|What is Candida?
Candida albicans is a yeast, a single-cell living organism which lives on the surface of all living things, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, as well as the skin, thus contributing in a variety of ways to the health of its owner. Other names for the various types of yeast are mold, mildew, monilia, mushrooms, as well as Candida albicans. The particular yeast we will discuss is Candida. As you may know, yeast is used in baking, so as to give a lighter texture. Like using yeast to make bread, the key ingredient to make the yeast come alive is warmth. In the human, the yeast thrive on/in areas of warmth, in particular the most inner parts of our bodies--the digestive tract, the vagina and/or the skin.
At birth, the human has both friendly and unfriendly intestinal bacteria. The friendly bacteria—Bifidobacteria bifidum and Lactobaccillus acidophilus work harmoniously with the yeast cells. Keep in mind, that in a healthy state, the yeast stemming from the Candida organisms that are present in the body, reside in the three aforementioned areas. However, certain triggers can throw off the naturally healthy balance of bacterium, allowing the unfriendly bacteria to overgrow and create numerous health issues. These triggers include breathing in poor quality air; ingesting dead water; consuming unhealthy products like sodas and other refined or processed foods that contain any and everything from dyes and sugars to pesticides and the like; and prolonged unprotected use of devices like cell phones, computers, and microwaves. Even lack of adequate sleep and a negative mental attitude are harmful, since those factors lead to stress, which in turn releases hormones that have the same effect as the other tangible triggers. The effect is an overabundance of unfriendly bacteria that causes the body to become toxic and acidic, resulting in a weakened immune system.
In the area of medicine, when doctors write antibiotic prescriptions for us, these medications may appear as if we are getting rid of whatever prompted us to visit the doctor for, but realistically it not only disturbs the balance of the bacteria in the body, but it also doesn’t kill the yeast, so naturally you will have an infection!
Sugar and simple carbohydrates which turn into sugar feed the yeast and cause it to multiply in the digestive tract.
Nylon, as well as cotton underwear when washed with bleach or other chemicals, break down the immune system as well, as the vaginal area becomes too moist, not getting enough exposure to air.
When we are on our menses, because this is the only time our body has the opportunity to cleanse itself on a regular basis, such an environment creates the perfect time and place for the yeast to increase. Also, women taking the birth control pill seem to be more susceptible to yeast overgrowth.
Why do we get yeast-related health issues?
You must remember for those of us with this illness that our immune systems have been weakened, hence the over abundance of unfriendly bacteria. This is as a result of a myriad of possibilities, such as eating foods with very poor food quality, fast foods, processed foods, and/or nutrient depleted foods. Let’s not forget about chemicals, molds, the types of pollution that surround us, as well as antibiotics. Such things disturb the natural balance of the friendly bacteria and unfriendly bacteria we mentioned earlier in the areas of the intestinal tract, vagina, as well as the respiratory membranes, causing us to feel “sick all over.” In so doing, the Candida albicans doubles. The imbalance in the membrane lining of the intestinal tract develops what is called the “leaky gut,” where the stomach acid which is very corrosive back flows into the esophagus, giving us the feeling of the dreadful heartburn, whereby the acid literally burns unprotected tissue. FYI, ordinarily our stomachs have a protective lining. If it didn’t, we would be eaten alive! Our esophagus doesn’t have any protection, as the stomach acid was not EVER supposed to come in contact with it.
The end result? The food allergens and toxins are absorbed into our circulatory systems, spreading throughout our entire body.
In a weakened state, we become more prone to repeated respiratory problems like coughs, colds and sore throats. Even though it is viral, you may be given an antibiotic to aid in your recovery.
Fortunately most doctors today discourage over using antibiotics, and instead only prescribe them when necessary in treating potentially life-threatening bacteria infections like Strep throat, Pneumonia, etc.
Other “culprits” behind yeast overgrowth include:
* Hormonal changes associated with the normal Menstrual cycle
* Birth Control pills
* Steroids by either pill, injection or inhalation
* Genital irritations and abrasions
* Reinfection from your spouse
Much of our yeast-related symptoms, including PMS, sexual dysfunction, headaches and depression develop because our immune system, our endocrine system and our brain are intimately connected. Another culprit that may have a toxic affect on your body and its ability or inability to improve your health is stress.