It's not a lie ~ We Are What We Eat! - Cliffnotes for your HEALTH!
GOT CANDIDA?
 
What is Candida Albicans?
 
Candida Albicans is one of several yeast and fungal organisms present in our bodies. It’s important to realize that candida albicans plays an important role in our inner ecosystem. Candida normally inhabits our digestive tract, intestines, mouth, throat and genitourinary tract. As an integral part of the bowel flora, Candida has many positive functions such as the ability to recognize and kill harmful bacteria and other pathogen organisms inside the digestive tract. In a healthy balanced state, a person can actually have millions of Candida microorganisms that only benefit our inner terrain.
 
As long as our system has…

  • The proper acid-alkaline balance
  • A strong immune system
  • Probiotic friendly bacteria (such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, B. bifidum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus and L. salivarius) in greater number than the Candida microorganisms
                                            …then our Candida is kept under control.
 
What is Candidiasis?
 
The medical term for a Candida yeast infection is Candidiasis.
 
Many alternative health care professionals (including myself) believe that candidiasis infects 90% of the US population. When our internal ecosystem is compromised Candida overgrowth develops.  This is due to either toxic buildup (in the bowels, blood, lymph or kidneys), loss of friendly bacteria (due to the use of prescription drugs, antibiotics or chlorine, for example), weakened immune system, over-acidity in the digestive system from a diet high in toxic foods, refined carbohydrates (sugar, white flour, white rice) and low in fresh fruit and vegetables.
 
By simply following the standard of healthcare in our society and eating the standard American diet (SAD), you may be putting yourself at risk of candida yeast infection. Because of the ‘pill for every ill’ approach to healthcare, fast food and  processed food diet (high sugar in our culture), it has created the perfect opportunity for candida overgrowth. Unfortunately, once you have experienced a bout with the feisty yeast-like fungus, you are likely to continue to have many periodic infections and/or a systematic infection if you continue the same habits that caused it in the first place.
 
When Candida shifts from yeast to fungal form, it produces root-like structures called rhizoids that penetrate and create holes in the walls of the intestines. This enables the yeast, toxic waste, bacteria and undigested food to enter the blood stream. This causes many unpleasant to chronic and dangerous conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, food intolerance, rashes, brain fog and irritation, itching, swelling and inflammation or white discharge around the vagina (vaginal yeast infection) or around the penis area. Candida can burrow deep into various organs. A carpet-like mass will wrap around the spinal cord and the nerves and often accumulates at the base of the brain. It can mass around the heart and the liver and it can affect the reproductive organs even causing endometriosis in women.
 
When yeast transforms into fungal form, it produces two very toxic substances — ethanol and acetaldehyde. These two dangerous toxins negatively impact the functionality of our cells. For example, the red blood cells find it difficult to flow into small capillaries, which can result in fatigue, migraines and muscle aches. In turn, the white blood cells have difficulty in fighting infection. These toxins can affect the ability of messages to pass from one cell to another, resulting in nerve problems. As long as a candida overgrowth exists in your body, the immune system is so overwhelmed that it cannot even begin to do its real job, which is fight invaders, fight infections and prevent disease. What is not commonly known are all the other seemingly unrelated symptoms that are caused by candidiasis; such as chronic fatigue, food allergies, digestive problems, sexual dysfunction, constipation, headaches and the list goes on and on.
 
Candidiasis is not a disease itself, but an indication of an imbalanced immune system which is more susceptible to chronic illnesses and disease. Beneficial bacteria attach themselves to the intestinal wall helping repair and clean the mucosa build-up, rather than destroy it. Bad bacteria, good bacteria and candida yeast all fight for available attachment real estate along the intestinal wall. Your goal is to not eliminate candida, that is impossible. It is present on our bodies (in a healthy number) for a reason. The goal is to regain control of its population and regain a healthy immune system able to control the yeast.
 
How does Candidiasis Develop?
 
The primary factors that lead to Candida yeast infection overgrowth are:

  • Poor dietary choices and compromised digestion
  • Improper acid-alkaline balance
  • The lack and/or imbalance of digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach and pancreas
  • Weakened immune system
  • Accumulation of toxins in the digestive tract
  • The loss of friendly probiotic bacteria
  • Having hormonal imbalance (such as during menstruation), taking antibiotics, prescription medications, steroids and birth control pills can also trigger an onset of yeast infection.
  • Lifestyle factors such as stress, hygiene, sexual activity and even the clothes that you wear can aggravate an already compromised Candida condition.
 
Overcoming Candidiasis 
 
My recommendations come from my personal experience overcoming this very challenging monster! Each program came with its own success and challenges. Please email me for guidance or questions and I can help you through the choices. For me personally it was a combination of supplements and programs that has kept me healthy and so happy.
 
Resources
 

For the science hungry! Learn more and develop a better understanding of the science. Click here for the Sequencing of Candida Albicans at the Stanford Genome Technology Center. Candida albicans is one of the most commonly encountered human pathogens, causing a wide variety of infections... read the full study here.

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