Candida albicans is a yeast that is commonly found in our environment. It is all around us, on our skin, in our mouths, and in our digestive tract. Normally, candida is present in moderate amounts that are not harmful to us. The population of candida is kept in check by the presence of other microorganisms. But when there is an alteration in the balance of these microorganisms (for instance, when antibiotics destroy one’s natural, healthy bacteria), this yeast is allowed to grow unchecked. When this happens, it can overpopulate the intestines and wreak havoc in the body. Candidiasis is another term for yeast overgrowth, a condition when Candida moves through the body producing a multitude of problems.
How Does A Candida Overgrowth Occur?
Even though you may not realize it, your body is home to thousands of microorganisms. Under normal circumstances, these microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and yeast, keep each other in check and help maintain the proper functioning of the digestive system. These microorganisms help to stimulate the immune system, maintain the pH balance of the gut, and physically control the population of one another.
The most common cause of a candida proliferation is the overgrowth of one’s own natural population of yeast. If the balance of diverse microorganisms that normally reside in and on the body is altered, Candida overgrowth and infection can occur. For instance, yeast in the vagina can become imbalanced during antibiotic use, which reduces the normal protective microflora of the vagina.
The Most Common Causes of Candida
- Medications: Certain medications can alter the balance of microorganisms in the gut and lead to the symptoms of candida. These drugs include the birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy medications, natural progesterone cream, certain steroids (such as hydrocortisone and prednisolone), immuno-suppressive drugs, and most antibiotics
- Dental mercury amalgam poisoning
- Toxin exposure: Exposure to certain environmental toxins such as pesticides and chemical cleaners.
- Hormonal changes e.g. puberty, pregnancy, menopause
Common Indications of Candida
When candida is allowed to grow unchecked, it can penetrate the intestinal wall and permeate the bloodstream. This causes a condition called “leaky gut syndrome” that can lead to the following symptoms:
- Food sensitivity
- Muscle discomfort
- Gastrointestinal distress
Once candida works its way into the rest of the body it has the ability to disrupt the endocrine system causing such problems as:
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Menstrual pain and irregularities
- Vaginal yeast imbalance
- Joint discomfort
- Respiratory difficulties
- Fungal overgrowth of the skin and nails (such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
- Appetite changes
- Ear canal problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Environmental sensitivities
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence
Many indications of candida are actually signs of the disorder that is caused by the candida infection. For instance, if a candida overgrowth causes respiratory problems, one might experience the itchy eyes and runny nose associated with this condition. If candida overgrowth occurs in the gut, it will likely cause problems such as constipation, diarrhea, gas, and bloating. This makes it difficult to recognize a true candida infection.
The best way to balance candida is to take measures to address the underlying overgrowth of candida in the body and restore the proper balance of microflora. The best way to do this is to use nutritional support that promotes healthy candida levels and the growth of friendly organisms.
Mycozil is an excellent choice for promoting balanced Candida. Mycozil contains powerful ingredients that work together to cleanse the body of candida overgrowth as well as toenail fungus, nail fungus, and athlete’s foot.
When using Mycozil, take three capsules twice a day for a period of two to three months. While using this product, you should also follow an anti-yeast diet (avoid simple sugars, milk, processed or refined flour products, alcohol and high fructose fruits.) This will help rebalance the candida overgrowth and restore the proper balance of microflora in the body.