One of the best treatments for a yeast infection are probiotics. A yeast infection is caused by Candida, a fungus that actually is present in the body naturally. When its levels get upset for one reason or the other, then a yeast infection will occur. Some people think that yeast infections are only found in the vaginal tracts of women. Not true. Yeast infections can be found in the throat and on the tongue and mouth, on the skin and in the gut.
You may have heard of probiotics and may be wondering how they can be of benefit to your health. The benefits are numerous, but before we get to them, let’s talk a little about what probiotics are.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are simply friendly bacteria that are found throughout your gut. They line your entire gut by the millions and their main function is to fight off inflammation. If you ingest something that contains harmful bacteria, probiotics will meet these bacteria and they will be destroyed.
Lactose intolerance is the body’s inability to digest milk and milk products. A large number of people are familiar with it – that bloated feeling that you get or the urge to visit the toilet immediately after you take milk or anything that contains milk.
In fact a large percentage of the population all around the world suffers from lactose intolerance. Studies have shown that in the US alone, 15% of Caucasians suffer it, over 50% of Mexican Americans, and over 80% of African Americans have lactose intolerance as well, (between 30 and 50 million Americans) pretty high numbers for one country alone.
Probiotics are great for general health and for treating specific problems especially related to the gut, but the range in the market can leave a consumer confused as to what would be best for them. To help with this, it is important to know that there are actually different strains of probiotics and each strain is beneficial in a specific way. It will help you to know what to look for in a probiotic.
If you suffer from IBS, there is a safe and natural way you can relieve your symptoms: using probiotics. In many cases in modern medicine, we resort to antibiotics to treat even minor ailments. Yes, antibiotics kill off bad bacteria, but along with it, they kill off good bacteria as well that naturally exists in your gut to protect you from inflammation.
IBS, as the name suggests, is an irritation of the stomach that causes painful cramps, diarrhoea and bloating. It’s said to be more common in men than women, but at least a third of the population is said to suffer from IBS especially as they get older. In the US alone, it’s estimated that 15-30 million people suffer from IBS.