Candida Albicans or yeasts live in the intestinal tract of every human being. They share this space with other micro-organisms called good bacteria. The bacteria to yeast ratio in a healthy person is very much in favour of the good bacteria and therefore doesn’t pose a problem.
The problem comes when this ratio starts to favour the Candida. Once the balance is disturbed the good bacteria that are left find it impossible to keep the candida under control which multiply and result in Candida Overgrowth.
The overgrowth starts in the intestine, but quickly spreads to other parts of the body. Only once candida is detected externally do we discover there is an overgrowth.
One of the main causes of Candida are antibiotics which are not only ingested as prescription medicine, but from the meat and chicken that we consume which injected with antibiotics or steroids so as not to get sick.
Another cause is nutrition, if the body does not receive the necessary nutrients we become susceptible to bad bacteria or micro-organisms thus causing a yeast overgrowth.
It is also believed that dental amalgams, heavy metal poisoning, environmental toxins, stress, and chlorinated water, contribute to the overgrowth of yeast.
Some symptoms of Candida Overgrowth are:
- gas and bloating
- rectal itching
- mood swings
- poor short term memory
- learning difficulties
- cognitive impairment
- athlete’s foot
- joint pain
Candida overgrowth is often due to nutritional deficiencies and can be combated by a strict gluten and yeast free diet.
Although all my community forums have gluten and yeast in common, I have dedicated a forum for discussion to this disease.