Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Candida is a type of yeast that takes up residence in various niches in the body such as the skin, mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. It's only a problem when there ends up being more than there is supposed to be.
Symptoms vary person to person. Here are possible symptoms -
Chronic urinary tract infections (can be root cause for IC)
Unrelenting fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome
Digestive issues -gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea
Abdominal pain and cramping
Sugar and carbohydrate cravings
Joint pain and muscle aches
Thrush -white bumps on tongue
Recurring vaginal yeast infections
Anxiety and depression
Mood swings and irritability
Recurring sinus infections
Candida infections rarely exist by themselves. If you have an overgrowth of the yeast, you also have an excess of other opportunistic microbes in the gut.
Possible Causes -
The question is why do some of us experience overgrowth, but the rest of us never know the fungus is even present?
1. Impaired immune function
Underlying immune dysfunction can be a result of chronic illness (including chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome) or any immune-weakening disease or condition.
Lifestyle factors may be at play:
Lack of sleep
2. Gut dysfunction
In addition to immune system dysfunction, candida overgrowth is typically preceded by a breakdown in your gut health, and microbiome imbalance is soon to follow.
These conditions coincide with overgrowth -
leaky gut syndrome
irritable bowel syndrome
3. Antibiotic use
Antibiotics target bacteria – including the ones that are helpful to your body shifting the balance of microbes in your gut.
4. A carb-loaded diet
Sugar and refined carbohydrates act as fuel sources for candida. When you feed candida, you facilitate overgrowth and microbiome disruption, which further disrupts the immune system.
5. Environmental toxins
Exposure to environmental and chemical toxins like mold. Both mold spores and mold metabolites, known as mycotoxins, are present in the air. When inhaled, they can suppress your immune system and allow candida overgrowth.
How does someone find out whether they have a candida overgrowth?
1. StoolAnalysis - GI Map test - I can order this test for you
2. Urine Organic Acids test
3. CBC labs with differential - doesn't necessarily pinpoint candida
4. Candida spit test - not always reliable
How do you get rid of Candida Overgrowth?
1. Targeted herbs and anti -fungals
2. Candida diet protocol ( focus on avoiding sugar and starchy vegetables)
3. Supporting your immune system
4. Lifestyle choices
Because candida is rarely the only thing going on, it's important to work with someone who can help you. Let me know if you'd like to talk on a free 20 minute consultation call. click HERE
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Inside Out Wellness with Julie
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