Candida is a yeast, which is normally present in the bowel. It feeds on sugars and anything that breaks down into sugar, simple carbohydrates, and fermented products like alcohol and cheese. Unfortunately the presence of candida in the body weakens the immune system, which has to try and cope with the toxins produced by the yeast. The yeast takes over and turns into a nasty mycelial form, which sends out mycelia or roots, which invade the rest of the body. This is where the long-term problems start as unpleasant symptoms are produced in the part of the body that the yeast takes control of.
Everyone has candida in the gut but the problem with it only occurs when the numbers get out of control. Causes for this can be: heavy loads of antibiotics, a hormone imbalance (the birth control pill is a major factor in this), stress, and poor nutrition. These affect the balance of organisms in the gut and allow the bad ones to multiply.
It is not hard to see why candida has increased during the twentieth century. The use of medicines, steroids, alcohol, sweet products has increased tremendously, even hormones are now fed to cattle and chicken.
Once Candida has overgrown it is a challenge to get rid of it. There are many types of diets that try to accomplish this. The most effective one that we have found incorporates food avoidance with herbs to help eliminate the yeast as well as support the digestive tract and the liver and kidneys. The reason the liver and kidneys need support is to help clear off the toxins created from the die off reactions created when candida is killed.