Many women shun the idea of possible having candidiasis or simply yeast infection. It is an infection caused by a group of microscopic fungi or yeast. There are more than 20 species of Candida, the most common being Candida albicans. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies. Under certain conditions, they can become so numerous they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas. Examples of such infections are vaginal yeast infections, thrush, skin and diaper rash.

In women, yeast infections are the second most common reason for vaginal burning, itching, and discharge. Yeasts are found in the vagina of most women and can overgrow if the environment in the vagina changes. Antibiotic and steroid use is the most common reason for yeast overgrowth. But pregnancy, menstruation, sperm, diabetes, and birth control pills also can contribute to getting a yeast infection.

When diagnosed with candidiasis decrease or avoid sugar and yeast foods in your diet as sugar promote yeast growth. It is what they feed on!

Yogurts with probiotics(live cultures including acidophilus and bifidus) tend to destroy yeast.

Eating plenty of fresh vegetables preferably raw or steamed is a preferred diet. This is very important on the candida diet because vegetables absorb fungal poisons (mycotoxins) and carry them out of the body.

Don’t be ashamed to address signs and symptoms with your doctor. It’s good to be in the Know!

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