What are yeast infections (candida infections)?
Yeast infections are caused by a fungus such as Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a strain of yeast commonly found in the gastro-intestinal and gentio-urinary areas of the body. Usually, this is harmless unless the immune system is compromised. At that time, the yeast is able to multiple by feeding on sugar and then releases toxins in the body.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
Common symptoms are burring, itching and a discharge. Yeast infections of the mouth are also possible, called thrush.
What are pre-disposing factors for a yeast infection?
You are more prone to getting a yeast infection if you have any of the following:
• long-term use of antibiotics
• immune system dysfunctions
• excess carbohydrates (the body processes carbohydrates and sugar in a similar way)
• leaky gut syndrome
• oral contraceptives
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