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Monday, October 22, 2012

Probiotics VS Candida

What is Candida?

Candida is a genus of yeasts. Many species are harmless commensals or endosymbionts of hosts including humans, but other species, or harmless species in the wrong location, can cause disease. Candida albicans can cause infections (candidiasis or thrush) in humans and other animals, especially in immunocompromised patients. In winemaking, some species of Candida can create potential faults in wines.

Many species are found in gut flora, including Candida albicans in mammalian hosts, whereas others live as endosymbionts in insect hosts.

Systemic infections of the bloodstream and major organs, particularly in immunocompromised patients, affect over 90,000 people a year in the U.S., with a 40–50% mortality.

The DNA of several Candida species have been sequenced.
Antibiotics promote yeast infections, including gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth, and penetration of the GI mucosa. Many people are under the impression that only women get genital yeast infections but all people can get yeast infections regardless of gender. Prolonged antibiotic use increases your risk of a yeast infection. Also, men and women with diabetes or impaired immune systems, such as those with HIV, are more susceptible to yeast infections.

Some practitioners of alternative medicine claim that Candida overgrowth can cause many health problems, including fatigue and weight gain, but most medical doctors reject this.

Candida antarctica is a source of industrially important lipases.
Can probiotics kill Candida? The short answer is yes. The unhealthy yeast overgrowth known as Candida or Candidiasis is cause by when the yeast in our body spreads and grows out of control. Everyone has some yeast, usually in the lower intestine, skin, and vagina for women.

   Fighting back with nature, Probiotics

When the good bacteria, such as acidophilus and bifidobacteria in the intestines is weakened and over-powered by bad bacteria, the immune system can no longer control the yeast and so it spreads into other areas of the body. It can then turn into a fungus which attacks and infects body tissues and organs.

Over 33% of Americans suffer from Candida and that number is going up. Most of our western doctors have no clue about this disorder because they weren’t taught about it in medical school so don’t be surprised if you are either prescribed a drug or even misdiagnosed for something else.

You can take matters into your own hands to eliminate and eventually stop Candida from returning. There are over night cures advertised but they do not work. This disorder didn’t happen in one day and won’t go away in one day either.

Probiotics can play a major role in balancing and strengthening the good gut bacteria which can fight against Candida, but probiotics alone won’t be enough. There are cleansing programs you can follow and the 3 major steps are as follows:

1. Some diet modification
2. Certain nutrients are need to purge the Candida
3. On-going support of the intestines and immune system so that Candida never returns once you do get rid of it.

Candida exists because of our lifestyle choices and diet. It didn’t exist a century ago because the diet was very different back then. There were’t any high processed foods loaded with sugars, chemicals and trans fats from hydrogenated oils.

There weren’t antibiotics and other drugs taken on a daily basis for digestion symptoms , there were’t any birth control pills either, all of which can cause Candida.

Change your diet

It goes without saying that you should eliminate as much processed foods as possible, including canned and booted drinks because these undergo pasteurization and homogenization.

Things to add to your diet

A good start is the addition of probiotics in the form of yogurt and kefir as these will add to the good gut bacteria needed to keep dangerous bacteria at bay.
digestive enzymes

The importance of probiotics

Science has determined that probiotics are not self-supporting and need the nutrients provided by prebiotics to enable good growth. Besides providing nutrients to probiotic bacteria, prebiotics also increase digestive health in many other ways.

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