If you have symptoms such as bloating, cramps, gas, or constipation, you could be experiencing Candida overgrowth. Candida is a yeast type of fungus, and while it may not sound beneficial even in normal quantities, like most yeast, it plays an important role. However, too much of a good thing is still too much. Certain treatments available at Advance Health and Wellness can work to eliminate the excess yeast and treat your symptoms.
An extremely small amount of Candida lives in your intestines as well as your mouth, and its sole purpose is to aid in digestion and nutrient absorption. When Candida is overproduced, it can wreak havoc on your digestive system, and can eventually transfer to other parts of the body. The overgrowth of candida eventually tears down the intestinal wall and penetrates into the bloodstream. This releases toxins into the rest of your body and causes a syndrome known as “leaky gut”, or intestinal permeability.
During normal digestion, healthy bacteria keep the candida at levels that allow the fungus to do its job properly. Still, there are many consumption habits in our daily lives that allow those levels to rise to an unhealthy level. Factors could include living a high-stress lifestyle, consuming a lot of alcohol, and diets that are heavy in carbohydrates and sugars (refined and unrefined). Other factors that are often overlooked include taking antibiotics or other medications that kill off too many of the good bacteria in our bodies that help regulate the yeast. Women can also be affected when taking oral contraceptives.
Common symptoms of candida overgrowth include: digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea; feeling lethargic or run down, chronic fatigue, or fibromyalgia; autoimmune diseases like thyroiditis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or psoriasis; and skin and nail fungal infections, like athlete’s foot. Even seemingly unrelated symptoms, like mood swings, anxiety, or depression can point to Candida overgrowth. Vaginal infections or itching, urinary tract infections, and cravings for excessive amounts of sugar or carbohydrates are also signs.
There are a few things you can do at home to relieve symptoms and help stop the spread of Candida overgrowth. The first general recommendation is to make changes to your diet. Though it may be hard at first to put down the sweets and bagels, it’s important to remember that candida is yeast and yeasts eat sugar. When they do, they multiply. You can also take a dietary supplement called caprylic acid, which will reduce the overgrown yeast population.
Though these will help curb the spread of Candida, Advance Health and Wellness has treatments and therapies available that could provide lasting relief and healing, and help you to avoid this problem down the road. There’s no reason to let a treatable condition and its annoying or embarrassing symptoms affect your daily life.
Candida overgrowth can sound serious, as it has so many symptoms, and in some cases it can be. However, it is not difficult to test for and in its early stages is fairly simple to treat. Treatment of your candida overgrowth, once discovered, can be very simple.