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Candida albicans is a type of
parasitic yeast-like fungus that inhabits the intestines, genital tract,
mouth, esophagus and throat. It is the disorder caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Candida
albicans within the body.
Normally this type of fungus lives in a healthy
balance with the other bacteria and yeasts in the body. It is important to note that a certain level of candida
yeast is a useful, natural part of the human system, helping to balance
normal body function. However, certain conditions can cause it to
multiply and become and overgrowth while weakening the immune system. The fungus can travel
through the bloodstream to many parts of the body.
Candida yeast infection looks like:
overgrowth is one of those difficult to diagnose diseases because it has
many symptoms that indicate other ailments.
Candida create problems?
When there is an abnormal increase in
the amount of yeast, it can secrete a large volume of toxins into the body
which may weaken the immune system. Once this happens, a
self-perpetuating cycle can develop. The longer the yeast is
in the system, the weaker the immune system becomes. The weaker the
immune system, the higher the tolerance it has to the yeast itself.
This allows the yeast colonies to continue to grow, releasing more
toxins and further impairing the immune system.
This results in a
variety of conditions at different levels of severity and discomfort,
experienced by millions each year. Candidiasis occurs in both
males and females, although it is more prevalent among females.
A Yeast Infection Symptoms
Since candida can cause multiple systemic
illnesses, a whole gamut of symptoms, ranging from the general to those
affecting specific areas, are possible.
These include low energy and fatigue, irritability, anxiety, fear,
depression, 'brain fog", memory loss, mood swings, prostatitis,
canker sores, persistent heartburn, headaches, lightheadedness,
muscle and joint pain, constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion,
diarrhea, abdominal pain, bad breath, nagging cough, congestion, numbness
in the face and extremities, tingling sensations, acne, night sweats,
severe itching, clogged sinuses, PMS, burning tongue, vaginitis, kidney
and bladder infections, hyperactivity, adrenal problems, rectal itching,
impotence, sensitivity to chemicals, poor circulation,
resulting in consistently cold hands and feet, urinary tract
infections, white coating on the tongue or esophagus
(thrush), heart palpitations, and irregular pulse and even diabetes.
Symptoms often worsen in damp and/or moldy places, and after
consumption of foods containing sugar, high amount of carbohydrates (Carbs
are actually a lot of glucose molecules linked
together) and/or yeast or fungus in the food. (Candida
thrives on sugar) Because of its
many and varied symptoms, this disorder is often misdiagnosed.
Although it may affect both men and women, however, it is rarely
Very often, allergies to foods are present in people with candida
In the respiratory tract, problems caused by candida range from
chronic, post-nasal drip and coughs to sore throats, colds and
The skin can be affected too, with eczema, itching, rashes, acne, and
A variety of gynecological symptoms are possible with candida,
the most common one being a vaginal yeast infection characterized by
itching, redness, irritation, and a cheesy, white discharge.
Candida sometimes can be thought to be
chronic fatigue syndrome.
Candida overgrowth is the result of living
habits, dietary, and environmental influences that have led to a reduced
level of biological functioning. Yeast and other
potentially harmful micro-organisms would have
no place to multiply out of control and mutate
into pathogenic forms unless the proper
conditions for their mutation and proliferation
existed. Fungus in the foods we eat,
contribute to fungal/yeast infections.
When concentration of healthy bacterial
species is greatly diminished, the candida yeast
organisms begin a process of mutation into
harmful fungal forms. In their mutated forms,
these fungal rhizoids develop elongated root
like structures capable of penetrating the
intestinal lining, entering the circulating
blood and colonizing tissues throughout the
Such fungal organisms produce powerful
toxins, posing a severe challenge to the
system's detoxification pathways and cause many
of the candida /dysbiosis sufferer's symptoms.
Damage to the intestine's lining makes it more
permeable to substances that were previously
incapable of gaining entrance into the blood
stream via the intestinal lining. Because of
this phenomenon (leaky gut syndrome) toxins and
large food molecules which would normally have
no way of getting into the circulating blood are
absorbed and create an enormous burden on the
immune system that now has to neutralize,
destroy and eliminate them. This produces many
of the "allergic" and inflammatory
symptoms that so often impact individuals with
All persons on long term antibiotics
and chemotherapy are at high risk
for severe cases of candidiasis.
Taking antibiotics also can cause a
deficiency of vitamin K, which is manufactured by the "good
bacteria" in the intestines. Eating plenty of leafy greens,
alfalfa, strawberries, whole grains, and yogurt can restore the vitamin K
Allergy testing is advised for anyone with symptoms of candida
Candidiasis may be related to hypoglycemia.
People on psychiatric drugs have an increased
chance of developing an overgrowth of candida.
Rectifying immediate and local symptoms are relatively easy.
There are many nonprescription corrective measures including natural
remedies. However, treating local infections does not address the
root of the problem, and the overall condition really should be treated,
so that yeast-related maladies don't continue to occur. Balancing
the system is needed.
A person's approach to food is important as it can either inhibit or
accelerate yeast-related problems.
In using dietary strategies as a
treatment for candida overgrowth, a restricted diet should be followed for
several weeks. It should be heavy on protein and low in carbohydrates. (Carbs
are really just glucose molecules hooked
together, that breaks down into sugar).
This diet can be followed for an
indeterminate amount of time, and foods can also be added back
eventually. This should be done in a gradual, one-at-a-time manner,
to determine a specific food's effect. If symptoms recur after
a particular food is reintroduced, that food should be avoided.
Of course a more direct way would be to have
a nutritionist test you for food
The main thing to remember as you follow an anti-candida diet is to
exclude sugar. The idea is to guard against the continued growth of
yeast and to fortify the immune system, and since sugar is a main food
source for yeast, and does not benefit the immune system, it has to be
eliminated. Don't just ban granulated sugar, be on guard against
honey, corn and maple syrup, fruit, maltose, artificial sweeteners,
fructose, cornstarch, sodas, and lactose (a milk sugar found in dairy
Follow a yeast free diet in order to deter further yeast induced
maladies? Eliminate fermented or
yeast? Use Kefir to build up good
cause a Yeast Infection watch this
video. You need to build up the good
Take only hypoallergenic supplements. Whole food
supplements are best - see Real
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company provides free live help, you can
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re-infection, replace your toothbrush every thirty
days. This is a good preventative measure against both fungal and
bacterial infections of the mouth.
Do not use corticosteroids
(steroids) or oral contraceptives until the condition
Avoid household chemical products and cleaners, chlorinated water,
mothballs, synthetic textiles and damp and moldy places, such as
Eat natural, healthy foods.
Fresh vegetable; tofu; miso; kefir (whole milk,
grass fed if possible); meats; fresh fish and eggs from free-range hens.
Yeast growth may also be held in check by using small amounts of organic
extra virgin olive oil.
Drink a lot of water.
up the good bacteria in the body and keeps the
candida population down.
to build up good bacteria Kefir
Take some type of fiber daily.
Veggies are good.
Cinder Vinegar - see Apple
Cider VInegar Plus
change your diet to a healthy diet -
what is a healthy diet
If you have chronic and/or unusually persistent candida infections,
consult your health care provider. Follow this link, if you
need to find
a nutritionist in your area.
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