An alkaline environment in the body is hostile to fungi (and I might also add, hostile to many types of cancer), which require acidity to survive and thrive. Lowered yeast and fungus (read more about Vaginal Yeast and Fungus at the end of this article) populations translate into lower levels of body-damaging, disease-inducing mycotoxins. Some of the most common varieties of pathogenic bacteria, yeast, and fungi that live in the intestines are inactive. However, when the body is weakened by illness, stress, and excess acidity caused by stress, these bacteria become harmful and active, changing into an invasive mycelic form.
The importance of alkalinity to health is something we all might consider paying more attention to – it alone can mean a better quality of health, or a poor quality of health. As the liver’s filtered ability becomes impaired the blood becomes increasing acidic, unfriendly bacteria and fungi that populate our intestinal tracts thrive in an acid environment and are responsible for secreting mycotoxins, which are the root cause of many debilitating human conditions. In fact, many researchers believe that most diseases can be linked to blood and intestinal acidity, which contributes to an acid-based yeast and fungus dominance.
What is and how do we create the ideal pH?
The ideal pH for human blood is between 7.4 and 7.6. Preserving this alkalinity (pH balance) is the bedrock on which sound health and strong bodies are built. When the blood loses its alkalinity and starts to become more acidic, the foundation of health is undermined. This creates an environment where we become vulnerable to disease and runaway yeast and fungus overgrowth.
The naturally occurring yeast and fungi in the body thrive in an acidic environment. These same yeast and fungi are responsible for secreting a large number of poisons called mycotoxins, which are believed to be one of the root causes of many diseases and debilitating conditions.
When yeast and fungus decline in the body, so does their production of mycotoxins, the poisonous waste products and byproducts of their life cycles. There are numerous varieties of these mycotoxins, many of which are harmful to the body and must be neutralized by our immune systems. When our bodies are overwhelmed by large quantities of these toxins, our health becomes impaired, and we become susceptible to disease and illness.
Many cancers have been linked to mycotoxins. For example, the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which infests stored peanuts, not only generates cancer in laboratory animals but has been documented as the prime culprit in many liver cancers in humans. By balancing the body’s pH and creating a more alkaline environment, you can rein in the microbial overgrowth and choke off the production of diseaseproducing mycotoxins. With pH balance restored, the body can regain newfound vigor and health.
6 Easy Tips to Make the Body More Alkaline
1. Be mindful your diet.
Avoiding yeastand fungus-promoting foods is a crucial factor in combating excess acidity and fungus overgrowth. Conventional and Organic Meats (see note), sugars, dairy products, pickled and malted products can be especially acidic.
NOTE: Grass-fed Cattle and Buffalo are NOT acidic to the body, only conventionally raised/hormone injected/fedlot raised cattle are acidic and I might also add extremely lacking in vital nutrients our bodies need.
On the other hand, garlic is excellent for controlling fungi and yeast. Other high-alkaline, fungusinhibiting foods include green and yellow vegetables, beans, and whole uncracked nuts.
The natural ratio between alkaline and acid foods in the diet should be 4:1 (meaning four parts alkaline foods to one part acid.)
Young Living’s JuvaPower (#3276) and JuvaSpice (#3279, an all-natural seasoning for foods) are mixtures of extremely alkaline and high-antioxidant foods that nourish the liver and combat toxic acidity.
The pH of a raw food does not always determine its acidity or alkalinity in the digestive system. Some foods, like lemons, might be acidic in their natural state but when consumed and digested are converted into alkaline residues. Thus, the true determinant of a food’s pH is whether it is an alkaline-ash or acid-ash food. In this case, lemons are an alkaline-ash food.
2. Avoid the use of antibiotics.
The overuse of antibiotics for incidental, minor, or cosmetic conditions not only increases the resistance of pathogenic microorganisms, but it kills the beneficial bacteria in your body, leaving the mycotoxin-generating yeast and fungi intact. This is why many women suffer outbreaks of yeast infections after antibiotic use.
3. Use essential oils.
Many essential oils possess important antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Clove and Thyme essential oils have been documented to kill over 15 different strains of fungi.
Essential oils work best when blood and tissues are alkaline. When our systems become acidic–due to poor diet, illness, or emotional stress–essential oils lose some of their effects. So the best way to enhance the action of essential oils is to alkalize your body.
4. Use alkaline minerals.
Increasing intake of calcium can dramatically boost blood and intestinal alkalinity. Calcium and magnesium rich supplements such as Young Living’s Super Cal (#3244) and MegaCal (#3280) can help alkalinize both blood and body tissues. And, Young Living’s AlkaLime (#3199) is an outstanding source of alkaline salts that can help reduce internal acidity. JuvaPower (#3276) and JuvaSpice (#3279, an all-natural seasoning for foods) are also rich in minerals and yeast-fighting phytonutrients.
5. Lower stress.
Emotional and psychological tension can be especially damaging to bodily systems and act as a prime promoter of acid formation in the body. To properly appreciate how acidic stress can be, just think back to the last time you were seriously stressed-out and had to reach for an antacid tablet to soothe your heartburn or stomach discomfort.
Young Living Essential Oils for Reducing Stress
Therapeutic-grade Young Living essential oils high in sesquiterpenes, such as frankincense (#3548), myrrh (#3593), sandalwood (#3634), lavender (#3575), and Peace & Calming (#3393) or combine both orange and lavender oils together for stress and anxiety.
Any of these essential oils can produce profound balancing and calming effects on emotions. They work by affecting the limbic system of our brain, the seat of our emotions.
6. Boost friendly gut and intestinal flora.
From three to four pounds of beneficial bacteria permanently reside in the intestines of the average adult. Not only are they the first line of defense against foreign invaders, but they are absolutely essential for health, energy, and optimum digestive efficiency. These intestinal houseguests not only control mucus and debris, but they produce B vitamins, vitamin K, and maintain the all-important pH balance of the body.
These friendly flora are also important in counteracting and opposing yeast and fungus over growth. When our natural cultures are compromised or disrupted by taking antibiotics or by poor dietary practices, yeast and fungus start growing unopposed and begin colonizing and invading larger swaths of our internal terrain, secreting ever-increasing volumes of poisonous mycotoxins.
Using an acidophilus and bifidus such as Young Living’s Life 5 (#3099) (a pro-biotic) supplement may be especially valu able in boosting levels of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria in the body and preventing fungal and yeast overgrowth. They also help the body maintain proper pH balance for nutrient digestion and absorption. Ideally, the lactobacillus acidiphilus and bifidobacterium bifidus cultures must be combined with plantain to promote implantation on the intestinal wall.
“Over the years I’ve taken many different probiotics and I must say that I’ve found Young Living’s Life 5 to be the best by far.”
Research indicates a significant proportion of bacteria from many acidophilus supplements do not reach the lower intestine alive, or they arrive in such a weakened state that they are not of much benefit. This is why combining the acidophilus and bifidus cultures with plantain is so important because plantain helps these cultures adhere to the intestinal walls.
What if you don’t want to add Plantain to your diet?
An even more effective means of fortifying the friendly flora in our intestines is through consumption of fructooligosaccharides (also known as FOS) (a pre-biotic). FOS is one of the most powerful natural agents for feeding our friendly flora. FOS is made up of medium-chain sugars that cannot be used by pathogenic yeast and fungi. The end result is that FOS starves fungi while feeding the acidophilus and bifidus cul tures that are our main defense against disease.
FOS (fructooligosaccharides) in two Young Living Dietary Supplements:
Power Meal Replacement (#6300)
Sulfurzyme Powder (#3241)
FOS is far more than just an outstanding means of rebuilding and protecting the beneficial bacteria inside the body. Over a dozen clinical studies have documented the ability of fructooligosaccharides to prevent constipation, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and even prevent cancer. (Hidaka et al., 1991; Briet et al., 1995); Bouhnik et al., 1996; Kawaguchi et al., 1993; Luo et al., 1996); Rochat et al., 1994; Tokunaga et al., 1993).
Vaginal Yeast Infections
Vaginal yeast infections are usually caused from overgrowth of fungi like Candida albicans. These naturally-occurring intestinal yeast and fungi are normally kept under control by the immune system, but when excess sucrose is consumed or antibiotics are used, these organisms convert from relatively harmless yeast into an invasive, harmful fungus that secretes toxins as part of its life cycle.
Vaginal yeast infections are just one symptom of systemic fungal infestation. While the yeast infection can be treated locally, the underlying problem of systemic candidiasis may still remain unless specific dietary and health practices are used.
Fungi and yeast feed on decom posing or dead tissues. They exist everywhere: inside our stomachs, on our skin, and out on the lawn. When kept under control, the yeast and fungi populating our bodies are harmless and digest what our bodies cannot or do not use.
When we feed the naturally-occurring fungi in our bodies too many simple sugars, the fungal populations are more likely to grow out of control. This condition is known as systemic candidiasis and is marked by fungi invading the blood, gastrointestinal tract, and tissues.
Reducing or eliminating simple sugars from the diet is essential to combatting all fungal infections. So also is avoiding the use of antibiotics and alcohol.
Fungal cultures such as candida excrete large amounts of poisons called mycotoxins as part of their life cycles. These poisons must be detoxified by the liver and immune systems. Eventually they can wreak enormous damage on the tissues and organs and are believed to be an aggravating factor in many degenerative diseases, such as cancer, arteriosclerosis, and diabetes.
Insufficient intake of minerals and trace minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc may also stimulate candida and fungal overgrowth in the body.
Symptoms of Systemic Fungal Infection:
• Fatigue/low energy
• Low resistance to illness
• Unbalanced blood sugar
• Colitis and ulcers
• Urinary tract infections
• Rectal or vaginal itch
Article by Evelyn Vincent, Young Living Independent Distributor. Healing plant enthusiast helping others empower themselves for happier, healthier lives. Contact Evelyn at: http://TheVeryEssence.com to learn more or to place an order.