Candida overgrowth in the intestines is an overgrowth of a yeast/fungus. One out of three people in the U.S. suffer from candida overgrowth. Candida is a yeast that lives in the human digestive system. It can change from yeast to a fungus. Candida can exist in two shapes and forms simultaneously. One form is a yeast-like state that is non-invasive, sugar fermenting organism. The other is a fungal form that produces very long root-like structures, called rhizoid, which can penetrate the mucosa and is invasive. This organism is extremely resilient and difficult to rid from the body. It can take time to re-establish good health.
Candida symptoms can vary from one person to another. Candida is an epidemic in our society. Most people are unaware that it even exists. Those with diseases that weaken the immune system such as diabetes and HIV are more vulnerable to candida overgrowth.
Candida is extremely resilient and difficult to get under control. Yeast organisms are always present in all people, but are usually prevented from overgrowth by other naturally occurring microorganisms. In a healthy body candida is kept at low levels by the friendly bacteria that also live in the digestive tract. The friendly bacteria feed on the candida allowing a balance in the body. Once friendly bacteria is destroyed, the yeast begins to overgrow and take over the digestive system. If not dealt with, it becomes a fungus and grows roots. These roots can break through the intestinal walls, allowing the yeast to travel to other areas of the body. It produces so many symptoms, that it is difficult to understand what may be wrong.