What is Candida? Candida refers to an overgrowth of yeast in the gut, in other words, Candida is a yeast infection. While Candida albicans is commonly found in the gut, an overgrowth of the fungal yeast can cause serious problems.
There are tons of bacteria that live in the gut. These bacteria help us digest food, signal our brains to tell us when we are full and satisfied, affect our mood by helping produce hormones and neurotransmitters, and help us repair tissues that have been damaged, just to name a few healthy benefits. However, when there is an overgrowth of yeast, our good bacteria aren’t able to carry out their helpful duties, and our health declines.
When our gut is in a state of imbalance, food allergies and sensitivities, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, diabetes, skin rashes and irritations, depression and anxiety, in addition to many other serious health conditions can result. What’s worse is if we don’t have a healthy immune system, this yeast infection can spread to and wreak havoc on other areas of the body.
What can cause Candida? A Candida yeast infection may result from a list of numerous causes including an unhealthy diet, the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), steroids, and even from a weakened immune system or cancer! Signs and symptoms of Candida include brain fog, chronic fatigue, sugar cravings, joint pain, intestinal issues such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, burping, and stomach cramping, as well as signs of hormone imbalance such as difficulty losing weight, mood swings, PMS, low sex drive, UTI’s, and migraines. Though Candida can be caused by a number of different factors, it can be treated and the yeast infection may be eliminated with the help of a trained healthcare professional. If you believe you might be suffering from Candida, call Nourishing Ways Center to get started on your journey to better health today!
It is important to keep the bacteria in our gut balanced, so our good bacteria can perform their tasks and keep us in good health. After all, a happy gut is a healthy gut, and a healthy gut makes a happy person.
Samantha Daily RDN