Candida is a type of yeast responsible for a number of health problems.
Candida is actually short for Candida Albicans which is normally present in small amounts in the intestines, mouth, and skin.
Let’s take a look at how Candida can become a problem and common symptoms and side effects.
How does Candida become a problem?
If Candida is a fungus-like bacteria that are naturally present in the body, how does it become a problem?
The problem actually arises when Candida overgrows.
Things that cause imbalances in the body leading to Candida overgrowth include but are not limited to eating a diet high in refined sugar and carbs, taking oral contraceptives, taking antibiotics, high alcohol intake, diabetes, a weakened immune system, and high-stress levels.
Causes of Candida
Candida overgrowth causes a number of problems. These problems range from vaginal infections to digestive disorders, fatigue, headaches, hormonal imbalances, and weight gain.
So we know that Candida causes a number of problems. However, what causes Candida to overgrow in the first place?
One of the most common causes of Candida overgrowth is a compromised immune system. People with HIV/Aids can be particularly susceptible.
Young children and the elderly are also susceptible. However, if you’ve been sick and dealing with other illnesses, you can also be susceptible to Candida overgrowth.
For example, people fighting cancer or diabetes can be particularly susceptible to Candida overgrowth.
One common cause of Candida as it relates to previous illness is the prescription of antibiotics.
Antibiotics kill bacteria including the good bacteria that help balance your body and your digestive system. This means antibiotics can have a direct influence on Candida overgrowth.
Another common cause of Candida overgrowth is actually quite simple to reverse.
Candida grows naturally in the gut. However, if you have infrequent bowel movements and become constipated, you’re giving Candida fuel to grow.
Candida thrives in moist, dark environments like your intestines.
If you’re unable to completely process the food you’ve eaten you’re also providing Candida bacteria with a food source.
To reverse this process, eat plenty of fiber so you clean your digestive tract and eliminate the food source Candida needs.
One of the most common causes of Candida overgrowth in the average individual is a diet that is high in sugar.
There is some controversy surrounding this however many sufferers have found that simply changing their dietary habits and lifestyle virtually eliminate Candida overgrowth from their life.
This is because Candida thrives on sugar. If you eliminate sugar from your diet you subsequently starve Candida.
It’s purged from your body and then you can resume a normal diet that is high in protein, fiber, fruits and vegetables, and low in sugar.
Finally, because your immune system is affected by a number of factors, your lifestyle can play an important role in your Candida recovery.
Things like stress, depression, nutrient deficiency, and simply hormonal imbalances can cause Candida to grow. Personal hygiene also plays a role in some Candida cases.
Candida overgrowth has a number of causes.
If you suffer from frequent Candida overgrowth problems, assess your lifestyle and diet, and see your doctor.
Treating the symptoms will provide immediate relief and treating the cause will provide lifelong relief.
You don’t have to suffer from Candida overgrowth. Understand the causes and learn what’s behind your Candida symptoms.
Live Candida free!
Like yeast or other fungi, Candida thrives on sugar and lives in warm dark environments.
This means places like your stomach, genitals, mouth and even your eyes can be hospitable environments for Candida.
Candida can actually become systemic meaning it is present throughout your entire body. It takes over your organs and invades your bloodstream. When this happens, death is a real risk.
Notice I mentioned that Candida thrives on sugar. There is real evidence that poor dietary habits, or diets high in sugar, tend to cause Candida overgrowth.
This is great news for people who suffer from overgrowth symptoms. Often a change in diet will alleviate the problem.
So what problems arise from Candida Overgrowth?
The most common symptoms of Candida overgrowth are yeast or vaginal infections.
The data tells us that about three in four women suffer from a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their life.
Yeast infections are exhibited by irritation in the vaginal area, whitish discharge and inflammation, and itching.
Treatment is generally over the counter though your doctor can prescribe medication as well.
However, if you’re susceptible to Candida overgrowth then you’re likely to see a recurrence unless you change your habits and lifestyle.
Oral thrush is a common sign of Candida overgrowth. It’s commonly seen in babies and children and presents as a white almost cottage cheesy coating in the mouth, tongue, and throat.
Generally, mild antifungals are prescribed and habits are assessed. For mothers of nursing babies, dietary changes may be required.
Candida also presents as skin infections. It can affect folds of the skin where it is dark and moist or it can affect the surface of the skin depending on the individual. It’s caused again by overgrowth and a weakened immune system.
Candida skin rashes vary from person to person and there are many types of Candida skin rashes. One of the most common is diaper rash. Treatment is a topical antifungal.
Candida Albicans overgrowth causes a number of problems ranging from basic but extremely uncomfortable vaginal infections and skin infections to digestive disorders, fatigue, weight gain, and hormonal imbalances.
If you suffer from chronic yeast infections treat the symptoms but also take measures to treat the cause.
Dietary and lifestyle changes can make a dramatic difference in your overall health.