What are the images conjured when confronted with the word ‘Candida’?
Whatever it is, it ain’t often a pretty one, and anyone who has experienced a Candida overgrowth understands it ain’t a great time. At all. But why are we discussing this here at That Sugar? Well, because of sugar!
If you are thinking a Candida overgrowth is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) – think again. It is very rare to transmit during sexy time. However, candidiasis can result following sex and share a similar set of symptoms to other STI.
The species Candida albicans is a normal part of the human flora and when in balance causes no worries to the human host. But, it LOVES to feed on simple sugars, and when consumed in excess this causes microbial populations to become imbalanced, known as a state of dysbiosis. This can result in an overgrowth of the species, increased cravings for sugar, and the condition known as candidiasis. Boo.
The overgrowth may also be a result of compromised mucosal barriers (possibly related to leaky gut), a weakened immune system, or other microbial species diminishing in number that would normally keep old mate Candida in check.
Candida albicans overgrowth is commonly referred to as thrush, and often manifests in the mouth or genital and urinary tracts. If you are thinking this is something that will never happen to me – think again. About 75% of women can develop a yeast infection in their lifetime, and over 40million cases of Candidiasis are reported each year.
Fortunately, there are treatments for managing Candida overgrowth. So, cutting back on the sugary goods will deal with it, right? If only it were that simple! The human body is a complex web of interweaving systems and functions, and each human is unique. Consulting with your trusted healthcare practitioner to assess your life as an individual and holistically is the best place to kick start a tailored treatment plan.