What is Candida Albicans?
Candida Albicans is one of the most common types of yeast infections and it’s most commonly found in the mouth, vagina and intestinal tract; it can also affect the skin and other mucous membranes. If you’re in good health then it’s unlikely the infection will cause you any serious health complications.
When your immune system isn’t functioning like it should be, the infection can then migrate to other parts of the body, such as the blood and membranes around the heart and brain. Candia is an important fungus that aids in the absorption and digestion of nutrients.
When it begins to overproduce you might suffer from a number of health symptoms. Having a healthy immune system is important to fighting this stubborn infection. If you happen to suffer from Candida then it could lead to you suffering from new sensitivities, allergies and intolerances.
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What is Candida Overgrowth?
What is Candida Overgrowth? As you will guess from its name, Candid Overgrowth is caused by a strain of Candida; the Candid Albicans strain. It cab have many symptoms and can prove hard to diagnose. Many conventional medical professionals do not recognise overgrowth as a medical infection. It is only when it develops in people with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV, or those undergoing chemotherapy. Outside of the conventional medical fraternity, a Candida Overgrowth is a recognised medical condition. It is often brought about by taking antibiotics over a long period of time. These antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the gut that would otherwise ordinarily keep any overgrowth in check. Candid Overgrowth can also be stimulated by a number of other things, such as:
- Drinking too much alcohol
- The contraceptive pill
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
- Stress – which dampens the strength of the immune system
- Too much sugar in your diet
What Causes Candida?
There are a number of things can cause candida and it can hard to pinpoint the exact cause of what started the infection. Recognising and understanding them can help you to improve your lifestyle meaning you’ll be less likely to suffer from candida again. Some of the most common causes of it are:
- High Sugar Diet
- Mercury Fillings
- Contraceptive Pills
- Chronic Stress
- Exposure To Chemicals
If you’re suffering from multiple symptoms of candida and you suffer from or have experienced one of the causes of the infection, then it’s best to get checked to ensure you’re treated for the yeast infection.
High Sugar Diet
Sugar provides the body with the perfect environment for Candida to grow and survive in. Having a diet that is high in sugar can supress your immune system which can lead to yeast overgrowth and the development of the bacteria. Over indulgence of sugars such as glucose, fructose and sucrose provide your body with the right ingredients for candida to develop. Candia can also use these sugars to develop into a pathogenic, fungal form that will be much more resistant to your own immune system.
Old types of fillings can contain levels of mercury up to 50%, which can seem into the body and poison it. The mercury particles will be released into the body when you chew, grind or brush your teeth. Mercury poisoning causes a number of symptoms that Candia does, which can lead to these symptoms being much more severe. It’s also been proven that mercury can weaken the overall strength of the immune system. Mercury is dangerous in the body so if you have any old fillings, then it’s best to get them checked to ensure they don’t contain mercury.
One of the most common things that causes Candida overgrowth is antibiotics. Although they are seen as a lifesaver, they aren’t free of side effects. Whilst antibiotics will kills the infections they are targeting, they can lead your immune system open to other types of infections. Antibiotics are regularly prescribed unnecessarily which has led to an increase in people suffering from candida. Before taking any type of antibiotics make sure there isn’t any other type of medication or treatment you could be taking.
Contraceptive pills have caused candida overgrowth in many people taking them. Taking the pills can cause the bodies hormonal balance to be threw off, which can lead to the development of Candida. When the bodies balance is thrown out, it allows Candida to outgrow its competitors in the gut. One of the main ingredients in the pill is estrogen, which is proven to promote the growth of yeast. Before choosing the pill as your chosen contraceptive method, it is important to consider all forms of contraception to make sure it is the best option for you.
Stress can affect the body in many ways and suffering from chronic stress can lead to Candida. When suffering from stress your body will automatically release cortisol, a hormone that depresses your immune system and raises your blood sugar levels. Candida will then absorb this extra sugar causing it to grow and your immune system won’t be able to stop it. Research has shown the stress can quickly change the microorganisms in your gut. Although it’s not clear exactly how and why, it’s important to try and deal will stress before it becomes more chronic. Taking this such as probiotics can help to counter the effects of chronic stress.
People that suffer from diabetes are likely to experience repeated yeast infections. Diabetes can lead to you suffering from high blood sugar, which means the Candida yeast cells can feast on it. This will happen when a shortage of insulin production in the body or the body mightn’t be reacting with the insulation how it should be. Diabetes can weaken the immune system, so it means the body is prone to infection trying to attack it. Having a weakened immune system means the candida cells can multiply can change into their pathogenic, fungal form.
Exposure To Chemicals
Chemicals that are added to water such as chlorine and fluoride can actually kill the bacteria in your body that is good for you. This means your immune system will be weakened allowing for Candida yeast cells to start developing. Having chlorine in the water is much more beneficial that not having it. Filters to your taps and natural laundry and cleaning products can reduce your expose to chlorine. If you work in an industry that is chemical based then exposure to these chemicals can also lead to candida growth.
The Candida Diet
Where Candida Overgrowth is the result of poor diet, a special Candid diet can be introduced to combat the condition. This is however a long-term treatment and can be quite challenging as it involves denying yourself any foods that could feed Candid yeast growth; foods including: alcohol, sugar, fungi (mushrooms) and foods or drinks containing yeast. As you will now realise, the answer to what is Candida is both simple and complex. It is simply a group of yeasts, but these yeasts can cause a variety of infections and conditions, some of which are not officially recognized and are difficult to diagnose.
What are the Symptoms of Candida?
Chronic Fatigue – One of the most common Candida symptoms is chronic fatigue syndrome. When suffering from CFS you won’t be able to recover from fatigue or exhaustions, no matter how much you sleep.
Vaginal and Urinary Tract Infections – If you regularly suffer from urinary tract or vaginal infections, then candida could be the root of the problem. The infection can be spread through sexual contact meaning it’s classed as an STD.
Sinus Infections – Sinus infections are quite common for people to suffer from so identifying them as a symptom of candida can be difficult to do. If you have constant problems with your sinuses that don’t seem to be clearing up, then it could be a sign of the infection.
Brain Fog – Many people think they already suffer from brain fog, so recognising it as a symptom of a more serious infection can be difficult to do. Brain fog will lead you to suffer from a concentration problems, coordination issues and poor memory.
Hormonal Imbalance – Suffering from hormonal imbalance is one of the easiest ways to recognise candida. Recognising you have hormonal imbalance can help to prevent things such as early menopause, weight gain, PMS and endometriosis.
Mood Disorders – Candida shares a number of symptoms with other types of conditions. People suffering from this infection might experience mood problems such as dramatic swings in mood, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
Oral Thrush – Oral based thrush is a yeast infection that comes from the same strain infection that causes candida. When left untreated the infection can spread through the body to areas such as tract, lungs and liver.
Intestinal Problems – If you feel as though you suffer from flatulence, burping, bloating, constipation or other types of intestinal problems on a regular basis, then it could be sign that your body lacks healthy bacteria. Many people suffering from candida albicans experience chronic intestinal distress.
Nail & Skin Infections – Nail and skin infections such as athletes foot are a common sign of a yeast infection, as they come from the same strain of infection as candida. Continuous infections could be the sign of you suffering from the infection.