Here is something dealing with feasting that you may have never thought about. The modern diet is like a feast for Candida, since it is a yeast that needs sugar to thrive and multiply. That includes sugar itself, foods containing sugar and also anything that converts to sugar. Refined carbohydrates like processed foods made with white flour, other refined grains and alcohol can all contribute to Candida growth.
You might be wondering, What is Candida and how did those ‘yeastie beasties’ invite themselves over to my “house” for a feast?
Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. It is important to realize that everyone has Candida already. It is a microorganism that is naturally present in your gut, part of the balanced system that helps you to digest food and stay fit and well. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption, but when overproduced, Candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues, fatigue, weight issues and depression.
Some Common Candida Overgrowth Symptoms & Health Challenges
The Way You Feel On A Day To Day Basis – Inability to focus, Poor memory, Brain fog, Irritability, Anger, Dizziness, Depression, Crying spells, Panic attacks, Low libido, Persistent extreme fatigue, Hyperactivity, Cravings for sweets and alcohol, Insomnia, Poor coordination.
Digestive System Malfunction – Acid reflux, Bloating, Flatulence, Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Stomach cramps, Indigestion, Burping after meals, Mucus in stool, Hemorrhoids, Itching anus.
Autoimmune Disease – such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
Skin problems – Acne, Cysts, Hives, Night sweats, Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Fungal infections of the nails & skin, Athlete’s foot, Body odor.
Oral Hygiene Situations – Thrush (white coating on tongue), Swollen lower lip, Halitosis, Metallic taste in mouth, Bad breath, Canker sores, Bleeding gums, Cracked tongue.
Respiratory System Problems – Persistent cough, Mucus in throat, Sore throat, Sinus congestion, Chronic post-nasal drip, Flu-like symptoms, Hay fever symptoms, Sinusitis, Asthma.
Challenges For Ears And Eyes – Eye pain, Itchy eyes, Sensitivity to light, Blurred vision, Bags under eyes, Ringing in the ears, Ear infections.
Genito-Urinary System Havoc – Recurring yeast infections, Recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections), Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), PMS & menstrual irregularities, Fungal rash, Vaginal itching.
Immune System Breakdown – Frequent colds and flu, Allergies, Sensitivities to food, fragrances and chemicals.
Weight Problems – Inability to lose weight, Water retention, Weight loss.
Other Candida Overload Symptoms – Headaches, Heart palpitations, Chronic body pain and/or joint pains, Muscle aches and stiffness.
The consensus for the most accurate test available for Candida overgrowth is Stool Testing. To get the “full picture” of what is going on in your colon / lower intestines, a Comprehensive Stool Test is recommended. It covers a broader range of the possibilities of what is happening in your colon. The species of yeast will be determined at the lab.
Because the symptoms of Candida can be the same as other conditions, Candida is often overlooked, and the following symptoms can be misinterpreted:
- IBS / Irritable Bowel Syndrome – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
- Crohn’s Disease – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
- Gastroenteritis – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
- Arthritis – joint pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – constant fatigue
- Athlete’s Foot – Fungus on toenails
If Candida is not identified, the misinterpretation may lead to the wrong course of action, and it may actually worsen your Candida overgrowth. For instance, if it is believed that you have IBS, Crohn’s Disease or Gastroenteritis, the anti-inflammatory Cortisone may be given. This will introduce steroids to the gut, which can increase the growth of Candida colonies.
Nutritionally Yours offers in person, Skype or phone appointments to help people with Candida issues and challenges, with the goal of feeling better.
For Candida, stool testing is more accurate then blood testing, and is done in the comfort of your own home.
Not sure which Stool Test to order? For a Candida situation, our favorite Stool Tests are:
Comp Stool Analysis + Parasites, Worms, Bacteria, Yeast X3
also includes enzymes, Ph, Leaky gut, SigA, WBC, RBC, inflammation, fiber needs and more
So end the feast at your”house” that those ‘yeastie beasties’ invited themselves to, and start feeling better on your new path to health.
All of our testing is done by nationally certified labs so you are assured the results are accurate. Test results are reviewed by our staff, who will then provide you with a personal protocol so you can know what is needed to support better health and wellness.
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Just a note: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. It is used as a guide to help people identify what their body’s individual needs are. Our staff is made up of a medical doctor, Naturopath, nutritionist, wellness chef and a customer service team.
Myers, Dr. A. – 10 Signs You Have Candida Overgrowth & What To Do About It
The Candida Diet – Candida Symptoms
by Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC