Causes of Candida

When candida microorganisms in the body multiply and mutate, they are capable of causing long-term damage to the tissues in the body by producing toxins and affecting blood circulation. The causes of candida overgrowth could be attributed to several factors. These include:

  • Certain types of antibiotics and steroids can destroy both helpful and harmful bacteria in the body. When the protective bacteria are destroyed, it gives the candida albicans organisms already present in the body a chance to multiply and flourish.
  • Oral contraceptive pills and other birth control devices are also causes of candida.
  • Diabetes, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause can increase the chances of contracting a yeast infection.
  • Increase in stress and tension that causes elevated levels of cortisol can make a body more prone to infections.
  • Drug or alcohol abuse could reduce overall immunity.
  • The presence of parasites or intestinal worms can destroy protective bacteria in the system.
  • Imbalance of hormones
  • Low immunity
  • Cancer treatments
  • AIDS
  • Devices such as IV ports and catheters can increase the access of yeast organisms in the body.
  • Poor dietary habits also increase the chances of candida infections. Foods that cause candida include foods high in sorbitol, powdered sugar, dextrose, fructose, brown sugar, molasses, and sucrose. Artificial sweeteners when used in excess can also lead to candida infections. Other foods to avoid include table salt, caffeine, alcohol, and all products containing yeast.

Frequently asked questions
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