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ReallyWell.com Radio: Candida Yeast Overgrowth

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Candida Albicans Yeast is an opportunistic microorganism that resides in the body, mainly in the digestive tract, especially the colon. In most people there is a yeast overgrowth due to conditions that are conducive to it.

The reduction of friendly bacteria in the intestines, such as acidophilus and bifidus, has become widespread from use of antibiotics, chemical preservatives and alcohol, among other things.

With a lower level of these "probiotic" protectors, candida yeast expands its presence. In some people it occasionally manifests a noticeable yeast or fungal infection. When it appears, that is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Carbohydrates, especially refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and alcohol dramatically encourage yeast growth. In fact, it is common for yeast to spread beyond the intestines to other parts of the body.

When the yeast has overgrown significantly, it is called "candidiasis", the formal name for a candida yeast infection. This usually has noticeable negative effects on one's health.

Yeast cells are like little toxin factories. As they emit their waste products, they toxify and irritate tissues. There are many common candida symptoms and yeast infection symptoms.

Candida overgrowth drives a desire for the sweets it thrives on. It uses up blood sugar, generating hypoglycemic symptoms such as tiredness, fogginess, grogginess and anxiety.

Yeast also burns up magnesium, one of our most important minerals needed for energy production, calmness, muscles, nerves, good sleep and more.

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