Candida allergy connection is not a something you are going to learn from your medical doctor. Yet despite that information gap the connection between candida overgrowth and appearance of allergies does exist.
Overactive immune system?
Allergies are not nose, throat or stomach disorders. Just because you sneeze, wipe your nose with vengeance during hay fever season or have stomach pain from gas after eating tacos it does not automatically mean something is wrong with your head or a tummy.
Allergy is a sign of overactive immune system. Treating nose, head and tummy with sprays and pills that stop congestion or tummy ache is superficial and does not lead to boosting immune system, improving its function or in any way addressing the possible underlying cause: Candida.
Exploring Candida allergy connection
Close to 80% of immune system resides in the digestive tissue. Because of the tight relationship between these two systems it is worth knowing how this candida allergy connection happens and what NOT to do.
Your digestive tract is a portal to your immunity. You may have not thought about it, but something has to guard your insides. For that we have a highly specialized thin layer of cells called mucosa. Mucosa runs as one sheet from the beginning of the digestive system, the mouth, to the end of the digestives system, the a… (fill in the bad word here).
Mucosa has many parts that together decide what should get in and what should be discarded. These parts are:
- A carpet of good bacteria known in popular language as probiotics
- Well-functioning digestive enzymes, so your gut can digest any food or microbe
- Tight junctions between cells, so noting undigested leaks inside and contributes to development of “leaky gut”
- GALT – the actual immune system cells lining the digestive tract
What Candida has to do with allergies
When the mucosa integrity is compromised undigested food and microbes leak inside the body. This is not supposed to happen. A healthy digestive tract is very selective and disallows any side-line “leaks” Leaking of the unknown matter inside the body excites the immune system and leads to over-activity. The immune system excitement may last just a few hours or, if the situation is on-going, may continue for years.
More details on candida allergy connection
Candida is not an infection. Candida is present in virtually every one of us. But only when allowed to overgrow Candida becomes a health hazard. Many alternative heath care practitioners noticed that people with bothersome environmental sensitivities usually also have many Candida overgrowth symptoms. It looks like Candida overgrowth and environmental allergies go together.
So how exactly Candida overgrowth contributes to allergies? Without going into medical details the story can be summarized in four simple points.
Four points regarding candida allergy connection
Loss of probiotic coat
Candida and probiotics (good bacteria) usually do not go together, because they do not thrive in the same environment. For example, Candida and good bacteria like different pH (acidity-alkalinity) of the gut.
Candida likes higher pH and prefers a neutral environment, Acidophillus (main gut probiotic) likes lower pH, or acidic environemnt. Acidophilus loves acid and its name reflects it. Yogurt and kefir get sour exactly because of the presence of Acidophillus. Yogurt and kefir are good for the digestive tract despite their low pH.
Changes to gut pH are frequently the cause behind chronic Candida overgrowth, which then leads to leaky gut, which leads to over-excitement of the immune system which may eventually lead to allergies. That is in the most simple way an link between candida and allergies.
But what would initiate gut changes in the first place? There are many factors, but the main one is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria. Since Acidophillus is a bacteria antibiotics kill it too. With loss of Acidophillus the gut loses its acid-keeping guardians. The gut becomes more alkaline thus inviting Candida to grow. Candida is a fungus and is not killed by antibiotics.
As Candida grows it takes up spaces where Acidiphillus could otherwise inhabit. Over time the gut is not only devoid of good bacteria, spaces for good bacteria to grow, but also bacteria-friendly pH. Post-antibiotic Candida overgrowth is one of the most common causes for loss of mucosa integrity and chronic immune system dysfunction.
2. Digestive enzymes
The effect of lack of good bacteria does not end here. Loss of protective Acidophillus exposes gut mucosa. Delicate digestive enzymes are now subject to harsh environment. Pathogenic microbes and caustic particles can cause inflammation and destroy digestive enzymes, which when continuously broken off, can be prevented from regeneration. [i],
Damaged digestive enzymes not effective in digesting foods causing symptoms of indigestion. That’s why people with Candida overgrowth have harder time digesting variety of foods and suffer from variety of ill-gut related consequences.
3. Leaky gut
Once Candida settles in it will cause leaky gut. Leaky gut is a funny medical name for intestines that are too permeable. Extra-permeable intestines are not healthy. Their over-permeability is the major reason for immune system over-reactivity and the main step in candida allergy connection.
4. Immune system
Leaky gut is a non-functioning gut. It is like a store guard that is drunk or sleeping. It lets thieves and vandals in. This is more or less what’s happening in the Candida-riddled intestines. Undigested particles and microbial toxins flow freely inside the body, a bad situation.
Fortunately, the body has a second line of defense in case of leaky gut. To get rid of useless or worse, dangerous particles it starts inflammation. As the battle continues the body produces antibodies to mark and dispose of the bad (leaked inside) apples. If the situation is temporary the body goes back to health.
But if leaky gut persists the immune system keeps of fighting and over time becomes hyper-vigilant, hypersensitive and stays in the “defense” mode. An immune system that is constantly on guard contributes to environmental and food hypersensitivities. You can test your food hypersensitivities here.
Candida is not the only microbe that causes destruction of the digestive and immune system. Neither the loss of gut Acidophilus is the only way to get allergies. However, by now you can see that nose snort suppressing sprays and pills for tummy ache are only temporary comforting measures that do not address deep candida allergy connection. Candida removing kits are available.