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What is Candida and Do I Have It?

Posted by healthylivingtoday on February 3, 2008

Candida albicans, is a yeast that normally lives harmlessly in the body, but can become a problem when it is allowed to grow out of control. Usually the amount of candida albicans is controlled by beneficial bacteria in the body and the immune system; however, if the beneficial bacteria are killed by antibiotics, or if a person’s immune system becomes weakened, candida can grow unchecked and cause a variety of symptoms. Here is a partial list (from altmedicine.about.com):
* Tired or lethargic
* Poor memory
* Feel drained, depleted or exhausted
* Numbness, burning, tingling
* Stomach pain
* Joint pain or swelling
* Muscle aching or weakness
* Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, or belching
* Bothersome or persistent vaginal itching, burning, or discharge
* Prostatitis
* Erectile dysfunction
* Loss of sexual desire
* Endometriosis or infertility
* Menstrual irregularity or cramping
* Anxiety attacks or crying
* Cold hands and feet, feel chilly
* Irritable or shaking when hungry

So what can cause the candida to overpower the beneficial bacteria? Some things are:
* Use of antibiotics
* Use of oral contraceptives, and other medications
* High-sugar diets
* Pregnancy
* Diabetes
* Stress
Worried that you may have an overgrowth of candida (also known as candidiasis or yeast infection)? The following link will take you to a quick test to check Candida Quiz, check back tomorrow for a comprehensive protocol for ridding your body of this harmful invader (including diet and easily obtained supplements).

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One Response to “What is Candida and Do I Have It?”

  1. Yeast overgrowth is not widely recognized by medical doctors as a problem. Especially if don’t have the outward symptoms such as thrush, etc. The fact is yeast overgrowth can cause a whole host of problems. Getting your bacterial flora back in balance can help you overcome digestive, skin, fatigue and other problems.

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