Candida Albicans is a yeast that lives in the mouth, throat, intestines, and genitourinary tract of most humans. Candida is usually considered to be a normal part of the bowel flora. A healthy immune system normally keeps Candida under control unless the natural balance between the human host and the candida is altered. Then, colonies of candida can flourish throughout the body, producing many adverse physical and mental symptoms collectively known as candidiasis
How do you get Candidiasis?
Six primary factors weaken the immune system and promote the abnormal growth of Candida in the body:
- poor dietary habits, especially excessive intake of sugars, starches, and processed food
- repeated use of antibiotics
- use of hormonal medications such as birth control pills and corticosteroids
- pre-diabetes and Diabetes
- immunosuppressed state
- protozoa and other parasitic infestations
Candida organisms can spread from the lower bowel to colonize the entire digestive tract, moving into the small intestines, up to the stomach, especially in cases of imbalanced stomach acid, into the throat, mouth, and nasal passages and down into the lungs. Long term Candida can also lead to Leaky Gut or Intestinal Hyperpermeability, and be the vehicle for the development of an autoimmune condition.
Round yeast forms can revert to a pathological form of budding rhizoids that look like fingers. These can puncture the colon and the small intestine walls all the way up to the stomach and esophagus. Again, this is especially true in cases of low or no stomach acid.
The rhizoids metabolize carbohydrates and emit chemical waste products which can lead to a toxic bowel and malabsorption.
Among the chemical wastes produced are:
Acetyldehydeswhich are toxic breakdown products of alcohol that can cause liver overload. This in turncauses chronic sinusitis, bronchial tree inflammation and infections, “mysterious” chronic kidney infections that don’t have an infectious agent present.
- Ammonia, which can irritate the brain, causing brain fog and the bladder, causing frequent and urgent urination.
- Alcohol: there are documented cases of intoxication without any alcohol consumption.
- Carbon dioxide which leads to bloating and gas.
Some common symptoms of Candida overgrowth are:
- chronic gastritis
- distention and bloating
- constipation and diarrhea
- chronic heartburn
- hay fever
- ear aches
- hives and rashes
- food and chemical sensitivities
- Vaginal or rectal itching
- kidney and bladder infections
- prostate irritation
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
- chronic fatigue
- feeling spacey
- numbness, burning, tingling
- mood swings
- brain fog
- joint pain and stiffness
- cold hands and feet
- sensitivity to alcohol
- food cravings
- itchy ears
Candida imbalance is just one of many issues that can upset your digestive tract. At BeWell, we spend time listening to everything you’re experiencing and piece together the root cause of your symptoms so we can get you back on the road to health.
If you feel like you’re struggling with Candidiasis, schedule a Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation so that we can discuss ways we can help you overcome it.