What is Candidiasis and How Can It Affect You?

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Candidiasis is a serious health condition that does not get the attention it needs. It can be very difficult to diagnose because according to the Burton Goldberg Group that compiled Alternative Medicine (Burton Goldberg The Voice of Alternative Medicine), it mimics many other health conditions. The symptoms of Candidiasis also vary on the environment, immune system, sex, and the age of the person. Here are some of the symptoms of Candidiasis that you need to keep an eye out for:

  • Impotence
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Chronic fatigue (More obvious after eating)
  • Gastrointestinal problems (Chronic diarrhea, Bloating, Intestinal cramps, Gas, Heartburn, and Constipation)
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Rectal itching
  • PMS (severe premenstrual syndrome)
  • Allergies
  • Feeling lightheaded or having the sensation of being drunk after minimum alcohol intake
  • Moldy/damp places worsen your symptoms
  • Food and drink containing yeast or sugar worsens your symptoms

Candida is a form of yeast which is found in every single person. This kind of yeast is typically located on the skin, in the vagina, and in the lower bowels. For most people with a good immune system, candida is kept under control by the body’s good bacteria such as acidophilus and bifidobacteria. However, the candida can become pathogenic when the intestinal environment is changed, thus transforming the candida into Candidiasis, which is an aggressive fungus.

People who typically suffer from Candidiasis are those with a medical history that includes steroid hormone medication such as corticosteroids or cortisone. These are typically prescribed for skin conditions like psoriasis, rashes, or eczema, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and ulcer medications such as Zantac and Tagamet. There are several kinds of diseases that can increase the susceptibility to candida overgrowth such as AIDS, cancer, and diabetes. If your immune system is suppressed or not working the way it should, this can cause the yeast to proliferate freely and spread throughout the body and bloodstream, which can also lead to septicemia or blood poisoning.

More common and less drastic cases have the immune system suppressed temporarily. This causes the T-helper cells or lymphocytes which help fight infections in your blood stream to become destroyed. There are a number of reasons why your immune system could be suppressed such as stress, chemotherapy, poor diet, environmental toxins, alcohol use, radiation, and antibiotics.

These can create the perfect conditions for infections such as yeast to grow. One way to slow down this infection is to get direct sunlight on your skin. Candida starts out as yeast, then it becomes a fungus when the rhizoids or long roots begin to penetrate the tissue mucosa. This will connect the boundary between the digestive track and the internal body.

Fungi and yeast can be destroyed through direct sunlight. However, it is important to address your diet if you are suffering from candidiasis. Food such as seedless fruit, cookies, baked potatoes, pasta, cakes, and bread can feed candida. When you remove refined and cooked starch from your diet, you will also remove the reason candida exists. If you eat too much cooked starch, it can accumulate and cause a backup in your colon which can create toxicity in your body and in your liver. In order to release the waste that has been built up, you will need to consider colon hydrotherapy. If you are suffering from Candidiasis, you may want to switch your diet to raw organic vegetables, low sugar fruits, young coconut, soaked seeds and nuts, and green juices.