Candida is associated with an extremely long list of candida symptoms and ailments in the body due to its advanced ability to adapt to the various environments of each organ, tissue, and cell of the body. Candida and skin conditions are commonly seen together. The skin can reflect the health of the digestive tract, and so it becomes a window into seeing what is taking place in the body.
Since the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of skin infections due to candida. Systemic fungal candida infections result from exposure to antibiotics. A 5-day course of antibiotics is a guaranteed way of creating systemic candida in the body. Even occasionally eating conventionally raised meats, and now fruits and vegetables, can lead to incremental antibiotic exposures that eventually create systemic fungal candida infections.
Acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, rashes, and other skin conditions have all been associated with fungal candida and post-antibiotic intestinal dysbiosis. One of the first reports of candida and psoriasis was in 1949, although a non-antibiotic link to psoriasis was reported as far back as 1929. The presence of candida has been shown to be very high among patients with psoriasis.
Upsetting the balance of the intestinal flora predisposes individuals to chronic inflammatory states. Bacteria in the body and on the skin help to regulate and dampen inflammatory responses. A lack of these bacteria can lead to chronic inflammation and progressive destruction of the associated cells and tissues.
As researcher, Dr. Christina Zielinski points out, “I am convinced that an imbalance in our microbial microflora has a decisive influence on the development of chronic inflammatory illnesses like rheumatism, Morbus Crohn and psoriasis.”
Early treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions due to candida was and continues to be best accomplished by undecenoic acid (the main ingredient found in Candida Force) although the original dosages were typically higher than those currently used today. The early approaches didn’t utilize diets, which can lead to much lower dosages than those required in early research. The link between candida and psoriasis, as well as other skin conditions continues to be researched and proven.
In my clinical experience, chronic and severe cases of psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions are associated with low levels of Hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach. Low HCL levels are yet another byproduct of antibiotic use, as a loss of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract causes a decrease in the production the B vitamins necessary for the formation of HCL.
Patients who have followed The Candida Plan and supplemented with HCL have often seen the best results in the shortest period of time.
If the eyes are the mirrors of the soul, our skin is truly a message board for our internal state of health.
Identifying an effective solution must include a look into the origin of the problem. External treatments only provide temporary relief. Addressing our internal health will get us much closer to a long term solution.
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