Beware of “Legends of the Yeast” Part One

Yeast infections seem like such an ordinary problem that many of us almost look at them as an inevitable part of life. There is also a great deal of misinformation, deemed as “common understandings,” about yeast infections on numerous websites posted on the web. Don’t make an even greater mistake by determining important health decisions based on these unfounded falsehoods. Be informed so you can choose wisely. Here are just a few of the misunderstandings, legends, really, currently being circulated:

Legend#1: Candida is mainly a woman’s problem

Candida albicans is the name of the fungus that causes yeast over growth in the body, sometimes caused by an over-consumption of sugar*. This is not just true for women! Nearly everyone has some form of candida albicans in their body, which can limit your potential, male or female, to enjoy general vitality, clarity and overall well being.
*This is not just cane sugar we are talking about here. You’ll need to realize that sugar comes in many different forms! Sugar can be chemically extracted from natural sources, or chemically modified, resulting in such products known as fructose, glucose, galactose, maltose and sucrose, and more. Both men and women consume these kinds of sweets, rendering them more susceptible to greater candida growth and, eventually, yeast infection.

Legend #2: Yeast infections are basically harmless, even though they’re irritating and itchy.

Fact: Would you be shocked to know that over 10,000 people in the United States die of yeast infections every year? Chronic yeast infections can be a symptom of an underlying illness, like diabetes or AIDS. People with compromised immune systems are sometimes the victim of systemic yeast infections that attack their blood cells and organs, and these infections can be fatal.

And new, drug-resistant strains of Candida yeast are now a growing threat in hospitals, where the highly aggressive strains attach themselves to hospital surfaces and even staff clothing. These strains are very difficult to treat and can pose a serious danger to patients. This problem is far greater in remote third-world hospitals, but is also causing increasing concern in developed nations.

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