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.