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This is a guest post by James Schreiber.
Do you know what antibiotics, steroids and high-carb diets have in common? They can all compromise your health and cause a Candida infection.
Three out of four women (and increasing amount of men) will experience a localized form of Candida infection at least once during their lifetime. But only few people know that chronic Candida, or yeast overgrowth, can cause a whole bunch of other seemingly unrelated complications – including unexplainable fatigue, frequent headaches, lack of concentration, foggy brain, carbohydrate cravings and digestive problems.
Candida infection is caused by a weakened immune system. How? Well, each one of us carries naturally occurring good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract, where most of our immune system resides. These little inhabitants of our gut are meant to stay in balance in order for you to experience vibrant health and achieve your fitness goals. This is where antibiotics, steroids and high-carb diets show their dark side:
1. Antibiotics – prolonged or frequent use of broad spectrum antibiotics destroys not only the bad bacteria, but they also kill the good ones, while leaving so called Candida yeast intact. The Candida cells will then grow into the voids, overwhelm the rest of your friendly bacteria and wreak havoc on your entire body.
2. Steroids – as a former body-builder who abused steroids, I have a first hand experience of what toll they can have on our health. To put it simply, your immune system suffers – a lot! In severely immuno-compromised people, the Candida yeast can enter their bloodstream, resulting in life-threatening complications.
3. A high-carb diet – diets high in processed foods and carbohydrates are usually a contributing factor and may act as the “final straw” where health has already been compromised. Candida thrives on sugar and acidic environment is believed to be an excellent breeding ground for its proliferation.
About the Author: James Schreiber is the webmaster and founder of www.eCandida.com. Untreated systemic Candida infections are dangerous and can kill. You can read more about Candida overgrowth or visit a recently launched website on Candida where you can find articles that cover its signs, symptoms and causes – together with natural prevention & treatment tips. If you think you may have Candida or any other illness, be sure to visit a qualified medical professional for more information and personalized advice.