The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.
What is Candida?
Candida albicans or simply Candida is a fungus that inhibits our bodies. Yeasts, like Candida, are a part of our everyday lives. Our bodies host as many as 500 different kinds of viral, bacterial and fungal organisms, including Candida.
There is a delicate balance between the “good” and “bad” critters that live primarily in our intestinal and digestive tracts. Normally the “good” organisms far outnumber the “bad” keeping our immune systems strong and our inner ecosystem in harmony.
According to Donna Gates and The Body Ecology Diet, Candida thrives when you eat a high-sugar, acid-forming, low mineral diet—basically the standard American diet. So if we are eating poorly, stressed-out and taking medications like antibiotics then Candida can and will spread quickly.
No wonder some experts estimate that as much as 50 to 80 percent of the American population is suffering from a mild to severe Candida-related illness.
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
Common yeast infections including vaginal yeast infections, jock itch and oral thrush are all indications of Candida overgrowth. Candida has also been linked to many more serious and perplexing symptoms including:
loss of sex drive,
chronic muscle soreness,
immune system disorders,
and even Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Autism.
Diagnosing Candida overgrowth is difficult and not all doctors are convinced it is a problem although there is a growing body of evidence that points to Candida as the culprit in many chronic health issues.
In general, alternative health practitioners are more willing to consider that Candida is a serious health concern.
Treating a Candida-related illness is almost as controversial as the disease itself. Most specialists agree you must 1) starve and kill the yeast 2) promote the growth of good bacteria, and 3) maintain an anti-Candida lifestyle. This can be a challenging undertaking but it is not impossible and there is lots of support and growing community of courageous Candida warriors.
Take a Candida quiz at http://www.yeastconnection.com
Go deep into Candida – The Body Ecology Diet book and website http://bodyecology.com
Simple Steps to Beat Candida – http://www.betternutrition.com/combatting-candida-yeast/features/featurearticles/1400
Experience Life Magazine – http://experiencelife.com/article/kicking-candida-2/
Wishing you Candida Free-Living,