Even more insidiously, when the yeast grows inside of you it sprouts small threads - called mycelia - that actually work their way into the walls of your intestines. Not only does the yeast then destroy your intestinal walls, it also secretes toxins that leak into the
Candida overgrowth can spread to the esophagus,
Candida albicans infection is suspected as a major contributor to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune deficiency, allergies, depression and a variety of other systemic problems.[1,2] And some natural health experts theorize it may contribute to diabetes, heart disease, breast and liver cancer.
How Candida Can Get Ahold Of Your Body - And How Chlorella Can Help
Candida can gain a foothold in your body in a number of ways . . .
- Losing a good support team of friendly bacteria in the intestines encourages yeast to proliferate. Overuse of antibiotics and other medications, including birth control pills, can trigger this decline.
- A weakened immune system can also lead to a Candida take over. Sometimes toxins may be the root cause of immune weakness.
- Finally, poor nutrition simply makes your body weak and puts out the welcome mat for yeast.
Any nutritional deficiency can tip the scales in yeast's favor. In particular, eating lots of sugars and carbohydrates - yeasts' favorite foods - can make your digestive system a breeding ground for these venomous fungi.
Chlorella can counter these causes of yeast overgrowth in a number of ways.
- Chlorella may promote the growth of friendly bacteria. Some research indicates it may help triple the rate of probiotic bacterial growth.
- By taking chlorella, and in particular the chlorella extract, you can activate intestinal immune cells to attack. Chlorella seems to enhance the growth and activity of immune cells, like macrophages, that destroy these yeasts. Additionally, chlorella may increase production of immune system chemicals that can help destroy candida: interferon and tumor necrosis factor.
- Finally, chlorella tablets are supreme detoxifiers that may "unwedge" stored toxins such as pesticide residue, heavy metals and other poisons.
- By nourishing your body with the kind of stellar nutrition chlorella offers, your body can fight back and make it harder for this interloper to gain a foothold.
You May Actually Feel Worse Before You Get Better
Now even though you'll feel better in the long run, you might feel terrible when you first start attacking the Candida inside of you. For about 1 in 5 people, symptoms may get worse when you start to attack the yeast.
Why is this? One yeast cell can produce over seventy-five known toxic substances, among them alcohol and formaldehyde. When the yeast cells are killed, the cells rupture and spill their toxic contents into the bloodstream, poisoning the body.
When this happens, you might feel like you have the flu. You may get headaches, fever, chills, rashes, nausea, vomiting, sweats, bloating, abdominal pains, body aches, muscle weakness, diarrhea or constipation. This reaction has sometimes been called "the healing crisis." It's also known as the "die-off" reaction or the Herxheimer reaction.
When You Start Taking Chlorella...
Because chlorella simultaneously addresses numerous suspected root causes of Candida infection, it can help you fight back against yeast . . . sometimes without you even knowing it.
An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. have a yeast problem. And most people aren't aware of it. When people experience some discomfort upon first taking chlorella often they are experiencing the symptoms of a yeast die off. You may just feel kind of off-kilter - tired and achy. You may have headaches or digestive problems.
As the unwitting host to rampant populations of Candida, when you start to take chlorella these symptoms may get even a little worse. The length of this reaction is unique to each person and will depend upon factors like your diet, your overall health, the extent of the Candida infection and the rate of detoxification.
According to Dr. Steenblock in his book, Chlorella, Natural Medicinal Algae, "These reactions are most prevalent in those persons who need chlorella the most since these people have the weakest bowels and have greater toxicity to neutralize."
If you experience discomfort while taking chlorella,
- Reduce your intake to less than one gram a day. Sometimes tapering it down to allow your body to adjust and process the toxins inside of you can help. If that is still too much, try taking it every other day. Slowly increase the serving size if the symptoms have lessened.
- Avoid eating and drinking too much of yeast's favorite foods: sugar,
- And finally, rest as much as possible and drink lots of purified water. Lots of water will help you flush your system out. And rest will allow your body to channel its energy into helping you recover.
- Over time, chlorella's good nourishment and healthy habits can help you check Candida's growth, bringing it back to healthy levels in your body. By using a little strategy as you do this, you can help your body transition back to balance with minimal discomfort.
About Mark Drucker, M.D.
Dr. Mark Drucker earned his Medical degree and Bachelor of Sciences degree
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