Candida is a pathogen that takes advantage of a disruption in the balance of microorganisms in your gut. This balance of ‘gut flora’ is a crucial part of your immune system and digestive health. At normal levels, Candida is harmless and exists alongside the trillions of other bacteria in the mouth, vagina, rectum and digestive tracts. But if there’s an overgrowth, candida can lead to significant health problems – in men, women and even children.
There are a few symptoms which indicate that Candida is running rampant in your body: Mood disorders, Chronic fatigue, Gastrointestinal issues, Sinus infections, Recurring vaginal and urinary tract infections.
The most common cause of Candida overgrowth are Antibiotics which are designed to kill bacteria. But the problem is that not all the bacteria in your body are harmful, because many of them play important roles in digesting your food and maintaining a healthy immune system. When antibiotics kill so many of beneficial bacteria, there is one opportunistic fungus that is ready to take advantage and Candida no longer face competition for the space and nutrients in your gut and then quickly multiply and expand.
Unhealthy high-sugar diet also cause a Candida overgrowth. Too much sugar does not only damage the digestive system, but also damages the immune system.Because sugar damages your immune response system, the body is not able to stop the growth of aggressive microorganisms like Candida. Once the immune system is thrown out of balance, Candida yeast is more likely to irritate the intestinal wall, destroy the inner ecosystem of the gut, and move into the bloodstream. Identical like how a high-sugar diet encourages Candida overgrowth, it is also true for a diet that’s too high in alcohol consumption.
Stress is the last, but not the least reason of Candida overgrowth. Stress raises your blood sugar and release stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine which are meant to protect us during potentially dangerous events. They move energy stores into the muscle and shut down our digestive and immune system. The bacteria that are normally present in the digestive system can read stress in the body and detect the presence of Cortisol and Norepinephrine. Even sometimes harmless microbes will suddenly become pathogenic in response to the stress hormones that we release. When that occurs they multiply rapidly or mutate, and this often leads to infection. Once this happens, the inner ecology of the gut is thrown out of balance. And that leads to Candida infection.