If you’ve ever suffered from health issues like athlete’s foot, depression, oral/genital thrush, IBS, chronic fatigue etc there’s a good chance you’ve possibly experienced a yeast overgrowth known as Candida.
I had thrush on my breast after my first child, so I know all too well how painful, uncomfortable and itchy it can be.
I’ve delved down and dirty into this topic and put together this factual 3 part series that will leave you crystal clear on what it is, the symptoms, causes, how to prevent it, and if you do contract it how to treat it.
It’s estimated that up to 70% of the British population have a yeast infection which is shocking. The health implications are vast and serious and can even be life-threatening. The good news is it’s very preventable.
Let’s start from the ground up and nip this in the bud, and if you need personal one-to-one help get in touch here for a free consultation or call/text me on 07748298728.
What Is Candida?
Candida is a yeast fungus that lives on your skin, in your mouth, intestines and genital regions. Under normal circumstances it’s harmless. In fact, a balanced amount of it is healthy for our microbiome.
But the fungus will rapidly overgrow when your immune system is low from living an unhealthy lifestyle, use of prescription drugs such as antibiotics, and stress. Candida overgrowth can reach a point where it causes Candidiasis, a yeast infection. It begins to invade the body and take over healthy microorganisms. This causes inflammation and suppression of the immune system leading to an array of health problems.
Symptoms Of Candida
The more of these symptoms you have, the higher the likelihood you’ve candida:
- Bloating and gas
- Fingernail or toenail fungus
- Oral and genital thrush
- Headaches and migraines
- Brain fog
- Athlete’s foot
- Depression and anxiety
- Sugar cravings
- Mood swings
- Constipation and diarrhoea
- Heartburn and indigestion
If Candida goes unnoticed and untreated, it can result in chronic health problems such as …
- Sexual dysfunction
- Psoriasis and eczema
- Digestive problems
- Urinary problems
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How To Test
Skin reactions and yeast infections due to Candida overgrowth are easy to diagnose at a check-up with your doctor. Your doctor can also do a stool test to assess for overgrowth.
That’s it for today. I hope your feeling clearer about this fungus.
In part 2, we’re going to look at what exactly causes it, and in the final instalment how to prevent it. The key point I want to get across is you need to change the environment the fungus thrives in and not just keep treating the symptoms otherwise it will never go away!
Love Gaynor x