What Causes Candida?
There are two main causes of candida and they are the overuse of antibiotics and poor choices in diet and nutrition which this article will cover in more detail further on.
In addition, there are many other drugs and triggers which can contribute to the occurence of candida. These are:
- The use of cortisone, birth control pills and steroid drugs, immune suppressing drugs and medication to treat ulcers. Medications upset the balance of micro organisms in the mouth and may cause thrush.
- Synthetic estrogen.
- Insufficient levels of pancreatic enzymes and/or hydrochloric acid.
- Dental amalgams (metal fillings) and heavy metal poisoning.
- Toxins, poisons and chemicals in the environment.
- Constipation and other bowel movement problems.
- Chlorinated water.
- Acidic pH level in the body
Dry mouth and the hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy are other contributing factors. People who smoke or wear dentures that do not fit properly are also at an increased risk for thrush while babies can even pass the infection on to their mothers during breast feeding. Individuals with diseases that weaken the immune system such as diabetes and HIV are also more vulnerable to candida yeast overgrowth.
A full course of antibiotics kills the harmful bacteria for which it is prescribed, but it also destroys beneficial and friendly bacteria that live in your gut, giving the fast-growing Candida yeast the opportunity to quickly dominate the small intestine and cause problems. In accelerated candida growth situations like this, a natural candida treatment should be used to push the candida back into balance.
Of course there are times when you do need antibiotics, but many doctors still prescribe it for many health issues unnecessarily, Many of us are exposed to antibiotics without being aware of this because farm animals are fed them in their food supply and injected with hormones and antibiotics. Buying organic food can help to reduce your exposure to antibiotics. An astounding 55% of the antibiotics used in the US are in the livestock industry. Herds of cattle are fed antibiotics to keep mortality rates low and profit margins high. You will then absorb these antibiotics when you eat dairy products, poultry, eggs and meat unless they are guaranteed organic. This means that when you are actually prescribed an antibiotic, you will frequently develop a yeast related infection such as a vaginal yeast infection in women, a penile yeast infection in men or oral thrush in small children.
After antibiotics, poor choices in diet and nutrition are the next major cause of candida. Candida just loves sugar and carboyhydrates so if you follow a diet that is high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, you are asking for problems with candida. If a diet is deficient in vitamins and minerals, it cannot provide the necessary nutrition to ensure a healthy body. It is not able to put up a fight when Candida starts to multiply and a candida overgrowth is the result. Unfortunately the kind of diet many Americans follow is high in sugar and carbohydrates and this is why candida overgrowth is so rampant along with obesity and diabetes. There is no nourishment in that diet. Small amounts of the candida fungus are present in the mouth, digestive tract and skin of most healthy people and are normally kept in check by other bacteria and micro organisms in the body. However, those causes listed above including certain illnesses, stress or medications can disturb the delicate balance, causing the fungus candida to grow out of control.