So what is Candida? Well Candida albicans is a fungus, which is a form of yeast. Small amounts of candida happily and healthily live in your mouth and intestines and form part of your healthy gut ecology.
Unfortunately so many of us live a stressful lifestyle without taking proper time to care for ourselves and we may end up overusing medicinal drugs such as antibiotics, developing an over-reliance on sugar and abusing alcohol, which leads to an imbalance in our gut flora. The less gut flora, the more permeable the gut becomes and as it weakens, candida albicans is able to create damaging holes in the intestines, causing “leaky gut”. When this happens undigested food particles and toxic byproducts of Candida, instead of being fully contained in the GI tract, can pass into the bloodstream and cause an IgG immune reaction. An unhealed leaky gut can lead to nutritional deficiencies and compromise our overall well-being.