Candida albicans is a yeast, a type of fungus that lives in everyone’s body. Our intestines always have both good and bad bacteria at all times and when these are in balance our gut is happy. It is when the bad bacteria start outnumbering the good bacteria that we get into trouble.
Causes can include the use of antibiotics (anti-bacteria). Antibiotics have their purpose if you absolutely need them, but they can wipe out all of your bad and your good bacteria. So, if we do not follow up with some good quality pro-biotics after taking a round of antibiotics, we create the perfect place for bad bacteria to take over.
Other ways to destroy good bacteria include swimming in chlorinated water, taking birth control, eating highly processed and refined sugars and carbohydrates, air pollutants, and stress.
Symptoms of a mold or yeast overgrowth may include:
- weight gain
- brain fog
- and even multiple sclerosis
Ann Boroch has written two great books: