What’s Candida albicans Yeast?

Candida albicans yeastThere can often be some confusion as to what Candida albicans yeast actually is and how it can cause problems in the human body.

I’m not sure how much biology you’ve had, but basically, it’s a type of yeast, which is a type of fungus.

All organisms in the Fungi Kingdom feed on other organisms by absorption.

Some fungi feed by secreting digestive enzymes into their food source before absorbing it, while others like the yeasts, absorb food around them, primarily, sugars.

Most fungi are decomposers (feeding on dead organisms), but some can be parasitic, meaning they feed on living tissue.

Why is Candida albicans Dangerous?

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Parasitic Candida

Candida albicans has adapted well to survive in the human body, which is why it’s a problem. It can feed like a yeast but under certain conditions can become parasitic by feeding on body cells.

This is when irritation, redness, itching, and swelling can occur. Everyone  has Candida albicans yeast cells living in and on their body, the problem comes when they turn parasitic.

How Does this Happen?

  • Weakened Immune Systems- The human body has a powerful immune system that is designed to keep foreign organisms like Candida in check, however, those with weakened immune systems have less of a defense against this fungus growing out of control.
  • Antibiotics- Much of the human immune system is in the intestines where probiotic bacteria keep harmful micro-organisms in check. Antibiotics kill these helpful bacteria, which then allows Candida albicans to grow out of control.
  • Poor Diets- Our western diets are full of sugar, gluten, and processed foods. Most of the foods people are eating feed yeast making the human body a perfect breeding ground.

What’s the Solution?

People having health problems related to Candida albicans can make some lifestyle changes in order to bring this type of fungus back under control.

  1. Cleaning Up the Diet- Following a Candida eliminating diet plan can teach you to eat foods that don’t feed the yeast and that strengthen your immune system.
  2. Limiting Antibiotics- Only take an antibiotic if it’s absolutely necessary. Doctors prescribe them too quickly, which is leading to their ineffectiveness against bacteria.
  3. Probiotics- Eating probiotic rich foods and prebiotic foods can build up healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.

Candida albicans will always be present in the human body, but definitely steps can be taken to keep this fungus from growing out of control, turning parasitic, and causing pain and discomfort.

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