Why women have candida more often?
*** Those pesky candida spores are the primary culprit. ***
Date: 8/6/2015 8:46:28 PM ( 6 y ) ... viewed 940 times
Why Women Have More Severe Candida Overgrowth?
About 2/3s of all candida overgrowth occurs in women (if we consider the population of people over 15 years of age). As both men and women are equally exposed to antibiotics, this increase lies somewhat with the use of birth control pills, but primarily with candida's fondness for progesterone.
Candida likes to eat progesterone. So what does it do?
It blocks estrogen receptors so that estrogen can't lock into them, It further disrupts the endocrine system by binding to estrogen, preventing it from being used properly by the body. Why does candida do this?
Because estrogen and progesterone "teeter-totter" -- low estrogen levels cause high progesterone levels. So by creating low estrogen levels in your body, candida causes progesterone levels to be elevated, providing more and more fuel for itself.
Women often have flare-ups coinciding with their period - a time when progesterone levels are higher.
By the way, there are two types of estrogen -- alpha estrogen produced by the female organs, and beta estrogen produced by the adrenal glands. Both men and women need and produce beta estrogen. Not only are these beta estrogens inhibited by candida, but the adrenal fatigue caused by the candida overgrowth will result in even lower beta estrogen production.
So male hormones will suffer too, with low beta estrogen and low testosterone. These imbalances need to be corrected, but as men naturally produce much less progesterone than women, they do not supply such a readily available food source for the candida.
Thus, out- of-control candida overgrowth affects more women than men.
Candida Spores.... The Main Reason Candida Keeps Coming Back
There are lots of good candida killers: Anti-fungal drugs like Nystatin and Diflucan,which do not work for long;
Herbs like: Pau D'Arco, Olive Leaf Extract, Oregano Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, coconut-based Caprylic acid.
These all do an excellent job of killing candida.
So why is candida so hard to get rid of?
Candida fungi can mutate to become immune to both anti-fungal herbs as well as anti-fungal drugs. The more complex the anti-fungal herb or drug is, the easier Candida can mutate, rendering them no longer effective. Initially, the drug may kill a good portion of the candida, but this leaves an empty space which candida likes to rapidly refill.
But something else happens too. Actually, two things.
Every time anti-fungal herbs are taken, the yeast will go dormant to survive, burrowing deeply into the tissues where the drugs or herbs can’t reach -- remember, they don't need an oxygen supply in which to live. They can also go dormant and "hide" to avoid an activated immune system response for long periods.
So, initially, after taking high doses of nystatin or herbs, it may seem as though your candida infection is gone -- when, in reality, it is not.
Even the blood can appear free of Candida, as it lies wait in the tissues, sometimes even forming dense masses, which can’t easily be penetrated.
Secondly, when you attack candida, it is stimulated to release spores.The production of spores is how fungi and mold reproduce.
Candida tend to fight back when they are being attacked, assuring their survival by releasing spores, which can lodge anywhere in body, awaiting just the right conditions to reactivate. They remain "dormant" so long as they sense the immune cells trying to attack. As spores, they tend to attract only a minor response from the immune system, dragging out the condition for years.
The typical scenario: You go on a strict candida diet, take candida killing supplements and lots of probiotics, boost the immune system too. And notice symptoms clearing up (though still plagued with food allergies.) Eventually, you stop taking your anti-candida supplements or drugs, go off the diet, and boom, in a relatively short while, the condition has returned.
Those pesky candida spores are the primary culprit.
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