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
As long as our system has…
proper acid-alkaline balance
strong immune system
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?
medical term for a Candida yeast infection is Candidiasis.
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
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
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
- 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
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.
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