Intestinal candidiasis is a condition caused by the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. Candida albicans is referred to as yeast and is normally present in the intestines, blood and vagina. In the gastrointestinal tract, the level of Candida albicans is kept in check by bacteria that is also normally present. An imbalance can cause an overgrowth of Candida albicans and result in intestinal candidiasis, a condition also referred to as the yeast syndrome.
Intestinal candidiasis can produce a feeling of general malaise. It can also produce a condition of chronic fatigue and cause people to crave sweets.
Intestinal candidiasis can cause gas, bloating and intestinal cramps. With infants, there can be diaper rash. Rectal itching is another symptom. People who have intestinal candidiasis can alternate between being constipated and having diarrhea.
With intestinal candidiasis, Candida albicans can spread and cause thrush, a condition producing raised white patches on the tongue. These patches can be scraped off to reveal inflamed tissue.
Candida albicans can affect the nervous system. Symptoms can include depression and irritability. People with intestinal candidiasis may also have problems with concentrating or maintaining focus.
The symptoms of intestinal candidiasis include problems with the immune system, such as the appearance of allergies and sensitivities to certain chemicals. Also, there can be a reduction in the ability to fight infections.
Intestinal candidiasis can have an effect on the hormonal system. It can produce irregularities in the menstrual cycle and a decreased libido. There can also be vaginal yeast infections and frequent bladder infections.
Seven Reasons You Can’t get Over Candida
1. Overuse of Antibiotics
2. Steroid Medications
3. Hepatitis B vaccine
4. Birth Control
5. Hormone Replacement Therapy
6. Stomach pH problems (not having enough GOOD stomach acid production)
7. Prediabetic or diabetic conditions
This condition is prevalent and highly missed by most physicians of western medicine. Patient symptoms such as gas, bloating, cramping, brain fog, skin rashes, nail fungus, white coated tongue, craving sweets, and IBS like symptoms are all very common. Sugars feed this problem and make it more difficult for individuals to overcome this condition. You have to starve half of it out of you and kill the other half.
How are candida problems diagnosed outside of the visual and common presenting symptoms? I normally start off by running the Candida IgG blood work through Labcorp. Then I will cross compare results with some of my Genova lab testing, such as an organic acids test, stool analysis, or their Nutreval test.
Once properly diagnosed, second comes treatment. Nutraceuticals like garlic, oregano, berberine are a few of my favorites with a phase 1 diet which mainly consist of meat and vegetables. Replenishing the good germ back in the gut and acidifying the gut with stomach acid/HCL is a must to help hold off further recurrent problems. Is your doctor picking up this common problem?