What is Candida?
Candida is an overgrowth of yeast, primarily in the digestive system, that can spread to nearly any part of the body such as the skin, genitals, throat, mouth, and blood. It is a strong, invasive parasite that attaches itself to the intestinal wall and can become a permanent resident of your internal organs. Candidiasis, or the unchecked overgrown of Candida Albicans can cause a wide variety of symptoms including:
- Chronic yeast infections
- Gut irritability such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation
- Chronic nasal infections
- Oral sores (thrush)
- Weight gain
- Excessive and chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Low iron absorption
- Skin and nail fungus
- Seasonal allergies
- Autoimmune disease
What causes Candidiasis?
Candida overgrowth can be caused by many things, but most often, it stems from the repetitive and excessive use of antibiotics. These antibiotics kill the good bacteria in your gut, leading to an unchecked overgrowth of yeast. Other causes include:
- Overconsumption of alcohol
- Birth control pills
- Prolonged, high stress lifestyle
- Diet high in sugar
- Diet high in fermented foods such as sauerkraut or Kombucha
A yeast cell may produces over 75 known toxic substances that poison the human body. These toxins contaminate the tissues, weakens the immune system, the glands, the kidneys, bladder, lungs, liver and especially the brain and nervous system. Candida yeast can become so massive and invasive that is enters the FUNGAL form where it provides very long, root-like structures that penetrate the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal wall. This penetration breaks down the protective barrier between the intestinal tract and bloodstream, allowing many foreign and toxic substances to enter and pollute the body systemically. As a result, proteins and other food wastes that are not completely digested or eliminated can assault the immune system and may cause tremendous allergic reactions, fatigue and many other health problems. It also allows the Candida itself and bacteria to enter the bloodstream, from which it may find its way to other tissues, resulting in far-ranging effects such as soreness of the joints, chest pain, sinus and skin problems, etc. The results of an autopsy done on a lady who had died of heart failure for no apparent reason, found that her heart was encased with Candida yeast. Vaginal yeast infections are more prevalent today than ever, and they will never completely go away until the yeast has been cleared from the intestinal area. To make matters worse, Candida may be sexually encouraged from one person to another.
Candida covers the intestinal wall which chemically and mechanically interferes with digestion and assimilation of food nutrients. Many people, especially senior citizens, cancer victims and those with AIDS are wasting away for want of nutrition because they cannot absorb what they eat. Many people digest less than 50% of their food because the Candida may creates a digestive conflict and robs them of their nutrition. Candida creates chaos in the intestines and diseases of which the doctors have little or no answer and can use only medicines to treat it. ALL IMMUNOLOGICAL WEAKNESSES AND INFECTIOUS CONDITIONS are made worse by the presence of Candida throughout the body.
How many people have a candida overgrowth?
Candida affects over 30 million men and women every day and it is estimated that many people have or will eventually have a moderate to serious Candida condition in their lives.
Why is candida yeast overgrowth so harmful?
The major waste product of yeast cell activity is acetaldehyde, or ethanol. Many people have low iron in their blood because iron is hard to absorb when Candida is present, and which deprives tissue of proper oxygen. Ethanol may cause excessive fatigue and reduces the strength and stamina which takes away ambition. It destroys enzymes needed for cell energy and causes the release of free radicals that encourages the aging process.
Candida Albicans can be incredible destroyer of health and is may be main missing link in many of our modern day diseases and poor health. The fact that Candida can rob the body of its nutrition and poison the tissues with it toxins may be a major contribution, directly or indirectly to the following list of serious conditions:
The majority of people who have Candida may not realize they have it until they become seriously ill. The symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that it is very perplexing to both doctor and patient. Candida itself is out preventable and if you have this condition, there is a special way in which your body can be brought back into balance.
The presence of Candida and what it does to the body is common knowledge with health practitioners, but how to get rid of it is a guessing game and not understood by some doctors. If you can remove this parasite from your body using a natural approach, you will also remove negative effects and symptoms along with it. A Candida elimination program may help improve your digestion and most associated weaknesses including bloating, constipation, ulcers, colitis, colon problems, gas, chronic fatigue, aches and pains and many subtle, nagging health problems. Infections such as the common cold, Epstein Bar Virus, bladder infections, skin eruptions, etc. can be prevented or significantly improved along with less stress on the immune system, the glands and the nervous system. Reproductive organs can become healthier and infertility issues improved and food assimilation can be increased.
How do you diagnose a candida yeast overgrowth?
While some doctors recommend lab tests, there is an easy test for Candidiasis you can perform at home to accurately diagnose candida. Here are simple directions for a candida spit test:
- Spit first sputum (spit) of the morning in a clean glass of water. It helps to have a glass waiting for you when you wake up.
- Check the water every 15 minutes for 1 hour.
- If you see strings like “legs, cloudy saliva that sinks, or cloudy specks in the water, you have a candida overgrowth.
The full directions for candida spit test directions can be found here.
Also, you can use our Candida Quiz to score your risk factors for candida overgrowth.
How do you treat candida overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth can be difficult to tackle, but can be done through dietary changes and supplements. Although we always recommend scheduling an appointment with a naturopathic doctor to address Candidiasis, dietary changes such as cutting out all sugar, vinegar, alcohol, fermented foods, and mushrooms which the yeast feed on can help!