Thanks to one of my readers for asking:

Can you please explain what “Candida” is, what are the symptoms/causes and how can it be diagnosed and treated? What is the best way to treat candida. I have been doing research and I came across treelac, do you know anything about it?

Candida is a single-celled form of plant life, an omnipresent yeast that inhabits the land, air, water and even our bodies. We usually live in harmony with candida, but too much can cause yeast infections. Depending on the severity of overgrowth, the problem can range from annoying to fatal.

How does Candida become a problem?
It all starts with dysbiosis, a loss in the balance of bacteria, yeast and other microorganisms in our mouth, digestive system and vaginal mucosa. Certain conditions promote the overgrowth of organisms that had been kept a bay previously. Modern medicine tends to focus on the infecting organism (i.e. candida, plus bacteria and protozoa) but the truth is that we have these organisms in us already. If the conditions are right for them and unbalanced for us, they will alter the immune response which allows them to go from harmless to overcrowded and begin secreting harmful toxins. These toxins irritate and break down the intestinal barrier. These breaks then creates toxic conditions in our entire body.

Modern medicine focuses on three candida infections: mouth and esophagus, vaginal yeast infections and infection of the blood. Candida as a cause for many conditions in the context of dysbiosis has been overlooked. These conditions caused by Candida are called candida-related complex (CRC) and can affect multiple systems including:

Cardiovascular – increased inflammation and higher cardiac risk with elevated c-reactive protein and homocysteine (a blood test for increased risk).

Endocrine – disturbances in blood sugar, altered thyroid and adrenal gland function, PMS, decreased sex drive, painful periods.

Gastrointestinal – gas bloating, IBS,intolerance to certain foods.

Immune – decreased resistance to infections, food sensitivities and allergies.

Neurological – difficulty concentrating, short term memory deficit, chronic fatigue syndrome, mental fogginess.

Psychological – anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, reduced attention span, hyperactivity.

Urogenital – vaginal yeast infections, cystitis, prostate disorders, other-inflammation, skin issues (blotching, eczema, rosacea), post nasal drip, asthma.