What is Candida albicans?

What is Candida albicans?

Candida albicans is a yeast like organism that is present in our digestive tract. More usually it loves to settle in our intestines where the warm moist conditions are very favourable to it's existence.

There are hundreds of different strains of the billions of bacteria within our gut, Candida albicans is only one strain of our "not so friendly" organisms and is kept firmly in check by our friendlier bacteria. This collection of organisms within our intestines is more commonly referred to as our INTESTINAL FLORA. Without the correct balance of flora, certain strains of unfriendly bacteria can begin to cause mischief which can then ultimately damage our health.

If this flora is damaged in any way-and this can happen through poor diet, ill health and certain drugs - a proliferation of Candida albicans can then occur causing unpleasant symptoms.

Once Candida albicans is allowed to flourish our immune defences can then be seriously weakened. We must then act to re-balance our flora which is essential to our well being, so it is important to make sure that we maintain a good balance of bacteria through the food that we eat.

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