What is candida?

Candida is an innocent yeast, which naturally occurs in small quantities in your body. Usually there is a Candida albicans, but there are several species. Normally you do not suffer from this. It likes to “live” in a moisture-rich environment, such as your skin and mucous membranes (mouth, throat, intestines, vagina, bladder and lungs). Candida in your intestines is part of your microbiome (intestinal flora), together with many useful, healthy bacteria. A well-functioning microbiome is crucial for your health, it ensures that :

  • Nutrition is digested
  • Nutrients are well absorbed
  • Creating vitamins
  • Your immune system works well
  • You have a sunny temper
  • You stay on a natural weight

Candida can cause a lot of problems

The candida yeast can grow explosively under certain circumstances.  It can also change from an innocent yeast into a sickening fungus. The natural balance between the healthy, useful bacteria and the candida in your intestines will be disturbed in these cases. As a result, the candida fungus gets the upper hand and forms “razor-sharp threads”, making the intestinal wall “leaky”. This has been proven by research.

But that is not the only thing, candida does more. He also produces toxic secretions (mycotoxins). The greater the amount of candida in your body, the more of these toxic secretions are produced. One of the substances produced is acetaldehyde. This is a decomposition product of alcohol.

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Toxic secretions

When your intestinal wall is “leaky”, the candida and the toxic secretions enter your bloodstream and can in principle travel to all parts of your body. Here, however, your immune system waits for unwanted intruders.  Candida and its toxic secretions will be attacked by your immune system and rendered harmless, and the immune cells themselves will also be destroyed. As long as your immune system functions properly and can cope with the amount of candida with toxic secretions, there is no problem.

However, if there is an excess of candida and toxic secretions and your immune system cannot cope with this amount, both have the possibility to reach all organs via the blood. When this is the case, there is a “systemic” candida, also known as candidiasis.

Candida is common. 1 out of 4 people have complaints of Candida

The feeling of a hangover

Candida is not such a serious condition that it can kill you, but it can cause very annoying, vague complaints. Acetaldehyde, the decomposition product of alcohol, has unpleasant consequences for your health, just like when you have drunk too much alcohol. Your liver is overburdened because your liver has to break down and remove this toxic substance. Furthermore, your brain is not happy with it and, in the case of a candida, you may feel that you have a hangover … without having drunk a drop of alcohol.

Vague, inexplicable complaints

The annoying, vague complaints can often not be explained by medical research in regular medicine. Often you can no longer cope with the annoying, vague complaints you have. It often happens that you have already tried everything, but the regular doctors can’t put their finger on it. In the worst case you will be told that “it’s all in your head”. This makes me very sad and angry, because if the underlying cause of your annoying complaints is a candida, you can certainly do something about it!