Candida is a yeast which can be found in the digestive tract.
Candida is considered harmless in most cases, however, if it overgrows it can affect a number of your body’s functions and systems.
Candida infections are the fourth most common type of infection and they usually occur when a person’s immunity drops.
According to a CDC report, the Candida fungus becomes more and more resistant to conventional medication therapies, which is why it is considered a “severe threat” to the health of the American public.
Candida is considered an opportunistic yeast, i.e. it only spreads when it has the opportunity. Candida overgrowth mostly occurs when our bodies are unable to resist it. The most common reasons for Candida spread are:
- Weakened immunity. Our immunity is our protector against poisons, bacteria, and fungi. When it is not strong it will fail in that protection;
- Gut inflammations. When our guts are inflamed the intestinal walls lose their strength and allow for opportunistic fungi like Candida to enter the intestines;
- Imbalance in the inner ecosystem. Our ecosystem needs to be healthy and balanced so that the good bacteria may produce chemicals that fight off other bacteria and fungi , like Candida.
Once the Candida has spread it can fill our body with waste and overburden our livers, but it can also “switch off” our immune system as it settles inside the healthy cells of our organs.
The more it is pressured the more it thrives
In 2001, a team of scientist tested the Candida’s response to stressors like high temperatures and antifungal drugs like fluconazole, and came up with surprising results. Instead of being eliminated the Candida actually adapted and continued to grow further, despite the pressure it was under.
Furthermore, when the Candida wasn’t able to adapt to the environment, it started changing it. For example, the Candida has the ability to release ammonia and change the pH levels of its environment, which helps it become an intrusive cell with the power to pierce the gut wall.
How to protect yourself from Candida overgrowth
When dealing with Candida people should not use antifungal medications because they only lead to the Candida mutating into a more resistant strain. The more these medications are used the more common and stronger the Candida strain will become. Instead of using drugs you can do the following to protect yourself from Candida overgrowth:
- Eliminate the foods that contain added sugars and fruits which are too sweet. You can use certain foods like sour fruits, grainy seeds etc, from the Body Ecology Diet, however, make sure they don’t contain added sugars. If you still can’t get used to no sugars there are stevia sweeteners which are sweeter than regular sugar
- Regularly use plants and vegetables that are known to have antifungal properties, like garlic, clove, oregano, lemongrass, etc. One good choice is Pau d’arco tea which can reduce inflammations and fight off the Candida. Also, oregano oil is very good disturbing the damp environment that Candida thrives in.
- Maintain a healthy ecosystem. You need probiotics which can be found in fermented foods and coconut kefir to protect your body from Candida overgrowth and restore any damage to your stomach caused by the yeast.
- Use as less antibiotics and oral contraceptives as you can because they both can lead to the creation of a suitable environment for Candida overgrowth.
Make sure that you do all that is necessary to protect your body from the overgrowth of this opportunistic yeast which can affect many aspects of your health. The Candida is one of the most common infections and a very serious threat to public health, as it is evolving into a more resistant strain every day.
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