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Candida Albicans

Could you be suffering from Candida Albicans overgrowth?

If you suffer from any of the following then you could have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans.

• Chronic fatigue
• Food allergies
• Low blood sugar levels
• Sugar and carbohydrate craving
• Vaginal or Oral Thrush (a white film in the mouth or on the tongue)
• Abdominal pain and / or bloating, excessive intestinal gas and indigestion
• Joint pain and muscle pain for no reason
• Chronic sinus drainage - which antibiotics don't help!
• Weight loss OR gain and the inability to change it.
• Brain "fog" or Poor Concentration
• Fungus on the finger or toe-nails
• Urinary infections
• Itching, red eyes
• Rashes anywhere on the skin
• Rashes inside the ears or around the genital area
• Anxiety / Depression
• Cystitis / Urethritis
• Menstrual irregularities
• Loss of libido
• Bad breath

What is Candida Albicans?

Candida Albicans is a yeast like organism that lives naturally in small amounts in your mouth, gastrointestinal tract and skin. The body's natural defence against fungal and yeast infections is the production of friendly bacterial flora that keeps it in check. It is controlled by a properly functioning immune system and "friendly" bacteria. However, if the number of friendly bacteria is decreased, the immune system is weakened or other conditions for yeast proliferation occur, Candida Albicans can change from a yeast to a fungal form and start to invade the body and cause a multitude of problems. In the yeast state Candida Albicans is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, whilst in the fungal state it is invasive and can produce rhizoids (very long root-like structures). Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles, bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream. This condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome and is one of the prime causes of food and environmental allergies.

What causes overgrowth of Candida Albicans?

Poor immunity is undoubtedly a major factor in allowing Candida to overgrow hence there can be many factors which contribute to Candida overgrowth. Some of the most common causes are as follows:-

Chronic constipation, heavy metal toxicity, psychological stress, overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the healthy gut bacteria that normally compete with Candida for food and excrete anti-Candida substances. Excess sugar consumption which suppresses immunity by depressing neutrophil and lymphocyte (white cell) activity, (alcohol has a similar effect). Caffeine is a well known adrenal stressor and depleted adrenal glands predispose to the development of Candida by lowering the immune system. Yeast and yeast products as well as molds and fermented foods. Prolonged exposure to environmental molds. Food allergies and nutrient deficiencies (which Candida commonly causes) similarly burden the immune system, fuelling the vicious cycle.

Why is Candida Albicans a problem?

Candida Albicans releases poisons into the blood causing all kinds of symptoms. The toxins that are released include: -
Ethanol: Produced when yeast has lots of food. Excess ethanol can cause symptoms of alcohol intoxication.
Acetaldehyde: The primary Candida toxin, which can damage organs, disrupt fatty acid oxidation and production of collagen, cause abnormal behaviour, memory loss, distorted thinking, mood swings, depression, impaired intellectual functioning and emotional disturbances.
Formaldehyde: A highly reactive compound that has a toxic effect on all organisms.

Candida Albicans overgrowth is one of the most common problems seen at Healthy Healing. Many male clients have been surprised to be told they are suffering with Candida Albicans, this is due to a common misconception that Candida Albicans is generally a female issue while the truth is that male and females are equally affected. Our simple to follow protocol, which is based on diet and cleansing, removes many issues associated with Candida Albicans, often within eight weeks.

Candida overgrowth from large intestine