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Where is Candida Found in the Environment?
First, it’s important to know that Candida is basically everywhere. So it’s not like you accidentally picked it up or just happened to get exposed to it. You are always being exposed to it. It’s in the environment.
But the reason that you now have a problem with it is because Candida is an extremely opportunistic organism. And it’s looking for any opportunity to establish itself and to colonize more territory in your gut.
So Why Did It Get Established in Me?
And Candida is perfectly adapted to our modern-day lifestyle. Do you like to eat sweets things? So does Candida. Do you like chocolate? So does Candida. Do you like alcohol? So does Candida. Do you eat a lot of starches and carbs? Candida loves that. Do you drink lattes in the morning? Candida says “Thank you very much.” Cakes, cookies, even dried fruit. You name it, Candida loves it.
And that’s just the beginning.
Ever take antibiotics? Candida LOVE antibiotics. Why? Because antibiotics don’t just kill off bad guys, they kill off some of the good guys too. And that reduces Candida’s competition for territory in your gut. So Candida says “the more antibiotics, the merrier.” Bring them on!
Do you take acid blockers? Millions of people do, and Candida love that too. Because again, it changes the ecosystem in your gut. And Candida loves that. Less stomach acid means a better chance for survival of opportunistic organisms like Candida.
What if you have diabetes or high blood sugar? Candida loves that too. Why? Same reason that it loves sugar in your diet. High blood sugar literally means that there is more sugar in your system for Candida to feed on.
Welcome to the 21st Century. Candida thanks you!
So the more of these things that you do or have over the course of your life, the greater chance that you have Candida. And it’s cumulative. It often takes years and even decades for these behaviors to add up to a Candida problem, because Candida is very persistent and very patient.
So that’s how you get exposed to Candida.
And now I imagine that you probably understand why a LOT of people have a lot of Candida. And why it’s so problematic.
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Dr. Stephen Wangen is the award winning author of two books on solving digestive disorders, and a nationally recognized speaker on IBS. He has been on ABC, NBC, and Fox as well as public radio. He was recently named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine.