Copper Toxicity and Candida
Abnormal levels copper and iron as well as other mineral imbalances are found in those with chronic candida infections or yeast overgrowth or leaky gut syndrome.
About Hair Testing and Candida
If a person’s copper level becomes too high, copper becomes bio-unavailable and results in a deficiency for the body’s use. With this type of deficiency in bio-available copper, candida and yeast overgrowth will be allowed to flourish in the intestines. A high level of copper will impair digestion and bowel motility and result in gas and bloating. Copper is a natural fungicide and if it is not available in the body for use, candida can develop. Candida will often increase after antibiotic use and the result can be a systemic candida also known as leaky gut syndrome..
Digestion and Mineral Ratios Relating to Candida
- High tissue copper lowers zinc in the body. When zinc is low, the digestive enzyme known as HCL and bile production become impaired.
- A deficiency of zinc increases the permeability of the gut lining, leading to a candida or a leaky gut also known as leaky gut syndrome.
- If protein synthesis is low due to low zinc, low phosphorus, then digestion is further impaired, resulting in candida.
- Low potassium will also lead to reduced HCL secretion, further impairing digestion, mineral absorption, digestive enzyme production, and ultimately creating a breeding ground for pathogens like candida.