Without balanced numbers of friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, an environment exists that Candida albicans will thrive in. When this occurs, the body’s immune system becomes overwhelmed, not only by the overwhelming presence of Candida, but also by the toxic by-products that Candida produces. Candida albicans puts out approximately 79 toxic by-products, all of which weaken the immune system. One of the major toxins produced from Candida albicans is acetaldehyde (neurotoxin), which is transformed by the liver to ethanol (alcohol), causing a feeling of intoxication and brain fog. Over time, the taxed immune system continues to weaken from the presence of yeast overgrowth and its toxic by-products, more symptoms of infection occur, and the potential to receive more antibiotics contributes to a vicious cycle that threatens health and well-being. If the yeast overgrowth is not identified and arrested, it has the potential to transform into an even more threatening pathogen whose roots burrow into the intestinal lining creating what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, where the yeast/fungus enter the blood stream. The overuse of antibiotics in the United States has contributed to the increase of Candida overgrowth seen in the population. Other contributors to Candida overgrowth are steroids, birth control pills, chronic stress, and a diet of refined and processed foods. Candida causes infections such as thrush, and is frequently an issue for people who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar (diabetes) and may be life threatening to those who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Candida overgrowth may include irritable bowel symptoms, low energy, mood swings and or foggy thinking. If left undetected and unmanaged, yeast overgrowth will result is chronic progressive disease.
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