Many of us know the signs of common fungal infections on the skin: itching, rashes, redness, dryness or nail changes. But did you know that it is not uncommon to have fungus growing in your gut as well? The most common type of fungus that predominates in an unhealthy gut is Candida Albicans which is a yeast like fungus. It can cause many different symptoms in our body so it is very important to pay attention to this so it can be addressed.
Do I have Candida?
In the past few years, there has been more research on the importance of gut health and how an unhealthy gut can lead to a myriad of concerns. Our body has over 100 trillion tiny microbes happily settled and living in a symbiotic relation with our body. Factors like unhealthy lifestyles, frequent use of certain medications, diets high in sugars/processed foods, or stress can compromise the healthy microbial population in our body, allowing room for bad microbes like parasites or candida to flourish. An overgrowth of candida can lead to nutritional deficiencies especially in B vitamins and cause irritation to your digestive tract leading to leaky gut issues.
Some of the common symptoms of candida overgrowth to look out for are fatigue, brain fog/poor concentration, sugar cravings, recurring urogenital infections, skin rashes, and digestive changes. As Naturopathic practitioners, we are also trained in functional testing which allows us to run comprehensive digestive analyses to assess for the presence of microbes like candida.
What can I do?
There are a lot of options to help with this! Addressing your current diet and lifestyle habits to incorporate healthier options like avoiding sugar, alcohol or dairy are very important. In addition to making the right dietary and lifestyle changes, part of a candida cleanse involves the use of herbs and nutrients to both help get rid of candida and correct for possible nutritional deficiencies.
For more information, book in for a free 15-minute consult and speak to one of our Naturopathic practitioners on how they can help you!