You may never have heard of the term “candida overgrowth,” but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t been affected by it. In fact, the combination of a standard Western diet and a lifetime of antibiotic consumption have left most of us battling this condition without even being aware of it. A quick glance at the shocking list of symptoms it causes, however, will quickly resonate with most readers, and explain a lot about the fatigue and general feeling of ill health that many of us cope with on a daily basis.
What is candida?
Candida is an essential fungus which lives in all our bodies. We are designed to have a balanced amount of candida in our mouths and intestines to aid digestion and nutrient absorption, but problems develop when imbalances caused by the consumption of too many antibiotics and the wrong kinds of foods cause it to grow out of control. Too much candida can break through the intestinal walls, causing digestive problems and a host of other issues.
Identifying a candida problem can be tricky because of the diverse number of symptoms it can trigger all over the body. However, there are definite clues that can identify the problem if one knows what to look out for.
These include: sensitivity and allergies to mold; asthma and hay fever; unusual sensitivity to perfumes and airborne substances; cold hands and feet; fungal infections like athlete’s foot; flu- and cold-like symptoms, including nasal congestion; digestive problems, including acid reflux, gas and constipation; problems with the ears, including tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and ear infections; hair loss, dandruff or itchy, flaky scalp; joint and muscle pain, stiffness and swelling; trouble sleeping; skin problems, including eczema, hives, itching and rashes.
Eliminate sugary, processed foods, and switch to an immune-boosting diet high in lean proteins, good fats like nuts and avocado, and a limited number of the healthier carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables. The golden rule is to eat your food as fresh and as unprocessed as possible.
A candida overgrowth is essentially a reflection of a body out of balance. If you or someone in your family is experiencing several of these symptoms, it might be worth getting a candida overgrowth test from your holistic practitioner.