The direct causes are the things that lead directly to a Candida overgrowth. They kill off the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Once the beneficial bacteria are diminished, the Candida can take over.
The indirect causes lower your body’s immunity. A lowered immunity gives the Candida an advantage so that any time you are exposed to a direct cause - the Candida can take over in record time. For a description of how the Candida take over, go to the Candida albicans description page.
Check out the Candida albicans causes below to see how many are present in your life. The more Candida albicans causes you are exposed to, the more likely it is for the Candida to thrive in your body.
Direct Candida Causes
"Silver" Tooth Fillings
Food borne Toxins
Peanuts - Most are contaminated with mold
Pistachios - Most are contaminated with mold
Mold in your home or workplace
Drinking Chlorinated Water
Bathing or Showering in Chlorinated Water
Swimming in Chlorinated Water
Vaccinations - Most contain mercury
Birth Control Pills
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Consistent Alcohol Consumption
Refined, Canned, Smoked, Preserved and Fried Foods
Not Being Breast Fed for the First Six Months of Life
Indirect Candida Causes
Physical, Mental, Emotional or Spiritual Imbalances
Long Term Infections
Excessive Stimulants or Depressants
Pharmaceuticals in Your Drinking Water
Chemicals Leeching from your Carpets
Skin Lotion Additives
Bisphenol A leaching from Plastics
Plastic Food Containers
HIV and AIDS
Diabetes - There is more sugar in the blood and urine which feed the yeasts
Radiation kills the beneficial bacteria in your intestines
Chemotherapy damages your immune system
What Foods Should Be Avoided?
Candida Albicans are a form of yeast that is normally found in the lower bowel, the vagina and the skin. (see below) In healthy individuals the presence of candida albicans is considered a normal part of the intestinal flora - the community of bacterial organisms that live in the lower digestive tract.
Candida Albicans comprise most cases of yeast infection in the United States.
yeast infections are a very common cause of disease and discomfort, especially among women.
Pathogenicity among yeasts is extremely variable-- the most virulent is Candida albicans.
Many yeasts are normal flora inhabitants of humans. Many Blastomycetes (yeasts and yeastlike fungi) constitute a resident population regularly part of the skin, surfaces, buccal mucosa, intestinal tract and vagina mucosa. When the normal flora of these areas is disrupted, often Candida albicans or other yeasts can become a problem as they take advantage of reduced competition
Candida Albicans is a yeast overgrowth. Yeast is found in all manufactured citric acid and in most fruits; in vinegar, which is made of fermented wines, and in ciders from such fruits as grapes, pears, apples, and some herbs. Vinegar is used as a preservative for mustard, catsup, olives, mayonaise, many dressings, pickles, horseradish, spices, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and dried fruits. Canned or frozen fruit juices contain yeast, only hand-squeezed and fresh juices are yeast-free. Fruit and fruit products that are canned commercially have a higher yeast content than those that are canned at home. Melons (especially cantalopes) and oranges are loaded with mold and yeast on the outside skins. Fruit should be eeled, not cut into, because in the motion of cutting through the skin with a knife, the meat of the fruit is contaminated. Mushrooms and cheeses of all kinds contain or actually are specific types of molds or yeasts; for instance, Roquefort cheese contains the mold Penicillium Roqueforti. Other yeast-containing milk products are buttermilk, sour cream, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, ice creams, powdered milks and milk itself.
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In order to eliminate Candida Albicans, one must eliminate all yeast containg foods.
Tea, pepper, coffee, coffee substitutes, many spices and tobacco acquire molds or yeast in their drying processes. Left-overs from a previous meal should be frozen for future use, as they will become mold-containing within 24 hours. Brown spots on any food are yeasts and molds that have begun their job of breaking down that foods nutrients for their own survival. Vitamins, such as the B-comples thiamine, niacin and riboflavin are usually yeast-grown, although it is possible to obtain them with a brown rice base. Yeast-free antibiotics such as penicillin mycin drugs, tetracylines, linococin and chloromycetin are derived from mold cultures.
Malt is used as a flavoring and coloring agent, it is the major ingredient of beer, ale and malt liquors, as well as some non-alcoholic products. Malt is a sprouted grain, easily fermented, and produces the enzyme diastase, important in the development of grain liquors. Most dry cereals contain malt or malt extract - Grape Nuts is exceptionally high in malt content
Other foods that encourage Candida Albicans are baked goods, breads, biscuits and pancake mixes, soda crackers and any other foods requiring the use of baker's yeast. Ice cream, candy, malted milk drinks and soda fountain drinks contain sugar yeast.
Some Simple Suggestions to elminate Candida Albicans
Avoid any food you're allergic to for a month or two, then, because food allergy is 'like a fire that dies down', cautiously try eating a food troublemaker again. If it doesn't trigger your symptoms, eat it occasionally, but no more often than every 4 to 7 days.
Include more vegetables in your diet - vegetables of all kinds, even some you don't usually eat.
Bake, broil or steam your vegetables. You can use herbs, fresh or dried, to season them (if you aren't unusually sensitive to molds).
Lean meats and fish are OK. Yet, you don't need to eat them every day and certainly not every meal.
Eggs are OK if you aren't allergic to them. However, eating them once or twice a week is enough.
Grain products, including oatmeal, oat bran, whole wheat, shredded wheat, brown rice, rice cakes, barley and millet are nutritious foods. They contain fiber and lots of trace minerals. Include them in your diet if you aren't allergic to them.
Become familiar with and use the grain alternatives, amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat. You can find these products in almost any health food store.
Avoid sugar and foods that contain simple carbohydrates, including corn syrup, white flour, white rice and honey.
How about dairy products? Many people, including those with CRC (candida related complex) are bothered by intolerances and allergies to milk - especially whole milk. (It also contains lots of undesirable saturated fat) So use dairy products with caution. However, sugar-free fruit-free yogurt is generally well tolerated, even by some people who are sensitive to other milk products. Home-prepared yogurt (using yogurt starter) is especially good because it contains more friendly yeast-fighting lactobacilli.
How about fruits? Along with other specialists, I've found that fruits often trigger symptoms in patients with CRC. So I usually tell my patients to avoid fruits for the first three weeks, until they improve. Then begin eating them on a trial basis - cautiously.
How about yeast-containing foods? Many people with CRC develop symptoms when they eat raised breads, moldy cheeses, drink beer or canned fruit juices (such juices are loaded with yeast). Moreover, some highly sensitive people may react to small amounts of yeast in salad dressings or left-overs. Still others develop symptoms when they drink coffee or tea.
In discussing fermented and aged products, juices and other beverages, yeast authority Sidney M. Baker commented, "Everyone is different. Individual tolerances for coffee, tea, cheeses, juices, and alcohol have to be determined on a trial and error basis by each person.
He also stated that freshly squeezed juices stored for a day or two in the refrigerator don't usually cause problems and that some people can consume "high 100 proof alcohol beverages with fewer problems than if they consumed beers or wines."
What can you drink?
I especially recommend bottled or filtered water. Here's why: it contains fewer chemical contaminants. For a hot beverage, add a squeeze of lemon or orange juice. Herb teas are also well tolerated - if you aren't highly sensitive to yeast and molds.
How about coffee and regular tea? Some people with CRC tolerate them, while others do not. If you're sensitive to yeast, you'll have to experiment. And even if yeasty foods and beverages don't bother you, eating or drinking the same substances every day often causes problems.
How about artificial sweeteners? Many people with CRC tolerate them in limited amounts. You can try them and see if they agree.
As long as your immune system is healthy and strongly functioning, Candida albicans growth is regulated and kept under control.
Candida Albicans Definition
.. as exerpted (and edited) from the Candida Albicans page of Wikipedia
Candida albicans is a diploid sexual fungus, and a causal agent of opportunistic oral and vaginal infections in humans. Systemic fungal infections (fungemias) have emerged as important causes of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients.
Candida albicans is among the many organisms that live in the human mouth and gastrointestinal tract. Under normal circumstances, Candida albicans lives in 80% of the human population with no harmful effects, although overgrowth results in candidiasis. To infect host tissue, the usual unicellular yeast-like form of Candida albicans reacts to environmental cues and switches into an invasive, multicellular filamentous form.
Candida Albicans is a yeast that lives in our intestinal tract. It is also the yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections. It is normal to have small amounts of Candida so the friendly and protective bacteria in our body called "Acidophillus and Bifidus" can use it as food. When something happens to kill off these friendly bacteria the Candida cells begin to multiply out of control. Candida can spread throughout the intestinal tract causing bloating, gas, food reactions and allergies, constipation, diarrhea and a host of digestive complaints. Candida can also spread to the vaginal area, the prostate, the heart, lungs, liver and cause numerous symptoms and illnesses. The true causes of Candida are not a mystery. They are also not the same for each individual person. Some people have Candida due to a combination of causes. To begin with lets look at the true causes and discuss each.
Antibiotics are a common cause of Candida. Antibiotics destroy both harmful bacteria and good bacteria. When antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria it gives the Candida a chance to begin to multiply. Anyone who has been treated with antibiotics for acne, major dental work or any condition where antibiotic use has been frequent, more than 1 course of 7-10 days, is a prime Candidate for Candida.
2. BIRTH CONTROL PILLS OR DEVICE
Oral birth control pills are mostly the hormone estrogen. Supplemental estrogen in the synthetic form has been found to promote the growth of yeast. Several years ago the Great Smokies Medical lab published studies showing that hormones could effect intestinal bacteria. A common compliant of women on birth control pills is yeast infection. The copper IUD is another possible yeast promoter. It has been observed by David Watts, Ph.D., that copper promotes the growth of yeast. Often copper IUD users develop excessive levels of copper in their tissues. Excess copper can depress the adrenal, thyroid and immune systems of the body. This can make it more difficult for the body to resist yeast.
3. EXCESSIVE STRESS AND ELEVATED CORTISOL
Stress can cause yeast growth for several reasons. Stress causes the release of certain hormone called CORTISOL . Cortisol can depress the immune system and also raise blood sugar. The elevation in blood sugar can feed the yeast cells allowing them to grow quickly. The depression in immune function will leave the body defenseless against the sudden elevation in yeast. These two reaction tend to happen together as cortisol goes up. This is the exact reason why stress causes Candida. Cortisol can be addicting to the body. It raises sugar and relieves inflammation. There have been a few studies that show the body can become addicted to it and try to keep it elevated. There are several simple nutrients that help lower cortisol levels back to normal by telling the nervous system to relax. Testing for cortisol can be done with the Adrenocortex Stress Test.
4. TAP WATER CONSUMPTION
Common tap water is high in chlorine which has been found to destroy friendly intestinal bacteria. This will allow Candida to grow as covered earlier.
5. PARASITES AND INTESTINAL WORMS
Parasites and intestinal worms are more common then anyone would think. Some researchers have estimated that over 85% of all people living in North America and Canada have parasites. Parasites can be large worm-like creatures or small microscopic organisms. Either type destroy friendly bacteria in the intestines making yeast overgrowth possible. Parasites can be detected in the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis.
Constipation can be caused by Candida. However constipation can also lead to Candida. If one does not have Candida and then becomes constipated for any reason, Candida may begin to grow. A digestive tract which is constipated is slow moving and becomes very alkaline. An alkaline environment is exactly what Candida does best in. The more alkaline the digestive tract the happier the Candida becomes. It does not matter what causes the constipation. Constipation for any reason can easily cause Candida.
7. DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Excess alcohol can directly destroy friendly bacteria and allow yeast to grow. Beer can be a particular problem not because of the yeast but because of its maltose content. Maltose is a sugar that is derived from malt. Malt sugar is very potent and can feed yeast cells very quickly. People with Candida also tend to develop allergies to all yeast products whether the yeast is healthy or not. This does not mean that hard spirits or wine in excess are any safer. Alcohol should always be used in moderation. Drugs can also cause yeast overgrowth particularly if they disturb the digestive system. Any medication or drug that can cause a gastrointestinal side effect may cause yeast growth by disturbing friendly bacteria.
Low thyroid is very common in cases of Candida. The thyroid gland has an important effect on the immune system. Adequate thyroid function also helps the digestive system operate correctly. As pointed out earlier, lack of proper digestive secretions can cause reduction of friendly bacteria. Constipation is also common with low thyroid. Body temperature will drop if thyroid function is low. A drop in body temperature stops many different chemical reactions from taking place. Some of these chemical reactions stop Candida overgrowth.
9. IMMUNE DEFICIENCY
Any condition that results in a weakened immune system can bring about Candida. Most notable are AIDS and CANCER. Candida can be considered a side effect of these more threatening illnesses.
10. HORMONAL IMBALANCE
It has been long recognized that an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone can be a causative factor in yeast overgrowth. In order to support friendly intestinal flora, adequate amounts of both hormones are needed. Great Smokies Medical Lab published a paper several years ago which explained how these hormones are essential to the health of friendly bacteria.
Any upset in this balance can cause yeast overgrowth. The hormonal imbalance must be corrected after the yeast has been reduced or relapse is sure to occur.
This is the most difficult case to deal with. It is essential that the diabetes be addressed first and the blood sugar be gotten under control. It is impossible to eliminate Candida while the blood sugar is high. There are specific herbs that are anti-fungal and have traditionally been used to lower blood sugar. I developed this protocol 2 years ago and have used it with good results, but I feel that most people should go right on a diabetic protocol to lower their sugar before attempting any Candida elimination. So here you have the 12 true causes of Candida.
Candida is becoming a very well known and recognized problem in this country. It has been estimated at 30% of all Americans have Candida. Now that we've addressed the causes, let's discuss why it is serious.
The major waste product of yeast cell activity is acetaldehyde and the by-product ethanol. Many people have a low iron content because this mineral is hard to absorb when Candida is present, and therefore have little oxygen in the tissues. Ethanol can cause excessive fatigue and reduces the strength and stamina which takes away ambition. It destroys enzymes needed for cell energy and causes the release of free radicals that encourages the aging process. Candida Albicans in an incredible destroyer of health and is the main missing link in many of our modern day diseases and sub-health conditions. The fact that Candida can rob the body of its nutrition and poison the tissues with it toxins is a major contribution, directly or indirectly to the following list of serious conditions:
1. Intolerance of perfumes, odors, fumes, fabric shop odors and tobacco smoke.
2. Complaints that worsen in damp, muggy or moldy places.
3. Athletes' foot, jock itch, fungal infections on the skin or nails.
4. Craving for sugar, bread or alcohol.
5. Prostitis or vaginitis.
8. Abdominal distention, bloating or pain.
9. Gas or flatulence.
10. Rectal itching or rash.
12. Diaper rash.
13. Vaginal itch, burning or persistent infections.
14. Kidney, bladder infections.
15. Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder with possible infection).
16. Sinus infections.
17. Joint pain or swelling.
21. Itching skin.
24. Loss of sex drive.
27. Feeling drained.
28. Memory loss.
29. Feeling spaced out.
30. Numbness, burning or tingling.
31. Muscle aches.
32. Muscle pains.
33. Flu-like symptoms.
34. Endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation).
35. Cramps or menstrual irregularities.
37. Spots in front of eyes.
38. Erratic vision.
40. Irritability or jitteriness.
41. Mood swings.
43. Suicidal feelings.
46. Feeling of swelling and tingling in the head.
50. Intestinal gas.
51. Mucus in the stools.
53. Dry mouth.
54. Sores or blisters in the mouth.
55. Bad breath.
56. Nasal congestion.
57. Nasal discharge.
58. Nasal itching.
59. Post nasal drip.
60. Sore or dry mouth.
61. Sore or dry throat.
63. Pain or tightness in the chest.
64. Wheezing or shortness of breath.
65. Asthmatic symptoms.
66. Burning or itching eyes.
67. Burning on urination.
68. Ear pain.
69. Ear aches.
70. Ear discharges.
71. Painful intercourse.
72. Food allergies or food reactions.
74. General allergies.
76. Hair loss
The majority of people who have Candida do not realize they have it until become seriously ill. The symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that it is very perplexing to both doctor and patient. Candida itself is totally preventable and if you have this condition, there is a special way in which it can be completely and permanently eliminated. This is a remarkable anti-fungal program that overcomes Candida in a more reliable and permanent manner. If you can remove this parasite from your body using a natural approach, you will also remove all the negative effects and symptoms along with it. This program will significantly improve your digestion and all associated weaknesses including bloating, constipation, ulcers, colitis, colon problems, gas, chronic fatigue, aches and pains and many kinds of subtle and nagging health problems. Even acute infections such as the common cold, Epstein Bar Virus, bladder infections, skin eruptions, etc. can be prevented or significantly improved. It will especially take the stress off of the immune system, the glands and the nervous system. Reproductive organ problems which can have their roots in a Candida Yeast infection may eventually disappear. Many negative conditions may slowly go way with this incredible technique and it can help increase food assimilation by as much as 50%.
As you can see, the symptoms are so varied no one person has all the same set as another. The average Candida sufferer has 20 or more of these (while others have less and some have more). Many times they have given up on ever finding out what was wrong with them because all of these symptoms seem unrelated. One patient spent 7 days in the hospital, was wheeled from one examination room to another--a grand tour of the hospital--only to be told it was all in her head. She was charged over $6000.00 for that stay. Upon her release a stool analysis was done and Candida was found. In addition, her symptoms were worsened by all the jello and the horrible hospital food.
Symptoms of Candida, regardless of what they are, will worsen in hot, humid or muggy weather. Like any mold or fungus, heat and humidity help it grow and spread. Symptoms can also vary according to one's diet. Sugar, alcohol, starches, fermented foods, sweets (even fruits) will increase symptoms by feeding the yeast organisms. This will cause them to grow and release more toxins which will produce symptoms. Stress is key in triggering symptoms. It has long been recognized that stress plays a part in lowering the immune function of the body. The immune system is what tries to keep the yeast under control. Simply being over-worked, over- tired, or over-stressed will cause an increase in Candida and therefore its symptoms. The environment one lives in can play a big role if one is exposed to toxic metals, fumes, smoke, pollution, and in direct contact with various chemicals. The immune system can become overloaded and therefore further dip which will allow more yeast to grow. If one finds that these conditions cause an increase in symptoms, there is a very good chance that Candida is present. Proper testing is essential to determine this for sure and to find out how bad the condition is. Blood tests can be inaccurate if they only test for Candida antibodies and antigens. These tests can show positive even after the Candida is gone or if one simply has an allergy to yeast.
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