The technical description: "Candida Yeast Syndrome is caused by an opportunistic fungus that normally inhabits the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal tract and vagina"
My description: "Having debilitating allergies, fibroid cysts, uncomfortable spastic colon and a huge case of PMS. Feeling so uncomfortable out side in the spring that I wanted to go in the air conditioning and just sleep after I just finished sneezing 12-15 times in a row."
In a healthy state the amount of candida in the intestinal tract is controlled by our beneficial bacteria.
However, the beneficial bacteria can be knocked out by poor diet, toxins and antibiotics. This is what happened to me.
As a child I had taken antibiotics and loved sweet foods such as candy and cookies. When we take broad spectrum antibiotics [“Anti” (against) and “Biotic” (life)] the beneficial bacteria are affected. The word “Anti” mean against and “Biotic” means life.
It’s the job of antibiotics to kill bacteria. They are indiscriminate killers; so not only do they kill off the bad bacteria that was causing the problem but they also kill off all of out friendly bacteria. The candida yeast are not affected, so they multiply and put out toxins that further weaken our immune system.
Consequently, you may experience repeated infections, and these infections may be treated with antibiotics, encouraging further growth of candida and a vicious cycle.
This is what happened to me. There wasn't a day that went by where I could easily breath. I was constantly breathing through my mouth. I had sinus headaches and always felt lethargic....until I went on a candida cleanse program.
Stanford University studies report a 497% increase in systemic infections in humans in the past ten years due to overuse of antibiotics and stress.
What Do You Do?
Its important to support your body and intestinal tract with a supplementthat supports the good bacteria and depletes the candida. And also to get on a beneficial diet for candida yeast elimination.
I recently came upon a great book on how to handle candida yeast syndrome.
It is so important that you read up on what you might have and It can really make a difference.
Now your question might be,... what if Im not sure if candida is the cause of your issues. If you are not sure a great preliminary test to take is the Candida Spit Test. Its a simple at home test that will let you know if you have an overgrowth of candida in your body.
What can Candida Yeast Syndrome lead to...
Based on clinical and research studies, candida overgrowth in your intestines may create what has been called “Leaky Gut Syndrome”.
The yeast that’s living in your gut begins to overgrow and as it overgrows it changes into a fungus. As a fungus it sends out rhizoids that are like little tree roots that actually poke holes in the lining of your intestinal wall.
The function of your lining it is to be semi-permeable. Meaning that some things like vitamins and minerals are supposed to pass through. But because your intestinal lining has been damaged and weakened it now becomes like a wide open door and anything including toxins can filter from your digestive tract into your blood supply.
Healing leaky gut can be a great health benefit. Toxins and food allergens may pass through this membrane and go to other parts of the body.
Candida Yeast Syndrome Factors
Some of the factors that promote candida overgrowth are:
You should have two to three pounds of intestinal flora living in your descending colon alone. Most people in North America have less than two to three tablespoons!
Start helping yourself today by getting the knowledge you need to make the necessary life changes to help yourself feel better.