In acidic pH, the candida grows as a yeast. In this simple-yeast form, candida is completely harmless. In fact, as a yeast, candida can be kept in check based on gene repressors found in the diet and through thousands of other beneficial micro-organisms that live in your body. The real harm occurs when this simple-yeast changes it's gene expression and mutates into an invasive filament form: a mutated fungus that wreaks havoc on just about every organ in the body and can even be life threatening. This mutated fungal form of candida albicans is a result of an alkaline environment! When the pH gets over 6.5, this will trigger the mutation of a harmless yeast into an invasive fungus.
The picture above shows: Candida mutated from a round yeast cell into a hooked and barbed fungal cell which embeds itself into the intestinal walls. They can then pass into the blood stream and move throughout the body. This leaky gut now invites other proteins and undigested foods to enter the system and cause food allergies, malnutrition and other ailments.
Antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria that create fatty acids that protect against this mutation. One might ask, "Shouldn't I just create an acidic environment then?" Unfortunately, it isn't so simple as one might imagine. Candida can actually change a neutral environment (neutral pH) to an overly alkaline based on external influences like nutrition and the waste products, like ammonia, that the fungus releases.
Common candida symptoms include sugar or sweet cravings, gas, bloating, fatigue, low energy, allergies, leaky sinuses, heartburn, hormonal imbalances and mood swings, lacking concentration, depression, and arthritis or joint related issues.
In my class, I go into detail on what candida does in the body and how to change your terrain to an inhospitable one for mutated candida to flourish. We discuss starving the candida and I discuss the contractive and expansive qualities of your food, which support or hinder candida starvation and death. It's a very large subject but I hope this answered your questions and helped you to see it isn't so cut and dry with regards to the body pH and candida.
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Stephanie Austin, H.H.P.