Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans, the most common of which is Candida albicans.
Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection; however, overgrowth of these organisms can cause symptoms to develop. Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the area of the body that is infected.
It can affect any system in the body, but primarily it affects the:
• Immune systems
It is characterized by symptoms
• Chronic fatigue
• Low energy
• Loss of sex drive
Symptoms connected with the gastrointestinal tract include:
• Intestinal cramps
• Rectal itching
• Changes in bowel functions
Symptoms with the Nervous System:
• Poor memory
• Inability to concentrate
Symptoms with Genitourinary system:
• Vaginal yeast infections
• Frequent bladder infections
Symptoms with Endocrine System:
• Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Symptoms with Immune System:
• Lowered immunity
• Chemical sensitivities
Candida overgrowth is often caused by overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both harmful and friendly bacteria.
It is the friendly bacteria that keeps candida under control.
Candida overgrowth can also be the result of using other drugs, such as oral contraceptives, anti-ulcer drugs, and corticosteroids; of digestive disorders; or of excessive sugar intake.
If you think you may have candida, you can take an extensive written quiz in the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, or a brief quiz in the Yeast Connection by William G. Crook.
I your score results are not to good you should probably take further testing, see your doctor for a stool culture test to measure Candida overgrowth or blood test to measure Candida antibodies.
Digestive secretions like hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, and bile help prevent the overgrowth of Candida.
It is important to find out if you have low levels of these secretions and to correct any deficiencies with supplements of HCI betaine, pancreatic enzymes and substances that encourage bile flow.
Naturopathic doctors are excellent resources for this type of treatment.
Maybe the key to overcoming Candida albicans.
Animal studies have shown that poor liver function encourages Candida overgrowth.
Candida also manufactures a type of alcohol that can cause it sufferers to fell constantly “hung over”. This puts a strain on the liver, which is continually detoxing the alcohol.
When your liver is overloaded with toxins, it is not able to filter blood properly.
This becomes a huge problem when you attempt to kill off the Candida, causing additional toxins to be released into your blood stream.
Cleansing of the liver is a vital part of Candida treatment.
You will need dietary and nutrient guidelines here are few books I recommend:
• Yeast Connection Cookbook by William G. Crook & Marjorie Hurt Jones
• The Coping With Candida Cookbook by Sally Rockwell
• Candida: A Twentieth Century Disease by Shirley S. Lorenzani
NEXT NEWS LETTER I give some dietary modifications guidelines to follow.
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