What is candida?

Candida is a yeast normally found in certain parts of our body such as mouth, intestines, and vagina. Recently scientists have discovered it living normally, without causing problems, in our eyes. If our immune system is working normally candida does not cause us any problems; on the contrary it helps with our digestion and nutrition and vitamin absorption. It is only if it starts to overgrow and turn into a fungal infection that it can start causing symptoms.

It is one of the most common fungal infections found in humans. Candida is dimorphic — it changes from yeast to fungus and produces finger-like structures called hyphae which can burrow through the wall of the intestine and penetrate through, causing a phenomenon called leaky gut syndrome.

There are many causes of candida including bad nutrition, stress, certain medications, diabetes, weakened immune system, certain diseases, HIV, AIDS, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Candida symptoms

Chronic fatigue

White coated tongue

Mouth ulcers

Digestive issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhoea )

Frequent UTIs and thrush

Recurring sinus infections

Weight gain

Feeling sad

Irritability

Lack of sleep

Skin, scalp, and nail fungal infections

Athlete's foot

Joint pain in rare cases

Brain fog

Craving for sweets and carbs (bread )

Inflammation

Always consult your GP before starting any new regime or self treatment. The contents of the article are for informational purposes only and are not intended to prevent, diagnose, or cure any medical conditions. The contribution of all authors and researchers is acknowledged. Holistic Health & Stress Clinic, Suite 16, Ross House, Merchants Road, Galway, phone 087 1915051. For more information visit www.drbhatti.ie

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