Feb. 24, 2012
What is Candida?
I've gotten a few questions from Herbies about candida and ways to treat it. Having not had candidiasis myself, I found out a few things that were interesting and wanted to share.
I have candida, and so do you. We all do. Candida is a type of yeast that lives in our body, normally the digestive system and mouth. It is normal and beneficial.
Candida itself is not a problem but can become so (like candidiasis or thrush) when there is too much of it. Candida is normally regulated so that it doesn't get out of control, but sometimes the natural balance of yeast and bacteria in the body is disrupted.
This can happen many different ways, but usually is caused by a weakened immune system. This can be from stress, poor diet, illness or even antibiotics.
When left uncontrolled, candida can multiply (it is a yeast after all) and spread through the body causing infections. Symptoms vary from person to person, but often included a rash of some sort.
Candidiasis can happen to anyone, man, woman or child.
Candidiasis is often controlled with anti-fungal medicine. There are several online companies that claim a Candida Cleanse is benefical and sell products (probiotics and diet plans) to help you control a candida outbreak. Most of these cleanses involve lessening sugar intake and eating more fresh foods.
According to the Mayo Clinic, there have not been any trials that show these cleanses to be effective for controlling an outbreak of candida, but that an improved diet (a part of the cleanses) does help people feel better.
Although that is not to say that changing your diet won't help with candidiasis. A healthy diet can booster the immune system.