Thrush is a common side-effect of antibiotics, but there's a lot you can do at home to regain control of the fungus that naturally lives in your gastrointestinal tract. Eliminating sugars and other dietary changes will starve the fungus, forcing it to retreat, and a healthy diet will help maintain the fungus at normal levels.
Thrush is the common name for a yeast infection; an overgrowth of a pathogenic yeast named Candida Albicans. It is often associated with embarrassing genital problems, bad breath, fatigue, itchiness, swelling and discharge, and for some, it becomes a more serious chronic and debilitating illness.
It develops in warm, moist areas of the body such as the genitals, throat, mouth and in the folds of skin. Candida spores grow rapidly, upsetting the balance of the microbiome and the resulting lack of friendly bacteria wreaks havoc with our digestive system and our overall long term health.
Given the right conditions, the candida fungus changes from its normal single-celled organism to a thread-like form. Similar to the furry structures that grow on moldy bread or the top of the jam. It then penetrates your gastrointestinal tract and enters your bloodstream. You now have 'leaky gut', and your partially digested food molecules can enter your bloodstream and trigger allergic reactions.
Candida also ferments sugary foods causing bloating and flatulence. It can irritate the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, causing spasms and cramps, and is less able to assimilate food, leading to constipation or diarrhea. Candida also produces increasing quantities of toxic by-products, which can lead to physical and even mental symptoms of illness .
If you've taken antibiotics to treat an infection, there's a good chance Candida Albicans has invaded other parts of your body. More accurately, the Candida that naturally lives harmlessly in your body has grown out of control. The antibiotics have destroyed the good bacteria that would normally help keep the fungus in check, leaving you with a weakened immune system, and you are probably symptomatic as a result.
Other main causes are: high levels of blood sugar; dry, damaged or irritated skin; certain types of medication; and smoking.
A simple home test will tell you if you have Oral Thrush. Surprisingly accurate, just spitting in a glass of clean water will give a good indication of the presence of candida. If you have candida, several thin strands of spit will develop from the spittle within a few seconds. If you don't have candida, the strands won't develop and the saliva will remain afloat above the water.
If you test positive, you can take immediate action to reduce your Candida back to a normal level. Changing your diet and boosting your immune system can help reduce the candida back down to manageable levels.
Systemic Candida refers to a yeast infection which has spread to multiple locations rather than being localized to one part of the body.
Thrush is a commonly reported side effect of antibiotics. If you've been prescribed antibiotics for cystitis, using D'Mannose as a preventative, may result in less dependency on antibiotics, resulting in less episodes of candida overgrowth.
Avoid over-indulging in sugary foods and alcohol, especially around the festive season and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your immune system strong.
Maintain high standards of personal hygiene, including bathing, washing your hands, brushing your teeth and changing your underwear regularly. Avoid douching which can upset the natural balance of bacteria. Try to quit smoking, and remain well hydrated.
Use unscented, chemical free tampons and pads, and never keep them in for longer than 8 hours. Chemicals can upset the pH and the natural balance of your bacterial flora.
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