Candida is a form of yeast that is a fungus. It lives in small amounts in the intestines and mouth. It will help with digestion and helps nutrients be absorbed. However, it can be overproduced in the body, which can lead to not only digestive issues but also depression.
Candida overgrowth can happen when one is very stressed, takes birth control, eats a diet high in sugar and carbs, takes antibiotics, eats foods that are highly fermented, or has a high alcohol consumption.
The top ten signs of a Candida overgrowth are:
– Feeling tired or worn out.
-Poor memory, not able to concentrate, have brain fog, ADHD, ADD, and a lack of focus.
– Have skin and nail infections.
– Are constipated, have diarrhea, or feel bloated.
– Have strong sugar or carb cravings.
– Have itchy ears or seasonal allergies which are severe.
– Mood swings, depression, irritable, or anxiety.
– Skin issues such as hives, rashes, eczema.
– Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
– Vaginal infections, rectal or vaginal itching or urinary tract infections.
One can test for Candida overgrowth with a blood test. Levels in IgG, IgA, and IgM Candida anti-bodies should be checked. A stool sample can also check the lower intestines and colon for Candida.
Or a urine organix Dysbiosis test can be performed to see if Candida is present in the upper gut or small intestines.
One can treat Candida by stopping the yeast overgrowth, healing the gut so these toxins can no longer enter the bloodstream and also by restoring the good bacteria in the body.