Candida is yeast, or fungus, that normally grows in the intestional tract, mouth, vagina, and skin. In healthy people, the yeast is helpful in the digestion process and in vitamin production. It is harmless because it is kept balanced by other yeast, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus that occupies the same space.
When your immune system is compromised, or when you are unhealthy, the yeast, or Candida, can overgrow. This transforms the once harmless yeast bacteria into an aggressive fungus that releases many toxins and can cause many symptoms. A yeast infection is when the fungal overgrowth exceeds the body’s ability to control it.
Causes of Candida:
- Chronic illness or stress
- Antibiotic usage
- Cortisone medication
- Birth control pills
- High sugar and carbohydrate intake
Women who suffer from Fibromyalgia and CFIDS have multiple risk factors.
Symptoms of Candidiasis:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Chronic heartburn
- Oral thrush (white spots on the mouth and tongue)
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Skin rashes
- Skin itching
- Vulvar pain and itching
- Rectal itching
- Food cravings (especially carbohydrates)
- Malnutition (poor nutrient absorption)
- Food allergies
- Bad breath
Treatment for Candidiasis:
“The strategies for treating Candidiasis are focused on rebalancing the intestinal bacteria and yeast. Candida that has overgrown needs to be killed and suppressed. The good yeast and bacterial needs to be replenished, and the gastrointestinal tract needs to be rebalanced. Here are some strategies used to rebalance the intestinal tract. “