A normal healthy Gut in an animal (or person) is protected by, and operates properly due to, a very fine coating referred to as the FLORA. This Flora is made up of many billions of super tiny microorganisms. Simply put, there are about 500 different forms of ‘known’ microorganisms that reside in the digestive tract and make up the very delicate Flora. Some or these organisms are good (beneficial), some are bad (pathogens), including Candida Albicans. This Flora, consisting mostly of the ‘beneficial’ bacteria, is a necessary element in maintaining proper digestion as well as building immunities for good health.
Normally, the large intestine hosts a balance of beneficial bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus bifidus) along with the harmful Candida. Candida is usually kept in check by the Lactobacillus bacteria, partially by the production of lactic acid. Candida actually provides growth factors for Lactobacillus. They exist in a natural balance, until something happens to upset that balance.