Candida is a microorganism; it is the overgrowth of various fungi, mould and yeasts in the body, which bloom under certain circumstances, which could cause illness. It is normal for it to live in small amounts in the digestive system, mucus membranes and on other body surfaces. Under certain circumstances, it will invade into deeper tissues and organs where it doesn’t belong, such as the liver and kidneys, and become very abundant. Once it gets that far, it anchors itself as fungi, it can be very difficult to get rid of. The yeast produces certain chemicals and affects cell functions in ways that create many symptoms, some of which can become serious. It has become quite common in the modern world due to immune suppressing diets and stress.
A healthy person generally has natural protection from an overgrowth of yeast. The natural bacterial flora living in our colons are friendly bacteria, and are responsible for fermenting food, assists in blood clotting and manufacturing some B vitamins and vitamin K. Bacteria flora is essential for preventing infection by disease-causing bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Overgrowth of yeast can happen when the bacterial flora is killed, or when our immune system is low. This can follow a course of antibiotics, which allows the yeast to take advantage of the reduced gut flora and low immune defence. Yeast thrives on high sugar diets and dietary yeast. Particularly malt, maltose, malted barley or maltodextrin.
Women usually suffer more than men, because of the female hormone progesterone, which favours the growth of yeast. Some steroid medications usually used for inflammatory conditions like asthma and skin problems promote the growth of yeast. Those who are exposed to periods of antibiotic use and diabetics because of their raised blood sugar levels usually suffer.
There are several conditions and substances in the modern world that feed the yeast, kill gut flora and decrease the immune system. Some of those are:
- Non-organic meats
- Sugary foods
- Bakery products
- Yeast extract
- Non-organic dairy
- Birth control hormones or hormone replacement therapy
- Exposure to mould
- Swimming in chlorinated pools
- Exposure to pesticides
It is quite common for patients to develop serious symptoms years later after exposure. Fungi can grow slowly, only bringing on gradual symptoms.
Unfortunately, most people accept ‘mild health problems’ as a ‘normal state of being’. People barely notice the symptoms that come with Candidosis, which can cause tiredness, thrush, cystitis, food intolerance, depression, anxiety, digestive disorders, immune disorders, PMS and skin problems plus many others. This sounds ‘normal’ in the modern world; none are part of normal health. People can experience cravings for foods in the group of chocolate, bread, alcohol, aged cheeses, fruits, nuts and seeds. People may experience a number of symptoms, but severe infection can lead to neurotic behaviour. Most M.E. and aids sufferers have a yeast infection, as well as alcoholics due to a suppressed immune system.
Many of the common illnesses of today weren’t around or weren’t as common previous to the mid-1900’s. The reason could potentially be related to Candida overgrowth Illnesses such as obesity, asthma, diabetes, fatigue, ADHD, fibromyalgia and many others. They may have become more common due to overuse of and exposure to, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, chemical exposure, poor diets and sugar domination, just to name a few.
Candida is now so common; it’s likely your doctor has it. A health practitioner, instead of finding and treating the underlying problem, usually diagnoses those who suffer from neurosis symptoms as a result of a severe infection, with a mental disorder.
Treating the yeast infection can be very difficult. Most drugs work by attacking the cell membrane and destroying the organelles inside. Yeast can survive without a cell membrane and live in a cell wall in a deficient form, immune to antifungal drugs. As soon as treatment is stopped it can continue its growth. The best way to treat a yeast infection is to stop feeding it, support your immune system and increase your digestive health. Avoiding foods containing yeast and sugar is a good place to start when making improvements.
Some foods and drinks to consider cutting out or down while tackling the problem are:
- Bakery products
- Malted drinks
- Malted cereals
- Dairy products (apart from natural live yoghurt)
- Meat made with breadcrumbs and non-organic meat
- Yeast extracts (i.e. bisto, oxo, marmite, etc.)
- Vitamins derived from yeast
- Mould foods
- Sugar foods (all sugar including fruit. No added sugar on a jam label, for example, is still unsuitable)
- Use a yeast free B-complex with vitamin C and zinc daily
- Use garlic supplements at breakfast and dinner times
- Take a probiotic supplement with breakfast and dinner
- Take an essential fatty acid supplement and evening primrose
- Take a good antioxidant supplement for immune support
- Reduce stress and relax
- Speak to your doctor about an antifungal drug course
- Take a good all-round multivitamin and mineral supplement
- Use digestive enzymes with meals
- Check all ingredients for hidden sugar and yeast
- Increase fibre intake to improve digestive health and eliminate toxic waste. Some good sources are, flax seeds, vegetables, pulses and oats