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In simple terms what is Candida?

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I hear all these terms, but what really is candida? What causes it, what symptoms, how can we treat and prevent it?
asked Jul 26, 2013 in General Candida Questions by Misha

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Candida is somewhat difficult to understand, but once you start learning a bit about it, it becomes easier. I'll try to simplify it as much as I can. You probably just started learning about Candida, but did you know that there are different types? Candida albicans is usually first seen in the mouth or vaginal area, but can spread to other areas of the body. The infection is commonly caused by antibiotics, but lifestyle can also be to blame. The good news is there are treatments available and understanding the condition can better help you prevent it.

The Causes of Candida

You really have to know what causes Candida. Candida Albicans are naturally present in the mouth and intestine. It's needed, it helps with digestion. The problem begins when the flora bacteria becomes a problem and the candida grows out of control and begins to spread to other parts of the body. The cause can be a result of a diet high in sugar and carbs, stress, or antibiotics.

The Main Symptoms

When there is an overgrowth of the bacteria, toxins are spread through the blood and can weaken the immune system and wreck havoc on the organs. One such toxin produced by the activity is Acetaldehyde, which the liver breaks down as ethanol, otherwise known as drinking alcohol. Those that have an overgrowth of Candida Albicans may report feeling drunk and experience debilitating fatigue.

Treatment

If you think an overgrowth is present, it's essential to find a doctor that believes Candida is a real condition. This may mean seeking treatment from a naturopath, homeopathic doctor, or a kinesiologist. Many doctors still don't believe the condition exists and may seek to treat the symptoms of Candida rather than the condition itself. Until you find a capable doctor, it's important to limit the carb and sugar intake in your diet and work to reduce stress. You should also avoid antibiotics.

Prevention

Prevention of yeast overgrowth is similar to treatment. You want to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. This may mean finding a way to relax at the end of a hard workday or finding a way to cope with the stress. You should also eat a diet that limits carb and sugar intake and avoid antibiotics. Switching to a Candida diet will be difficult for some, but can greatly reduce your chances of experiencing a bacterial overgrowth.

Candida Albicans is naturally present in the body, but allowing the bacteria to grow through diet, antibiotic usage or stress can put a strain on the body. Not only will it weaken the immune system, but the toxins the bacteria produce could be damaging to the body's organs. If you suspect that you have an overgrowth, it's essential to find a doctor that believes the condition exists or risk the condition going untreated.

answered Jul 26, 2013 by Christine Helper (340 points)
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