An imbalance in gut flora can allow specific bacteria and fungi to invade our bodies. Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. When overgrowth overgrowth occurs, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression and even cancer.
How do you get Candida overgrowth?
The healthy or ‘good’ bacteria in your gut typically keeps your Candida levels in check. However, the Candida population can get out of hand if a round of antibiotics kill too many of those friendly bacteria, you have a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast), high alcohol intake, are taking oral contraceptives or any number of other factors including a high-stress lifestyle.
Even a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut and pickles, can feed Candida causing an overgrowth.
10 Common Candida Symptoms
1. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
2. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
3. Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
4. Skin and nail fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, and toenail fungus
5. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
6. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
7. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
8. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
9. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
10. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
How do you test for Candida overgrowth?
I personally discover this to be the most precise test readily available. This will examine for Yeast in your colon or lower intestinal tracts. Nevertheless, you require to make sure that your medical professional orders a detailed stool test instead of the conventional stool test. With the stool test, your stool is directly analyzed for levels of yeast. The laboratory can typically determine the species of yeast in addition to which treatment will work.
Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test
This test discovers D-Arabinitol a waste item of Candida albicans yeast overgrowth. A raised test indicates an overgrowth of Candida fungus. This test will determine if there is Candida fungus in your upper gut or little intestines.
IgG, IgA, and IgM Candida albicans Anti-bodies. These can be examined through a lot of any laboratory. High levels of these antibodies show that an overgrowth of Yeast exists. I discover in my clinic that these can frequently be negative even when the stool or urine test is positive.
How do you deal with Candida fungus overgrowth?
Successfully dealing with Yeast involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, bring back the friendly germs that typically keep them in check, and healing your gut so that Candida fungus can no more enter your bloodstream.
Getting rid of the Candida fungus overgrowth mostly needs a change in diet plan to a low carb diet. Sugar is exactly what feeds yeast, so eliminating sugar in all of its basic kinds like candy, desserts, alcohol and flours. Decreasing to only a few cups a day of the more complicated carbs such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes will prevent the Candida from growing and ultimately cause it to pass away. I would recommend getting rid of all fermented foods too.
Using diet plan alone could take 3 to six months before the Candida fungus is back under control. Because of this I use an anti-fungal medication such as Diflucan or Nyastatin for a month or longer with my patients. If you are self-treating you can take a supplement of caprylic acid. Caprylic Acid comes from coconut oil and basically ‘pokes holes’ in the yeast cell wall causing it to pass away. You may check out that some people advise herbs such as oil of oregano. Oil of oregano can be really efficient nevertheless it can kill good germs as well so I do not suggest it. The anti-fungal medications and caprylic acid are really particular to yeast and will not damage your good germs.
It’s a must to bring back the healthy germs that normally keep your Candida population under control, you need to take probiotics regularly. Taking anywhere from 25-100 billion units of probiotics ought to assist to lower the Yeast levels and restore your levels of excellent germs. Finally, healing your gut, by getting rid of inflammatory foods that can hurt your GI system and introducing foods that aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, will avoid Candida fungus from working its way through your body, and will significantly improve your total health.