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|Table of Contents|
|WHAT IS CANDIDA & HOW CAN IT IMPACT US?|
|SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDA|
|RECURRING YEAST INFECTIONS|
|HOW TO GET RID OF CANDIDA|
Candida Albicans is one of the most common types of yeast infection found in the vagina.
But, did you know that Candida can also be found in the mouth, intestinal tract and other mucous membranes?
Well, it can. So what exactly is Candida Albicans and how do you know if you have it?
Today, I am going to break that down for you. But, if you want an in-depth look at yeast infections ( also known as Candida Albicans), check out The Ultimate Yeast Infection Guidebook.
WHAT IS CANDIDA & HOW CAN IT IMPACT US?
So what exactly is Candida Albicans is essentially an overgrowth of yeast in your body. Naturally, we have yeast in our body, but when we have too much of it, it can be really harmful to our bodies.
According to Dr. Axe, if our immune system is healthy, yeast infections are rarely serious. However, if we have a weakened immune system, the infection can spread to other areas of our bodies, including the heart and brain.
Candida is a fungus that aids in our nutrient absorption as well as digestion when it is at proper levels in the body. When there is an overproduction of yeast, typical candida symptoms may appear. If treatment is not taken, the yeast can break down our intestinal lining and penetrate into the bloodstream. This is also known as “leaky-gut”.
That is not all…
If your body’s natural pH balance is upset, then the candida can grow rampant, creating long-term, systemic issues.
Trust me, this is not an issue you want to ignore. In fact, it is a chronic health condition I was living with Candida for many years and didn’t even know it.
Most people are not even aware that they have an overgrowth of yeast in their body. They also don’t realize that many of the symptoms they are experiencing, is due to yeast.
I am going to run down the some of the symptoms of Candida and a test for you to determine whether you have Candida or not.
Read our ULTIMATE YEAST INFECTION GUIDEBOOK to understand what are some of the causes of a yeast overgrowth.
One of the things that I have learned when dealing with my bout with Candida, is that many of the symptoms are passed off to other illnesses.
There are so many people in the world right now that have Candida and don’t even know it.
The best part is….
I am going to give you a list of symptoms of Candida, and I am also going to direct you to a quick little quiz to see if you possibly have it.
SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDA
Truthfully, there are many symptoms that are related to Candida. Below are 10 main symptoms directly related to candida:
✔ Chronic fatigue
✔ Brain fog
✔ Digestive issues
✔ Recurring yeast infections
✔ Oral thrush
✔ Sinus infections
✔ Food allergies/intolerances
✔ Infections of the skin and nails
✔ Weak immune system
✔ Low mood
Do you feel tired all the time, no matter how much rest you have? When I had candida, exhaustion should have been my middle name. It did not matter how much how much sleep I got, I felt like I was constantly drained.
The reason that you feel exhausted, is because many of your body’s resources are being diverted to process the Candida toxins, fight the overgrowth and maintain your energy levels.
Over time, this can deplete the hormonal precursors that are needed to produce crucial hormones like pregnenolone, cortisol, and DHEA. As your levels of these hormones drop, it can start to affect your energy levels, your libido, and much more.
My name is…? Ugh, I forgot.
Yeah when I had Candida, I struggled with mainly my memory. I struggled to remember simple things and would often struggle with concentration.
A chemical called acetaldehyde, one of the toxic metabolites produced by Candida albicans is to blame.
Acetaldehyde is one of many chemicals produced by Candida (by one count, there are at least 79). Others include ammonia and uric acid. But it’s acetaldehyde that is likely to have the greatest effect on your wellbeing.
During a Candida overgrowth, there may be too much acetaldehyde in your bloodstream for your liver to process efficiently. This allows it to circulate through your nervous system and brain, hence the brain fog.
In case you didn’t know, Candida is a gut related issue.
The rapid changes in your digestive tract are what ultimately leads to all of the other symptoms on this list.
Whatever caused your Candida, whether it was a course of antibiotics or a sustained high-sugar diet, your gut flora can become imbalanced.
As well as weakening your immunity, this can really affect the way that your body digests food. Those ‘good bacteria’ that normally reside in your gut are a crucial part of your digestive system, responsible for the processing of starches, fibers, and some sugars.
When the healthy gut flora is overwhelmed by Candida albicans, your small and large intestine can start to malfunction. This can mean diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, cramps, nausea, and many other gut-related symptoms.
RECURRING YEAST INFECTIONS
If you’re plagued with recurring vaginal yeast infections, this is definitely a sign that something is way off.
Did you know that even if you clear your vaginal yeast infection, Candida has the ability to migrate to other parts of your body?
Did you know that your mouth can fall victim to a yeast overgrowth? Sure can, in fact, it is quite common. But, can be very dangerous if left untreated.
If you have oral thrush, chances are you also have a yeast overgrowth in your intestines, because they are linked to one another.
Check out this video to see the difference between a white coated tongue and oral thrush.
Doctors used to assume that almost all chronic sinus infections were caused by bacteria. Newer research suggests that this is not the case. Although acute (short-term) sinus infections are mostly caused by bacteria, many of the longer terms, chronic sinus infections may, in fact, be fungal infections.
Here’s the problem. The most common treatment for chronic sinus infections is antibiotics. And antibiotics are pretty much useless for a fungal infection. Even worse, antibiotics can kill off many of the ‘good bacteria’ and allow the fungal infection to spread. If you suffer from chronic sinus infections, improving your diet and rebalancing your gut bacteria may be a far better solution than antibiotics.
When I had Candida, I definitely noticed that I became really sensitive to tons of foods, that I never had issues with before.
Remember how I mentioned Leaky Gut Syndrome? Well, this is directly related to Candida. According to the specialist that I saw for my Candida treatment, there are many humans walking around with Leaky Gut Syndrome and don’t even realize it.
That doesn’t mean there are no symptoms, it means that us humans have just tolerated being uncomfortable.
If you noticed that you’re sensitive to certain food, make not of them. Especially feelings of pain, bloating or gas.
Just like the microorganisms inside the gut, there are bacteria on your skin that protect you and prevent pathogens like Candida albicans from spreading in an uncontrolled way. These protective microorganisms are often known as the skin flora or skin microbiota.
The same conditions that lead to an intestinal overgrowth (a high-sugar diet, weakened immune system, etc) can also change the environment on your skin and allow Candida to overwhelm the local flora. This can result in fungal nail infections and skin rashes. Warm, moist areas like the armpits and groin are particularly vulnerable.
As with oral thrush, changing the environmental conditions is the key to eliminating superficial fungal infections in the long run. The same therapies that can reverse an intestinal Candida overgrowth (i.e. probiotics, antifungals, and a low sugar diet) can also help to eliminate fungal skin infections for good.
WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEM
This is another symptom that I really struggled with. It seemed like if anyone with a runny nose was around me, I was in bed with some sort of virus the next day.
Does any of this sound like your experience? If you find that you are regularly suffering from colds and flus, and you don’t know why a gut imbalance like Candida might be the cause.
Lastly, let’s talk about your mood.
Did you know there is a direct link between Candida and depression?
An intestinal Candida overgrowth can suppress production of serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters that boost your mood. Most serotonin is produced in the gut, so a major gut problem is likely to throw this production out of balance.
Dopamine is another neurotransmitter that affects your mood, and low dopamine levels are strongly associated with depression. Candida has a role to play here too, as one of its metabolites (acetaldehyde) binds with dopamine. This, incidentally, is also one of the reasons why alcoholics tend towards depression.
HOW TO GET RID OF CANDIDA
I would highly recommend that if any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, that you seek professional. It is important that you express your concerns, and that the appropriate treatment is suggested to you.
Still not sure if you could have Candida?
Take this online quiz to find out.
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