Only a small percentage of bacteria are bad, some actually have a symbiotic relationship with humans, producing enzymes and providing other possible benefits. These good bacteria may be called probiotics or flora.
About Yeast Infections
Yeast like the common Candida albicans (a milky white infection) is a subtype of fungi. Both fungi and bacteria exist all over the body, inside and out. In healthy individuals there is balance between the beneficial bacteria and the fungi. Bacteria and fungi are natural competitors, in fact, many antibiotics (like Penicillin) are based on this fact and contain fungus. Sometimes, balance can be disturbed, and the fungi can get out of control, causing one or more of several common fungal or yeast infections:
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Athlete's Foot
- Jock Itch (Fungal infection in the groin; can also affect the underarms)
- Thrush (in the mouth)
- Internal infection in the lungs or gastrointestinal tract
Many things can upset the delicate balance of bacteria and fungi, including antibiotics, stress, poor diet, highly acidic foods (like coffee), travel, frequent illness, and aging. Most fungal infection start in moist, warm places, feeding on dead skin cells. Fungi like the yeast Candida Albicans can easily spread throughout the body and attach itself to tissue, potentially affecting glands, organs, and more. Fungal infections are ,b>very serious, especially if they become systemic.
Naturally Fight Yeast Infections
Replenishing the body's good bacteria (or floraâ) can help the body's natural colonies to beat out fungi for space. Candid Ass't contains a variety of probiotics, including strong strains that are good at competing with fungi, and strains that take the space left by the stronger (but short lived) probiotics.