What are Candida Biofilms?
Candida is a type of yeast that lives in the human body typically. Candida can be found in the belly, mouth, and vagina. Usually, it doesn’t cause any problems. However, candida can multiply and grow out of control, or they can group in slimy structures called biofilms.
We often think of fungus and bacteria as single cells. However, this is not necessarily true. Many fungi, like candida, form together in clumps or biofilms. Biofilms help candida, and other bacteria evade conventional antibiotic treatments. It also protects them from the body’s immune response, which would typically eliminate bacteria and fungal infections. Biofilms are one reason why many fungal and bacterial infections have become resistant to commonly-used medications.
Biofilms protect the fungi and bacteria. They make sure infections like yeast infections and urinary tract infection much more difficult to treat. This is why many people get recurrent urinary tract and yeast infections month after month.
A candida biofilm is a protective matrix that is made up of polysaccharides. The biofilm acts as a shield to protect the bacteria or fungus from medications and other mainstay treatments. Biofilms are bad news for the medical community. They commonly attach to implantable devices like prosthetic heart valves and hip replacements. Many times, this causes the surrounding tissue to become infected. The implant may even have to be taken out of the body.
Biofilms can develop anywhere within the body. Candida albicans is one of the most common fungal infections in hospitals. Many existing treatments for candida, including Diflucan, are not effective. The fungus has become resistant thanks to biofilms. In fact, researchers now think that some candida infections are nearly immune to all antifungals. Additionally, candida becomes more resistant in time thanks to stronger biofilm development. So, the longer that you have the infection, the harder it will be to eliminate especially using traditional treatments like Diflucan.
Another factor that complicates matters is that biofilms usually house a mixture of microbicide species. So, you might find a combination of fungi, bacteria, and protozoa living in one biofilm. This makes it even harder to treat infections caused by biofilms. The standard treatment for fungal infections like candida is antifungal medications. However, these are not effective against bacteria. So, even if the fungal infection is eliminated with an antifungal medication like Diflucan, there can still be bacteria present in the biofilm causing symptoms.
Can Biofilms Be Destroyed?
Fortunately, biofilm can be destroyed. However, the process of getting rid of biofilms is a slow one, and it doesn’t happen overnight.
Biofilms consist of more than 30 percent glucose. So, it needs sugar to grow and reproduce. One aspect of biofilm treatment involves a change in diet. This prevents the biofilm from getting the things that it needs to become stronger like excess sugar.
Another step in treating biofilms is to flood your system with systemic enzymes. Systemic enzymes help break down the unique characteristics that make up biofilm. At the same time, these enzymes help repair damage to the body. Helpful enzymes for breaking down candida biofilms include hemicellulase and amylase.
We recommend a complete biofilm fighting system: the Restore 3 All-in-One Restoration Program. This program contains a variety of enzymes and ingredients that attack biofilms at their source and replenish your body with essential proteins designed to restore balance to your system and eliminate fungal infections once and for all.