Candida Albicans is a kind of yeast that directly causes human yeast infections when the opportunity arises. Some 24 kinds of Candida fungi have been identified as causes of human Candida yeast infection, however most yeast infections (above all vaginal and oral yeast infections) are the result of Candida albicans.
Candida albicans, like bacteria and fungal microbes, live in the gut and also other parts of the human body. They are imperative for the digestion process and for assimilating micronutrients, such as fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. Nevertheless, when Candida albicans mutates to a fungal form from the yeast form, it can penetrate through the damaged mucous tissues of the intestines to enter the bloodstream and provoke local and systemic yeast infections.
In their local manifestation, Candida infections can be painful, itchy, and burning, and also give rise to abnormal discharges and rashes in the area concerned (sexual organs, skin, mouth and so on). Symptoms of systemic infection the include allergies, serious difficulties of digestion, sinusitis, cravings for candy, muscle pain and recurring fatigue. Any Candida infection subtype can be intensely annoying and impact negatively on one’s quality of life.
The unbridled overgrowth of Candida Albicans is the result of a lack of balance of a number of environmental and lifestyle aspects that perturb and are in turn perturbed by the inner imbalance of the body. The inner balance, essential for maintaining Candida Albicans at the correct levels, can be upset by:
1. Bad dietary habits (consuming too much refined carbohydrates, alcohol, soy products or yeasty food, etc.). These foodstuffs all encourage fungal organisms, and thus the generation of an intestinal condition that lead to Candida overgrowth.
2. Contraceptive pills, steroids, antibiotics and other drugs that increase the multiplication of Candida albicans in the gut by destroying beneficial intestinal bacteria.
3. Stress and poor sleep hygiene, which also degrade the immune system in general.
4. Infections of Candida which are local or mild, but then ignored.
5. Imbalance of hormones, excessive toxin presence.
For the prevention and/or cure of an overgrowth of Candida albicans, these factors must be treated in priority. The holistic approach is the only one that provides an adequate solution to permanently cure and prevent yeast infections. As an approach, it targets the overgrowth of Candida albicans by concentrating on its hidden contributing conditions, like the degraded immune system, lack of hormonal balance, excess of toxins and the diminished beneficial bacteria. By using particular supplements of herbs and vitamins, and by following a comprehensive set of diet principles and control protocols for Candida, you can block the internal factors that trigger Candida infection, to eliminate and block Candida infection recurrence.