What Is Candida albicans?
First before I get into the details about Candida, I would like to share with you why this is a topic that I know a lot about. I found out a while back that I was actually born with Candida overgrowth and have had multiple health challenges in my life where Candida was the culprit. I had to figure out on my own how to get rid of it and it was a daunting process. It has come back a few times in the past twenty years when I’m under quite a lot of stress or I eat a bit off my usually sugar-free, clean diet. Unfortunately once you’ve had it you’re more prone to having another bout with it. I will go right back on the diet, deal with my stress and take a natural anti-fungal if needed.
I can honestly say that I’m blessed to have had the experience (I’m done now though!) of having Candida overgrowth because now I can share the information that helped me with my clients. After working with clients for 15 years I noticed that up to 80% of people that walked through my door had some level of Candida overgrowth. This is why I decided to specialize in helping women with this issue. Candida overgrowth is very common and my goal is to educate people on how to get back into balance and feel better!
So what exactly is Candida albicans? It is a type of yeast that is present in the gut flora of a healthy human body. You may be shocked to learn that we each house two to five pounds of live bacteria inside our bodies! The balance of these bacteria is what’s important as they fend off foreign invaders plus a lot more. The balance of Candida is normally controlled by bacteria in the intestines. But when something destroys helpful bacteria, the yeast begins to invade and colonize the body tissues which can lead to what is termed “leaky gut”. This is where the tissues become porous allowing these yeast colonies to release powerful chemicals called mycotoxins into the bloodstream, causing a variety of symptoms that I’ve listed below.
Microscope slide of esophageal candidiasis via wikipedia
Signs and Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
Both men and women can have candidiasis, however women do experience it more frequently and usually more severely.
Candida symptoms fall into these main four areas:
Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Symptoms
These include gas and bloating – Candida produces carbon dioxide in the intestine, the result is persistent gas and bloating, thrush, coated tongue, constipation, chronic diarrhea, rectal itching, indigestion, heartburn, bladder infections, recurrent yeast vaginitis, vaginal burning and itching, vaginal discharge, “jock itch”, loss of sexual feelings and inflammation of the prostate.
Allergic Symptoms and Skin Symptoms
(These symptoms occur with the passing of toxins into the bloodstream.) These symptoms include hay fever, earaches, hives, headaches, sore throats, coughing, recurrent bronchitis, acne, nasal stuffiness, congestion, runny nose, chemical sensitivities to tobacco smoke, perfume and foods, “sick all over feeling”, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, rashes, dry scaly skin, frequent colds.
Glandular and Organ Symptoms
These include infertility, menstrual problems, PMS, ovarian failure and ACTH deficiency, inability to lose weight, hypothyroidism, chronic lymphocystic thyroiditis, diabetes mellitus, impotence and endometriosis.
Emotional and Mental Symptoms
These occur because of central nervous system involvement. These include brain fog — poor memory, fatigue, drowsiness, feelings of unreality, coordination problems, numbness and tingling, muscle and joint pain, muscle weakness, irritability, inability to concentrate, confusion, anxiety and severe depression.
Other imbalances in the body can cause similar symptoms as well. I feel it is important to rule out other issues like gluten or dairy sensitivity, adrenal burn out, blood sugar imbalance issues, emotional issues and even general fatigue before diagnosing yourself with Candida overgrowth. There are always “layers” to our healing process.
If you have several of the symptoms for a Candida imbalance, following some simple steps for re-balancing your body should help move you in a healing direction whether or not the root issue is a Candida imbalance, or if the Candida imbalance is a symptom of another issue.
If you are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned above and need some help getting it under control you are welcome send me a note on my contact page or schedule online for a free 30-minute Health Discovery Session to see how I can help you get rid of Candida overgrowth for good.
It can be overwhelming when there are so many things going on with our health and I know if I would have had someone to help me way back when I was going through all of my Candida symptoms I would have felt less overwhelmed, confused and felt better much faster! There are so many factors to be aware of and it’s always smart to be sure that there is not a deeper imbalance going on that needs professional attention. No need to suffer if you don’t have to, it’s a positive step to seek help.