Candida: A treacherous enemy of health

Candida: A treacherous enemy of health

The candida fungus is a type of yeast that lives in small quantities in the gut. However, if it develops too much, it can become the most insidious enemy of our health.

Simply put, when there is excessive growth, this fungus can escape the intestinal walls and circulate in the blood. In this case toxic substances will be released into the body.

The overdose of candida may also be accompanied by "bowel leakage syndrome", that is, increased intestinal permeability.

In medicine there is the term candidiasis, which is used to describe the infection caused by the candida fungus in the vagina, in the mucous membranes of the oral cavity and in the gastrointestinal tract.

Unfortunately, this fungus can cause much greater problems than a local infection, as it has been implicated in generalized infections (especially for immunosuppressed patients), autoimmune diseases, and even depression.

The most common fungus of this kind is candida albicans.

When it enters the intestine, it releases toxic by-products into the body, including carcinogenic acetaldehyde.

 

The causes

Under normal conditions candida albicans is controlled by the immune system and the normal microflora present in the digestive tract, that is, the other intestinal microorganisms.

However, when an ecological change in the environment occurs, the bacteria that control this fungus are reduced, thereby limiting this immune response.

There are many reasons for the growth of the fungus. In general we would say that they should be sought for in the diet, in the irrational use of drugs and in the weakening of the immune system.

It is no coincidence that candida albicans is a medical condition affecting western countries, that is, it has to do with modern life.

Abuse of antibiotics kills friendly gut bacteria. Also, contraceptive pills and medicines containing cortisone have been implicated in the development of the fungus.

A diet high in carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol favors the development of candida albicans, which feeds on sugars. Another aspect of nutrition is that many of the meat we eat contains antibiotics.

Foods that have been fermented may also contribute to the growth of the fungus.

Many pregnancies are considered an additional aggravating factor. Hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy are likely to multiply the fungus.

According to some scientific research, stress and excessive stress contribute to the proliferation of candida.

 

What candida really is 

More and more holistic healers believe that health goes through the gut. However, to be healthy, a balance is needed between friendly and unfriendly micro-organisms.

Contrary to the common belief that candida albicans is a completely unnecessary and dangerous fungus, the reality is that it plays a comparable role in digestion.

Candida Albicans is a microorganism that is saprophytic, that is, it feeds on dead tissues.

This fungus helps break down sugars when carbohydrate digestion is incomplete. Thus, each time the intestine contains a large amount of undigested carbohydrates and other waste products of metabolism, candida albicans increases.

There is a group of white blood cells (lymphocytes) called "suppressor cells" that block the immune response in our own tissues. In simple words, they prevent the organization from attacking its own organs.

In autoimmune diseases, clinical and laboratory studies show that candida albicans inhibits this type of action, thereby continuing to invade the immune system in the organs themselves.

When properly treated for candida, the percentage of "suppressor cells" returns to normal.

 

The symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of candida are fungal infections of the skin, nails and mouth (aphthous), as well as vaginitis and itching.

If you feel tired, have headaches, dizziness, difficulty concentrating and poor memory, it is advisable to check for candida overgrowth.

Another category of symptoms are digestive problems such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea.

The fungus can still cause irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression.

Doctors with the fungus believe it can cause additional complications in HIV patients and in various forms of cancer.

If candidiasis is not treated, it can lead to internal infections, even generalized septicemia.

 

Ways of dealing with

The general clinical picture may predispose to the fungus, and then specialized tests are required to confirm it.

Usually, overdose is treated by conventional medicine with antifungal drugs. But they can only cure locally, that is, they will treat the symptom rather than the cause. In most cases, especially for those who are on chronic medications for other conditions, candida will return as soon as the antifungal drug is stopped.

To counter candida you need to do three things:

  • Stop overgrowth of the fungus,
  • to create friendly bacteria and
  • heal your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.
  • The first step to stopping overdevelopment is to switch to a low carbohydrate diet. Begin by eliminating sugar in all its forms, alcohol and flour. It is advisable to restrict drastically (not to stop) and complex carbohydrates such as beans, fruits, pasta and potatoes.

Some therapists also recommend eliminating all fermented foods, because in addition to good bacteria they nourish and harm.

If you want to take a natural medicine, caprylic acid can help. Caprylic acid is a fatty acid contained in coconut and has antifungal and antimicrobial activity.

You can also use some herbs with antifungal properties such as absinthe, which are widespread in Ayurveda practice.

After doing all of this, the next step is to grow friendly bacteria by taking probiotics.

 

Restart the liver 

The overgrowth of candida releases toxins into the bloodstream, which must be filtered by the liver.

If a lot of toxins are released due to this overgrowth, it is almost certain that the liver will suffer. This will create additional toxicity and other serious problems associated with maintaining blood sugar levels, storing vitamins and regulating hormones.

This relationship explains why many of the symptoms of fungal overgrowth are similar to those of liver toxicity.

Therefore it is very important to follow the programs of detoxification of the liver and the body as a whole.

The liver is a "plant" that filters out toxic substances while helping to create those substances that an organism needs to be able to perform all their vital functions.

 

Why you need a holistic approach

We have written many times that all the organs of the body are connected and interact with each other.

So instead of trying to treat each symptom individually, you need to adopt a holistic approach to maintaining your health.

For example, it is just as important to deal with stress. Stress releases cortisol, an inflammatory hormone, slows metabolism and inhibits your immune system.

You should know that at the beginning of the battle you may feel some flu-like symptoms that appear in detox programs. This medicine is called the Herxheimer reaction and is used to describe a temporary deterioration that confirms that the treatment works.

To avoid the unpleasant symptoms, it is advisable to start the detox gradually and you will quickly feel better.

 

Bibliography:

Carol A. Kumamuto, (2011), Inflammation and gastrointestinal Candida colonization, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163673/. 

Clarissa J. Nobile, Alexander D. Johnoson, (2016), Candida albicans Biofilms and Human Disease, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4930275/.

ML. Gainza-Cirauqui, MT Nieminen, (2013), Productioin of carcinogenic acetaldehyde by Candida albicans from patients with potentially malignant oral mucosal disorders, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22909057.

  

By Dr Angel,

Αggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc Health Psychology

www.AggelikiKoskeridou.com

insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official

 

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