I think I speak for all well trained Naturopath’s when I say that one of the biggest “face palm” moments is when a client walks through the door convinced that they are suffering from candida. Full stop. A simple Google search of ‘candida’ and you will find blog post after blog post claiming that candida is the cause of all your health woes. *face palm*. Don’t get me wrong; if you have an imbalance of flora in your gut, your health will be worse for it – much worse. But it’s not always “candida’s fault”. There’s a lot more to it than that. The ‘symptoms of candida’ can also be the symptoms of many other things.
My hope with this article is that you feel better for reading it, and not stressed that the ‘only way you can cure yourself’ is by adhering to a very strict and stringent diet - Because ironically, stress is one component that may make your gut health a lot worse (I’ll talk about this a little more later on).
So let’s look at the facts…
Is candida a thing?
Yes! Candida, also known as Candida albicans, is yeast within your gastrointestinal tract, mouth, rectum, and vagina. Everyone has it in some amounts. Everyone.
Is candida a bad thing?
No! Candida is not the devil. In a healthy body, the good bacteria and immune cells keep candida under control. Candida becomes harmful when it overgrows and you have an imbalance in the good and bad bacteria.
What causes an imbalance (or the overgrowth of Candida)?
Poor digestion, lowered immune function, poor diet (high sugar, too much carbohydrate), antibiotic use, age, or stress.
So what’s the real problem here?
If you have an imbalance in the ratio of good and bad bacteria that favors the bad (dysbiosis) you will likely experience unwanted and uncomfortable digestive upset. As a result, you may experience other symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, lethargy, low libido, and mental fog (to name a few). Long standing dysbiosis can be detrimental as the health of your gut can be linked to other aspects of your health (e.g. your mental health).
What can you do?
If you are concerned that you might have a bit of dysbiosis (imbalance in your gut flora) there are many dietary and lifestyle changes you can implement to rectify this imbalance.
If you are still concerned that something is ‘not quite right’ don’t hesitate to contact a qualified healthcare practitioner. Be mindful that the symptoms of candida can correlate to many other ailments so it’s best not to jump to conclusions but seek the guidance and treatment of a trained health professional.
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