Systemic yeast overgrowth or Candidiasis and intestinal dysbiosis, is not a condition acquired from some external source, that can be effectively cured by the use of drugs. It is the result of living habits, dietary, environmental and even emotional influences that have led to a reduced level of biological functionality of the entire body as well as the mind and emotions in many cases. Yeast and other potentially harmful micro-organisms would have no place to multiply out of control and mutate into pathogenic forms unless the proper conditions for their mutation and proliferation existed. It is important to note that Candida yeast organisms have a place in the normal microbial ecology of a healthy intestinal environment. When present in healthy concentrations, the primary function of candida yeast organisms is the consumption of unfriendly microbes produced in the gut. Once the intestine’s microbial ecology is sufficiently disturbed (by the factors listed below) and the concentration of healthy bacterial species is greatly diminished, the candida yeast organisms begin a process of mutation into harmful fungal forms. In their mutated forms, these fungal rhizoids develop elongated root like structures capable of penetrating the intestinal lining, entering the circulating blood and colonizing tissues throughout the body. Such fungal organisms produce powerful toxins, posing a severe challenge to the system’s detoxification pathways and cause many of the candida / dysbiosis sufferer’s symptoms.
Damage to the intestine’s lining makes it more permeable to substances that were previously incapable of gaining entrance into the blood stream via the intestinal lining. Because of this phenomenon (leaky gut syndrome) toxins and large food molecules which would normally have no way of getting into the circulating blood are absorbed and create an enormous burden on the immune system that now has to neutralize, destroy and eliminate them. This produces many of the “allergic” and inflammatory symptoms that so often impact individuals with candida overgrowth.
A healthy body is by nature an unfriendly environment for parasites. The normal acid-base balance of a well functioning system does not generate a biochemical terrain in which candida albicans or other parasites can proliferate and thrive.
What pre-disposes an individual to conditions such as chronic systemic yeast overgrowth?
There are many factors at work. We’ll attempt to list the influences that are known to undermine the body’s normal functionality on both a short term as well as a life-long basis.
As can be seen from a perusal of the various influences listed below, the problem is global in nature and challenges each of us to become more conscious of how we live. Some of the influences that undermine our health have already taken effect and cannot be remedied. An example being improper infant nutrition, yet so many of these factors can be effectively addressed and reversed, that it behooves anyone of us who is committed to living in greater health, to do what we can to minimize the number and severity of such negative influences on our lives.
Patients often ask if they can go back to their previous way of eating after having maintained a candida control diet for several months.
Please draw your own conclusions after contemplating the effect of the radically health impeding, processed, refined, de-natured chemicalized, over sweetened diet that most of us are consuming. How can anyone expect a body and mind to function well when it is so completely out of tune with its natural requirements. Build-up of elevated concentrations of acids in the interstitial fluids of the body (the fluid filled compartments in which all of the cells of our organism swim) leads slowly but surely to a reduction in overall healthy functionality of the entire system. These acids accumulate as a natural consequence of the overconsumption of devitalized, processed and de-mineralized foods, insufficient water consumption, lack of excercise, stress etc.. Once built up to substantial concentrations, these acid wastes pre-dispose the system to all forms of chronic degenerative illness. This process can be reversed, but the body must be given a chance. If we continue eating unhealthy foods and persist in our counter-productive habits and life-styles, it is unrealistic to expect a return to health.
It is essential to undertake a treatment regimen for the clearance of the pathological organisms (unfriendly bacteria, yeast, fungus and viruses) that have been given a comfortable home in which to thrive, but it is equally essential to do everything in our power to cleanse and strengthen our bodies so that they no longer offer a suitable host site for such pathogens in the future.
This is a life-long process of health maintainance, that must begin with the elimination of as many of the below listed factors as possible for any given individual (there are doubtlessly others not listed that may impact certain individuals).
Once health has been lost or destroyed, the journey back requires a total and in many cases life-long commitment that, for those willing to embark upon it, can open the doors to, or further promote spiritual development and respect for all life. Nothing can be taken for granted once we set out on this journey, least of all our bodies and our health. The miraculous instrument that we are given to navigate through this reality, must be lovingly maintained and appreciated. How can it otherwise provide us with its full potential for joy and vitality.
INFLUENCES THAT PREDISPOSE US TO CANDIDA ALBICANS OVERGROWTH AND MANY OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESSES