Fungal infection can be a menace at times if left untreated and Candida is no exception to this. No doubt Candida is present in a very small amount in the human intestine and mouth, and also within the digestive system. But what happens when these Candida fungi grow quickly in the digestive system is that they pass in through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, and tend to release toxins into the blood which is then carried all over the body and causes numerous health issues with one very common issue, the leaky gut.
Candida Overgrowth: How Does it Happen?
A high carb diet with a large amount of sugar consumption everyday can easily led to Candida overgrowth. Consumption of such a diet can easily initiate symptoms of Candida overgrowth. Also diets that promote alcohol consumption can easily promote Candida overgrowth as well. Apart from this consumption of way too much fermented food like kombucha and pickles also has a huge role to play in causing symptoms of Candida overgrowth.
Can our body naturally fight Candida Overgrowth?
Well, our gut has the good bacteria which usually prevents Candida overgrowth, but with the ever increasing use of antibiotics which kills the good bacteria, stress, diabetes, or a weak immune system, the constant check on Candida overgrowth fails.
Candida overgrowth symptoms:
There can be tons of symptoms that you can watch out for, some common and some very rare.
Common Symptoms of Candida overgrowth include:
Genital infections with white discharge including vaginal infections are very common in women. Vaginal itching, rectal itching can indicate Candida growth. UTIs (urinary tract infections) are also a common symptom. Men may also experience a white discharge on their penis.
Raised lesions in the mouth which are whitish/yellowish in color. Also difficulty in swallowing.
Skin and nail infections can be a sure indicator of Candida overgrowth. Toenail fungus is a very common symptom and athlete’s foot also represents Candida overgrowth.
Other skin issues like rashes, psoriasis, eczema and hives can also indicate Candida overgrowth.
A constant drowsy and worn down feeling as well as chronic fatigue can be a symptom of Candida.
Fibriomyalgia and auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, colitis, scleroderma, psoriasis, lupus and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis can indicate Candida overgrowth.
Mood swings, irritability, difficulty in concentration, brain fog, lack of focus, ADHD, poor memory and A.D.D can all be a sign of Candida overgrowth.
Depression, severe allergies with seasonal variations, itchy rashes are also symptoms of Candida overgrowth.
Cravings for fast foods with refined carbs and sugar is an indication for Candida overgrowth.
Tests:Blood test – Checking the level of antibodies like IgA, IgM and IgG in blood is the very first approach of a blood test for checking Candida overgrowth. High levels of these antibodies can clearly indicate a Candida overgrowth. But if this test comes negative and you still keep showing symptoms of Candida overgrowth then a stool and/or urine test is a must for accurate results.
Urine test – Urine Organix Dysbiosis test looks for the presence of D-arabinitol, which is a waste product of Candida. This test can clearly indicate if Candida is highly present in the upper gut or the small intestine or not.
Stool test – This checks for the species of Candida in the lower intestine or colon. A comprehensive stool test is ideal in this case.
Treating Candida Overgrowth:
The best thing you can do for your body is building up the good gut bacteria. If you are diagnosed with Candida overgrowth then it’s important to stop the yeast overgrowth and heal the gut by building up the good bacteria, which in turn will fight-off Candida overgrowth and keep all bad bacteria in check.
Following a low carb diet and avoiding refined carbs with a reduced consumption of sugar can highly help in reducing symptoms of Candida overgrowth. Sugar finds its way into everything these days including, beverages, fast food, breads, alcohol etc. Don’t just stop eating all complex carbs at once but instead cut back on it. You can still consume a handfull of complex carbs each day and stop Candida overgrowth. A caprylic acid supplement can also help in checking Candida overgrowth. It works by digging holes in the cell wall of Candida yeast thereby causing them to die.
Regular intake of probiotics to increase the good bacteria while keeping Candida in check is also important. Avoiding inflammatory food until the Candida overgrowth has stopped is a good idea, as it’ll help give the gut some time to heal.