Antibiotics, medicines and beneficial bacteria
Antibiotics are at times completely necessary in order to rid the body of a serious infection.
Antibiotics are designed to kill off unwanted organisms in the body. The problem is that they can not differentiate beneficial organisms from the pathogenic ones (bad ones).
As they go about their task of ridding the body of infection, they indiscriminately kill off just about everything, leaving the body with altered microbiomes in the gut, the nose, the ears, the vagina and rectum and upon the surface of the skin.
Unless you take a probiotic after your course of antibiotics then your body is left extremely vulnerable to pathogenic bacteria getting out of control again.
What`s going on with your immune system at the moment?
If you haven`t been on medication or have a history of antibiotic use, then what has caused this to happen? Well, besides diet and hygiene reasons, it could be down to your immunity.
If you have been feeling a little run-down, or have been encountering more stress than normal, it could be having a huge effects on your immunity.
Candida and other pathogenic organisms use glucose as their main source of fuel.
All carbohydrates are broken down to glucose during digestion. That means that all starchy foods and fruits and vegetables eventually get broken down to glucose.
Whilst vegetables are fine, a diet rich in starchy carbohydrates like breads, pastas, pastries, cakes, sweets and biscuits are going to be overloading your body with too much glucose and feeding those organisms responsible for causing you so much irritation. Likewise, fizzy pop, cordials, beers and wine will be doing the same.
If you have been prone to outbreaks of vaginal candida then it is important to let your vagina breathe.
If you`ve ever had a baby, your midwife may have advised you to let the baby have some bare-bottom time for their genital health. It`s the same principle.
Ditch the thongs for a little while and get some nice, comfy bamboo or cotton pants that allow better airflow around your lady parts. Synthetic fibres trap heat and moisture, which is just going to encourage yeast growth.
Clinical Nutrition and Naturopathic Health
Eve Morley N.T
Society of Naturopaths
AMNNA FNTP NFPTA
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