Naturopath and nutritionist Jennifer Murrant explains the surprising causes for this unpleasant fungal infection. But good news! It can be treated. And naturally.
We live in a society where certain health conditions are somewhat ‘taboo’, meaning that many can suffer in silence. Amongst these conditions are fungal infections caused by an overgrowth of a yeast called Candida albicans.
Candida albicans are amongst many other candida species which ideally exist harmoniously as a commensal in the gut, skin, mouth, throat and vagina. However when the microbiome in any of these areas is out of balance this yeast transforms from a team player to an opportunistic pathogen, causing unpleasant symptoms. Yet, these symptoms are very common. It is estimated that vaginal thrush, for example, will be experienced by up to 75% of women in their lifetime.
Fungal infections can be notoriously stubborn, with symptoms often returning as soon as treatment is withdrawn. This is one of the reasons people frequently seek naturopathic treatment, and why it is so important to address the cause.
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