Studies have shown there is a relationship between candida overgrowth and a laundry list of childhood problems. This may be the direct result of antibiotic overuse. Antibiotics can disrupt the delicate ecosystem of the intestinal tract. Candida albicans is one of over 250 species of yeast
normally living, in small amounts, along with bacteria in the intestinal tract. Problems can arise when the delicate balance of the intestinal track is disrupted allowing yeast to proliferate and mutate into a fungal form. Candidas, in its fungal form, grow very long roots which can actually puncture the mucus lining of the intestine walls creating a condition called “leaky gut syndrome”. These intestinal holes allow fungus along with foreign substances and undigested food particles in the bloodstream which can lead to a series of problems:
Recurring ear infections
Gas and bloating
Craving for sweets
Because the bad bacteria as well as the good are killed during a course of antibiotics, it is very important to restore the good bacteria flora with a good probiotic formula. To keep yeast in check a good probiotic should contain the resident strains of lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium
bifidum and bifidobacterium infantis.
Much of the medical community’s awareness of candida is limited to localized effects like thrush and yeast infections. A growing number of physicians are becoming aware that such infections are invariably accompanied by an overgrowth of candida in the gut. There are special laboratory tests for candida. These tests include candida antibody panels, intestinal permeability studies and digestive stool analysis. A non-profit organization “The International Health Foundation” founded by pioneering candida researcher/doctor William G. Crook MD is a great source for finding names of physicians who are familiar with testing for and treating chronic systemic candida infection.
So next time your pediatrician writes your child that prescription for antibiotics look into getting a good probiotic to keep that yeast in check!!
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