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What is Candida?

First I will start off by saying that Candida is one of the most under-diagnosed health issue, if not completely missed by Doctors. It is often connected to many diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Most individuals diagnosed with cancer or aids have candidiasis.

Candida is yeast similar to the type of yeast used to make bread. It is an oval-shaped micro-organism which can reproduce very rapidly by budding. Virtually everyone has intestinal candida colonies, under normal circumstances the yeast lives in harmony with us through the delicate balance of bacterial types.

Certain yeasts are considered to be parasites. Parasites are organisms that live by feeding upon another organism (the host) while producing harmful effects for that host. Candida is a parasite in the human body by eating nutrients found in the digestive tract.
Candida produces over 70 known toxins as a by product of their digestive process (waste product). Every living thing has a waste product and candida waste product is very acidic.

What causes Candida overgrowth?

In a healthy digestive system, there is approximately 1 yeast cell for every 1 million probiotic cell (this is why we need probiotics to stay ahead of candida). In this small ratio, yeast is constantly fighting to survive. The proper PH level of a healthy gut is not optimal for candida to thrive as they must compete for nutrients with good bacteria that far outnumber them. Think of your internal terrain as your swimming pool, what happens if the waters PH level is off? Algae grows, where did that algae come from you may ask, it’s always been there but the balanced PH level has kept it from growing.

Candida can grow very quickly and significantly in numbers. In healthy people the immune system and probiotics in the intestinal track prevent candida from over growing.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

As Candida grows and multiplies it mutates into a fungal form that grows roots and secretes acids. The roots, with the help of acids puncture the mucus lining of the digestive track. This condition is referred to as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Why does it secrete acids? Because it is trying to stay alive!

The digestive contents that can leak through the barrier include: bacteria, yeast, undigested food particles, toxins, and fecal material – food allergies come from leaky gut. This is the reason Candida can make you feel sick.

What Weakens the Immune System

Birth control pill
Steroids (Cortisone/Prednisone)
Excess sugar in diet
Diabetes (high blood sugar feeds yeast)

All diseases love the same environment which is acidic and warm!!

What Causes Candida Overgrowth?

High acid food and drinks
PH balance
Mildew and mold in living area
Contact with mold in public showers
Excessive cheese consumption

Symptoms of Candida but not limited to:

The more symptoms you have the more likely you have Candida:
Brain fog – poor memory
Inability to lose weight
Sick-all-over feeling
Rectal and or Anal itching
Vaginal yeast infection or vaginitis
Jock itch
Athlete’s Foot
Nail fungus
Whit coating on tongue
Diarrhea and or constipation
Allergies of all kind
Intolerances to many chemicals
Decreased libido/impotency
Urgency, burning, frequentcy of urination/UTI’s
Frequent “colds”
Dry, scaly skin
Joint pains/stiffness
Nasal stuffiness, congestion, runny nose

Candida can cause anything from headaches to nail fungus and everything in between – it can affect all 9 body systems.

7 Steps to Wellness

1. Eat a diet that starves down the yeast
2. Balance the body PH level
3. Use probiotics
4. Take supplements that systemically “kill” the yeast
5. Support the Immune system
6. Clear out the yeast as it dies off
7. Repair the “leaky gut”

If you would like to further investigate and or talk about my Candida program please call me Lena at 416.720.8420 or e-mail me at

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