Published on January 29th, 2013 | by Randomguru
[Diet] Candida Albicans, Carbs and Bloating
If you are unfamiliar with Candida Albicans, check out Wikipedia for the scoop on this yeast-fungus.
Candida albicans is a diploid fungus that grows both as yeast and filamentous cells and a causal agent of opportunistic oral and genital infections in humans. Systemic fungal infections (fungemias) including those by C. albicans have emerged as important causes of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients (e.g., AIDS, cancer chemotherapy, organ or bone marrow transplantation). —Wikipedia
Basically, Candida Albicans exists throughout our bodies, but mostly in the gastrointestinal tract. The small intestine and large intestine (colon) are home of many bacteria, some beneficial and vital for proper digestion, others not so beneficial. Candida Albicans, if allowed to thrive in abundance in the intestine, can cause problems such as bloating, excessive gas, loss of energy, IBS, and symptoms related to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
It’s the good bacteria that keeps Candida Albicans in check. But also, it’s important to go easy on the sugary foods and grains, as simple carbohydrates are foods that cause Candida Albicans to thrive in the intestine.
There are probiotic supplements that can be taken to help increase the ratio of good bacteria to bad in the intestine. And there are also kits that you can buy from the health food stores that will help flush out Candida Albicans. I personally haven’t try any of these yet, so I still have to do my research on this.
But yogurt has the cultured beneficial bacteria to help improve conditions in the intestine.
Also, it’s important to reduce your sugar and grain intakes if you have symptoms of Candidiasis, a condition where Candida Albicans is allowed to flourish throughout the intestine and body and becomes invasive, causing problems.
It’s always good to eat plenty of raw green salads, because the chlorophyll in the greens helps to alkalinize the body and reduce acidity which can create a condition for harmful bacteria to colonize and thrive.
In fact, it is beneficial to eat more raw green foods to alkalinize the body and reduce acidity, a good reason to try a raw food diet.
Drinking plenty of fresh, purified water also helps to create healthier conditions in the body.
Of course, you might want to consult with your health practitioner and get tested for yeast and fungal infections, especially if you are showing signs and symptoms that won’t go away.