Could Your Candida Be Killing You?

{flickr|100|campaign} You may think your Candida infection is uncomfortable, painful and downright annoying but did you know that if left untreated Candida can be potentially life threatening? If the Candida is not killed off at the root, the fungus will continue to grow spreading into the blood stream and manifesting itself in various locations throughout the body. The transfer of Candida can result in a host of problems including rashes, sinus problems, joint and chest pain, acne, prostrate problems, irritable bowel syndrome and many more serious illnesses. In order to multiply and take hold of your body, Candida needs an ideal environment. Like most funguses, it prefers warm and moist conditions to grow. Your digestive tract provides the perfect surroundings. The Candida organisms grow rapidly over the intestinal walls and begin to interrupt digestion and nutrient absorption. The yeasty cells attach to mucus membranes and feast on the undigested food and steal the nutrients for themselves. Without these essential nutrients, our bodies cannot perform at optimum levels. If we cannot perform at our best, our immune system begins to weaken, thus giving the Candida strength to grow even faster. As Candida grows and transfers throughout your body, it begins to produce a number of highly toxic waste substances. These toxins poison your body by infecting healthy tissue and further weakening the immune system. A weakened immune system and damaged tissues give way to damage to your organs including your lungs, kidneys, liver, gallbladder and brain. The principal toxin produced by the fungal infection is known as Acetaldehyde and causes severe problems within our bodies. Once this toxin transforms into ethanol, it gives rise to a host of unpleasant symptoms including; • Various yeast infections (oral, genital, skin, joint) • Back pain, • Bloating • Gas • Stomach cramps • Constipation • Diarrhea • Heartburn • Indigestion • Sores in the mouth • General feeling of dizziness • Brain fog, • Headaches • Dental problems • Blurry vision • Feeling down, • Restless legs • Anxiety, • Athlete’s foot, • Increased cholesterol, • Asthma • Sores on the anus and genital regions. And these are the less severe complications of Candida… The more serious issues arise when Candida becomes a chronic condition. The immune system becomes extremely weak and you become susceptible to life threatening Candida related conditions. There is a wide variety of side effects associated with Candida overgrowth. Whilst the most commonly recognised side effects include digestive problems, headaches, skin rashes and joint aches, most people don’t realise that Candida can cause extremely debilitating side effects, some of which can be fatal. Some of the known dangerous side effects of the fungus can include; Leaky Gut Syndrome Once Candida is present in your blood stream, your immune system is struggling to fight it off. Candida takes from you all the nutrients it needs to feed and continue to grow. This can result in food allergies and bowel problems. Typical symptoms of a poorly functioning bowel include bloating, heartburn, gas, haemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea and pain. Weakening of the Immune System If our bodies think they are under attack from a foreign body they will start to produce antibodies. Antibodies are responsible for killing off the unidentifiable bacteria or virus (antigens) in order to protect the body. Unfortunately, when the antibodies attack the antigens they also attack any healthy cells and tissues in the process. So whilst trying to protect your body from any unknown parasites, your immune system begins to attack itself, killing off the good cells. This can lead to severe health issues due to autoimmune disorders. Weakening the Nervous System The toxins produced by the Candida fungus can transfer into your blood stream and begin to attack the brain. Your brain responds by producing other toxins that can result in an interference with the natural biochemical processes in the brain. Side effects of this include difficulty sleeping, extreme mood swings, short term memory loss, panic, depression, fatigue and depression. The nervous system can become seriously compromised. In some cases Sepsis can occur. Sepsis is a blood infection which is characterised by fast breathing and fever. Sepsis is a fatal condition.