Am overgrowth of candida is something that many either don’t know they have or are hesitant to get help for.
What is Candida?
Candida is a naturally occurring yeast within the body. An overgrowth of the the main strain of candida yeast (candida albicans) is known as candidiasis. Everyone (men and women) has a certain quantity of this yeast in their bodies, which is perfectly normal.
Usually, it is is kept under control by beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. An overgrowth of candida may result in the yeast becoming a fungus.
Yeast cells attach themselves to the walls of the intestines. An overgrowth causes damage to the intestinal walls; which may then result in partially digested food particles passing directly into the bloodstream.
These particles may then cause an adverse reaction by your immune system – leading to a drop in beneficial bacteria levels and inflammation (causing symptoms like those listed below).
What Causes An Overgrowth?
There is no one particular cause, however the following are most likely to be the root of the problem:-
- diet – (see below)
- prolonged use of antibiotics
- oral contraceptives, estrogen replacement therapy, steroid use
- extended periods of stress
- digestion issues (e.g. low stomach acid and enzyme deficiencies)
- food allergies or intolerances
Possible Symptoms of a Candida Overgrowth
If you’re suffering from some of the following symptoms, you may have an overgrowth of candida.
|swollen joints||recurring sore throats||depression||nasal congestion|
|chemical sensitivities||heavy bloating||mood swings||skin complaints|
|food allergies||persistent fatigue||gas or flatulence||food intolerances|
|frequent headaches||constipation||oral or vaginal thrush||rectal itching|
|athletes foot||fungal nail infections|
How to Avoid or Control an Overgrowth
To minimise your chances of a candida overgrowth a low carb and low yeast diet is recommended. *Limit as many of the following as possible:-
- sugar and high sugar foods
- fruit juices and sweet fruits
*Strengthening the immune system can also provide a barrier to candida overgrowth, whilst being advantageous for your health generally.
My recommendations are:-
*When cutting down on foods and introducing measures to strengthen the immune system be careful to do it gradually. A gradual change helps your liver cope with an increased workload without becoming overloaded.