Candida Albicans is a common yeast that lives within our intestines. In women, it is also found in the vagina. Though it is usually kept in check by the beneficial bacteria that co-exist with it, Candida may become an opportunistic pathogen that produces a variety of distressing symptoms.
There are several factors that may cause Candida Albicans to overgrow. The frequent use of steroidal drugs and antibiotics can depress the levels of that beneficial bacteria which keeps Candida in check. Oral contraceptives may induce hormone changes that increase Candida levels. Diets high in nutrients upon which yeast thrive (such as sugars and other refined, simple carbohydrates) encourage overgrowth.
The symptoms of Candida overgrowth can be very diverse. The yeast cells are thought to have fungus-like properties, attaching themselves to the intestines. This causes damage to the wall of the intestine, allowing particles of partially digested food to pass into the bloodstream.
The presence of partially digested food in the bloodstream leads to an immune reaction and inflammation, causing symptoms such as bloating, migraine, diarrhoea, and more. Bacteria can ferment undigested food particles, leading to further bloating and even flatulence. Candida produces toxic by-products that weaken the already-compromised immune system, leaving the sufferer fatigued and drained. One such toxin is acetaldehyde, which is also found in cheap wine and is responsible for hangovers. Many Candida sufferers report feeling chronically “hung over.” Other problems associated with Candida overgrowth are frequent nose, ear, and throat infections, mood swings, pre-menstrual syndrome, muscular aches and pains, cravings for sugary foods, and frequent urogenital infections, including itching and discharge.
The following Candida diet is the best way to clear Candida out of your system. Below, you’ll find the foods to avoid and the foods you should start eating.
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