Candida Symptoms

Health Conditions That Can Increase Risk of Yeast Overgrowth

We know that yeast overgrowth or systemic candida can be a greater risk in those with a depressed immune system but there are other health conditions that can increase the chances of repeated candida or yeast overgrowth.

During pregnancy hormonal changes associated with this period, especially the increase in estrogen, can lead to a yeast infection. It is estimated that about 10 percent of all women will develop a yeast infection during pregnancy. Yeast infections during pregnancy can be more difficult to control because the chemical changes that pregnancy induces also weaken the immune system. Since many anti-fungal drugs cannot be used during pregnancy natural oxygen supplements are often helpful especially during this time.

Another strong link with repeated yeast infections in both women and men is uncontrolled diabetes. Since most yeast organisms, candida included, feed off of excess sugar, once a yeast overgrowth is present the higher levels of glucose in the blood of diabetics can cause a much faster overgrowth of candida. While excess sugar does NOT cause a yeast overgrowth or a systemic candida situation, once this problem exists the higher levels of sugar in the uncontrolled diabetic can make matters much worse. We use a natural oxygen supplement made by Phoenix Nutritionals.

If you have a health condition that puts you at a greater risk for a yeast infection it is essential to keep that condition under as good a control as possible.  I In addition to that it would be a good idea to take extra precautions such as ensuring that you stay dry. Use panty liners if necessary. Do not wear overly tight fitting clothes, which can restrict air flow. Avoid douching with chemical products. Use natural soap and warm water only. Don’t soak for long periods in the bath tub.

Taking extra precautions if you have higher risk health conditions can prevent repeated yeast infections. If you are at greater risk you should consider taking an oxygen supplement on a daily basis to strengthen the body and support a healthy immune system. Since yeast is basically an anaerobic organism, the use of oxygen enhancing supplements provides an environment that also helps prevent excess yeast overgrowth.

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  1. Dr Whiting

    While the most common causes of a systemic yeast overgrowth remain antibiotics, steroids, and birth control meds. You can see that there are other potential causes especially if a person is highly susceptible to yeast activity in their body. While most of these connections are relative to localized yeast infections vaginally, if these are not treated timely and completely or if these infections occur repeatedly, they can lead to a systemic yeast overgrowth once the organisms enter the blood stream.

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