It is Candida species that causes yeast infections. There are over 100 naturally occurring species, but only a quarter of them are considered recognized causes of yeast infection, or Candiasis in humans. The most abundant one is Candida albicas, then Candida glabrata, Candida krusei, Candida tropicalis, and Candida parapsilosis.
For healthy individuals, the intestines are protected from the multiplication of Candida by the beneficial gastrointestinal bacterial flora. Candida is usually kept in check when the natural equilibrium between Candida and the gastrointestinal bacterial flora is maintained. Strangely enough, the main cause of yeast infection is not simply yeast organisms, although these are usually present in small amounts in most areas of the body. When this usual balance is upset, Candida species can reproduce rapidly and provoke multiple symptoms of yeast infection.
Several internal elements, several external factors and their inter-relationship create a yeast infection environment. Yeast infection, like many other recurring health diseases, is caused by several factors.
Genetic traits (which we do not control) and lifestyle and psychological factors can encourage Candida overgrowth, favored in general by contributions from internal factors provoking yeast multiplication. Internal reasons for yeast infection include:
1. Weakened immune system.
2. Diminished friendly probiotic bacteria.
3. Bad diet choices: sugary products, white flour products and other refined carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol and other yeast encouraging foods.
4. Toxic overload – Candida infection overgrowth can also be triggered by the accumulation of toxins in the blood and the intestines. Toxic overload is the major contributor of many degenerative and chronic health conditions, including candidiasis as it hinders your body’s normal ability to heal and detoxify itself and control Candida.
5. Stress- Stress can weaken the body’s immune capabilities and its ability to fight Candida infection.
Several more external factors and circumstances also lead to candida multiplication and infection. The yeast infection environment is produced because of these factors and associated internal co-factors.
The main external agents of vaginal yeast infection are:
1. Douching or using female hygiene sprays to the intimate area
2. The use of toilet paper that is colored or perfumed, deodorant sanitary towels or tampons, or bubble bath.
3. Wiping “the wrong way” after using the toilet from rectum to vagina, which spurs the spreading of bacteria.
4. Wearing tight garments or clothes manufactured from synthetic fibers.
The main external agents of oral yeast infection (thrush) are:
1. Wearing orthodontic appliances or dentures with a poor fit
2. Treatment by badly disinfected medical equipment catering for multiuse.
3. Introducing dirty objects into one’s mouth (especially for babies)
The main external agents of baby yeast infection (diaper rash) are:
1. Lipid-eliminating soaps that increase the permeability of the skin, putting it more at risk for diaper dermatitis
2. Folds in the skin from obesity, with added moisture and friction due to insufficient air circulation
3. Skin in excessive contact with urine and feces because of diapers are kept on for too long
4. Allergy reactions coming from the dye in training pants and disposable diapers, as well as the effects of wipes, lotions and creams, etc.
The external reasons of male yeast infection are:
1. Neglect of male personal hygiene
2. Sexual intercourse with a partner already infected by a yeast infection
3. Using glycerine based lubricants or soaps that are colored or perfumed.
The external reasons of paronychia (nail bed infections) are:
1. Soaking hands in water for a long time. This means that bacteria and yeasts easily invade and multiply in the space under the nail as the nail plate can be lifted up off the nail bed.
2. Use of clothing and shoes that prevent air from circulating.
Because medicine in developed countries focuses on the manifestation of Candida in the infected parts, conventional yeast infection treatments are short term measures. Although the external agents of yeast infection are well described, the basic contributing factors are less so.
The holistic approach first and foremost strives to restore the intestinal natural balance. By tackling the intestinal dysbiosis (the real main cause of yeast infection) while neutralizing the internal and external factors that contribute to this