A lot of people, one-third of the population in the West, suffer from yeast infection and most of them are not aware that their problems are caused by yeast. This disease involves a generalized yeast infection produced by the organism commonly called Candida albicans. Candida Albicans gives rise to a loosely defined syndrome – affecting a series of your body’s systems: digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, reproductive, urinary, endocrine, and musculoskeletal. The Candida syndrome manifests itself with symptoms throughout the body, and they can vary over time in one person and in kind and severity among different people.
The yeast releases powerful toxins that may be absorbed into the bloodstream, causing widely varying symptoms such as severe menstrual cramps in women, lethargy, chronic diarrhea, bladder irritations and infections, asthma, migraine headaches, mental depression, skin eruptions, and many other difficulties in both men and women. Localized areas of Candida overgrowth cause other obvious, recurrent, and persistent infections such as yeast vaginitis, oral thrush, and diaper rash.
The source of these problems is yeast infection, and the root of the problem is in the gut. Yeast, bad bacteria and good bacteria live together in harmony in the body, especially in the digestive system. Normally, friendly bacteria keep the bad bacteria and yeast from overgrowing.
The problem comes when one takes antibiotics. Antibiotics are taken when prescribed by a doctor or through the meat of animals that are routinely given antibiotics as part of their rearing. The antibiotics kill both the good and the bad bacteria. Because antibiotics do not kill yeast, the yeast grows unchecked, creating health problems, including vaginal yeast.
For some women, yeast infections recur every few weeks despite using anti-fungal creams and suppositories. Recurring yeast infections are called chronic infections. The problem is that using anti-fungal creams and suppositories attacks yeast in the vagina without attacking the source of the problem which is the gut.
Yeast infections require a full program in order to get rid of the problem permanently. A full treatment program against the yeast has two main goals:
1) To kill the yeast invader (or at least reduce its growth); and
2) To stimulate and repair the patient’s immunity so that in the future the body may come to its own defense.
A woman can use lactobacilli cultures in two ways. For intestinal infections, she can take a course of good quality probiotics to introduce good bacteria into the digestive system. This will balance off the yeast growth in the system. For vaginitis she can use implants of fresh and natural (sugar-free) yoghurt in the vagina – or water plus yoghurt douches. This holistic approach simultaneously to kills the fungi in the vagina and in the gut.
Ingesting Garlic to Reduce Yeast Overgrowth
Garlic is highly successful in killing C. albicans – or at least in reducing Candida overgrowth. Garlic can be taken as fresh whole cloves or in an odorless aged extract form. Both show broad spectrum anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity at concentrations nontoxic to human cells and tissues, but the aged garlic extract appears to be better tolerated in terms of digestive comfort, and sociability. Onion, clove, and horseradish also seem to have similar anti-fungal properties.
Much of the scientific research on garlic concerns its anti-microbial activity against many types of bacteria and against opportunistic and infectious fungi, including C. albicans. Further, concentrated extract of garlic was more effective than nystatin in several studies of pathogenic yeasts, particularly in complications from candidiasis. Oral administration of garlic extract cured yeast infections after ten days in chicks inoculated with C. albicans.
Wakunaga Central Research Laboratory lists more than thirty compounds isolated from garlic. The main medicinally active constituents include the amino acid alliin, the anti-fungal active ingredient allicin, and a natural enzyme, alliinase. Studies show that effectiveness requires that human dose levels be adequate and that garlic be taken daily. A usual daily dosage for anti-yeast therapy is three capsules filled with aged yeast extract at each meal or fresh raw garlic, if you can stand it. The liquid is also appropriate topical medication for treating thrush and acne. Some people use the aged garlic liquid as the “oil” in an oil and lemon juice salad dressing each day.1
Besides antibiotics, diet also contributes to yeast infection. By eating foods that are acid-producing in the body, we create a good environment for yeast to grow. The best way to keep the yeast gone for good is to avoid foods that are acid-forming in the body. Avoid sugar, alcoholic beverages, and all animal products. Rather eat foods that are alkaline in the body, like fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and raw seeds.
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