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What is Candida?

What is Candida?

What is Candida?

Candida overgrowth is a major problem for many Americans, but what it is exactly confounds much of the public. The symptoms of this infection include:

Belching
Bloating
Sexual performance problems
Chronic fatigue
Headaches
Muscle and joint pain
Brain fog and loss of concentration

These symptoms are part of countless other conditions, as well, though. This makes it hard to identify whether Candida is present. It can often be confused with other digestive problems, for example.

So, what exactly is Candida?

Candida is a family of yeasts (a type of fungus) that live naturally within the human biosystem, mostly in the mouth and digestive tract. When Candida is in its proper balance, there is nothing to worry about. Your body has literally trillions of microorganisms living within it, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. There is a delicate balance of all of all of these, and if this is disturbed, there are serious health consequences. A Candida overgrowth (candidiasis) is only one of many possible imbalances of this sort.

How does Candida become out of balance?
Think of all of these microorganisms like armies on a battlefield. The body does best when they all are keeping each other in check and at full strength. If any of them grow too powerful or become too weak, the balance of powers is off. This allows one ‘army’ to run wild and overtake the battlefield. So, for Candida overgrowth, anything too encouraging of its growth, or too damaging to those other organisms keeping it in check, will allow it to become too powerful.

Some causes of this are:

Antibiotics: Because healthy bacteria are the main counter-balance to the Candida yeast in the digestive tract, a large-scale elimination of their population leaves a window for other microorganisms to fill the void. While antibiotics are meant to kill off bad bacteria, they can also have a ‘friendly fire’ effect that kills off good bacteria, as well.
Sugars/Carbs: Simple carbohydrates, also known as sugars, feed Candida and cause it to grow. Avoiding a diet high in sweets, like candy, cake, sodas, etc. will help prevent the spread of Candida yeast within your gut.
Alcohol: Alcohol is made by fermenting sugars. It is usually sugar from a fruit or grain (like grapes for wine, barley and hops for beer, etc.). These sugars have a similar effect to sweets when consumed. Also, the alcohol can negatively affect good bacteria in the gut, causing problems there, too.
Immune System Weakness: One’s immune system can be weakened by a number of things. AIDS, diabetes, and stress are a few ways, but there are many others. The immune system helps to maintain balance among microorganisms (for example: attacking bacterial infections when they get out of hand and make you sick), but this process is inhibited when the immune system is compromised.

West Cary Wellness Knows Candida
We at West Cary Wellness focus on a holistic view of the human body and how to keep it in a state of full health. Modern medicine is great at treating diseases and their symptoms, but it’s also important to prevent maladies before they arise. If you want to know more about how to keep your delicate internal balance of microorganisms in balance, we can help. We serve the wider Triangle, including Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Call (919) 303-1577 or stop by our location in Cary to inquire further.

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