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Clients tell me they have candida. The first fact to know is that we ALL have candida. It is one of the naturally occurring “bad” bacteria’s’ in our system. The real issue that can occur, is an overgrowth of candida, which may become problematic for some people.
First of all, when candida overgrows in our body, it is called candidiasis (also known as “Candida albicans”) and is a fungal infection, a type of yeast. Candida yeast is controlled by the body’s “good” microflora bacteria and the immune system. In small amounts, Candida is a harmless microflora, but an overgrowth may cause fungal infections, particularly in warm, moist areas of the body such as the skin, mouth, genitals, or digestive tract. This overgrowth may affect the body’s immune system response, leaving the person more vulnerable to attacks from other organisms. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, both of which affect the immune system, are known to allow yeast to multiply out of control. pages 41-42 Intestinal Health Book
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Some types of candidiasis are:
· Mouth or Throat Thrush
· Genital Yeast Infections
· Skin Diaper Rash
· If a yeast infection enters your bloodstream, it is called Blood Invasive Candidiasis or ”candidemia.” more on pages 41-42 Intestinal Health Book
Some common symptoms of different types of candidiasis:
· White spots on the tongue or mouth
· Redness in the mouth or mouth area
· Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
· Cracks on the lips or corners of the mouth
· Genital yeast infection in women:
· Vaginal itching
· Vaginal area soreness or redness
· Vaginal discharge that looks white and clumpy, like cottage cheese
· Painful intercourse
· Genital yeast infection in men (uncircumcised men may be more prone to yeast infections):
· Itching or burning on the tip of the penis
· Red rash on penis
Other symptoms or conditions that may occur due to Candida yeast overgrowth include:
1. Weakening of the intestinal mucosal lining, which may allow toxins normally contained within the intestines to leak through the wall lining and into the bloodstream.
2. Increased cravings for carbohydrates and sugars to “feed” the large amounts of yeast growing in the intestines.
– Both carbohydrates and sugars fuel the progression/growth of Candida yeast, which may lead to a further weakening of the immune system.
– As the balance of the intestinal microflora continues to deteriorate (normal balance is approximately 80% good to 20% bad), it may reverse itself (for example: 40% good to 60% bad), a condition that is called “dysbiosis.” A state of dysbiosis may lead to any of the following problems:
· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
· Migraine headaches
· Food allergies
· Chronic fatigue syndrome
There are as many as 79 toxins released by Candida die-off, including acetaldehyde, which may cause mental and emotional upsets such as anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, or “brain fog.” more on page 43 Intestinal Health Book
Candida overgrowth is rarely caused by just one “thing.” … and, for additional information on what causes Candida yeast overgrowth and how to reduce candida, see pages 43-48 in Intestinal Health ~ A Practical Guide to Complete Abdominal Comfort.
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