pH Health staff know from personal experience that candida overgrowth can lead to a whole range of different symptoms. We have done the battle with candida and won, but we know how challenging it can be to manage your candida.
If you have any of the bodily symptoms below, it is highly possible that that candida fungus has made your stomach lining porous, meaning that it can spread from the gut into the cells of the body via the bloodstream and be manifested externally.
Symptoms are often more noticeable in women but frequently affect men too; they can vary greatly from person to person and differ dependent on gender. For this reason, candida can be difficult to pinpoint. As is often the case, however, more than one symptom will manifest and candida infection is indicated, if you know what to look for.
Candida glabrata is another, more resistant strain of the candida species that infects men and women in 25 to 35% of cases. The yeast fungus cell produces over 75 known toxins and poisons that overwhelm the immune system, opening you up to all kinds of other conditions. It widely interacts with hormones in the body.
The list of symptoms below is not exhaustive, but it does indicate the wide range of effects that candida infection has. Sufferers often complain of:
Digestive problems such as:
‘Irritable bowel syndrome’ (food sensitivity, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, rectal itching, gas, bloating, indigestion and heartburn), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), swollen abdomen or excess weight, and food cravings – e.g. sugary foods, dairy products, bread, nuts and alcohol
Reproductive system disorders such as:
Vaginal yeast infections (thrush), period pain, endometriosis, impotence, loss of libido, infertility and urinary tract issues
Fungal skin infections such as:
Eczema, psoriasis, acne, athletes foot, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor (itchy eyelids), and nail conditions
Respiratory system issues such as:
Nasal congestion, mucus, wheezing, sinusitis, asthma, ear and eye infections, bad breath
Musculatory and skeletal problems like:
Muscle aches, painful joints, numbness, cold hands and feet, fibromyalgia and body odour
Mental/nervous system issues such as:
Fatigue, lethargy, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, dizzy spells, mood swings, anxiety, poor concentration and memory, insomnia, irregular heartbeat and ‘attention deficit disorder’
Other common problems are:
Headaches and migraines, allergies and chemical sensitivities, body odour, autoimmune diseases (e.g. hypothyroidism, arthritis), immune disorders such as frequent colds or infections, sweats and night sweats
Unfortunately, if left to its own devices, the long-term effects of candida overgrowth can be widespread and devastating. If you have any of the bodily symptoms above, the chances are that the fungus has made the stomach lining porous, allowing it to spread from the gut into the cells of the body via the bloodstream and be manifested externally.
Because of the ambiguity of candida symptoms, it is wise to perform a test before attempting treatment. Testing information and options are available, so you will always be able to find out what is happening in your body before you make decisions about treatment.