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When you think of mental health issues, you may think "chemical imbalance in the brain." And with memory issues, you may think it's a brain disorder or simply aging. Research out there increasingly indicates there's more at play than brain chemistry and aging. In a study by the peer-reviewed medical journal, BMC Medicine, researchers found many factors contribute to the development of depression, including, “psychosocial stressors, poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, altered gut permeability, atopy, dental cares, sleep and vitamin D deficiency.”2 So your diet can make a difference, and Candida could very well be why. In fact, research shows that Candida may impact mental health, memory, digestion, and a variety of other issues.
Furthermore, in the Journal of Evolutionary Medicine in 2015, researchers noted some fascinating case studies of “psychiatric disorders (including anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and autistic spectrum disorders) co-occuring with the autoimmune disease...,” further stating that our bodies’ microbiomes have lost biodiversity over time, promoting inflammation in the body and contributing to disease, particularly in Western countries.3 Once again, it’s all in your gut!
Let's take a look.
The pesky yeast Candida albicans is native to the gut, and has a knack for taking over its environment. This can happen locally (where Candida lives) or systemically (throughout the whole body).
Candida infection has been found in the:
Researchers studying Candida at the Hematology-Oncology department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles concluded that although it is unknown exactly how Candida invades the central nervous system, it must be able to cross the human blood-brain barrier as live pathogens, contributing to disease such as meningitis.4
An additional study out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that other systems in the body -- including your gut and your immune system -- link up with the brain, influencing things like memory.1
In addition to the above, Johns Hopkins researchers found that women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and a history of Candida overgrowth were more likely to score lower on memory tests than those women without a history of infection.1
While too soon to draw conclusions, it is certain that more research must be done, especially when coupled with the revelation that people with mental health disorders themselves were at least partially responsible for recommending this particular study.
In a nutshell, Candida infection may impact memory — especially when there’s also a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It may also contribute to mental health disorders. This also tells us that there’s an important link between your gut, your immune system, and your brain.
The competition between friendly bacteria and small amounts of Candida yeast is necessary to keep Candida in check. Dysbiosis -- an unhealthy balance of microbes in the digestive or reproductive tract --- can give Candida the upper hand. Once this happens, your immune system targets Candida with antibodies that search and destroy.
Recent research is so revolutionary that it has launched a completely new cutting-edge area of study -- “psychobiotics.” Recent research into the connection between the gut microbiome and mental health examines the differences in our between our gut health and those of our ancestors.5
While it’s too soon for scientists to draw concrete conclusions between specific probiotics, one thing is clear: doctors and scientists are now saying what Donna Gates has been saying for decades --
We are on the verge of an exciting revolution in health and medicine.
Candida overgrowth isn’t just hard on your gut — it can have a lasting impact on memory and mental health. To keep your memory and mental health strong, take a close look at your diet and also make sure you’re not taking antibiotics when you don’t need them. Keeping yeast in check is about understanding how Candida works and what it doesn’t like.
Here are a few basic tips to get you started:
The latest research indicates that mental health and memory issues are impacted by more than just the brain. Several other systems within the body can influence brain health and memory, including the gut and the immune system.
For this reason, when Candida yeast spreads systemically throughout the body, it can have a devastating effect — even on mental health. Men with a history of Candida infection may be more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Candida infection in women with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder could make memory worse.
To protect your body and preserve mental health, there are several simple steps you can take to keep Candida in check:
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