Did you know that many symptoms of fibromyalgia and yeast infections, such as Candida albicans, overlap?  While this doesn’t necessarily mean that yeast infections cause fibromyalgia, it does mean that many fibromyalgia symptoms are made worse by the onset of a yeast infection.

Yeast infections can be caused by a weakened immune system whereby the yeast is able to gain a strong foothold into your body and over populate itself.  Yeast infections are often the result of nutritional deficiencies and can also be caused by the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and corticosteroids.

Candida albicans is an underlying condition in many other illnesses in addition to fibromyalgia, including chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Crohn’s disease.

Common symptoms associated with Candida albicans:

•    Exhaustion and extreme fatiguefatigue fibromyalgia•    Brain fog
•    Aches and pains
•    Short- term memory loss
•    Depression
•    Anxiety
•    Blurred vision and sensitivity to light
•    Panic attacks
•    Sinus problems and sore throat
•    Migraines and headaches
•    Low sex drive
•    Dizziness or fainting
•    Hormonal imbalances

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are a type of living bacteria that actually benefit your health when taken in the appropriate amounts. With the word “pro” meaning for and “bio” meaning “life”, Probiotics quite simply promote life, which is the opposite of an “antibiotic”, which destroys life — both the harmful and the friendly.   With the wide acceptance and over-use of antibiotics, we have left ourselves wide open to harmful bacteria that can invade our bodies and thereby reduce immunity and lower our health.

This friendly bacteria, located in the gastrointestinal tract, comes in a variety of forms.  With more than 400 different bacteria living in the human gastrointestinal tract, the most common forms of intestinal Probiotics are L. acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum.  

These bacteria act as balancing agents for non-friendly, pathogenic, gut-bacteria such as Candida or E. coli.  When the “good-guys” are not present enough, a number of bacteria-related health problems such as digestive upset, headaches, extreme fatigue, brain fog, and depression, and others listed above, can occur.  Studies show that L. acidophilus actually creates a natural form of antibiotics in the body.  This natural antibiotic increases our ability to produce antimicrobial action against the pathogens in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the things we come into contact with.  Natural amounts of Probiotics are destroyed by junk foods, acidic diets, drugs and toxins and supplementing with a daily probiotic is a great idea.

Health benefits you can expect when you take Probiotics on a daily basis:

•    Increases ability to digest food and improve your metabolism
•    Enhances your immune system response
•    Reduces susceptibility to infections
•    Alleviates constipation, diarrhea, IBS, and more
•    Reduces Candida, fungus, yeast, and vaginitis
•    Improves skin condition and clears up acne, prevents eczema

Natural Food Sources of Probiotics:

Cheese:  Probiotic-rich cheeses often feature words such as “live culture”, “active culture” or “Probiotics” on the packaging.  Look for Kraft’s Live Active natural cheese, specially selected Amish Yogurt cheese, certain other blue cheese and aged cheeses.

Yogurt and Kefir:  Kefir is a creamy dairy drink similar to yogurt.  It contains Probiotics not usually found in yogurt, such as lactobacillus Caucasus.  When shopping for yogurt, look for products that feature the words “live” or “active” on the package as this means that the product contains living and active bacteria, which will promote digestive health.

Nondairy Fermented Foods:  Certain nondairy fermented foods are also rich in Probiotics, including sauerkraut, which is fermented cabbage, kimchi (Korean spicy cabbage), tempeh (a fermented soybean product) and some soy sauces.  Make sure to read labels and ensure they include the words such as “live” or “active cultures”.  

Supplementing with good, friendly bacteria – Probiotics – aids digestion, promotes natural immunity and resistance to diseases and is crucial in regaining and maintaining your health and vitality.

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