Candida is very common and responsible for many of the chronic illnesses today. Most people and even some doctors are not aware of the problems an overgrowth of candida can cause. Candida is a yeast that occurs naturally in our bodies. Normally, it co-exists with other micro organisms in a useful way. When your immune system is working well, the amount of candida in your body is kept in balance. However, should your immune system be weakened or you start consuming unhealthy amounts of sugars and carbohydrates, the candida can grow out of control. Another cause of candida can be the use of antibiotics. The balance of bacteria in our body can then become upset,and the candida starts to multiply and even take over healthy micro organisms.
The symptoms of candida can be diverse and multi-layered and you might not even realise that you are suffering from a specific symptom of Candida until you begin eliminating the overgrowth.
The list of candida symptoms is extensive:
- abdominal gas and bloating with frequent stomach pains and digestion problems
- headaches and migraines
- skin problems (skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- excessive fatigue and constant tiredness
- cravings for alcohol or sweets, sugars and breads
- rectal itching
- inability to think clearly or concentrate – foggy brain
- mood swings
- sinus inflammation
- pre-menstrual syndrome
- poor memory
- persistent cough
- low sex drive
- muscle weakness
- learning difficulties
- sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
- cognitive impairment
- athlete's foot
- sore throat
- acid reflux
- chronic pain
Obviously, this list covers all the possible symptoms of candida and if you have this problem, you are not going to have all the symptoms. Just having one or two of the symptoms does not necessarily mean you have candida, but having several of these could be sign of a candida overgrowth or even a food allergy which has similar symptoms to candida.
Symptoms can change frequently and some will occur only after consuming certain foods which Candida has sensitized the body to. Others will be an ongoing struggle to deal with as they remain indefinitely. Therefore it is often futile and a waste of energy to try and treat the individual symptoms of candida because how ever much you try to alleviate a specific symptom, it will never be completely eliminated until you eliminate the candida itself with proper candida treatment.