Candida Albicans is a member of the yeast family. More specifically it belongs to the family of plants known as fungi or molds. It is also a natural part of our bodies flora. A Candida overgrowth however is not.
It’s food source is almost any organic living or deceased substance and it mainly resides in the digestive system. It can also exist in the vaginal region (thrush), the mouth and throat and on the skin or nail beds.
Candida Albicans and the family of yeasts that it belongs to is often one of the most overlooked culprits for a range of debilitating health issues. Issues include chronic fatigue, chronic allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities and irritable bowel.
Candida Albicans infections typically occur as a short term health problem for most people and can usually be cleared up by making simple lifestyle changes, as discussed further down this page. Candida overgrowths on the other hand represent a more persistent problem.
Although candida yeast occurs naturally in the gut, for some people it can become out of balance and create very serious health issues. So whilst the vast majority of people have candida albicans yeast which occurs naturally and typically does not pose any health problems, a candida overgrowth will. Toxins released from the candida albicans yeast organism place a heavy burden on the bodies immune system and eliminative capacity – your kidneys and liver.
Candida Albicans can be difficult to test for because candida occurs naturally in the gut. The best diagnosis is to gauge whether the symptoms you have match the typical profile of symptoms that result from candida albicans. It’s best to ignore candida spit tests and other such nonsense. Matching your symptoms to those of candida yeast infections, along with your own medical and occupational history will determine the likelihood of your health issues being as a result of candida albicans.
Blood tests can also be taken to determine your candida albicans metabolyte activity levels. Candida Albicans metabolytes are a measure of the biological activity of yeast.
This page will be particularly relevant for those people who have had Candida Albicans long term and been unable to establish how to cure it. If you have spent many years trying to either rid yourself of recurrent candida albicans infections or have had the misfortune to have experienced this condition continuously over a long period of years, as I had experienced, then you can take heart from the fact that the condition is not without effective treatments.
Candida Albicans Symptoms:
The metabolic activity of Candida Albicans produces a huge amount of toxins into the bloodstream that can overwhelm the bodies natural eliminative capacity, producing symptoms such as:
- Fatigue and Muscle Weakness
- Skin Rashes / Itching / Hives
- Concentration Problems
- Spaced Out / Brain Fog
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Poor Memory
- Stomach Pain
- Joint Pain
- Low Libido
- Food Cravings.
Although I had many of these symptoms listed above, my local doctor (G.P./M.D.) dismissed the likelihood that I had a candida albicans overgrowth stating that “I would be in hospital on a drip if I had systemic candida.”
This I thought was a very black and white diagnosis. I turned to complementary medicine, but my symptoms persisted… fatigue, digestive disorders, and brain fog.
Causes of Candida Albicans
- Viral Infection – weakening the Immune System allowing proliferation of this naturally occurring low level yeast
- Prolonged / Repeated use of Anti-Biotics / Steroids / the Pill (birth control)
- Prolonged Periods of Stress
- Poor Nutrition / Diet – Consumption of processed foods, rich in sugar and high chemical additives. Dead Food.
- Heavy Metal / Chemical Toxicity – causing Immune System Overload / Misfunction
- Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments
Failure of Traditional Candida Albicans Treatments
In 2003 I decided to stop seeing my private Harley Street doctor. The traditional ways of treating candida hadn’t work for me. They included:
- Anti – Fungals
- Avoidance Diets
- Pro – Biotics like Acidophilus
In the majority of cases simply changing the diet and cutting out foods that feed candida albicans yeast is usually sufficient to overcome a build up of candida yeast in the system. Foods that are high glycemic and break down and release sugars into the bloodstream faster should be avoided. Low carbohydrate diets are safe as long as there is not an excessive reliance upon meat.
Reducing stress, ceasing taking anti-biotics (over the long term), eating healthily, sleeping well and exercising are also beneficial to the immune system. These measures can allow the bodies immune system to “get on top” of candida overgrowths wherever they’re located.
However if these measures have been taken along with a low carbohydrate/low glycemic index diet and benefited you only in the short term – only for the symptoms to return – then it is more than likely that the cause is due to a deeper level of toxicity:
The Candida Albicans / Heavy Metals Connection
The presence of heavy metals could be considered as the most likely primary cause of long term (chronic) candida albicans yeast infections. Until that deeper toxicity is addressed it is both expensive and pointless to chase the symptoms. The symptoms being the candida yeast and the root cause of your illness: the heavy metals toxicity.
Heavy metals, like lead, cadmium and mercury in the body are an often overlooked factor in the candida albicans pathology. Although heavy metals like mercury may have a “dampening” effect upon the growth and activity of candida albicans yeast in the body, the yeast can only be brought back into normal ranges of activity by the removal of heavy metals through chelation therapy.
Heavy metals toxicity is unfortunately overlooked in the majority of patients with chronic conditions that have failed to be properly diagnosed by G.P.’s or M.D.’s who have little knowledge of environmental illness. Chemicals in foods are hormone disruptors and also present problems with immune functioning.
Any attempt to eliminate candida albicans and any other pathogen build up including bad bacteria, parasites and viruses, will be difficult due to the way candida yeast binds to heavy metals and reduces immune system functioning.
There is a theory is that the candida yeast almost acts as a form of “body protection” from the toxic effects of heavy metals. The build up of yeast wouldn’t occur in the absence of heavy metal toxicity.
When heavy metals are chelated and mobilised from the bodies stores, e.g. from the liver, gut, brain and central nervous system and then excreted through the usual channels (stool and urine), it is common to find that the symptoms you are experiencing “flare up” temporarily.
I have had this confirmed by a microbiologist who measured the level of heavy metals and candida metabolites in his blood after he undertook each stage of his chelation therapy. What the microbiologist found was that each time he chelated heavy metals, his blood – tests would show a drop in heavy metals but an increase in candida metabolites.
He would also experience all the symptoms associated with the candida albicans yeast. This would then reverse over the course of the next few days/week, with the blood – heavy metals readings slowly rising again and the activity of the yeast falling back off.
Only after he had detoxed heavy metals did his candida metabolites reading fall back into the normal reference ranges associated with low levels of the yeast as is typical in the 90% of the population that have candida in the gut.
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