All about Candida albicans

Candida albicans is a type of microscopic fungus that’s just 0.01mm wide. Amazingly, this tiny organism is probably living inside you right now—80% of people’s mouths and digestive systems are populated by it—making up a significant proportion of our natural gut flora—and it can also grow in the vagina and on the surface of the skin.

C. albicans can live and grow as smooth, round, single cells, or these cells can grow into a long, stringy structure. They can also create buds and join together to form a flat film. When this fungus grows as single cells, we usually call it yeast, although there are about 1,000 other different species of yeast and yeast-like microorganisms.

This tiny organism thrives on the by-products of our bodies, such as dead tissue and leftover sugars from digested food. Most of the time the fungus doesn’t cause any problems and you’d have no idea it was even living inside your body. Usually, the amount of C. albicans in the human body are kept in check by the friendly bacteria in your gut, but sometimes it can get out of control.