Candida & IC

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

  • Chronic inflammation

  • Brain fog

  • Poor sleep

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

  • Chronic stress

  • Inactivity

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

  • gluten intolerance

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

Happy Health!


Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Inside Out Wellness with Julie


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