Friday, 24th November 2017
BEAUTY Article
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This Month's Magazine
Candida

Candida

David McCollum answers some questions about Candida.

Do you ever wake up feeling exhausted? As if that full night’s sleep has done nothing to revive you? At the same time you suffer with severe Irritable Bowel type symptoms and bouts of fatigue during the day? It feels that everything you do takes a supreme effort and the thought of doing anything at all leaves you depressed?

If so, you may be one of the many people who suffer from systemic candiasis.

Candida is yeast/fungi, which is a single celled form of plant life whose function is to recycle dead material.

These yeasts normally live in the human digestive system in small quantities, balanced by large numbers of beneficial bacteria.
However, certain factors may occur which cause these yeasts to become pathogenic, wreaking havoc within the bowel and systemically throughout the whole body.

High levels of stress, overuse of antibiotics, the use of HRT, the pill and a diet high in sugar and yeasty food, such as bread and alcohol, may all cause a rapid overgrowth of these yeasts.

When they become pathogenic they release high quantities of toxic byproducts called mycotoxins.

These mycotoxins interfere with the body’s electrolyte/water regulation systems and in so doing disrupts normal energy production; this is one of the main factors causing fatigue.


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Additionally the toxin Alloxin interferes with insulin production, hence causing blood sugar imbalances and blood sugar control problems.
Another mycotoxin, acetaldehyde, interferes with the thought processes and may result in brain fog or poor cognitive function.  
All in the entire afflicted person feels downright miserable!

So what can be done about this?

The first step is always to consult a naturopath or nutritionist who deals with these problems.

The problem is complex and will involve assessing where the imbalances are and the correct strategy to resolve them.
Dietary changes will be necessary along with the use of a detoxification regime, antifungal agents and probiotics (beneficial bacteria) to get the body back in balance.

Embarking on this process without the support of a qualified practitioner can cause untold problems, particularly when the yeast starts to die in the body.

The resulting die-off or Herxheimer reaction can be particularly unpleasant if the correct subtle physiological support mechanisms are not in place.



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