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Candida albicans overgrowth

Candida albicans overgrowth or ‘thrush’ as it’s often more commonly known can affect everyone – from babies to the elderly.

Naturally found in the body, the fungus Candida albicans develops soon after birth in the intestinal tract of healthy babies in its yeast-like ‘friendly’ form and is normally kept under control by good bacteria that thrives in the bowel, such as the multiple strains of acidophilus. In a healthily balanced body Candida is not able to proliferate. However, when Candida organisms do get out of control, they convert to a more threatening form with root-like growths that penetrate into the intestinal wall. As a by-product of their existence, they excrete much waste and as a result they increase the levels of toxicity in the body. This often leads to toxins being absorbed from the bowel into the bloodstream resulting in food intolerances and allergies especially to dairy, yeast, grains and sugary foods. This condition of Candida overgrowth is known as ‘candidiasis’. begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, colour and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.

Once in the bloodstream, Candida can break down the immune system and also overload the liver and kidneys. White blood cells therefore become over-burdened in their struggle to control the invasion, further weakening the immune system.

Candida is a common contributor to many diseases and conditions, such as cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds, flu and more – in fact almost all health problems are greatly aggravated by Candida. Diabetics are therefore especially prone to this type of problem. In addition, children with autism, ADHD and other developmental disorders are often found to be infected with Candida as well.

Most people aren't even aware that they have a candida problem - until they look at the list of associated symptoms below.

  • Recurrent or persistent thrush
  • Fungal infections of the skin and nails
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constant tiredness
  • Poor immunity
  • Food sensitivity/intolerances/allergies
  • Loss of energy
  • Decreased libido
  • Intestinal gas and/or abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual problems
  • Poor digestion and other digestion-related problems
  • Itching in the groin/anus/vagina/scrotum and/or discharge
  • Sugar cravings
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Frequent infections of the upper respiratory tract that result in coughs, colds and sinusitis
  • General irritability
  • Difficulty in losing weight

Candida overgrowth often comes about because of the use of antibiotics, steroid drugs, chemotherapeutic drugs, prolonged illness, stress, excessive or regular alcohol consumption, poor nutrition including heavy consumption of sugar, alcohol and fruit/fruit-juices, imbalanced bodily pH levels, chemical preservatives in food, lack of rest and sleep and even birth control pills and other hormone-altering substances.

Most yeast infections occur in people whose immune systems are compromised or whose intestinal flora is out of balance. To keep yeast infections under control, it’s important to build a strong immune system and keep your intestinal flora balanced through a good diet and healthy lifestyle.

What is the treatment for Candida albicans overgrowth?

Conventional medical treatments for Candida albicans involve the use of drugs that have srong side effects and damage the liver.

More natural approaches to treating Candida have proven to be highly effective and they have no harmful side effects unlike conventional treatment. In fact, they bring about other health benefits, including greater immunity to infectious diseases, improved digestion and higher energy levels.

An important part of the treatment involves changing your diet to avoid foods that tend to promote the growth of Candida yeast and also to consume certain foods and take nutritional supplements that destroy Candida and truly strengthen the body’s immune system. 

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