There is good reason to notice a connection between Candida Overgrowth and Acid Reflux Disease or occasional heartburn.
In fact Acid Reflux can be one of the first signs of hidden and unknown Candida Overgrowth in the bowels possibly turning to a systemic candidiasis infection later on. This is especially true if occasional heartburn is present or is only seasonal which makes the diagnosis more difficult, since it is not lasting or day to day.
The liver and the gall-bladder are responsible for the symptoms of acid reflux most of the time, along with the possibility of a poorly functioning spleen-pancreas, and of course an underactive stomach.
But when there is Candida overgrowth in the bowels, with the resultant chronic constipation (poorly functioning bowels), and difficult or missing bowel movements in the morning, the liver takes the bunt of the work. Your liver works to detoxify the candida toxins, by producing bile.
Other less common reasons are, an underactive stomach, associated with a systemic candida infection, and an underactive thyroid. In fact the underactive thyroid can make the body produce less stomach acid with the symptoms showing up mostly at night.
An underactive stomach produces lower stomach acid, and is medically called hypo-chlorhydria. The fact that most of the time a hypo-acidity stomach causes acid heartburn, rather than over-acidity can be difficult to understand. When the stomach produces sufficient acid, it produces less toxins in the process of digestion. With less toxins for the liver to detoxify, it can heal more easily. This is the basic principle behind the quick digestion in Food Combining.
In the case of chronic overgrowth of the candida organism in the bowels, the liver must detoxify the poisons caused by the candida.
When the liver becomes congested, or over-burdened by the Candida Overgrowth, and possible also particles of undigested food crossing an intestinal barrier which is now permeable, it begins to dump those toxins into the bile, which goes into the gallbladder for storage.
The gallbladder then gets irritated from these extra toxins, and dumps them into the stomach. The stomach being irritated produces more stomach acid, and hence the symptoms of acid reflux. It is toxic bile that causes the gall-bladder to malfunction! A congested liver creates the toxic bile. A liver congested by candida producing toxins.
When the lower esophageal sphincter is also loosened, acid from the stomach is then able to come up the esophagus. With constant acid irritation of the esophagus, there can be erosions of the mucous membrane there and dangerous ulcers.
The difficulty with taking ant-acids or drugs to reduce stomach acid is that further reduction in stomach acid can cause candida overgrowth in the bowels to proliferate. Bowel movements can be further reduced, since the stomach acid is the spark for the whole digestive system. One must be very sure they are over-acid to begin with before starting pharmaceuticals for acid reflux.
It is also possible you have an H. Pylori infection, a bacterium in the stomach which produces further stomach acid. It is worth mentioning, that experience with clients shows that people who take the medical anti-biotic cocktail to eradicate H. Pylori often end up having more health difficulties in the long-term.
If you believe you have any kind of digestive ulcer or erosion, it paramount you get examined by a medical specialist, such as a gastroenterologist.
Systemic Formulas®, the Natural Health Supplements company that manufacturers Bio-Energetically herbal formulas attuned to specific tissues manufacturers several formulas and two of interest here: for excess Acid In the Stomach (DIJS: AcidEze), and also a formula to heal the mucosal lining of the whole intestinal tract, good for healing erosions, or soothing the gut (DSIR: Intergen). These are Professional formulas and are available in a Vibrational Reading Supplement Plan to clients.
In reality most people who have have Candida Overgrowth, Candidiasis, or a Candida Infection need more health supplements and work to correct imbalances:
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