Learn more about Candida Balance & How Important it is to Your Health
An excess of harmful bacteria over good bacteria threatens your well being. Learn how important candida balance and general balance of good and bad bacteria or “flora” is to your health and how to achieve it….
What Do We Mean By “Balanced Intestinal Flora”?
Our intestinal tract is home to many species of bacteria (flora). These flora can be divided into two types, “friendly” and “unfriendly”. Among the “unfriendly” flora the most aggressive and opportunistic is the yeast candida albicans. Whilst our flora play an important role in overall health, any imbalance of the normal ratio of “friendly” and “unfriendly” flora may result in a wide variety of health issues.
How Do We Know If Our Flora is “Out of Balance”?
An overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria may result in varied signs. The most commonly reported include digestive upset as well as more widespread symptoms such as chronic fatigue, skin rashes, intimate itching, depression and difficulty concentrating. The natural balance in other parts of the body can be lost too. This is particularly so in warm, moist areas, such as the groin, anal area, and between the toes. If the balance is lost in these areas problems such as redness, irritation and itch can occur.
What Affects This Balance
Our normal “flora balance” can be adversely affected by many factors, the most common of which are poor diet (for example a diet high in processed foods, sweet or alcoholic beverages), stress and certain prescription drugs, in particular broad-spectrum antibiotics. A common complaint from woman taking oral contraceptive pill is vaginal yeast problems.