Please note, most conventional doctors do not recognize the concept of systemic candida infection.
Candida is the common term used for Candidiasis, which means Candida overgrowth. Candida has the ability to change into its fungal form and spore all the way through the intestinal wall and to other parts of the body. Candida is often associated with vaginal yeast infection for women.
Most of the symptoms of Candida are apparent. In cases like this, it is very essential to seek for medical advice to eliminate the more serious complications of Candida. Consistent laboratory tests are also necessary. Vaginal candidiasis can also be eliminated by taking some over the counter medicines and creams.
Candida albicans is a yeast like organism that lives naturally in small amounts in your mouth, gastrointestinal tract and skin. The body’s natural defense against fungal and yeast infections is the production of friendly bacterial flora that keeps it in check. It is controlled by a properly functioning immune system and “friendly” bacteria. However, if the number of friendly bacteria is decreased, the immune system is weakened or other conditions for yeast proliferation occur (we will come to the causes later) candida albicans may shift from a yeast to a fungal form and start to invade the body and cause a multitude of health problems.
In the yeast state candida is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism, while in fungal state it is invasive and can produce rhizoids, very long root-like structures. Rhizoids can penetrate mucosa or intestinal walls, leaving microscopic holes and allowing toxins, undigested food particles and bacteria and yeast to enter the bloodstream. This condition is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome and that is one of the causes of food and environmental allergies.
Although most people associate the word “candida”, with the most common type of candida infection, namely candida albicans, it should be mentioned that there are in fact numerous types of candida.