it ordinarily lives by eating dead tissue rather than living matter.

In chapter two of his book The Yeast Syndrome, Dr. John Parks Trowbridge describes how candida progresses in the human body from the unique perspective of 'Clarissa Candida.' It was after reading this that I truly began to understand how devastating and life threatening this parasite can be, and how we contribute to its proliferation, compounding yeast infection symptoms.


Typically, when someone thinks of a yeast infection they are referring to a localized area of Candida over growth, a vaginal yeast infection, or vaginitis. Occasionally they are talking about thrush which appears as a bright-red diaper rash that doesn't respond to the usual rash ointments and/or as white patches in the mouth that leave red sores. These two dis-eases however, are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to manifestations of overgrowth of candida albicans.

As the yeast colonies increase in the body, they release more and more toxins that may be absorbed into the bloodstream. These cause a wide variety of symptoms including (but not limited to):

  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Lethargy
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Bladder irritations and infections
  • Asthma
  • Migraine headaches
  • Depression
  • Skin eruptions
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Infertility
  • Lost sex drive
  • Poor Memory
  • Muscle weakness
  • Persistent Coughs
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Recurrent vaginitis (one form of yeast infection)

Possible causes:

Unfortunately, eating animal protein containing antibiotics (any meat or dairy product not specifically free range and anitbiotic free), or using prescribed antibiotics for treatment of bacterial infections, turns the yeast organism into a pathogen. A pathogen thrives on living tissue and is capable of causing infection or disease.

When our immune systems become compromised, our resistance lowered, we open the door for candida (or yeast)to gain an unbalanced foothold in our bodies. This can come about through various means such as toxins in the environment, an infection, or nutritional deficiency.

Nutritional and Herbal Support:

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  1. As a woman's health coach I recommend begining with "The Basics".
  2. Supplements specific to supporting the body against Candida overgrowth and yeast infection.
    • Probiotics (Acidophilus, Bifidophilus Flora Force, Probiotic Eleven) on a rotational basis. L. Reuteri on a daily basis feeds the cultures and helps them to become established.
    • Garlic reduces yeast overgrowth. If I were dealing with Candidiasis I would use a high potency product.
    • Caprylic Acid helps to restore and maintain proper balance of all microorganism in the colon.
    • Many people also find Pau D' Arco useful in capsules or as a tea.

  3. Fairly high doses of vitamins and minerals are helpful in restoring the body to good health. I agree with Dr. Trowbridge who recommends the following in The Yeast Syndrome:
    • Beta-carotene or vitamin A (25,000-30,000 IU daily)
    • Vitamin E (400-800 IU daily)
    • Calcium pantothenate (pantotheic acid; 200-1000 mg daily)
    • Selenium (about 200 mcg per day)
    • Vitamin C (1,000-4,000 mg daily)
    • A digestive enzyme is also recommended

It is important to note that there are a variety of ways to use most of the some of the supplements above depending upon the circumstances. For instance, probiotics in yogurt or water can be "painted" on a nursing mother's nipple area to help with thrush in her infants mouth. Also, probiotics, garlic, and pau d' arco may be used vaginally or rectally as well as orally.

A few people have allowed me to share their experiences healing from yeast infections. Use this link to read their testimonials.

The quality of herbs and supplements is important to restoring the body to a balanced state. This is as true of yeast infections as any other health imbalance. I have used this company for 13+ years.

Other Sources of Information:

An excellent article which discusses an endocrine connection for some people afflicted with yeast infection can be found here.

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