Candida Albicans

Candida Albicans is a yeast that is found naturally in small quantities in the human digestive tract. Candida is also recognized as the cause of thrush in infants and Vaginitis in women, but can also expand under certain conditions and colonize throughout the body.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics, steroid drugs, and birth control pills all contribute to the spread of Candidain the human body. Antibiotics do this by killing the beneficial bacteria throughout the body thereby allowing the unaffected yeast to overgrow and spread. Drugs that suppress immune response (like birth control pills and steroids) in combination with poor eating habits (processed, high sugar and yeast foods) assist Candida to grow rapidly. Once out of control, Candida Albicans is difficult to suppress apart from lifestyle changes.

Since the symptoms of Candida Albicans overgrowth are so varied, it often seems to mimic other diseases like allergies, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, and hypoactive/delinquent behavior. Symptoms usually include some combination of the following:

To overcome systemic Candida Albicans overgrowth one will need to follow a rigid lifestyle plan that begins with cleansing and normalizing the bowel. A strict diet that eliminates foods that feed Candida has proved successful. The diet should also be supplemented with lactobacillus acidophilus, bulgaris and/or bifidus to help restore the beneficial bacteria to the colon. Garlic , Pau D’Arco, Chlorella, and Echinacea are also helpful herbs for the removal of Candida. Learn to reduce and manage stress and be sure to get regular outdoor exercise. All antibiotics, steroids and birth control pills must be avoided. A drug, such as Nistatin, may also be needed.

To correct Candida overgrowth, be sure to follow a successful regimen such as one found in Vibrant Health from Your Kitchen by Bernard Jensen, Dr. Murray’s Total Body Tune-Up, or Every Woman’s Herbal by Dr. Christopher.

 Copyright 2006 Mrs. C.


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