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.