Candida Albicans and Bladder Infections

Over the last 10 years I have seen Candida Albicans has been promoted as the cause for pretty much every modern disease you can think of.

I am not exaggerating when I say that. It has been linked to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and a huge range of digestive complaints, including bloating, constipation and diarrhoea, skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne, mental conditions such as depression, anxiety and schizophrenia, arthritis, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, weight gain, multiple sclerosis and cancer and many, many more.

This is without mentioning what is most commonly known for – vaginal yeast infections or thrush.

In fact reading some books on Candida Albicans, you can walk away feeling like it is pretty impossible for anyone NOT to have it.

To be honest the information on this topic is pretty overwhelming. In fact I have even had problems finding out what it is exactly as there are so many different terms used. I am not a doctor, or natural medical practitioner, or even done anything more than high school science. I am simply someone who wants to get to the bottom of my problem with bladder infections and in doing my research I keep coming across links to candida albicans and bladder infections.

When in a completely healthy balance our bodies do have fungi and bacteria in them. That is not the problem. We have all seen the adverts with cute little bacteria bouncing up and down on the scale, making sure our bodies stay in balance.

The issue comes when this balance is off kilter. Either the ratio of particular bacteria to other bacteria gets distorted and the dominant one starts creating havoc. Or the other scenario is the bacteria or fungus end up in a part of the body where they are not ok... like your peehole.

While there are a number of different bacteria that can cause a bladder infection, one of the most common is Candida. While it is ok in your stomach (in the right amount), it should not be in your urinary tract.

I believe that the majority of my bladder infections were caused by Candida Albicans for a few reasons.

Candia Albicans is a real sweet tooth – just like me!

Candida feeds off sugars, even natural sugars like fruits, and this allows it to grow and spread. There are many foods that it feeds from but highly processed sugary ones seems to be a sure fire hit.

Something as simple as having a glass of coke in the evening, could easily having me waking up at 4am with a painful bladder infection. No fun!

Candida's worst enemy is Cranberry

Canberry extract, called D-mannose, works effectively on many bladder infections. D-mannose is a sugar that goes through your urinary system and the Candida clings to it and is expelled safely out of the body. D-mannose is a particular type of sugar which does not feed the candida but carries it from the body.

I have found cranberry extract to be excellent at treating bladder infections in me, leading me to believe a lot of my bladder infections were caused by Candida Albicans.

Candia Overgrowth is caused by an imbalance in the body

Candida ending up in your bladder is often a sign that there is an imbalance in the amount in your entire system overall. This imbalance can be caused by many things but poor diet, stress and medication are often triggers for this to happen.

I believe that my bladder infections started after taking a number of courses of antibiotics. Antibiotics often cause the system to become inbalanced, which is why a lot people get thrush from taking antibiotics. Thrush is often caused by Candida Albicans as well.

What do I do now?

While having a name for what is causing your problems is great, it doesn't exactly solve the problem!

In researching for this website I have come across literally hundreds of resources about Candida Albicans. Amazon is showing about 2,800 results for this word. It is overwhelming to say the least.

Diagnosis is difficult as there are few tests which can definitively say yes or no to a Candida Albicans overgrowth problem. The tests that doctors use often only show up as positive when the problem has gotten to a very critical stage.

Diet is the first line of defense. Cutting out or at least down on foods that feed the Candida is a critical step. These diets can be very restrictive and quite frankly scary for a lot of people, if they are a big step away from how you have been eating. On the positive side, for many people following an Anti-Candida diet will mean a healthier diet all around. This will lead to increased health and energy, which is always a good thing.

Rebalancing your system is also important. Getting your body back to it's natural state of health and balance is a tricky thing but can be achieved. This can mean things like repopulating your stomach with good bacteria, changing some lifestyle factors such as reaction to stress and ensuring adequate nutrition. If this all sounds like a lot of hard work, I hear you!

If you are waiting for me to now jump in and sell you some miracle quick fix well I am sorry to disappoint but I am not. To my knowledge, there is no quick fix for this problem. However I do believe that the hard work will pay off and pay off big time. Not only getting rid of bladder infections but also leading to overall increased health - thats what I am counting on anyway!

I am still working on fixing my Candida Albicans and will keep you updated.

If you would like to tell me what has worked for you, I would love to hear from you.