An all too common infection, known to many as a yeast infection, can be a nuisance. What many people don’t know is what yeast infections actually are, and that there are natural treatments to prevent these annoyances from reoccurring.
Yeast infections, are caused by Candida which is a fungus. Candida can cause infections in our bodies affecting our skin, mouths, urinary tracts, and genitals.
Common Candida infections you’ve probably heard of include genital yeast infections, thrush (in the mouth), diaper rash, and skin infections.
Some symptoms include skin and nail fungus, such as athlete’s foot and toe nail fungus, chronic fatigue, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, hives and rashes, recurring vaginal and urinary tract infections, muscle and joint aches, and sugar cravings.
What makes Candida cause these infections?
One cause is eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates in our diets. Sugar feeds yeast, and when we eat too much of it, yeast can keep growing, leaving less room for good bacteria.
The most common cause is use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are given to us to kill “bad” bacteria. The problem is that it also kills “good” bacteria, which is usually there to keep our Candida levels normal. When “good” bacteria are taken away, there is room for Candida to take over.
Other causes are oral contraceptives, and high stress.
Treatment of Candida
There are natural ways to treat and prevent Candida. We can do this by stopping overgrowth of yeast and building up “good” bacteria.
How do we do this? First, we need to stop overgrowth of yeast. Remember, sugar is what feeds yeast. By eliminating sweets and limiting complex carbohydrates (grains, beans, fruit, potatoes, etc), we can prevent Candida growth.
To build up friendly bacteria, we can take prebiotics and probiotics. Intake of these on a regular basis can reduce Candida, making room for good bacteria to grow.
So, what is a prebiotic?
Prebiotics are a type of soluble fiber. They are not bacteria, and not digested by the small intestine, but rather used as fuel to feed probiotics. In other words, prebiotics are “food” for probiotics.
A type of prebiotic, called inulin is found in the plant world, and given to us in certain plants and natural foods we eat. With all of the changes in the food industry and the high amounts of processed foods we eat today, inulin is currently limited in our diets.
Prebiotics and probiotics work together.
Probiotics are also known as bacteria that are “good,” “friendly,” or “helpful” bacteria that keep our guts healthy. They are naturally found in our bodies as well as in foods and supplements. (Although they are available in supplements, it does no good to take them without a diet filled with natural foods.)
When your body loses “good” bacteria, probiotics help to replace them by lowering the amount of “bad” bacteria and balancing “good” and “bad.”
Once yeast has room to expand, its hunger is fed by diets that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, and yeast continues to grow.
When yeast and bacteria hit the blood stream, it causes inflammations in the body. Probiotics not only move food through the gut, but help with skin conditions, vaginal and urinary health, preventing allergies and colds, and oral health.
If you’re wondering if you could possibly have yeast overgrowth, you need to consider a few factors.
Have you recently taken antibiotics, been on birth control pills, or have reoccurring vaginal yeast infections? Do you have cravings for sugar and bread, feel exhausted, have gas, bloating, or cramping? Although it’s always best to consult your physician for diagnosis, these could be signs of possible yeast overgrowth.
What does Yacon Syrup have to do with this?
Yacon syrup is a superfood, having many health benefits, one of them being the ability to fight Candida. Not only does replacing sugar (which feeds yeast) with yacon syrup lessen our sugar intake, it is also a prebiotic.
If you’re wondering how to incorporate yacon syrup into your diet, the easiest way is to use in place of whichever sweetener you are using now.
If you decide to go with a probiotic supplement, you won’t get all of the other benefits you’d get if you were using yacon syrup.
Yacon not only increases digestive immunity, but increases calcium, giving us stronger bones and lowering our chances of osteoporosis.
It’s low on the glycemic index, helping to keep blood sugar levels in check, and also may help to stay at a healthy weight. It is raw, natural, organic, and low in calories.
If you’d like to try yacon syrup for yourself, make sure you read the labels before buying.
It should be all natural, raw yacon with no additives, so you make sure you acquire all of these healthful benefits.