Candida albicans is a fungal organism that is present in everyone's intestinal tract. It is normally kept under control by the immune system and by beneficial intestinal bacteria.
This balance is upset when these bacteria are destroyed (typically by antibiotics), when our immune function is impaired (typically due to stress or illness), or when we develop environmental or food sensitivities.
Once that balance is upset, Candida begins to proliferate and invade and colonize our body tissues. It most commonly appears as a vaginal yeast infection or as oral thrush. But Candida albicans can also spread inside the body and become a systemic problem.
When Candida proliferates, it changes from its simple, relatively harmless form to an invasive form, with long root-like structures that penetrate the intestinal lining. Penetration can break down the boundary between the intestinal tract and the circulatory system. This may allow introduction into the bloodstream of many substances which may be systemic allergens, poisons, or irritants. Partially digested proteins may enter the blood through the openings created by Candida (called leaky gut syndrome), which explains why individuals with Candida also often display a variety of food and environmental allergies.
While many of these symptoms may be caused by conditions other than candidiasis, a woman suffering from systemic yeast will typically experience a number of the following symptoms:
Gastrointestinal: Oral thrush, diarrhea, constipation, rectal itching, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), flatulence, food sensitivities.
Genitourinary: Yeast vaginitis, menstrual and premenstrual problems, bladder inflammation, chronic urinary tract infections (UTI's), bladder inflammation, cystitis, PMS.
Dermatological: Eczema, acne, hives.
Mental and emotional: Confusion, irritability, memory loss, inability to concentrate, depression, insomnia, learning disability, short attention span.
Autoimmune: Multiple sclerosis, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, hemolytic anemia, sarcoidosis, thrombocytopenic purpura.
A simple stool test can be done to determine if someone has Candida yeast overgrowth. If there are food sensitivities, a special blood test such as an ALCAT or RAST panel is done to identify reactive foods. This is important because while food allergies are easily noted, it's more difficult to pinpoint the cause of food sensitivity since the reaction can take 8-72 hours. Although some conventional practitioners dispute the whole notion of food sensitivities, I personally have been impressed with the improvements my patients have experienced after eliminating the reactive foods the test panels revealed.
Threelac is a probiotic used particularly for candida treatment and yeast infections. However it works in a different way to the other similar natural health products on the market. Threelac is dearer than most helpful bacteria products, but it is also fair to say that it is in a league of its own. We have had the product tested by a dowser, a kiniesiologist and a vega tester, and all three practitioners reported that Threelac tested as the most powerful probiotic that they had encountered for the treatment of candida. We were the first people to sell this product in the UK, and not a day goes by when we don't have a customer calling us to tell us this the first thing that has ever worked for them (along with Oxygen Elements Max in many cases).
We have found Threelac to be the most effective anti candida product we have come across. This proprietary formula is teeming with live bacteria that start to work immediately to help rid the body of resilient candida organisms. People have reported results as soon as day one, though others have to take Threelac for a couple of months before they notice a difference. The manufactures claim that the secret behind Threelac's effectiveness is the micro-encapsulation process that gets the candida-fighting live bacteria safely past the acidic environment in the stomach. These oxygen-friendly bacteria go to work "dining" on anaerobic problem organisms that your body does not need. An added benefit is that it helps to balance the body's pH. Oxygen Elements Max users are at an added advantage because it creates a rich oxygen environment that Threelac loves.
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