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What Is Candida Albicans?

I often talk to women about personal health issues, which Herbal Teas Australia herbal teas can help, and diet suggestions. But one health issue that comes up time and again as an underlying cause of many of their health problems, whether it is PCO syndrome, Endometriosis, other menstrual issues including menopause and that is – Candida albicans.

Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungus (or form of yeast) that lives within the intestinal organs of all humans.

Yeasts like to live in warm, moist and dark environments, such as the intestines, but when the climate changes, Candida albicans starts to penetrate the lining of the bowel with thin thready roots.

This is called “leaky gut” and it enables toxins to access the bloodstream, other organs (i.e. reproductive organs in women) and the by-product of candida (methane and acetaldehyde) enters the bloodstream and other warm, moist and dark organs.

Symptoms of this overgrowth include skin problems (fungal infections, thrush, body odour, tinea), sensitivities and depleted immune system, wheezing and shortness of breath, sinus and hay fever. Candida will also invade the gastrointestinal tract causing bad breath, constipation, bloating and sometimes diarrhoea.

For women, Candida albicans can mean menstrual and reproductive problems and recurrent cystitis.

Weight gain is another common symptom of candida albicans out of control in the digestive system.

So what causes Candida albicans to expand in such a way it causes health issues?

Because Candida is not a bacteria, it’s a yeast, it survives antibiotics and when antibiotics destroy the good and bad bacteria in the gut, it allows candida to “overgrow” and run rampant.

The oral contraceptive and hormone replacement therapy will subtly change the pH of the vagina and reproductive organs and make women more susceptible to issues that relate to candida.

Cortisone, an anti-inflammatory drug often given for aches, pains and skin eruptions, will suppress the immune system, and its ability to fight bacteria, viruses and yeast.

A common cause of candida overgrowth is a diet of white bread and pastries, sugar and alcohol. Sugar “feeds” candida albicans and helps it to flourish and changes the microflora in the digestive system. Candida albicans is the vital link between diet and weight gain.

Treating Candida Albicans starts with a change of diet, introducing probiotics to help repopulate the intestinal tract with “good” bacteria and using herbal teas and natural remedies that are antifungal.

Herbal Teas Australia CANDIDA tea with Pau D’Arco, Calendula, Olive Leaf and Dandelion leaf, which are all antifungal herbs, is a good addition to a healthy eating plan.

If you identify with any of the symptoms, visit your naturopath and discuss what remedies might help.

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