What is candida overgrowth?
Candida Albicans is a species of bacterial yeast that usually live in the body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract, without causing problems. But when there’s an imbalance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut, it can take over and cause candida overgrowth (also known as yeast overgrowth or candidiasis).
Top seven signs of candida overgrowth:
- Digestive issues – such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea are one of the most common signs of candida overgrowth, usually caused by a lack of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut.
- Skin issues – on the skin, candida overgrowth can present as a red, inflamed rash and may lead to other skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, hives and acne.
- Strong sugar cravings – bacterial yeast feeds on sugar and refined carbohydrates, and secretes a chemical in the gut that stimulates sugar cravings. Researchers, however, are yet to work out exactly what this secretion is.
- Mental health, behavioural issues, and/or fatigue – if candida seeps through the gut lining into the bloodstream it releases toxins into your blood. This puts pressure on your liver and can trigger chronic inflammation, which may spark problems like depression, anxiety, irritability, fatigue and difficulty concentrating (just to name a few!).
- Skin and nail fungal infections – candida is the most common cause of fungal infections – such as athletes foot or toenail fungus – worldwide.
- Autoimmune diseases – candida overgrowth can cause leaky gut, which may contribute to, or exacerbate, long-term health conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Infection – when candida migrates to the vagina or anus it can cause rectal, urinary tract or vaginal infections.
How can candida overgrowth cause allergies?
An overgrowth of yeast in the gut can damage the lining of the gastrointestinal tract which may cause leaky gut. When this happens, the gut becomes porous (‘holey’) and toxins are able to enter your bloodstream, which can spark inflammation and may contribute to, or exacerbate, long-term health conditions. What’s more, while your immune system is busy creating antibodies to help stave off these foreign invaders, it’s left more vulnerable to antigens (proteins that stimulate the production of antibodies), which can spark allergies and other sensitivities in the body.
How is candida overgrowth managed?
It’s important that candida overgrowth treatment is done under the guidance of a qualified health professional. Generally, there are three areas your practitioner will focus on:
- Getting rid of the candida overgrowth – candida thrives on sugars, so your practitioner will normally recommend a low-carb/low-sugar diet to help stop their growth.
- Reintroducing good bacteria into your body – probiotics and/or prebiotics help balance out the good and bad bacteria in the gut, which can help keep the candida population under control.
- Healing your gut – candida overgrowth can harm the lining of your gut, so your practitioner may work with you to eliminate leaky gut. Reducing food sensitivities that may also be contributing to leaky gut through Positive Association Technique (PAT) may also help prevent candida from working its way through your body.
Discover our natural allergy treatment
If candida overgrowth has left you with sensitivities, or you’re worried that your sensitivities are irritating the lining of your gut, try Positive Association Technique (PAT) – our natural allergy treatment!
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
- draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
- aims to re-train your body
- may reduce your reactions to environmental allergens that may be causing or exacerbating your sensitivities.
Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs, and lifestyle advice (like an anti-candida diet) to help you achieve the best long-term results.
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This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.