Candida is opportunistic yeast found in the mouth, digestive tract, and birth canal. Candida overgrowth becomes systemic when Candida spreads to destroy and infect the body.
A leaky or permeable gut lining, antibiotic use, and a sugary, gluten-filled diet invite systemic Candida overgrowth.
Candida is a fungus that naturally lives in the human body. While Candida is native to the mouth, the digestive tract, and the birth canal, it can overgrow—especially when we are under physical, mental, or emotional stress.
Candida is opportunistic and can change its form when necessary. The two most common forms of Candida are yeast cells and hyphae.
Hyphae are finger-like threads of fungus that can bury into tissue and spread like roots in soil. The hyphal form of Candida is its most destructive form, helping it to infect any area that it can in the human body. This is when Candida overgrowth becomes systemic.
Besides assuming several different forms, Candida also shrouds itself in sticky goo called biofilm. Biofilm allows Candida to colonize the body, while protecting it from the immune system.
And as if that were not enough, the cell wall of Candida can change its composition and influence the immune system - making Candida overgrowth very difficult to control.
Any protocol designed to control Candida overgrowth must attack the issue at several different levels. This includes:
The cell wall of Candida is made up of mostly sugars and proteins. The most important sugars that make up the cell wall of Candida are called beta-glucans1. Beta-glucans are fibrous sugars that you would find in the bran of grains and the woody part of plants.
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