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Candida Article #1: What Is Candida?
Disclaimer: Please note, most conventional doctors do not recognise the concept of systemic candida infection. This article should not be used as a replacement for medical diagnosis, advice, or treatment. Always discuss any health problem you have with your doctor.
Candida albicans is a yeast like organism that lives naturally in small amounts in your mouth, gastrointestinal tract and skin. The body's natural defense against fungal and yeast infections is the production of friendly bacterial flora that keeps it in check. It is controlled by a properly functioning immune system and "friendly" bacteria. However, if the number of friendly bacteria is decreased, the immune system is weakened or other conditions for yeast proliferation occur (we will come to the causes later) candida albicans may shift from a yeast to a fungal form and start to invade the body and cause a multitude of health problems.
In the yeast state candida is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, while in fungal state it is invasive and can produce rhizoids, very long root-like structures. Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream. This condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome and that is one of the causes of food and environmental allergies.
Although most people associate the word "candida", with the most common type of candida infection, namely candida albicans, it should be mentioned that there are in fact numerous types of candida.
There are over 150 species of candida. Common strains include : -
However, when talking about "candida", most people mean candida albicans overgrowth. This refers to a syndrome first identified by Dr Orion Truss and Dr William Crook who both wrote books about the subject in the late 1970's. It is closely related to the subject of dysbiosis ("bad bacteria"), which refers to any imbalance of healthy vs / unhealthy gut bacteria, and not just candida overgrowth.
What causes Candida?
Amongst holistic practitioners and those doctors who recognise the prevalance of the syndrome, it is generally thought that the following factors are the primary ones which can cause candida overgrowth.
Why is candida a problem?
Candida releases poisons in blood causing all kinds of symptoms. The toxins that are released include : -
(Our dedicated products Bayberry Formula, Bayberry Formula A and Molybdenum may be helpful for breaking down candida toxins).
Typical symptoms of Candida are thought to include:
Our more detailed articles on Candida treatment are " Candida Treatment " and " Conquering Candida", so please bear in mind the following information is only a quick introduction. The following is a general guideline, suitable for a large proportion of people. Complicated cases may need an appointment, especially if the sugggestions below
Candida is stubborn but it can usually be eliminated in two to six months, although it needs to be combined with a low sugar and no alcohol diet. Our full range of candida control products is much larger than the list below, but based on the fact that you cant take everything, these are the products we usually recommend.
The following products can be taken initally, but we often recommend them to replenish and heal the gut when symptoms have improved. There are no absolute rules here, and in some cases people do not improve until they take one or more of the products below...
Once you have read this introductory article, for more detailed information, we suggest you read
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