“Is there a connection between ammonia and Candida?”
There’s definitely a connection between ammonia and Candida.
Ammonia is a compound that’s normally found in the body, mainly
through the breakdown of amino acids.
Ammonia is not harmful in and of itself. It usually gets shunted into the liver via the portal vein. Liver cells then break down ammonia into urea, which gets used in the Krebs cycle to produce energy.
It’s important that your liver is in excellent shape when you have Candida.
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Drinking alcohol is going to interfere with liver function. If your liver isn’t working well, you can experience a build-up of ammonia in the body.
Candida albicans is the main fungal pathogen that causes problems for humans.
Candida can actively change its cellular form into a hyphal form, and it does so by altering the pH around it. Candida can change the pH from four to seven in less than 12 hours.
Candida likes an alkaline environment when elongating. The increase in pH allows Candida to disseminate throughout the body. The alkaline pH allows for the auto-induction of the yeast-hyphal transition, a critical virulence trait.
Extracellular alkalization has been reported to occur in several fungus species. That is one reason you need to be careful about ammonia production if you have a Candida infection.
An overabundance of ammonia has been linked to brain fog.
Often when there is a problem with yeat of fungus, there are pH problems in the gut. The alteration in gut pH can favor dysbiotic bacteria.
The gut likes a stable pH. By changing body pH, Candida albicans can create a tremendous amount of disarray in the GI tract.