Our body can be attacked by fungi and bacteria in the case if an imbalance of the gut flora, such as Candida. It is a form of yeast which lives in the intestines and the mouth in a very low amount.
Yet, in the case of an overgrowth, it breaks down the intestine walls and enters the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts all over the body, and causing numerous health issues, from digestive problems, and depression, to cancer.
Namely, the healthy bacteria in the gut regulate the levels of Candida in the body, but there are many factors that might cause Candida overgrowth, such as:
- A diet rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates, since they feed the yeast
- Alcohol abuse
- Oral contraceptives
- Antibiotics that destroy the friendly bacteria in the gut
As soon as the Candida Albicans population begins to overgrow, it causes countless health issues, from nail fungus, migraines, to pain, issues with the internal organs, hives, and eczema.
Here are the all the symptoms that might indicate a Candida overgrowth in the body:
Cravings or addictions for sugar, bread, pasta, alcohol, and foods high in carbs.
Sinus inflammation, infections, swelling.
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Skin issues– eczema, dryness, acne, rashes, rosacea, dry red patches, pimples, hives, itching skin, psoriasis, seborrhea, ringworm, contact dermatitis, etc.
Headaches, dizziness, migraines, brain fog, etc.
Hemorrhoids, and rectal itching, irritations, redness, and rashes.
Stomach issues– Indigestion, acid reflux, stomachache, h.pylori bacteria, heartburn, hiatal hernia, belching, vomiting, burning, needle-like pains, flatulence, bloating, etc.
Irritability, panic attacks, nervousness, jitteriness.
Skin lesions, and lesions inside the body, i.e. the brain.
Male-associated problems – penis infections, swollen scrotum, jock itch, impotence, loss of sex drive, prostatitis, difficulty urinating, urinary frequency or urgency, painful intercourse, etc.
Sleep issues – Insomnia, restless sleep, waking up frequently, nightmares, etc.
Eye issues– dryness, redness, itching, erratic vision, spots in front of eyes (eye floaters) and flashing lights; watery eyes etc.
Low energy, drowsiness, fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, lethargy.
Kidney and bladder issues – infections, smelly urine, burning pain during urinating, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder with possible infection), urinary frequency or urgency, low urine output, difficulty urinating.
Mind and Mood-related problems – mood swings, anxiety attacks, irritability, crying spells, memory loss, feeling spaced out, manic feelings, depression (including suicidal feelings), inability to concentrate, etc.
Allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities, that aggravate in damp, muggy or moldy areas or humid, rainy, and damp weather.
Hay fever and asthma.
Intolerances or allergies to tobacco smoke, chemicals, pollen, dust mites, perfumes, odors, smog, fumes, fabric shop odors, molds, grass, cats, dogs or other animals, and airborne substances.
Colic, cradle cap, thrush, or diaper rashes in babies
Muscle pain, burning, tingling, numbness, and lack of strength and coordination.
Nasal congestion, dryness, postnasal drip, itching.
Odor of the body, hair, or feet, that does not go away by washing.
Respiratory issues– cough, wheezing, asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia, pain or tightness in the chest, shortness of breath.
Digestive problems – diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distention, bloating or pain, gas, mucus in the stools, hiatal hernia, ulcers, suffering from bacteria, i.e. salmonella, E. coli, h. pylori, etc.
Ear problems– fluid in the ears, earache, dryness, infections, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sounds in the ears, itchiness, ear pain, ear discharges, deafness, abnormal wax build-up.
Swollen glands, swollen lymph nodes, blocked salivary glands, or excessive amounts of saliva
Hair loss, itchy scalp, dryness, dandruff, scum on the scalp, scalp sores
Heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat.
Diabetes and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Female health issues – infertility, vaginitis, cramps, menstrual irregularities, low sexual drive, painful intercourse, persistent infections, unusual odors, endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), discharge, redness or swelling of the vulva and surrounding area, vaginal itching or thrush, burning or redness.
Joint pain, stiffness or swelling (arthritis).
Hashimoto’s disease, Hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, erratic thyroid function, Wilson’s Thyroid Syndrome, etc.
Cysts in different parts of the body, especially in the ovaries, around the neck, throat, and in the bladder or scrotum.
Bad breath, dryness, mouth sores or blisters, canker sores, a white coating on the tongue (thrush.
Tenderness and pain in the cheekbones or forehead.
Skin and nail fungal infections i.e. ringworm, seborrheic dermatitis, dark and light patches on the skin (tinea versicolor), etc.
Low body temperature, cold hands or feet.
Laryngitis, sore throat, hoarse voice, constant tickle in the throat, etc.
Cold-like symptoms – excessive mucus in the sinuses, throat, lungs, nose, and bronchial tubes.
The dysfunction of the immune system can be a result of various complex factors, but the leading reason is antibiotic use since they wipe out the friendly micro-organisms in the digestive system, which is a perfect environment for Candida, as it is antibiotic-resistant.
Candida starts to change its shape, and overgrow, developing large families known as colonies.
Moreover, nutrient deficiencies weaken the immune system too, and modern diets are low in nutrients, and high in sugar, carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils and fats (trans-fats), heavy metals, preservatives, white flour products, processed foods, food additives, and pesticides.
Foods are grown in nutrient-depleted soil, handled and cooked improperly, exposed to radiation, stored for a long time, and full of chemicals and preservatives to extend their shelf life. This contributes to a weak immune system as well.
Testing for Candida at Home
To check if you have a Candida issue, you can make a simple test at home.
As soon as you wake up, before you put anything in the mouth, fill a glass with room temperature bottled water. Spit a bit of saliva in the water, and check the water every 15 minutes for the next hour.
If you notice cloudy specks, strings (fibers) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, or cloudy saliva that sinks to the glass bottom, you should start treating the Candida overgrowth in the body.