Candida

What is Candida?

Candida is the short name often used to describe a condition of yeast overgrowth in the body, the technical term is Candidiasis.

Candida Albicans naturally exists in all mucus membranes – intestines, eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina etc. When Candida is in balance with our other healthy bacteria and micro-organisms, it has important functions for our health such as recognising and destroying harmful bacteria.

Effects of Candida

If something upsets this delicate balance, Candida can overgrow and “take over” their environment. If this occurs, Candida changes from a natural and beneficial yeast, into a pathogenic and health-harming fungal condition of Candida overgrowth.

When Candida overgrowth occurs, the Candida yeast multiplies rapidly, changing into a harmful fungal colony with long, root-like structures which are invasive and can penetrate the intestinal walls. This produces inflammation of the intestinal lining, can decrease nutrient absorption, and can also lead to intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut syndrome”.

Systemic Candida overgrowth is when the Candida spores also leak through the microscopic holes they have created in the intestinal walls, and start to circulate throughout the body via the blood stream.

The sufferer will usually have no idea that this is occurring within their body, but may experience symptoms such as generalised fatigue, headaches, depression, fuzzy thinking, skin conditions, bloating, flatulence and sugar or carbohydrate cravings.

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Symptoms of Candida

Typical Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth include:

  • Fatigue
  • Sugar Cravings
  • Weight Gain
  • Hypoglycaemia
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Digestive Disturbances
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Bloating
  • Wind/Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irritability
  • Headache/Migraines
  • Mental Confusion
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Poor Memory
  • Poor Concentration
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Pain/Tightness in Chest
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Bladder Infections
  • Ear Problems
  • Yeast/Fungal Infections
  • Skin Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Vaginitis
  • Acne
  • Lowered Immune System
  • Blurred Vision
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Joint Pain
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Low Libido
  • Arthritis

Common causes of candida overgrowth include:

  • Lowered immune system.
  • Medications such as antibiotics, corticosteroids and the oral contraceptive pill.
  • Meat, poultry or dairy industries which utilise antibiotics in their farming methods (organic meats are safe).
  • A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (white breads, pasta, etc), as this “feeds” the Candida and encourages them to overgrow.
  • Poor digestive function, such as low stomach acid, low digestive enzymes or a lack of healthy digestive bacteria.
  • High stress levels.

In general, a healthy immune system, healthy digestive tract and diet free of excess sugar will keep Candida in balance.

 

How do you Test for Candida Overgrowth?

There are several Candida testing options, including comprehensive blood and saliva methods which provide precise Candida antibody levels, and stool testing for digestive tract candida presence.

The saliva Candida antibody test costs $80 and provides us with both a current Candida antibody level and a past reading of Candida antibody levels (IgA and IgG). This allows us to understand just how severe the Candida Overgrowth is right now, and well as how it has been affecting you in the past. Blood testing for Candida antibody levels is approximately $200 and includes IgA, IgG, IgM and Candida antigen, and stool testing is $100-$350.

 

The Key Steps to Eradicate Overgrowth of Candida:

  • 1. Eliminate the current overgrowth of Candida Albicans using powerful and specific natural medicines.
  • 2. Re-establish healthy digestive micro-organism balance with specific probiotic strains known to prevent Candida overgrowth.
  • 3. Eliminate most sugar and simple carbohydrates from the diet for a specified period of time whilst completing steps one and two, as Candida thrives on these.
  • 4. Repair intestinal membranes with natural medicines, healing any damage caused by Candida overgrowth, and strengthening against future Candida overgrowth.
  • 5. Repair any poor digestive function, such as low stomach acid or digestive enzymes, which may have played a role in the Candida overgrowth.

We would love to be able to assist you with, or to test for, Candida overgrowth, contact us today for more information or to make an appointment.

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