I've had several clients ask me about body pH in relation to candida albicans (commonly called yeast infection in both men and women). Most assume candida infections are caused by an overly acidic environment, but this is not the case. I teach this subject in thorough detail in my Food as Medicine class on Candida, but since I don't have one scheduled in the near future, here are a few answers to your questions.
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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Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
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