Candida is a microscopic organism that typically lives harmlessly in people. A single-cell organism, Candida reproduces asexually and thrives on some of the body’s byproducts: dead tissue and sugars from food. However, if your inner ecosystem is out of balance and your immunity is weakened, you are at risk for Candida overgrowth. Unless its environment is altered and its food sources eliminated, it quickly monopolizes entire body systems, such as the digestive tract, and causes moderate to severe symptoms.
Do you consistently suffer from the following ailments?
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Intestinal distress (bloating, gas, cramping, constipation, diarrhea and nausea)
- Chronic sinus and allergy problems
- Uncontrollable cravings for sweets
- Low mood
- Low immunity
These are all symptoms of Candida overgrowth in your digestive tract. Candida is a fungus that helps with nutrient absorption and digestion when in proper levels in the body. The problem occurs when our good bacteria become outnumbered by these guys, then the typical candida symptoms may appear. If left unchecked, it breaks down the walls of our intestinal lining and penetrates into the bloodstream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system, causing a leaky gut (which in turn creates allergies).
Major factors in Candida overgrowth
- Birth Control pills
- Oral corticosteriods
- Broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Weakened immunity
- Excess sugar/simple carbs
Gut bacteria imbalances, of which Candida overgrowth is one of the most common forms, is one of the least understood but most widespread cause of poor health today. Poor digestive health has become an epidemic that affects millions of people. If you suffer from some of the above symptoms, remember that they may be connected.
That being said, your doctor may not be as familiar with gut-related conditions like Candida. They may see your fatigue and diagnose it as depression; they may treat your chronic sinus infections with antibiotics; and they may prescribe creams for your yeast infection. These treatments might be helpful temporarily, but they might also make your underlying infection worse.
Doctors are under tremendous pressure to make quick diagnoses. This can result in treating one or two localized symptoms instead of looking at the whole picture. Other conditions that may be diagnosed in place of Candida might be IBS, arthritis, Crohn’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and more. A healthcare practitioner who is trained to take a more holistic view of the body, such as a holistic nutritionist or naturopath, will be more likely to have the time and inclination to get to the bottom of your health issues.
A great start to treating candida overgrowth would be to eliminate sugar and any food that creates irritation (dairy and gluten being high offenders), use enzyme supplements to ensure adequate food breakdown, and to use anti-fungal agents and probiotics to help reestablish healthy microbial community in your colon.
On an energetic level, it is also important to note that negative emotions are known to block healing, while positive emotions foster healing. Self care plays a more important role than we sometimes realize, so keep an eye out for increasing stress levels or unresolved emotions.
If you suspect you might be experiencing symptoms of candida overgrowth, send me a message or book with me here and we can work together to get your candida levels back under control, and you body back to thriving.