Candida albicans is a yeast that is found in most humans. Chances are, you have Candida overgrowth. We all have Candida, just like we all have bacteria. And like the microbes in our gut and the rest of our body, it’s all about balance. A healthy gut contains an abundance of good (beneficial) bacteria that keeps Candida in check, not allowing it to overgrow. If this balance is disturbed (generally through antibiotic use or ingesting too much sugar) Candida overgrows. (1)
The problem is that in this day and age, the modern diet feeds Candida.
Candida is a fungus, a kind of yeast. Candida is very opportunistic.
Through its metabolic process, Candida releases harmful toxins. As it grows it changes forms from a patch of yeast to a form with filaments or threads that can consume tissues and cells. It destroys the biofilm lining the intestines and can push through the gut wall. Proteins and food particles that otherwise never would pass through the villi now enter the bloodstream.
The body reacts to these invading, unnatural substances as if they were pathogens. This release of gluten proteins into the blood may well explain the rise in numbers of gluten sensitive people. Candida is ravaging the health of Americans and is highly prevalent due to our overuse of antibiotics and the excessively high sugar content in the typical American diet. (2)
Most Skin problems are a Sign of Candida Overgrowth
Skin problems such as acne, Keratosis pilaris, dry skin, hives, rashes, dandruff, and eczema are a sign of too much fungus in the body. You know all those white bumps on the back of your arms? You’ve got Candida overgrowth. I’m not saying that whiteheads are fungus. It’s much more complicated that that. Sometimes aforementioned skin problems such as rashes are a direct result of fungal abundance, but other times, the issues are an indirect result of the colon microbes being out of balance. For instance, acne is often caused by hormonal issues. Hormonal issues are often caused by, exacerbated by, or at the very least virtually always are accompanied by, out of control Candida. (3)
Itchiness as a Sign
Itchy crotch, itchy vagina, yeast infections, and a foul discharge from the vagina and anus are signs of excessive Candida overgrowth.
If you need a shower every day in order not to itch, you’ve got too much yeast in your body. If you itch or feel a stinging sensation around your anus or your perineum when you wipe after bowel movements, that’s another sure sign. If it smells funky down there, while this may be perfectly normal, it’s also a sign of Candida overgrowth.
Yes, bacteria are one of the primary causes of body odor. But “bad bacteria” (what we call bacteria that doesn’t benefit us) coincides with too much fungus in the body.
Trouble with Digestion, Gas, Bloating
Digestion problems, gas, and bloating can be signs of other issues such as kidney problems, allergies, and more. But typically, whenever someone is unhealthy in one area, they also have Candida issues. Too much Candida in the gut means not enough beneficial bacteria to digest food properly, and this can cause candida fermentation.
Allergies and Allergic Reactions
Many times when people think they are having an allergic reaction due to a rash with hives, this is actually a spike in candida fungus that has grown out of control. Antibiotics cause these reactions in people regularly because they cull all of the beneficial bacteria that balance our body’s ecosystem.
Seasonal allergies and food allergies tend to vanish when Candida is brought completely under control. Other signs of too much Candida include thrush or a white tongue, itchy ear canals, and sugar cravings. Candida overgrowth also leads to a host of other health issues from insomnia to severe mood swings. While Candida is not the sole cause of most health issues, it accompanies almost every health issue. (4)
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