Does Candida cause disease, or do diseases cause Candida? Well, in fact, it can happen both ways.
One in four people has Candida in their body. When they are well, Candida is asymptomatic – meaning it doesn’t cause any symptoms. But then something happens to the person – it could be antibiotics, it could be a lifestyle or diet change, or a crisis. Their immune system takes a hit creating a vulnerability that allows Candida to overgrow. That’s what generally happens to trigger a Candida problem.
Of course, some people were never colonized with Candida. They get very sick, and Candida becomes an opportunistic infection. For example, diabetes and conditions that suppress the immune system can leave people quite vulnerable to Candida. It can happen in hospital settings, just like bacterial infections such as MRSA. Candida is simply waiting for an opportunity to infiltrate the body.
If you’re healthy, you’re in a good place because you’re not vulnerable to opportunistic infections.
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I often compare my clients to plants growing in the garden. If you grow something in good soil with proper nutrition and water, everything is facilitating healthy plants. It’s similar for humans. If we look after our digestion, our diet, our lifestyle, and our stress levels, we are building a powerful body that can resist Candida.
Your diet and lifestyle choices will determine whether you’re in good health or poor health. Your health then influences your risk of developing a Candida infection. If you look after your health, the Candida will remain absent or in very small numbers.
If you don’t take care of your health, you could get an explosion of fungal overgrowth and require treatment.