Candida

Candida Albicans is a strain of yeast/fungus that can have a detrimental affect on the whole body.  Normally, there is a healthy balance of Candida that lives in the gastrointestinal tract.  However, this is a delicate balance and can easily be thrown off, causing this normally harmless yeast to overgrow and spread throughout the intestines.  As Candida continues to multiply, it can spread to other organs, and even into the bloodstream, releasing its toxins to other parts of the body.

Common symptoms associated with Candida are:

 

  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Bloating and Gas
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Recurring Yeast Infections
  • Recurring Urinary Tract Infections
  • Thrush (white coating on the tongue and throat)
  • Nail Fungus
  • Jock Itch
  • Decreased Libido
  • Depression and Brain fog
  • Allergies
  • Sinus problems
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • PMS
  • Hypothyroid
  • Arthritis
  • Weight gain and retention of body fat
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes

 

Candida is a common condition due to lifestyle and dietary choice.  This yeast feeds on sugar, alcohol, processed foods, and high amounts of fat.  An unhealthy gut environment, as a result of antibiotic use or birth control pills, will also cause Candida to flourish.

 

Candida can be kept under control with dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as herbal supplementation.  But it is also important to address the systemic damage that candida has caused.  Therefore, when treating candida, you really have to look at the body as a whole. Detoxifying, regulating hormones, strengthening immunity, and healing the microbiome of the gut, all contribute to a successful recovery.

 

Suggested Labs

Genova NutrEval

Genova GI Comprehensive

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