Antibiotics are a main cause of “Candida Overgrowth”
Literally millions of micro-organisms live in your gut. Most of the time, they are good organisms. However, if your gut bacteria isn’t healthy, with a lot of the wrong organisms living there, then you have what is called dysbiosis.
Candida starts in the gut, because our digestive system is made up of millions of flora designed to help digest our food. In a healthy body, the ratio of good versus bad bacteria stays in balance. The good bacteria feeds on the yeast of the Candida, regulating it and keeping it in balance.
The organisms in your gut outnumber the total number of cells in your body, so you want to have the best ones that you can, especially since they have a significant effect on your health.
The gut flora that you have affects your gut health, but even more than that, dysbiosis can cause depression, and negatively affect your immune system. Nearly 80% of our immune system resides in the gut. When the gut is out of commission, your immunity is lowered, causing all sorts of health issues, and setting up a vicious cycle of lowering the immune system, and then not having a healthy immune system to get the gut back into balance.
The yeast or fungus Candida albicans, of course, thrives during antibiotic treatment. The antibiotics not only kill the intended harmful bacteria that it was prescribed for, but it also destroys beneficial and friendly bacteria that live in your gut. With the good bacteria killed off, the uncontrolled yeast quickly dominates the small intestines, leading to unnecessary damage.
It should be regarded as criminal negligence to prescribe antibiotics without simultaneously prescribing fungicides and replacement therapy with lactobacilli afterwards. This practice of arbitrarily prescribing antibiotics as if their use has no negative consequences, has greatly added to our vast pool of a chronically sick population.
Antibiotic syndrome is identified by lack of energy and digestive disturbances, arthritic joint pains, skin disease, menstrual problems, emotional instability and depression among many other unpleasant symptoms. All symptoms that have greatly increased in frequency in recent years, with the over-use of antibiotics.
There could be a history of thrush, or oral, anal or vaginal itching. When these are present the diagnosis of Candida is obvious, but it may also be present in the absence of these manifestations, and that can be somewhat confusing.
More importantly, microbial Candida overgrowth damages the intestinal wall, causing Leaky Gut, so that food particles that are only partly digested, can pass into the bloodstream, activating the immune system to react to them and causing allergies. Allergies are, by definition, immune system dysfunctions, where the immune system has set up an inflammation response to a substance that it should not be reacting to.
When undigested proteins get into the bloodstream, the immune system recognizes them as foreign and sets up that allergic immune system response. If it is a protein, then the immune system becomes sensitized to related proteins, like meat and will start to attack other forms of this protein like muscle and joints, resulting in Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis. If the foreign substance is a fat, then the immune system can start to attack other forms of fat, like the fatty sheathing that covers the nerve cells, producing the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.
In this way all autoimmune diseases can be linked to food allergies, that most of us might not even be aware of, and the activation of the immune system to inappropriate substances, typically released by a leaky gut.