Experts estimate that three of four women are afflicted with yeast infections once during their lives, and half of all women endure them on a recurrent basis. The solution to yeast overgrowth, however, does not have to be complicated. Small revisions in lifestyle, supplements and diet can increase your body’s ability to resist this condition.
When we talk about yeast overgrowth, whether it be a systemic yeast issue leading to diaper rash or athlete’s foot, or a digestive tract issue causing ailments such as thrush, what we are referring to is an imbalance of our body’s healthy flora or beneficial bacteria. Whether we’d like to believe it or not, our body plays host to trillions of microscopic bacteria and other microbes. The majority of these live in the digestive tract, but they are found in all orifices, from the sinus to the belly button. Yeast thrive in the alkaline portions of our digestive system, and they are present in just about everyone. In a healthy body they live in small numbers, typically found in the small intestine, but are also found in mucous membranes. One of these microscopic yeast organisms is called Candida albicans, and it has gained notoriety as of late. In a healthy digestive system, Candida lives in a ratio of approimately one Candida cell for every million bacteria. When the number of yeast cells grows out of the 1:1,000,000 ratio, a person is said to have a flora of yeast imbalance.
** Excepted from Essential Health Bulletin – Path of Yeast Resistance