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All About Candida - Thrush PDF Print E-mail

All About Candida – Thrush

 

What is it?

Candidiasis, or as it is better known – Thrush, is attributed to an overgrowth of Candia albicans micro-organisms in the gut. It is a yeast-like fungus that can be found on the surface of all living things. It is yeasts like this that cause the fermentation of wine and breads to rise.

These micro-organisms are present in a normal, healthy bowel along with other bacteria forming the normal flora of the gastro-intestinal tract.

Micro-organisms in the gut aid digestion and bowel movement, produce Vitamin K, absorb possible harmful substances – they are necessary for our survival.

It is when the harmonious relationship between the various micro-organisms in the gut is disturbed that the Candida yeast can multiply and flourish.

This can be due to the use of steroids, the pill or antibiotics or even after prolonged stress. Because of these ‘triggers’, the yeast’s survival is threatened and its response is to rapidly multiply, producing spores that manifest as the symptoms of Candida.

 

 

Symptoms

Candida presents with a wide variety of symptoms, but these are amongst the most common:

-         Vaginal discharge (white)

-         Frequent urination, burning feeling and urgency. (Often diagnosed as cystitis – a bladder infection)

-         Irritation and burning feeling of the mucosa: around the anus, the vagina, the mouth and lips, also of the stomach (making one feel hungry at all times).

-         ‘Brain fog’ and an inability to concentrate and retain information.

-         Bloating

-         Pain on intercourse

-         Sore throat

-         Increased sensitivity to foods such as bread and sugar

-         Extreme tiredness

 

 

 

 

References:

Candida Diet Against it by Dr Luc DeSchepper

Healing Foods for a Healthy Lifestyle by Dr Penny Stanway

Frontiers of Health by Dr Christine R. Page