Thrush / Candida
Vaginal thrushVaginal thrush is caused by an overgrowth of candida, a yeast that commonly lives in the human gut. Normally, it's in balance with other microorganisms, and causes no problems; but when conditions change and it multiplies rapidly, candida can start affecting other parts of the body, creating symptoms like thrush. An acidic environment, caused by any combination of excessive sugars, high stress levels and antibiotics, triggers candida overgrowth, allowing it to thrive at the expense of a number of important dietary functions, and produce a multitude of symptoms. About 2 in 5 women have candida in the vagina without it causing any symptoms. It's speculated that 80 per cent to 90 per cent of the population – women, men and children – is effected by candida or a systemic yeast infection. Click on the questions below:
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The most common symptoms of thrush are itching and/or soreness around the entrance of the vagina (vulva). The soreness means that you have a stinging sensation when you pass urine and that sex is uncomfortable. You may also notice:
- A thick, whitish vaginal discharge (like cottage cheese), or a watery vaginal discharge. This discharge does not smell unpleasant.
- The vulva area looks red and there may be cracks in the skin, often the vaginal lips (labia) are swollen.
- Fishy smell after sex.
Taking antibiotics (because these kill both the good and bad bacteria).
Acidosis – too much acid in the diet creates a perfect environment for anaerobic microorganisms to flourish and spread around the body.
Diabetes – especially if your blood sugar levels are consistently too high, which feeds yeast encouraging growth.
Wearing tight, non-porous underwear, such as nylon knickers and tights (because candida thrives in warm, moist conditions).
Soreness of the vulva or vagina – particularly if you scratch during intercourse (damaged tissue is more susceptible to yeast infections).
Being ill for any reason – this lowers your immune system.
Taking any drugs such as steroids – these lower the body’s resistance to infection.
Diet and hormone changes during pregnancy – but thrush is less likely during breastfeeding.
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• Vaginal yeast infection
Intense itching in the vaginal area, burning during urination and vaginal discharge are all common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection. This is what most people think of when they hear the words 'yeast infection'. However, yeast can colonise anywhere in the body.
Gastrointestinal yeast infectionA yeast infection that is present in the gastrointestinal system will cause heartburn, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation.
Respiratory allergiesAn overgrowth of yeast in the body can cause a runny nose, facial pain, wheezing and sneezing.
Central nervous systemYeast infections in the body can affect the central nervous system and cause depression, anxiety, memory deficits or loss of ability to concentrate.
Menstrual abnormalitiesYeast infections can cause severe menstrual tension or PMS and menstrual irregularities. Mental and emotional effects include confusion, irritability, memory loss, inability to concentrate, depression, insomnia, learning disability and short attention span.
General systemic symptomsA yeast infection can be systemic, which means all through your body. A systemic infection can cause fatigue, headaches or irritability.
Pruritus aniA persistent itchy feeling around the anus can be caused by overgrown yeast travelling down from your colon.
By alkalising your body you can prevent thrush/candida symptoms. pH Plus is a great product to alkalise, maximising your immune system to prevent symptoms in all parts of the body.
Chronic effects of candida:A severe overgrowth of candida can be affecting a lot more than you initially thought.
Autoimmune:Multiple sclerosis, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, hemolytic anemia, sarcoidosis, thrombocytopenic purpura
Generalised:Fatigue, lethargy, migraine headaches, weakness, dizziness, sensory disturbances, hypoglycemia, muscle pain, respiratory problems, and chemical sensitivities
Gastrointestinal:Oral thrush, diarrhoea, constipation, rectal itching, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), flatulence, food sensitivities.
Genitourinary:Yeast vaginitis, menstrual and premenstrual problems, bladder inflammation, chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs), bladder inflammation, cystitis, PMS.
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DietHigh-sugar foods feed yeast causing it to multiply. Learn more
DehydrationWithout enough alkaline water the body can't flush out toxins, creating a better breeding ground for candida to grow.
AcidityWhen your body is acidic there's less oxygen in the body. This is a haven for anaerobic pathogens like yeast, mould and fungus. Thrush is often a warning you have an internal problem.
Candida is a symptom of acidosis, a sign your body's not getting enough alkaline in your diet. Don’t treat the symptoms – treat the cause.
Why does thrush keep coming back?The body goes to great lengths to create an alkaline environment to repair and rejuvenate more efficiently – but it can only work with the food and liquid ingested. When large amounts of acid-forming foods are ingested you're fighting your natural body process to keep infection and illness down, helping pathogens, bacteria, fungus to overgrow and cause the above symptoms. Detoxing your body is the best way to increase the immune system response to fight vaginal thrush. For more information see our ph health detox page.
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Best of all – weight loss gets easier! Yep, as you reduce acidity within your body, your cells tend to let go of fat a lot easier! Your body was using fat cells as a form of defence against the body's toxins, so as you remove the toxins your cells lower their defences and fewer fat cells are formed.Return to top