A yeast infection is an infection that is caused by the candida albicans yeast. This infection is found in all age groups from infants to children to adults. The infection is referred to as candidiasis and is a type of fungus that is normally present throughout the body in small amounts. Yeast infections can flare up specifically in warm and moist areas of the body such as the mouth and genitals of both men and women. A yeast infection of the mouth, known as thrush, is commonly found in infants and elderly people as they both are more likely to have weaker immune systems. Yeast infections can also be transmitted between sexual partners through intercourse and other sexual acts.
A main cause of candidiasis infection is most commonly due to a reaction from taking antibiotics for an illness. The antibiotic can cause many of the good bacteria growing in the body to die. The good bacterium, known as flora, regulate the growth of the candida yeast and this can grow out of control when the flora are diminished. Hormonal changes in the body, wearing pants or under garments that are not made of cotton or are too tight and so do not allow good air circulation, using spotted feminine products etc, all can cause an leap in yeast growth due to an increase in moisture and heat in a woman's genital region.
Another common cause is people with a weakened immune system due to Lyme's disease or HIV. A weakened immune system puts people at a higher risk of being infected as the body is unable to prevent an increase in yeast growth. As previously mentioned, older people and infants also fall within this group of people more predisposed to infections.
A candida infection can be related directly to the diet of the infected person. An increase in the amount of sugar consumed creates an optimal growing environment as yeast thrills on sugar. Decreasing sugar intake once a yeast infection is diagnosed will cause the yeast to starve and assist in the treatment. Foods that contain fungi should also be avoided whilst trying any type of natural yeast infection treatment as the body will break the fungi down into sugar.
Other foods which contain sugar or yeast and should be avoided or very strictly limited are; non citrus fruits and juices, potatoes and other starchy vegetables, grains, bread and other foods that contain yeast, coffee and food substances that contain carbohydrates. These foods can be gradually introduced back into the diet once the yeast infection is completely treated and is no longer a problem.