Looking at candida causes, one can easily see how many people could be suffering from candida overgrowth.
If you missed the page "what is candida," I suggest you read that page first and then come back here.
So how does one get candida yeast overgrowth?
When the good bacteria die off through use of drugs, poor eating habits, or hormonal imbalances – how many of us think to (or even know to) replace them? Not many, I'm sure.
Without the good microorganisms around to protect our gut, candida and other harmful organisms grow out of control. They take over the colon walls and prevent the good bacteria from reestablishing colonies.
Then candida albicans really starts to feel at home. Not content to stay in the lower bowel, it spreads up into the small intestine. The yeast can even get into the stomach if your body is producing weak (or not enough) stomach acid. From there it travels up the throat to the mouth and nose, and down into the lungs.
Symptoms typically are abdominal pain, gas, bloating, thrush, rectal itching, diarrhea, constipation, extreme fatigue after eating, heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion and frequent bladder and vaginal infections. See more candida symptoms.
In the presence of an acidic body pH, candida albicans also has the ability to change from its yeast form into a fungal form.
The fungus grows long, stringy, finger-like structures called rhizoids that burrow into the intestinal wall.
Let's now look at the next step in this progression - a systemic candida infection.