People may have symptoms that appear totally unrelated to the candida such as headaches, sinuses inflammation, allergies, chronic fatigue, weight gain, immune disorders, digestive problems, inflammatory bowel disease, sugar and sugar containing product craving, vaginal discharge, prostate problems, white tongue, skin rashes, psoriasis, menstrual irregularities, and depression. More and more oncologists are seeing yeast infections as an integral part of cancer. According to a recent research yeast (mostly Candida albicans) was found in all types of cancer (T. Simonchini, 2007).
Overgrowth of Intestinal Candida
Normally, candida lives peacefully in our intestines and elsewhere, in harmony with other flora. If this balance is disrupted the yeast can overpopulate, and candida covers the intestinal walls which interfere with digestion, absorption, and elimination. Most of the people do not even know that they have overgrown Candida until they become seriously ill. Over time they go to one or more medical doctor. The doctors keep saying that nothing is wrong with you.
Overgrowth of candida in the intestinal tract is hardly recognized by medical doctors. Candida likes sugars and starches. The more sugar and white flour products we eat the more candida will grow. In most cases, sugar craving is caused by overpopulated candida.
People with diabetes and prediabetes have been found to a higher incidence of candida infections affecting various tissues and organs. Excess sugars are an excellent source of fuel that can rapidly increase the growth of candida.
Candida produces a wide range of harmful substances, such as allergy causing proteins and toxins, ethanol (beverage alcohol), toxins that damage DNA of human cells. Alcohol produced by overpopulated candida in the intestine is enough to make them intoxicated, have a foggy brain and fatigue. The candida producing alcohol might be a cause of liver cirrhosis in no drinking people.
Candida and Heavy Metals
Did you ever think that there may be a connection between Candida and toxic heavy metals? Yes, a connection is very strong. Candida absorbs heavy metals. This factor should be considered in candida cleansing protocol to avoid massive release of toxic heavy metals into the bloodstream.
Candida and Leaky Gut
Candida’s branching hyphae can penetrate the intestinal wall. This makes the intestine more permeable so more of the toxins are absorbed into the body. Also with a highly permeable intestine, the Candida themselves may actually be able to slip through and gain access to the rest of the body causing chronic immune reactions like allergies and autoimmune diseases.
Other research has linked intestinal Candida to Celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which immune response results in damage to the tissue of the small intestine. This reaction is triggered by the gluten, a protein found in grains (wheat, barley and rye...). A protein found in the cell wall of Candida is very similar to gluten. As a result, the immune system can confuse gluten for the cell wall of Candida and mount a response against the gluten and simultaneously damages the small intestinal wall.
Signs and Symptoms:
· Muscle & joint aches
· Nail Fungus
· Sweet craving
· Feeling of being "hung over"
· Gastrointestinal disturbances - diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating after eating
· Psychological disturbances - depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings
· Cognitive dysfunction - poor memory, lack of concentration
· Recurrent vaginitis
· Menstrual Disturbances and Infertility
· Skin irritations/rashes/acne
· Recurrent throat/ear infections
How can you get the parasites? There are a number of ways to contract a parasite. You could have ingested undercooked meat, fish, consumed infected drinking water, contaminated water from underdeveloped countries, lakes, ponds, or creeks, raw fruits and vegetables or absorbed them through the skin. Quite often parasites can be transmitted from pets. Traveling overseas is another way that foreign parasites can be introduced to your system.
Parasites thrive in the presence of sugars, processed and junk food, toxins and exceeded the amount of carbohydrates. If you allow toxins to build up in your intestines, then you are also allowing parasites to invade your body. Parasites are attracted by filth and rot and, therefore, thrive upon stagnant matter in the intestines. These nasty leeches hide in the folds of your large intestine or under the lining of your intestine and absorb key nutrients that your body needs to be healthy.
Once a person is infected with a parasite, it's very easy to pass it along. If you have a parasite and don't wash your hands after using the restroom, you can easily pass microscopic parasite eggs onto anything you touch — the door handle, the salt shaker, your phone, or anyone you touch. Hand washing is a major opportunity to prevent parasite contamination and transmission. If you consumed any contaminated water during your travels, you may have acquired a parasite of some kind.
Signs and Symptoms
Parasites drink you blood making your anemic, dizzy, fatigue. They overload your body with their toxic waste. There is professional believe that every patient with pale skin with dark circle under eyes, disorders of immune function, allergy, unexplained fatigue or chronicle bowel symptoms should be evaluated for the presence of intestinal parasites. Parasites could be the underlying cause for many of your unexplained and unresolved symptoms.
Intestinal parasites can be one-cell organisms and worms. The one-cell organisms absorb nutrients from the stool, causing inflammation of the small intestine and decreasing its ability to absorb nutrients. And intestinal worms take nutrients from the stool or suck blood from the intestinal wall. Iron-deficiency anemia quite often occurs in cases of parasite invasion.
Their infestation can be with or without symptoms.
The most common signs are:
worsening constipation and diarrhea
change of your digestion
chronic fatigue, exhaustion, depression, or frequent feelings of apathy
insomnia (difficulty to fall asleep, waking up in the middle of the night)
skin irritations (rashes, eczema, hives, rosacea)
teeth grinding in your sleep.
And understand this: Parasites migrate, so symptoms can change depending on where the parasites are.
The signs of a parasite can often appear unrelated and unexplained. There are many different types of parasites that we are exposed to in our environments.
Trouble sleeping, mood changes, anxiety, joints and muscle pain can all be caused by the toxins that parasites release into the bloodstream and interact with your neurotransmitters.
The health of the intestinal tract is very important to overall health. A healthy gut means a healthy person.
In recent medical studies, it was estimated that more than 85% of the North American population has at least one form of parasites. You may not think you have a parasite in your intestinal tract; but according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 3.5 billion people are suffering from some form of infection. And you don’t have to travel to an underdeveloped country to be at risk. This happens in the United States on a daily basis. Often parasitic infections can be undetected and untreated.