It is perhaps one of the most commonly experienced fungus, the Candida overgrowth, and though its symptoms are very easy to pinpoint, Candida is not very much accepted as a disease that needs to be treated in the Western medical practice. To best understand what exactly what Candida, how to test if you have it and how to treat it naturally, keep reading!
Many people think that Candida is only a female issue. Though vaginal yeast candida overgrowth infections are one of the many types, other very common forms of Candida yeast infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm, oral thrush, jock itch, and other fungal skin irritations (these affect both men and women).
What is Candida? It is a fungus, (a form of yeast) and lives in the mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with normal digestion and nutrient absorption. But when out of control and overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine, penetrates the bloodstream, releases toxic byproducts into the body and causes leaky gut. It doesn’t sound and certainly does not feel pleasant. This reaction in the body over time can lead to a plethora of different health problems, ranging from digestive issues, skin breakouts, rashes and irritations, all the way to emotional issues.
Symptoms of Candida
Bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, new sensitivities to commonly eaten foods
Fatigue (chronic fatigue), headache, depression, irritability, disorientation, dizziness, inability to concentrate
Autoimmune disorder sufferers (ex. fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis)
Strong sugar cravings, sensitivities to chemicals and perfumes, alcohol intolerance, increased susceptibility to the side effects of medications
Irritable mood swings and bouts of depression
Muscle and joint aches, sinusitis and recurrent colds, recurrent skin rashes
(In women), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), decreased libido, recurrent vaginal yeast infection, vulvar itching and pain
(In men), prostate and bladder infections, itching in genitalia areas
- Diet is most telling for possible candida overgrowth: Diets high in:
- Refined Carbohydrates & Sugar
- Too much fermented foods (sauerkraut, pickles and Kombucha)
- Lifestyles high in:
- Antibiotic Usage (“Antibiotics attack bacteria in the body, but they don’t know the difference between the good flora and the bad. They end up destroying all of the bacteria in your intestines, and then there is not enough good bacteria to keep the Candida organism under control. When this happens, Candida yeast infections develop.” Source: empoweredsustenence.com)