What is Candida Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)
Candidiasis is an infection caused by a group of yeasts. There are more than 20 species of Candida, the most common being Candida Albicans. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies. Under certain conditions, they can become so numerous they cause infections, particularly in warm and moist areas. Examples of such infections are vaginal yeast infections (thrush), oral thrush, skin and nappy rash, and nail bed infections.
Candidal Infections commonly occur in warm moist body areas, such as underarms. Usually the skin effectively blocks yeast, but any breakdown or cuts in the skin may allow this organism to penetrate. Typical affected areas in babies include the mouth and nappy areas.
In adults, oral yeast infections become more common with age. Adults also can have yeast infections around dentures, under the breast and lower abdomen, nail beds and beneath other skin folds. Most of these Candidal Infections clear up easily with treatment. Rarely, the yeast infection may spread throughout the body. Systemic Candidal Disease can be fatal.(WebMD)
Symptoms of Candida:
- Oral Thrush (Accumulation Back of the Throat and White Coated Tongue)
- Migraine Headaches
- Sinus, Ear or Eye Infections
- Toenail Fungus
- Skin Fungus
- Rashes Including Jock Itch
- Food Allergies
- Brain Fog
- Just Plain Feeling Whacked Out and Irritated
- Low Sex Drive
- Low Thyroid Function/Lack of Iodine Production
- Low Adrenals / Fatigue / Lack of Sleep
Candida Has Become One of the Most Chronic Digestive Disorders in the Past Several Years, Due to Several Factors:
- Poor Diet
- Excessive Sugars in the Form of Packaged Food, Alcohol, carbohydrates
- Low/Weak Stomach Acids
- Thyroid Dysfunction
- Parasites, Fungus, Bacteria, Virus in the Gut
Most of the conditions will reduce the stomach acid production and weaken the internal environment.
When One Has Hypochlorhydria/Low Stomach pH, the Following Can Be Expected:
- B-Vitamin Deficiencies
- Intestinal Parasites
- Poor Protein Digestion
- Mineral Deficiencies
- Poor Overall Digestion
Another major health issue is the administrating of pharmaceutical drugs which suppress stomach acid that is creating an epidemic of malabsorption of nutrients, increasing the need to use vitamin and mineral supplements, and encouraging the use of antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial drugs. This epidemic can be stopped by allowing the body’s pH to be corrected through proper supplementation.
Self-Exams for Candida Yeast Infection
These 3 Self-Tests are provided to help you determine if Candida Albicans yeast infection overgrowth is likely. Each one of these tests is just a general indicator. If you test positive or score high on any one of them, it means that you probably have Candida Overgrowth Dysbiosis and it would be in your best interest to get a more accurate medical test. (See the “Test Don’t Guess” section). Generally, the higher your score = the greater the urgency.
Diet: How Often Do You Eat or Drink Theses Food?
- Breads and Processed or Packaged Pastries
- Dairy Products
- Pastas, Noodles, Pizza
- Fast Food
- Sugar (all forms)
If the majority of these foods are a part of your daily food intake there is or could be a health problem like Candida Albicans/yeast infection. With the exception of fruit, most of the items above are not even real foods. They are packaged, processed, refined and lifeless. They are loaded with sugar. If you are craving sugar (and you are if you eat these types of foods) there is a high likelihood there is a yeast problem in the gut.
Self-Test 2 – Body Fluids
Spit Test: The best time to do this test is the first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up. Before you rinse, spit, or put anything in your mouth, go get a glass of water (in a clear glass). Now build up a bunch of saliva (just mouth saliva, do not cough up anything) and spit it into the glass of water. Observe what happens.
The body fluids/ saliva will float. That is OK and normal. If within 15 minutes you see thin projections extending downward into the water, it is a positive sign for candida. The projections may look like hair, or small strings, like a jelly fish or spider legs, moving down into the water from the saliva floating on the top. Other positive indications might be very “cloudy” saliva that will sink to the bottom of the glass within a few minutes or particles that slowly sink or suspend below the saliva glob. What you are seeing are colonies of yeast which band together to form the strings.
Self-Test 3 – Checklist for Candida Albicans
This test is reviewing the signs and symptoms to determine if you have Candida Albicans yeast infection Overgrowth. Candida Albicans yeast infection Overgrowth, Candida Overgrowth (CO) symptoms are so numerous and seemingly unrelated that they can be confusing to both doctor and patient. The majority of people who have CO do not realize they have it until they become seriously ill. Why? Because Candida yeast not only steals nutrients from the food that you eat, it then poisons the tissues with waste material containing over 75 known toxins. Candida Albicans is linked, directly or indirectly, to the following list of conditions and symptoms. A “symptom” is an outward sign that points to a deeper problem.
Review the 80 likely symptoms listed below to see if any apply to you. Give yourself ONE POINT for each of those which you have had persistently (for a month or longer, either currently or at any time in the past).
- Digestive Troubles
- Intestinal Pain
- Mouth or Stomach Ulcers
- Hemorrhoids, Rectal Itch
- Anti-social Behavior
- Skin & Joint Problems
- Dry Skin & Itching
- Liver Spots
- Muscle Aches
- Female Problems
- Menstrual Problems
- Iron Deficiency
- Mental Fogginess, Confused, Spaced-Out, Blank Stares, Day Dreaming
- Mood Swings
- Colds & Flu
- Chemical Sensitivity
- Post Nasal Drip
- Burning Eyes
- Bad Breath
- Low Blood Sugar
- Allergies (Air or Food)
- Dry Mouth
- Irritable Bowel
- Suicidal Tendencies
- Anxiety, high strung
- Thrush, Diaper Rash
- Finger, Toe or Foot Fungus
- Water Retention
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- PMS Symptoms
- No Sex Drive
- Mental & Emotional
- Inability to Concentrate, Having to Re-read the Same Thing Twice
- Chronic Fatigue
- Puffy Eyes
- Epstein Barr Virus
- Ear Infections
- Hair Loss
- Premature Aging
- Food / Sugar Cravings
- Food Sensitivities
- Receding Gums
- Acne, Skin Rash or Hives
- Athlete’s Foot
- Joint Pain
- Lack of Impulse Control
- Vaginal Yeast Infection
- Bladder Infections
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Poor Memory, Where Are My Car Keys, Why Did I Come Into This Room
- Immune Problems
- Asthma, Hay Fever
- Respiratory Problems
- Adrenal/Thyroid Failure
- Chronic sore throat
- Stuffed Sinus (Sinusitis)
0-4 points – Indicates variations of normal living (unless persistent and severe).
5-9 Points – Indicates a Clear Pattern shows likely development of CO Dysbiosis.
10 or more – Indicates Strong Pattern and almost certain CO Dysbiosis.
Yeast infections that return may be a sign of more serious conditions.
The Roles of Proper Stomach pH & Candida
Potentially harmful micro-organisms present on food are sterilized by our stomach’s pH. Thus reducing our risk of being colonized by harmful micro-organism we all ingest daily. Proper pH in the stomach helps leach minerals from the food we ingest, such examples being calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Stomach acid lowers the pH, allowing the enzyme pepsin to start breaking down protein molecules and also activates that same enzyme (pepsin) which is required for protein digestion.
Stomach acid plays an important role in the digestion and absorption of vitamins, e.g., B-complex vitamins, including folic acid.
The rhythmical contraction of the intestines, that crush and move food through the GI track, called peristalsis, is triggered by the stomach acid.
The closing pyloric sphincter—the valve which holds stomach contents until they are ready to flow down to the intestines—is initiated by the stomach acid. The pyloric sphincter works in exactly the opposite way as the Lower esophageal sphincter. This is nature’s way of ensuring that food is properly digested before it flows through the rest of the gastrointestinal system.
(When the pH of your stomach is accurate, food transited time should be about 2 hours. If the transit time is greater than 2 hours, then in all likelihood your pH is insufficient and you cannot digest your food properly.)
Deficiencies Stomach pH
Some people actually have a condition known as Achlorhydria, in which a person produces low or no stomach acid. Low stomach acid levels can be genetic or acquired. Food components that should be digested and absorbed in the upper intestines, when not processed properly; pass through into the lower intestines providing fuel for harmful micro-organisms, therefore increasing the numbers. Low stomach acid causes gastrointestinal overgrowth of pathogens, malabsorption of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, and food sensitivities. Most alternative practitioners believe that this condition is relatively common, particularly in people who demonstrate:
Correction of the Stomach Acid deficiencies is critical to rebalance the gut so candida and other pathogens cannot live in the stomach, intestinal tract or organs like the liver. Detoxifying and cleansing the entire digestive system is crucial to the elimination of candida. It takes time and discipline to change ones diet and eliminate foods that breed more candida and can lead to more serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue and endocrine imbalances. For more information please contact our team for an evaluation or any questions regarding your health issues.
- www.cdc.gov/ …/ca..
- (1), (2), (3), (4) FOOTNOTE REFERENCES: (1) Yeast Connection, William Crook, MD; (2) Medical Literature (Nsouli11994); (3) Ibid, (Crook 1999); (4) Ibid. (Shaw 1996).
- www.tumorx.com Kelly Raber, PhD Biochemistry