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Candida is an opportunistic yeast naturally found in the digestive tract and on the skin. Candida overgrowth in the digestive tract and systemic Candida overgrowth throughout the body can affect every level of health—from your digestion to your mood.
In those with a compromised immune system, Candida overgrowth is the most common infection in intensive care units. (1) Candida is also the fourth most common infection picked up at hospitals. (2)
According to a report published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Candida is increasingly resistant to drug therapy—making it a “serious threat” to the American public, along with general antibiotic resistance. (3)
The nature of Candida is that it grows when it has the opportunity. Candida overgrowth happens when we cannot fight back.
Candida feeds on sugar. Stevia is the perfect naturally sweet sugar substitute that is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
This occurs when:
As Candida takes over large portions of the digestive tract and spreads beyond the gut wall, it gains traction.
Candida pollutes the body with its waste, burdening the liver. (4)(5) Candida can also turn “off” the immune system as it invades organs, budding inside your body’s cells. (6)(7)
In 2011, scientists watched how Candida responded to stressors like high temperatures (similar to when the body mounts a fever) and an antifungal drug called fluconazole. (8) Rather than die as expected, communities of Candida shuffled genes around and continued to grow!
Researchers found that the more stress Candida faced, the more it adapted to each stressor.
And if Candida cannot adapt to its environment, it changes the environment. For example, Candida can change the surrounding pH by releasing ammonia into its environment. This ability to change pH helps it transform into an invasive, elongated cell that can penetrate the gut wall. (9)(10)
It’s best to avoid using strong antifungal drugs to treat Candida overgrowth. As we mentioned earlier, a new strain of Candida is becoming more common. This new strain is resistant to antifungal drugs.
The more we rely on antifungal drugs, the more we contribute to the spread of drug-resistant strains.
Instead, you can protect your body from Candida overgrowth by following these steps:
The opportunistic yeast Candida can be naturally found in the digestive tract and on the skin. Candida overgrowth in the body is harmful and can affect every level of your health. Candida overgrowth is the fourth most common infection transmitted in hospitals. The CDC considers Candida a serious public threat as it is becoming increasingly drug-resistant.
Candida thrives under pressure. Candida adapts well to stress and can even change its environment. New strains of Candida are becoming more common and may be unaffected by antifungal drugs.
Naturally protect your body from Candida overgrowth with four helpful tips:
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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