Candida Albicans is a yeast which lives in small numbers in our intestines and other areas.
It is kept in check by our immune system and by ‘friendly’ bacteria which live with it. The candida can grow and get out of control if the regulatory system of the body breaks down.
This happens with the use of contraceptive pill, HRT, or anti inflammatories and/or the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics which kill the friendly bacteria in the intestines.
The loss of these oestrogen-making bacteria causes the hormonal levels to become even more imbalanced. Stress, pesticides and other toxins, in particular, dental mercury amalgam also contribute to the development of candida overgrowth.
Candida can change into a damaging fungus which puts down roots into the wall of the intestinal tract and spreads into the rest of the body. The damage to the intestinal wall allows undesirable toxins to permeate into the bloodstream.
This condition called ‘leaky gut syndrome’ often leads to food allergies and foggy brain. Symptoms in the intestines includes diarrhoea or constipation, bloatedness, flatulence and itchy anus.
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Once through to the rest of the body, the candida begins its task of cell decomposition, as like all fungi, its role in life is to decompose cell material for recycling.
Candida/Yeast infections can live anywhere there are mucous membranes – it particularly likes the vagina, lungs and the sinuses. Candida or Yeasts provide food for bacteria and viruses, so you can also be prone to other infections.
Candida also has an ability to disrupt the endocrine system causing symptoms such as PMS, menstrual irregularities, joint pains, asthma, hayfever, muscle fatigue and chronic tiredness.
Candida is heavily implicated in the development of M.E. or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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