So many people suffer from fatigue, brain fog, digestive complaints and allergies, it's some of the most common conditions we see in clinic.
Candida overgrowth is hard to detect as it's symptoms can commonly be misdiagnosed as many other conditions including fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue or IBS .
The hardest part about Candida is detecting you may have an infection of candida overgrowth as it's something we can't physically see or recognise, unlike IBS which we might recognise with irregular bowel habits accompanied with pain, cramping or spasms.
Candida has an ability to protect itself from harsh environments allowing it to penetrate our gut lining, therefore quickly transitioning from a gut problem to a full-body problem as our gut health is less than ideal allowing opportunistic bacteria to grow , along side candida spreading from our gut to the skin, mouth, ears, thyroid, genitourinary organs, or elsewhere.
Candida overgrowth symptoms are wide-ranging and can present as a distinct white coating on the tongue or any of the following
1. Sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
2. Bloating,Constipation or diarrhoea - IBS like symptoms
3. Brain fog, poor memory, ADD, ADHD
4. Eczema, Hives and rashes
5. Seasonal allergies & Itchy ears
6. Thrush Infections
7. Fatigue, fibromyalgia, tiredness
8. Athlete's foot, ringworm or nail fungus.
9. Depression, anxiety, irritability
10. Autoimmune diseases
A very easy way to test if you have candida and and what strain you have is by doing a comprehensive Stool Analysis ( CDSA) via Nutripath.
A CDSA is a great way to investigate not only what bacteria's are present that shouldn't be, but also what beneficial bacteria we are missing. We know very well that probiotics and good bacteria are critical to good gut health, so with CDSA, we can actually see what bacteria we need to improve to help the healing of our gut health and fight off unwanted overgrowth's such as candida.
If you are suffering any of the symptoms associated with candida overgrowth, it's worth the $210 to investigate. Speak with your Naturopath and order your test kit.