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Candida Overgrowth: Risks, Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Candida Overgrowth

Candida overgrowth is a common fungal infection caused by a yeast-like fungi called candida. In a healthy state, the growth of candida is being controlled by the good bacteria in our body. When this balance however is being disturbed, candida changes into a more aggressive fungal form that spreads and causes a wide variety of health issues and unpleasant symptoms all over the body.

A common problem with candida overgrowth is to only treat the symptoms without addressing the source of the overgrowth. As a result, symptoms keep coming back and become worse as the infection evolves. In addition, many people follow risky candida treatment plans and dangerous supplements that have very little research on their safety or effectiveness and in many cases do more harm than good.

We’ll cover all these topics in this experts guide, so you will have the right knowledge to deal with this common condition properly and safely, while avoiding these critical mistakes.

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Candida Overgrowth Intro

how do you get candida?

It is believed by many health experts that in north America 7 out of 10 people suffer from yeast and candida overgrowth issues. The excess yeast overgrowth can cause multiple issues in different parts of the body; having to deal with all these unpleasant symptoms of candida overgrowth all at once can be unbearable in many cases.

One of the main reasons candida overgrowth has become so common, has to do with the way modern life has changed our health. Poor diets, processed foods, high usage of medications, ongoing amount of stress and many other unnatural factors can put our bodies into a state that it is designed to handle.

As a result, our body’s entire ecosystem changes, with less good bacteria to support good health and protect us against various pathogens and threats. In this environment, candida thrives, grows out of control and cause many health problems.

In order to properly treat candida and yeast overgrowth, the first step is to understand what is causing candida to overgrow in the body. Each case may be different and therefore the needed treatment may be completely different as well.

What is Candida Overgrowth

Also known as: candidiasis, yeast overgrowth, systemic candida, systemic yeast infection

Candida overgrowth is a common fungal infection caused by a yeast-like fungi called candida. Candida is normally found in small amounts in the digestive system, mouth, vagina and skin. In a healthy state, the growth of candida is being controlled by the good bacteria in our body.

Candida overgrowth occurs when the balance between candida and the good bacteria in the body is being disturbed. Candida changes into a more aggressive fungal form that spreads and releases over 80 different toxins. These toxins can get anywhere in the body, suppress the immune system and cause a wide variety of health issues all over the body. Most candida overgrowth and yeast infections are caused by a strand of yeast called Candida Albicans.

Yeast Overgrowth and your well-being

When you have candida and yeast overgrowth, it means that there a problem in your body causing candida and yeast to grow out of control. As a result, your body has excess amounts of yeast and candida.

The excess candida and yeast usually cause multiple symptoms in different parts of the body. Many of the candida overgrowth symptoms are physical. Common symptoms include painful vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, digestive issues, bloating, skin rashes and others.

candida overgrowthThere is however, another side to the yeast overgrowth symptoms: Very often, yeast overgrowth can affect your well-beings.
Many people that have yeast overgrowth experience alarming symptoms such as mood swings, depression, brain fog, extreme fatigue, low levels of energy, strong “uncontrollable” cravings for sweets and more.
This is very common and often a part of a healing crises of candida die off symptoms during the treatment due to the high toxins levels released by the dying candida.

  • If you are currently trying to treat your candida overgrowth and notice worsening in your symptoms, you may have healing crises. For more info, please see our candida die-off symptoms expert guide. It is specifically designed to help avoid and minimize these unpleasant symptoms.

Candida Overgrowth Symptoms

Candida overgrowth symptoms usually affect multiple areas in the body, both internal and external:

External Symptoms
  • Skin: Skin breakouts, acne, itchy skin, candida rash, yeast rash, eczema, psoriasis, hives, skin fungal infections such as: athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) , jock itch, ringworm.
  • Nails: Toenail fungus and other nail fungal infections.
  • Mouth: Oral thrush, coated tongue, throat infection.
  • Genitals: Vaginal yeast infections or male yeast infection, urinary tract infections (UTI), anus itching, rectal itching, vaginal itching, irritation, burning, thick vaginal discharge.
  • Respiratory system : Sinus infection, sinus drainage.
Internal Symptoms
  • Well-being: Irritability, anxiety, fever, mood swings, depression, dizziness, increased sweating, craving for sweets or high carb foods.
  • Cognitive function: brain fog, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, lack of focus, ADD or ADHD.
  • Pain: Headache, increased joint or muscle pain, fibromyalgia like symptoms (fibrositis).
  • Energy levels: Chronic fatigue, feeling constantly tired, exhaustion.
  • Immune system: weaken immune system, constantly sick, allergies.
  • Digestive System: Intestinal distress and digestive issues:  indigestion, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, acid reflux, mucus and candida in stool.

For a complete list of candida overgrowth symptoms, see candida symptoms list.

It is very important to identify all the symptoms of candida, as they may help uncover the root cause of the overgrowth. As we mentioned earlier, the root cause of the overgrowth may differ from one person to another and therefore the needed treatment may be completely different as well.

How to Diagnose Candida Overgrowth

Many people that get tested for a yeast infection, often find themselves more confused after they get the results than before they got tested. The candida tests that are commonly available today do not always identify the overgrowth or its severity. In addition, people’s tolerance and response to the candida overgrowth may be different in terms of symptoms and the way they feel. For this reason, healthcare professionals usually rely on multiple factors to diagnose candida overgrowth, including the patient’s symptoms, medical history, physical examination, and laboratory tests. In many cases, the existence of multiple candida overgrowth symptoms along with risks factors are good indications to start the treatment for candida overgrowth.

Candida Overgrowth Test

Are your symptoms related to candida overgrowth?

Candida OvergrowthThis candida overgrowth test was specifically developed to help you identify if your symptoms and medical history might be related to candida and yeast overgrowth.
We start with the major ones, and continue with more detailed symptoms based on your individual findings.

Becoming aware of all these symptoms and how they are all related are the keys to the complete yeast infection cure. It is very important to identify and address the root cause of your issues rather than treating individual symptoms.

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Candida Overgrowth Causes

Candida overgrowth causes must be clearly identified before starting the candida overgrowth treatment. You want to understand what causes yeast infection in your body to get out of control and overgrow.

We can’t stress this enough. The root cause must be clearly identified, as the needed treatment may be completely different. The one treatment plan fits all doesn’t work for candida overgrowth since there are many different causes of yeast infection. Each case may be different.

Below are the most common candida overgrowth and yeast infection causes.
If any of these apply to you, we included quick links to relevant experts guides that may help you to treat and learn more about these causes.

Candida Overgrowth Cause Candida Overgrowth Treatment to Include
Antibiotics Probiotics for candida
Contraceptive pill (birth control pill) Probiotics for candida
Blood sugar issues or Diabetes Candida diet
Diet high in sugars, processed foods Candida diet
Food allergies Candida diet
Digestive enzymes for candida
A weakened immune system Natural remedies for immune system
Chronic constipation Overnight toxins flush
Digestive issues Overnight toxins flush
Candida diet
Digestive enzymes for candida
Heavy metals or chemicals toxicity issues Heavy metals cleanse protocol

Other common causes of candida overgrowth may include:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • High estrogen levels due to birth control pills, hormone therapy, during pregnancy or others
  • High levels of stress (ongoing)
  • Being overweight
  • Ongoing lack of sleep or insomnia

Candida Overgrowth Treatment

Treatment for candida and yeast overgrowth typically includes transitioning to the candida overgrowth diet with anti-candida supplements in order to balance the candida overgrowth in your body.

The Problem with Candida Treatment

The candida and yeast infection treatment should be tailored to the individual state of health, needs and lifestyle. What worked for 9 people can make the 10th person condition worse. Some people body is so sensitive, that any change can cause them severe discomfort and health issues. We see many protocols for candida treatment that require extreme dietary and lifestyle changes, while all that is really needed for some people are minor dietary changes.

The one candida treatment fits all do not really exist. The candida treatment that works is based on education. This way you understand the reason behind the changes you make and know how to read the signs your body is sending you as a response to these changes.

With this knowledge, you become more aware; sharing your new observations with your your health practitioner turns into a healthy interactive discussion and in many cases – a much more effective treatment.

Our Approach to Candida Treatment

Our approach to candida and yeast overgrowth is holistic. This means that we look at the body as a whole. Rather than trying to “fix” individual candida and yeast infection symptoms, we work with the entire body so it can naturally heal. We do it by removing “obstacles” that prevent your body from healing, as well as providing the body key nutrients that are required to correct the damage caused by the candida overgrowth.

This simple approach has proven to be very effective and also very safe. Overtime, you create a natural healthy environment in the body where candida can’t overgrow, while at the same time optimizing the body’s ability to recover and heal.

To learn more, see our candida treatment protocol experts guide.

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