Cadida Albicans usually lives in harmony in the human body. But when stimulated to overgrowth, this fungus creates and releases over 80 different toxins in our bodies including ethanol and a form of formaldahyde, causing a host health problems including fatigue, adrenal failure, sudden food sensitivities and inability to loose weight. Often the onset of these symptoms are dismissed as just part of getting older. But it does it have to be that way?
What is Cadida?
Most commonly known as thrush, athletes feet, vaginal yeast infection, Candida, Candida yeast, yeast syndrome or yeast infection. Candida Albicans is part of the microorganisim ecosystem in our body known as gut flora which work together with in our digestive system to break down foods. When our body is out of balance this once friendly fungus can get out of control quickly, resulting in yeast overgrowth.
The toxins this bacteria excretes include ethanol and acetaldehyde which disrupt normal functioning of the bodies systems, creating hormonal imbalances, problems with the thyroid or other glands, impede normal liver function and can cause vast array of infections and other unpleasant symptoms. Some of the symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth are adrenal failure, anxiety, asthma, bladder infections, constipation, depression, fatigue, sudden food allergies and sensitivities, heartburn, hiatal hernia, insomnia, joint pain and stiffness, mental fogginess and memory loss, migraines, muscle weakness, panic attacks, psoriasis, yeast infections just to name a few.
Holistic health practitioners believe that overuse of prescription antibiotics and the Standard American Diet (aka SAD) are to blame for the rampant overgrowth of Candida Albicans in our society today.
Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, both good and bad. The problem is that your body needs the good bacteria to maintain health and keep opportunistic invaders like Candida from taking over. Antibiotics don't affect Candida, therefore when all the good bacteria are eliminated by antibiotics, the Candida is free to grow rampant.
The main food source for the Candida Albicans is sugar, starches and simple carbohydrates, the primary staples of SAD. Poor nutrition also contributes to an unhealthy immune system and leaves the body more vulnerable to overgrowth. Other factors that contribute to Candida overgrowth are antacids, birth control pills, environmental toxins, cortisone, heavy metals, inadequate levels of essential digestive enzymes, ulcer medication, and steroids.
Eleminating Cadida Overgrowth
Candida overgrowth is one of the most obstinate and difficult conditions to overcome. Candida yeast is a highly adaptive organism that can mutate and become stronger over time. The best course of action to eliminate yeast overgrowth and build healthy gut flora is by following the Candida diet and avoid using antibiotics. A diet high in vegetables and lean meats, balanced with fresh fruits and nuts will help the body maintain not only a healthy weight but also a healthy gut.