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Accoring to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Invasive Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. Unlike Candida infections in the mouth and throat (also called “thrush”) or vaginal “yeast infections,” invasive candidiasis is a serious infection that can affect the blood, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and other parts of the body. Candidemia, a bloodstream infection with Candida, is a common infection in hospitalized patients.
I like to explain it this way. Candida is a symptom that is the result of a compromised immune system ? We all have good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract, where most of our immune system resides. They are meant to stay in balance.
A major cause of Candida overgrowth is due to an imbalance in our gut flora, as a result of taking antibiotics, steroids, and birth control pills, as well as a stressful lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies.
Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria when we take them, but they also kill the good bacteria. When the good bacteria in your gut flora are killed off, this creates a void in your ecosystem. Since we all some small amounts of Candida in our gut flora, this creates an opportunity for Candida, which is very aggressive to grow into these voids. So, the result is an overgrowth of Candida.
Candida interferes with digestion and the absorption of nutrients. As Candida spreads in the digestive tract, symptoms begin to develop such as gas, bloating, cramping, indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. Candida also causes cravings for sugar and starches, and alcohol, and as one responds to these cravings by consuming more of these types of foods, the growth of Candida worsens and the condition progresses. More and more symptoms develop, and the process begins to wreak havoc on the body.