Candida albicans are usually harmless microbes found in the mouth and the gut but an overgrowth could lead to all sorts of health problems. This goes especially for patients with a weak immune system.
By knowing the signs, you can prevent candida albicans overgrowth. Apart from a visit to your doctor, it's equally important to maintain a healthy balance of microorganisms in the body to keep the immune system strong. Taking supplements and sticking to a healthy diet are just a couple of ways to reduce the risk of yeast infection.
According to this study at Rice University 70% of all people have candida colonies in their intestines, mouth or skin. Candida albicans frequently causes superficial infections by invading and damaging epithelial cells, but may also cause systemic infections by penetrating through epithelial barriers.
The Candida albicans that grows in your gut, is kept in line by healthy bacteria that also lives in your gut. If however the balance of bacteria is thrown off by antibiotics, poor diet or prescription meds Candida can over run your system. As the candida infections spreads, the overgrowth releases nasty toxic byproducts into your body causing numerous unpleasant symptoms.
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