These are just a few of the many symptoms and conditions associated with Candidis (The overgrowth of Candida) or as it’s better known, Yeast Infection. Cadida Albicans is just one of the many micro-organisms found present living both inside and outside the human body.
Thrush… Candida is the fungus responsible for Thrush.
Thrush most commonly affects women in their 30’s and 40’s. Candida is naturally found to be present in the vagina and is normally completely harmless! At certain times however, it can multiply to the extent that it becomes a problem causing swelling and irritation of the vagina and vulva. This is also often associated with a vaginal discharge.
Leaky Gut Syndrome
What is it?
In very basic terms, large spaces develop between the cells in the gut wall allowing bacteria and toxins to leak into the bloodstream. Our immune system is largely affected by the condition of our digestive system. A healthy digestive system will normally provide an effective immune system. The intestinal tract contains a lining with hair like cell membrane extensions called microvillus. The microvilli are necessary for the absorption of nutrients. Leaky Gut Syndrome causes the microvilli to become damaged and as a result the production of the necessary enzymes and secretions essential in a healthy digestive system to enable the absorption of nutrients.
As the intestine is weakened, there is then potential for toxins to leak through into the bloodstream. This will then cause the immune system to create antibodies and can become overloaded eventually putting stress on the liver. The result can be pain and inflammation throughout the body, various allergic reactions, food allergies and intolerances and migraines.
What are the Contributory Factors?
The answer this question is widely thought to be an overuse of antibiotics. Maybe we have been overexposed to antibiotics in the past, the medical profession in more recent times have been much more restrictive in the prescribing of antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Not too long ago, this wasn’t the case and often antibiotics would be prescribed inappropriately. This however is dismissed by the medical profession who generally believe that in a healthy individual, antibiotics could not lead to a yeast infection or candida overgrowth!
Other factors thought to be contributory include:
– Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
– Contraceptive Pill
– Dental Fillings (Mercury Amalgam)
– Chemical Poisoning either in the workplace, home or garden.
– General Stress.
– Hormonal Changes during Puberty, Pregnancy or Menopause
– The use of natural progesterone cream
– The use of Immuno-suppressive drugs