What is Candida Albicans?
Candida Albicans is a naturally occurring form of yeast that resides inside our bodies that can, under the right circumstances cause many unpleasant symptoms including weight gain, joint pain and digestion problems.
Candida is just one of several micro-organisms that live in our gut, mouth and instestine. Sometimes Candida can reproduce at an overwhelming rate and produce what is known as a yeast overgrowth – Candidiasis. The overgrowth can weaken the tissues in the intestine and then enter the blood stream, spreading throughout the body.
As it travels it screates toxic chemical by-products that trigger your body’s immune responses and can damage tissues and organs. The most common waste product found during a peroid of overgrowth is Acetaldehyde, an toxin the compromises the body’s abilty to deal with free radicals. Our livers natually process Acetaldehyde converting it into ethanol (pure alcohol). Due to this process Candida suffers can feel mildly intoxicated, hungover or suffer debilitating fatigue.
Do I have Candida?
- Oral contraceptives
- Poor diet – high in sugar and carbohydrates
- Wheat/Gluten intolerance (Coeliac)
All of the above will increase your risk of contracting Candidsis.
A significant proportion of Candida suffers go undiagnosed due to doctors being unaware of the systemic issues caused by a yeast overgrowth. Unfortunately many doctors will try to treat the Candida symptoms (thrush, exmea, digestion problems etc.) and miss the root cause. It is important to find a health care professional that is aware of Candida and the serious long-term effects it can have on the body. Look for naturopath, kinesiologist, nutritionist and homeopathic doctors.
Don’t worry, Candida is normal
Do not feel bad if you believe you have a Canadid overgrowth. Everyone has the organism in them and ordinarily the good bacteria in you system keep it in balance.
The modern western lifestyle has made our bodies more susceptible to the organism taking hold, and you would not be aware of it doing so until your body cannot cope any longer. The toxins that are produced from an overgrowth will have a wide range of effects and cause many different symptoms:
Common Candida Symptoms
- Abdominal cramps
- Skin conditions
- Food intolerances
- Full list of symptoms
Candidiasis is on the rise and it is generally thought that our hectic lifestyles with poor diet and widespread use of antibiotics are to blame. More and more people are experiencing these unpleasant side effects and not feeling as healthy as they once where. Fortunatel, you can take control and restore the balance in you body as there are many ways to fight Candida.
Candidiasis is a debilitating condition that prevents you from waking up strong, healthy and bursting with energy. Fortunatel, there are many things you can do to fight it.