Candida albicans is a yeast that is always present in our body, usually maintained at a healthy level by the ‘friendly’ bacteria found in our gut.
However in some circumstances it can multiply unchecked & cause a myriad of problems systemically. When this occurs the Candida will cause damage to the bowel walls & actually ‘poke holes’ through the wall & then spread via the bloodstream into the rest of the body. It releases toxins into the body in the form of a by-products it produces, the main one is called acetylaldehyde. Acetylaldehyde promotes free radical damage to your cells & the liver will convert it to ethanol (alcohol) & in many cases the fatigue or even slight feeling of being ‘hungover’ that people report is a result of this overload of ethanol in the body.
Some of the common causes that trigger an overgrowth include; antibiotics (which kill all bacteria in the gut - good & bad), the oral contraceptive pill, steroids, stress, immune system depression & poor diet choices – for example, a diet high in processed foods & sugar, regular alcohol consumption.
SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDIASIS ( CANDIDA OVERGROWTH)
- Thrush (oral or vaginal)
- Weight gain
- Fungal infections eg – althletes foot or on your fingernails/toenails
- Depression & irritability
- Recurrent urinary tract infection
- Sugar cravings
- Joint pain.