Candida overgrowth syndrome is a common condition that can aggravate a variety of chronic symptoms and medical problems. Candida albicans is a common yeast germ that normally lives only in small amounts in the body. Yeast can thrive in warm, moist environments such as found in the body’s digestive tract and in a woman’s vaginal area. In a healthy body, Candida coexists in a natural balance with dozens of healthy organisms (called “beneficial” or “probiotic” bacteria) which limit how much the Candida can grow.
There are certain factors that are known to promote the growth of Candida in the body. If the Candida yeast population becomes large enough to replace a significant part of the health-promoting probiotic bacteria in the body, then one has the Candida overgrowth syndrome. The main factors that stimulate Candida overgrowth are:
- Prolonged and/or repeated use of antibiotic medications.
- Regular and/or excessive consumption of sugar-containing foods in your diet.
- Immune system weakness which can be caused by stress, poor-quality diet, alcohol, and accumulation of toxins such as pesticides, chemical solvents and heavy metals.
As Candida yeast grow inside the intestines, they are known to produce substances (aldehydes) that are toxic to the body. Candida overgrowth leads to the development of chronic irritation and inflammation in the intestinal tract and can promote what is called the “leaky gut” syndrome which eventually causes problems with allergies. Candida overgrowth can diminish the normal degree of liver detoxifying of the body. Abdominal symptoms of bloating, excess gas, constipation or diarrhea may occur. Some women will develop symptoms of vaginal discharge (especially before their periods occur) and eventually multiple or chronic vaginal yeast infections. Or, Candida overgrowth syndrome can be present without any digestive system symptoms developing at all.
Dr. Condren can prescribe for you a very effective comprehensive program to bring Candida overgrowth syndrome under control. In order for this program to be successful, you must be willing to eliminate the intake of high sugar-containing foods while you are being treated.