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What Is Candida?

Definition: Candida is an organism that normally lives in your intestinal tract as harmless yeast, co-existing with over 5,600 other species of micro-organisms.

Candida albicans has the ability to change from normal yeast to a pathogenic fungus. Antibiotic use is the primary cause of Candida converting to its fungal form. Other causes include chemotherapy, immunosuppressive drugs and conditions, and steroids.

The fungal form creates excessive toxicity that will affect the way every organ, tissue, and cell functions. Systemic Candida occurs when fungal Candida has spread throughout the body.

Systemic Candida can contribute to or create many problems in the body. Common major Candida symptoms may include: sugar or sweet cravings, gas, bloating, fatigue, low energy, allergies, sinusitis, acid reflux, hormonal imbalances, brain fog, depression and arthritis.

The Science Behind Candida

Common Candida Infections

Of the 200+ known species of Candida, over 40 of them are known to cause human infections. Of these, the 8 common species of Candida listed below account for over 90% of the infections found in humans on a regular basis.

Common Candida Species

  • Candida albicans - is responsible for over 85% of fungal Candida infections.
  • Candida glabrata
  • Candida tropicalis
  • Candida parapsilosis
  • Candida krusei
  • Candida guilliermondii
  • Candida lusitaniae
  • Candida kefyr

Less Common Candida Species

For a more detailed list of the different types of Candida, please click here to visit our FAQs.

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