Symptoms of A Yeast Infection
Question : I have been suffering from several health problems for the past three years. There's a white coating under my tongue. I have joint pains, suffer from a digestive disorder and have problems with urination. I have seen many doctors but after medication, my problems seem to worsen. Please help!
Answer : Some of the symptoms mentioned by you may be due to a yeast infection. The common culprit here is Candida albicans. Yeast is present in everyone and lives in harmony along with many other microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. However, when there's candida overgrowth, it may cause problems such as oral thrush (white coating under the tongue), bloating, indigestion, lethargy, rectal itching, yeast infection of the skin and frequent bladder infections.
Avoid foods that may promote Candida overgrowth. Cut down on refined carbohydrates including sugar and white flour products (biscuits, cakes and noodles). Even natural sweeteners such as molasses, honey and maple syrup will have to be eliminated. Foods with a high yeast or mould content (i.e. alcohol, cheeses, dried fruits, and peanuts) should also be taken out. Eat a wholesome and well-balanced meal. Eighty per cent of the diet should comprise alkaline-forming foods (fresh fruits and vegetables). Fermented dairy products such as yoghurt are also beneficial.
Probiotics, a concentrated form of friendly bacteria, can control the overgrowth of the candida fungus and alleviate symptoms related to this infection. It may also help those with the 'leaky gut' syndrome. Vitamins and minerals are important in priming the immune system. Vitamin C and the mineral zinc strengthen the immune system to cope with other infections during the candida infestation. Other nutrients that are needed include vitamin A, the B group vitamins, folic acid, selenium and iron.
Start a regular exercise programme. It will be helpful if you are able to identify known or suspected allergens and take steps to avoid them. Allergies can weaken the immune system and provide a more hospitable environment for the yeast to multiply. The use of antibiotics, steroids, immune-suppressing drugs and birth control pills can also suppress the body's defences.
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