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Candida Albicans Overgrowth And Treatment
Candida Albicans Germ
How Candida Albicans Overgrowth Affects The Body
Candida Albicans is a microorganism that resides harmlessly in the intestinal system under normal circumstances i.e. when the body is healthy and the immune system has everything under control.
Candida albicans becomes a problem when the immune system is compromised and the good microorganisms can no longer control the candida albicans microorganisms from overgrowing. When this happens, all hell breaks loose.
If left to overgrow unchallenged, it will not only cling to the sides of the intestines, but break through and enter the blood stream to be potentially very dangerous.
It is the Candida albicans overgrowth that causes yeast infection in the mouth, skin and genital regions of both men and women.
If the overgrowth is severe and allowed to enter the blood stream, it can compromise many important organs. More of this later in the article.
Candida infection in the mouth
Candida yeast infection in the mouth is called oral thrush. It occurs when the candida albicans fungus overgrows and builds up on the inner linings of the mouth and produces white lesions that can be very painful.
It has the potential to occur suddenly depositing milky white sores on the gums, tongue, roof of the mouth and even on the tonsils. It also causes split corners of the mouth, light bleeding and decreased taste.
These symptoms can continue for a long time and if not treated promptly and correctly can spread to the esophagus, which as you may know connects the mouth to the stomach. This will lead to difficulty in swallowing and cause an uncomfortable sensation of food being stunk in the throat.
Thrush in infants
Infants with oral thrush will experience difficulty in feeding because of the legions in their mouth. They will also be irritable as would be expected.
When an infected infant is breastfed the infection can be transmitted from their mouths to their mothers.
Candida infection on women’s Breast
Mothers with a candida infection on their breasts might experience inflamed nipples, areolas with flaky or shiny skin, and pain whether nursing or not. Once affected with the disease, a mother can pass the infection back to her infant.
Diaper rash is a type of yeast infection that infants contract that leave the skin on their bottoms and genitals reddened.
Genital Yeast Infection
Both men and women experience this type of yeast infection.
When women get vaginal yeast infection they experience symptoms such as relentless itching, burning sensation in the vagina, vaginal discharge and painful sex.
Men experience burning, itching, a red rash towards the top of the penis. They also experience a burning sensation when urinating and during intercourse.
If one’s immune system is compromised he/ she can become victims of certain sexual behavior with an infected partner, like deep kissing contact with infected genitals, oral sex and penetration.
It may not always be so. If your partner is healthy, his/her immune system should protect them. If for any reason their immune system is compromised then the candida infection can be transmitted.
Infection in Blood Stream
If the overgrowth of the candida albicans in not stopped in a timely manner, it can migrate into the blood stream and transported to many important organs like the kidneys, heart and lungs infecting them; the result of which can be devastating to one’s health.
When this occurs symptoms can be rash, bloody urine, anemia, constant high fevers, seizure, shock, heart murmur just to mention a few.
Fruits and Vegetables Good For Candida Diet
The Candida Diet | Get Rid Of Candida Yeast Infection
If you are a chronic candida sufferer who pays attention to your body, you undoubtedly realize what are the foods you eat that cause or aggravate the infection. The list can be very daunting. So the best approach is to seek the foods that are good for your body that will prevent or cure the annoying condition of chronic candida infection.
So the quest begins. You realize from experience that the yeast infection loves foods that contain sugar. You can avoid candies, cakes, adding sugar to coffee and tea, sugary drinks like sodas and fruit juices, which typically have a lot of sugar. Ok, that’s fine, it is a sacrifice you can handle. Water is a good substitute.
So why not settle for fruits, vegetables pastas, these may be sugar free but unfortunately, not all of them contain minimal sugar.
So what is there really for you to eat? Is it that bad to find some good foods that are enjoyable and at the same time fight the candida infection? Do you have to settle on celery juice and some very special exotic whole wheat like rye etc? if this is the case, then you can only conclude “What a dilemma! is this what it takes to survive the candida infection as far as diet is concerned?”.
Help is on the way.
I say to you a categorical No!!!. It does not have to be that way at all. There are guidelines outlined with the kinds of foods to eat on a candida diet that would prepare you to beat the candida infection condition effectively, permanently and to some extent effortlessly.
The Candida Diet
The candida diet positively focuses on many different types of foods you can eat while simultaneously, ignoring what you cannot eat. You will also have the added advantage of making your dieting experience enjoyable.
It focuses on
· low calorie fruits, such as apples, berries, kiwis and citrus fruit limiting the fruit intake to two to three servings a day.
· vegetables low in starches or no starches at all, such as leafy, green vegetables, peppers, cucumbers, onions, cauliflower
For the main meal and your protein intake, it recommends foods comprising a selection from lean meats, fish like deep sea salmon, sardines, tuna, and lean poultry.
Grilling, broiling or baking the protein is the preferred choice rather than frying and coating the meat in flour or any another type of breading which are high in starch.
Garlic is an excellent addition to the candida diet. It is well known for its healing properties. It is also known to strengthen the immune system with its anti-fungal properties, which destroy the mutating yeast overgrowth in the body system.
Added to the candida diet healing arsenal, are apple cider vinegar, oregano oil, grapefruit seed oil, fresh lemon juice, fresh cayenne peppers, flaxseed, and fish oils.
Now that you know that all is definitely not lost, but in fact there is a lot to be gained in knowing what a joy it could be to embark on a candida diet, you can seek out, find and shop comfortably to prepare your candida diet menu to your satisfaction and full enjoyment.
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The candida diet will slowly, but surely change the acidic environment in your intestinal system caused from the unhealthy foods you were consuming.
It will change it to an alkaline environment where the candida yeast can no longer survive.