The Scientific Definition:
Candida albicans is a commensal, normal, human mucosal inhabitant, and can cause disease when antibiotics, corticosteroids, birth control pills, immune suppression or surgery occurs.
Candida albicans is only one of a few species of yeasts found in and on humans. It prefers sugar or glycogen-rich, moist environments. Candida thrives on human mucosal tissues, like the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, where it competes with the more numerous and simpler bacteria. Candida is a fermenter, as are most yeasts. Fermentation enzymes inside the Candida yeast cells generate energy and molecules for growth and survival of the yeasts. Sugar and hydrolyzed glycogen are the raw materials for fermentation. Read More