Are You Suffering From These Candida Overgrowth Symptoms?
If you’re like most people you have never heard of candida (which is a type of fungus that occurs naturally in your body) and have no idea that it can cause some pretty serious problems for your body. However, many people are suffering from some of the signs and symptoms of a candida overgrowth and might be having trouble pinpointing the exact reason for these symptoms. Here are some of the most common signs you might need treatment for candida overgrowth.
What is Candida?
As mentioned, candida is a fungus—a yeast—and your body has small amounts of this yeast that live inside your mouth and your intestines to help absorb nutrients and aid in digestion. When you have an overgrowth of this yeast, it can move from your digestive system into your bloodstream and release a toxic byproduct that leaves you feeling sick.
Typical Causes of Candida Overgrowth
A healthy, balanced diet is often the best way to keep your candida levels normal, but there are some factors that you may not be aware of that can contribute to higher candida levels in your body. These include:
• Diets high in refined sugars and carbohydrates or fermented foods (i.e., Kombucha, sauerkraut), which provide a food source for yeast and bacteria
• Excessive alcohol consumption
• Oral contraceptives
• High stress levels
• Antibiotics that kill good bacteria in your digestive system
How to Know if You Have Candida Overgrowth
Many of the symptoms of candida overgrowth can mimic symptoms of other diseases, so you may not have even considered this as a possibility for your continued illness. Here are some of the things to look for that might be a good indicator of this condition:
• Frequent fungal infections (athlete’s foot, toenail fungus)
• Chronic, unexplained fatigue or a feeling of being worn down all the time
• Bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive issues
• Inability to focus or concentrate
• Skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, or eczema
• Depression and mood swings
• Frequent vaginal or urinary tract infections
• Cravings for sugar and refined carbs
• Autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, MS, scleroderma, or psoriasis
If you have these symptoms and want to find out if you might have excessive candida growth in your body, the easiest and most effective way to find out is a comprehensive stool test at your doctor’s office to test for high levels of candida in the lower colon. Blood tests and urine organix dysbiosis tests can also be used, but might not be as accurate.
Treatment often includes stopping the current growth and helping to restore bacteria that can keep candida levels normal in the future through natural remedies and changes to your diet. Find out more about treatment options from Candida Wellness today.