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Yeast: Is it sabotaging your health?

Do you know what birth control pills, antibiotics and stress have in common? They can all sabotage your health and cause yeast infections.

It’s a fact – according to an official report, up to 75 percent of all women (and a growing number of men) in the United States will experience a localized form of yeast infection at least once during their lifetime. Chronic yeast infections can also stand behind a number of other seemingly unrelated health problems, such as chronic fatigue, sugar cravings and digestive disorders.

Understanding Candida

I’ve been to hell and back in my long fight with chronic yeast infection, also known as Candidiasis or simply Candida. My passion for body building took on obsession like qualities and I started taking steroids, which ultimately led to a yeast overgrowth that stole two years of my life. And today, I’m going to pass on my hard-won knowledge – let’s take a look at some of the symptoms associated with Candida yeast infection:

  • low energy
  • digestive problems
  • vaginal yeast infections
  • headaches, migraines
  • lack of concentration
  • “foggy” thinking
  • carbohydrate cravings

Yeast infection is caused by an out-of-control growth of a specific type of yeast called Candida albicans. Candida is harmless – even beneficial – when it exists in proper quantities on our bodies. However, the use of broad spectrum antibiotics, birth control pills or steroids – together with stress and high-carb diets – may cause the yeast to grow out of control:

  • Antibiotics destroy not only bad bacteria, but also the good ones living in the digestive tract that keep the Candida yeast under control. The yeast will then spread into the voids and compromise your overall health.
  • Birth control pills have been shown to increase a risk of hormonal imbalances by keeping estrogen levels high without being regulated. This also encourages Candida proliferation.
  • It’s common knowledge that stress can negatively affect your immune system and cause a whole array of other health problems – including Candidiasis.

The result of Candida overgrowth is a fight, and your body is the prize. And it’s exactly what happened to me – for two long years, I saw specialists and doctors in exhausting attempts to explain my foggy brain, lack of concentration, fatigue, weight-loss, and other debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, chronic yeast infection is still one of those illnesses most people and mainstream physicians know very little, or haven’t heard about.

For millions of people, attempts to enjoy vibrant health are met with uncontrollable symptoms most conventional doctors can’t explain. I’ve launched a website about Candida to spread awareness of the disease and let people know that their health problems could very well be linked to yeast – and they don’t have to live that way anymore.

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James Schreiber is a former Candida sufferer who recently launched a new website where he writes about how to get rid of a yeast infection once and for all. [/author_info]

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1 Comment

  1. 40MomsClub

    February 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm

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