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What’s eating you? Candida 101

You Are Not Alone. Many of us find this a comforting thought. But we're not referring here to the existential or spiritual perspective. The fact is you are never alone. In a real, literal sense. You see, growing in your gut or organisms. Millions of them. Billions, even.

The good news is, they're supposed to be there.

The bad news is, not all of them.

Our recent articles of describe the role of bacteria in the gut. These microorganisms proliferate in our intestines and aid the digestive process and the overall health of the human body. it is these micro organisms that break down of food and make the nutrients available to our bodies. They assist with elimination. They even contribute to Our immune system.

when bugs go bad

Not every micro organism living in your gut is welcome there. In a healthy digestive system, the good bacteria outweigh the bad bacteria, fighting them off, and keeping you free from disease. But when the bad bacteria have an opportunity to proliferate, they can wipe out the good guys, and take over. The results can be devastating. The most common culprit of this kind of overrun is known as candida albicans full stop This organism manages to be both a yeast and a bacteria at the same time full stop This unique combination of characteristics that an edge over the more generic bacteria that usually occupy your gut.

The fact is, the Candida does have a role to play in your digestion. But it's a small room. And when it gets out of control, that's when things go wrong.

Everyone has candida. But candidiasis, the term given to a bacterial and yeast infection that results from an over proliferation of candida, is slightly more rare full stop not rare, as we'd like to believe, however. In fact, some statistics go so far is to say that one in four people has or will have candidiasis at some point in their Lifetimes.

So how do you know if it's you?

The symptoms of candidiasis include:

  • itching.
  • burning
  • large or small amounts of vaginal discharge, often whitish gray and thick (although there are also times the discharge can be watery)
  • pain during sex
  • soreness
  • rash

Because these symptoms may also indicate other forms of disease, It's important to consult your medical health practitioner before self diagnosing.

In the next few articles, we'll be looking at candidiasis in more depth. Will help you understand what causes it, how to avoid getting it, and how to take care of it if you've got it. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from you. Drop your questions into the comments Below, and we'll make sure to get answers to you in our next series of articles.

Dr Sanua specialises in holistic Health. He believes the body works together as a whole organism, and takes into account every symptom and every aspect of your life when making a diagnosis, and recommending a treatment plan. Contact Dr Sanua on 011 463 1614 or email him on alains@telkomsa.net today to get answers to your burning health questions.

 

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