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Candida, also known as candida overgrowth, or yeast infection, refers to candidiasis, or an overgrowth of candida albicans.  Candida albicans is a type of single-celled fungus, a microorganism that is neither animal or vegetable. A chronic state of candidiasis can lead to candida-related illness and/or Candida-Related Complex, and can become an underlying factor in many other diseases and disorders. An overgrowth of candida albicans can affect women and men, children and adults, and can produce minor or major symptoms depending on the individual.

Candida albicans live in the mucous membranes of the human body. They are normally found in the eyes, ears, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract and the genitourinary tract. Candida is also found on our skin, and under finger nails and toe nails. In small numbers, candida are one of the friendly organisms who inhabit the human body and serve a useful purpose.  Candida alibicans is considered by experts to be one of the most allergenic of microorganisms.  Normally our immune systems regulate the growth of candida in cooperation with our gut ecology. However, if the immune system is already weakened or overwhelmed due to chronic stress, exhaustion, disease or other factors, then levels of candida albicans can increase rapidly. The resulting symptoms of candida overgrowth can cover a wide spectrum of physiological and emotional responses.

There are many in the medical world who do not yet recognize the role candidiasis or Candida-Related Complex plays in chronic illnesses. Many doctors generally recognize only vaginal yeast infection, jock itch, an oral yeast infection known as thrush, and the systemic candidiasis found in those with severe immune deficiencies such as in AIDS patients. Standard tests to detect normal or abnormal levels of candida are often inconclusive due to individual variation, so there is as much controversy as there are differing recommendations on how to deal with it.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is an effective tool to restore the gut ecology, and eliminate a candida overgrowth.

For Further information:

Causes and Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

What's the cure?

Suggested phases for candida elimination version of SCD

Ranking lists of fruits and vegetables & anti-fungals

Die-off Symptoms

Links to resources and diagnostic laboratories

Further Reading

revised 6/2010