Candida and toxins
Overgrowth of Candida albicans is the cause of many undesirable symptoms ranging from fatigue and weight gain, to joint pain and intestinal gas. When the Candida population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrates into the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body. As it spreads it produces toxic by-products that cause damage to your body tissues and organs, wreaking havoc on your immune system. The Candida cells release up to 79 different toxins. The toxins impair communication between cells, they increase the stiffness of cell membranes and they interfere with your normal metabolism. The major and worst of the toxins is a particularly nasty neurotoxin named Acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyd blocks your cell membranes and prevents them from absorbing important hormones, as well as impairing your nerve function. Acetaldehyde places your adrenals under stress and causes them to produce adrenaline and dopamine. Acetaldehyde has a whole host of detrimental effects on your health and wellbeing. It can impair your brain function and lead to low mental performance. Your endocrine, immune and respiratory systems can all be affected, and it also damages the membranes of your red blood cells, reducing their ability to carry oxygen round the body. Again this directly affects your brain, so that’s why acetaldehyde is linked to Candida symptoms like brain fog, fatigue and low mental performance. Acetaldehyde is accumulated in your body - it does not get excreted as fast as other toxins. A build up or accumulation of acetaldehyde can lead to joint pain, a feeling of weakness and aches in muscles, in addition to those harmful effects on your brain and the tiredness.
Different enzymes convert the acetaldehyde into acetic acid and this can then be excreted from the body like any other toxin. Alternatively, the acetic acid can actually be converted into an enzyme named acetyl coenzyme A, which is actually an important part of your metabolisme. Acetaldehyde is also converted by the liver into ethanol (drinking alcohol). Some people even report feeling a drunk or hungover feeling along from the high amounts of ethanol in their system. Ethanol is also a byproduct when yeastcells convert sugar to get energy. Ethanol can have an intoxicating effect on your body. It interferes with the production of thyroid hormones, giving rise to hypothyroidism (iodine deficiency) and can stress your liver.
The overgrowth of Candida produces toxins that your body's immune system can struggle to cope with. The wide-ranging side effects of this battle range from headaches and fatigue to abdominal pain and depression. The massive production of toxins will also stress your adrenal glands and make you tired.
The Candida cells are releasing the toxins when they are dying but Candida cells are constantly reproducing and dying. This does not happen only during Candida Die-Off. Even if you are not treating your Candida at all, the natural life cycle of this yeast means that toxins from dying Candida cells are constantly being released into your bloodstream. Your liver has to process these toxins and expel them from your body. If your liver becomes overloaded, and it will happen when there are too many toxins from dying Candida cells in your bloodstream, it can not manage the detoxification of these harmfull toxins. The toxins will pass un-processed through the liver and will exert their harmful effects throughout the body. Untreated systemic Candidainfection will therefore create a constant tiredness. In Die-Off periods it can produce an extreme tiredness and flu-like symptoms. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to have a healthy and well functioning liver. In our netshop we have severel fine natural, products that will support your liverfunction and cope with the Die-Off effects.