Antibiotics Are a Primary Cause of Candida Infection
Antibiotics are probably the leading cause of Candida and yeast infections, and are a great example of the important principle that by using technology to solve problems, we create other problems.
Candida infection was virtually unheard of before 1940. It is since the introduction of antibiotics at around that time that Candida has become the widespread problem that it is today.
Antibiotic use kills a percentage of all types of bacteria throughout the whole body, but it does not kill the yeast.
Why do antibiotics cause Candida infections?
Antibiotics are designed to eradicate the bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections. While antibiotics destroy bad bacteria and stop the spread of infection, they also destroy the good bacteria that help to keep the Candida in the body under control.
Prolonged or strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in gut flora, an imbalance that allows bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites to overgrow in the stomach. If not controlled, the affected person can begin to suffer a slew of negative side effects and yeast infections including:
Taking antibiotics on any recurrent basis, plus eating foods that contain significant amounts of antibiotics (e.g., non-organic meat, eggs and dairy products) may cause a significant reduction in the normal amount of intestinal bacteria causing intestinal yeast (Candida), to grow unchecked. This disturbs the normal ratio of yeast to bacteria in the intestinal tract.
The flora in our intestinal tract is commonly known as our “second immune system.” These friendly microbes will attack dangerous bacteria that shouldn’t be there; but they are killed off inadvertently by antibiotic misuse.
Birth control pills, steroids, antacid, and anti-ulcer medications such as Tagament, Zantac, Pepcid, and Axid interfere with normal hormonal balance and encourage undesirable yeast overgrowth.
The fact that millions of people suffer from the effects of Candida should not surprise anybody, being, that the overuse of antibiotics has developed into something of a national crisis. People take these drugs for the smallest ailment without giving a second thought to the ramifications of their actions.
Many physicians increasingly and liberally prescribe oral antibiotics, often unnecessarily. It is therefore not at all surprising that intestinal Candida proliferation is becoming an ever-increasing problem.
In the United States alone, an estimated 133 million antibiotic prescriptions are given out a year according to the Government Accounting Office. About half of these are inappropriate or not needed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overuse of antibiotics has exploded in the past 10 years, with the public mistakenly taking the medicine for colds, flu and coughs. These types of illnesses are caused by viruses and cannot be helped with antibiotics, which fight bacterial infections.
Do not use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. If you have to take them for a serious bacterial infection, be sure to recondition your digestive system immediately after taking the antibiotics.
To counteract the bad effects of the the antibiotics on your digestive system:
1. Eat homemade yogurt
Daily consumption of yogurt with active probiotic bacterium, will maintain beneficial long term levels in the stomach and intestines.
Homemade Yogurt contains active cultures that can help restore the good bacteria your body requires.
Yogurt contains Probiotics, bacteria that are beneficial to a person’s health, either through protecting the body against pathogenic bacteria or assisting in recovery from an illness. Yogurts containing the bacteria lactobacilli and bifidobacteria show the most promise.
2. Take probiotics
Taking probiotics before, during and after your course of antibiotics can actually help to maintain the balance in your digestive system. Many Candida sufferers question this, thinking that the antibiotics will quickly kill the good bacteria in the probiotics. However, studies have shown probiotics to be effective during antibiotics.
Taking probiotics during your antibiotic treatment can help slow the growth of Candida by filling your gut with beneficial bacteria. Because probiotics maintain the balance in your gut, they also reduce the side effects of the antibiotics. A 2008 study published in the “Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology” found that probiotics actually reduce diarrhea in patients taking antibiotics.
A highly recommended probiotic product for Candida is Primal Defense.
Primal Defense is a whole food probiotic blend containing 14 strains of hardy plant based, non-dairy HSOs (Homeostatic Soil Organisms.) HSOs contain naturally occurring live enzymes, vitamins and minerals designed to optimize the digestive terrain, bowel and immune system function. These unique micro-organisms are shown to devour undigested matter, and eliminate yeast, parasites and bad bacteria from the intestines. Primal Defense contains the same nutrients used for thousands of years by some of the healthiest and longest living people in the world.
How should you take Primal Defense?
To maximize the beneficial effect of the probiotics, take them at least 2 hours apart from your dosage of antibiotics. This way as few as possible of the ‘good bacteria’ will get killed by the antibiotics in your gut.
Take the probiotics after a meal as this is when your stomach acid is at its lowest. You can take probiotics before, during and after your course of antibiotics.
The medium-chain saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are potent antimicrobial agents, effective against fungi, viruses and many bacteria. The most effective fatty acids are caprylic acid (with 8 carbon atoms), capric acid (10 carbon atoms) and lauric acid (12 carbon). They appear to work by causing microbial cell walls to disintegrate.
Coconut oil appears to be effective against Candida within days.
Coconut oil has long featured in treatment plans for fungal infections like Candida. Dr. Bruce Fife, the author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle,” notes that the medium chain fatty acids within the oil have a potent anti-microbial effect. Fife says these special fatty acids, only found in high concentrations in coconut oil, diffuse into the cell membrane of Candida cells before dissolving, causing death of the organism. Caprylic acid has a particular affinity to yeast cells.
Suggested use: With Candida take initially 4 tablespoons of coconut oil spread out during the day, and after improvement you may reduce this to 2 tablespoons for several more weeks..
A highly recommended coconut oil product for Candida is Caproil – CaprylicAcid produced by Inno-Vite Inc.
Caprylic acid, a fatty acid, is a broad-spectrum anti-fungal agent effective against Candida albicans and other fungi, but harmless to friendly intestinal flora.
Caproil, containing liquid caprylic acid (extracted from coconut oil) and oleic acids (in safflower oil), is the fungicidal component of the Attogram products. Caproil contains 1600 mg Caprylic Acid per Tablespoon.
Caprylic acid has been used for years as part of an effective natural cure for Candida, and happens to be one of the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil.
It’s reported to be especially helpful for people who suffer adverse reactions to pharmaceutical anti-fungal drugs.
It is effective not only against the yeast form of Candida, but also the invasive form because it is absorbed by the intestinal mucosal cells. Oleic acid hinders conversion of the yeast form of Candida to the more injurious mycelial form. The safflower oil in Caproil is high quality first press and solvent free.