What Is Candida?

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The large intestine (also referred to as the colon) is teeming with life. Over 400 microorganisms – including bacteria, mold, yeast, and fungus - live in the large intestine, feeding off the remains of your food. The more you feed them, the faster they spread. The microbial strains existing in your colon are a direct result of what you eat. Eating the same types of foods repeatedly, or taking broad spectrum antibiotics, causes certain strains to spread. Foods such as baked goods (sugar), cheese (mold), bread (sugar and yeast), mushrooms (fungus), and alcohol (sugar and yeast) feed those microorganisms that can create a condition called dysbiosis, or an imbalance in the ratio of healthy to unhealthy microorganisms.

Unfortunately, these little buggers can have a significant impact on the body. Many strains release gaseous by-products that can enter your bloodstream causing a variety of symptoms ranging from allergic reactions to eczema or worse. Candida is an umbrella term used to describe an overgrowth in the intestines of about 60 fungus-type organisms. These organisms develop a root system that give off toxic by-products that destroy the gut lining enabling the fungi to progress throughout the body.

Candida Self-Test:

  • Do you crave sugar?
  • Do you crave breads?
  • Do you crave alcoholic beverages?
  • Have you taken antibiotics over the past five years?
  • At any time in your life, have you been troubled by vaginal itching, discharge, yeast infections or vaginitis?
  • Are you taking birth control pills?
  • Have you taken prednisone or other cortisone-type drugs recently?
  • Does exposure to perfumes, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, fabric shop odors and other chemicals provoke any unusual symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places?
  • Have you had persistent athlete's foot, "jock itch", or other chronic fungous infections of the skin or nails?

Not all intestinal microorganisms are dangerous. In fact, our goal is for most of our microflora to be of the beneficial varieties. Those with flourishing intestinal colonies of healthy intestinal bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria. These healthy microflora protect the immune system by reinforcing the protective barrier of the intestinal mucosa helping to prevent the entry of pathogenic microorganisms into the blood. Getting intestinal microflora under control requires a drastic change in diet and a strict detoxification protocol. A three-pronged approach works best to destroy and remove candida, and to repopulate the intestines with healthy bacteria. For best results, the cleanse should last a minimum of six weeks.


By Lisa Tsakos| October 22, 2015
Categories:  Care
Keywords:  CareHealth Concerns

About the Author

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa Tsakos

Lisa has been in her own practice for over 15 years and specializes in weight management. She teaches natural nutrition in both corporate and educational environments and is a shining example of someone who practices what she teaches.

Lisa is a nutritionist and educator specializing in weight management. After losing weight several years ago through a more natural diet and by improving her digestion, she committed to sharing her new-found knowledge and returned to school to study nutrition. Over the past decade, her Nu-Vitality Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations lose thousands of pounds. In addition, Lisa regularly consults for groups and individuals with unique nutritional needs such as police officers and athletes. Lisa has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs and is a contributor to various publications. Additionally, she teaches nutrition at multiple post-secondary schools, has taught natural food cooking workshops, and authored two books.

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