Candida is one of those issues that western medicine refuses to recognize or understand. If you are lucky enough you have a practitioner like Dr. Julie who works on healing the gut and understanding the patients symptoms, issues, and desire to feel better! Candida can wreak havoc on the system! From physical issues like rashes, to chronic yeast infections, brain fog, mood disorders, impacting your hormones, a disrupted digestive system, weight issues, and allergies… just to name a few!
Candida Albicans is a yeast that lives within our GI tract along with all the other helpful bacteria, a normal ratio for bacteria to yeast should be 10:1. It’s when this ratio gets out of whack that we see problems. When we lose the good guys opportunistic microorganisms can take over and start causing a ton of health issues! The frustrating thing about Candida is that it can turn something as a simple gut dysbiosis (term for microbial imbalance) into a much larger issue. If we do not heal our GI tract Candida can rear its nasty head and turn into a systemic infection.

It seems that with our modern lifestyles, diets, and prescription meds have created the perfect storm.  Common causes include poor diet candida loves carbs and sugars.  Someone with Candida issues will often crave sugar on a daily basis in an uncontrollable way!  RX drugs often disrupt the gut and can alter the microbiome.  Antibiotics, birth control, Steroids, Anti-inflammatory drugs and Antacids are the worse culprits.  Watch out for antibiotics in your food as well!  Excessive alcohol use will also cause trouble.  In addition, excessive stress can alter your microbiome, environmental molds and chemicals can attack the immune system, heavy metals and food chemicals will also impact your your health!

The top 10 symptoms of Candida include:

  1. Constipation, bloating, gas
  2. Brain Fog
  3. Chronic Fatigue
  4. Chronic Sinus Infections
  5. Food Sensitivites
  6. Recurring vaginal yeast infections
  7. Persistant Allergies
  8. Depression and/or Anxiety
  9. White coating on tongue (Thrush)
  10. Skin issues

Candida Saliva Test:

When you awake in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, gather a small amount of saliva and spit it into a clear glass of water.  Look at the glass every few minutes for up to 30 minutes.  If there are cloudy strings hanging down from your saliva, if the saliva turned cloudy, or if your saliva sank to the bottom, you have Candida overgrowth.

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If you do have Candida the good news is that you can heal your body with time, patience, and a dedicated Doctor (like Dr. Julie!).  First you have to clean up your diet eat a low carb diet, lots of prebiotics, fermented foods, fiber and cut out the sugar!  Support the immune system, de-stress, sleep, and take the time to heal!  There are also many homeopathic remedies that can support the body, herbal anti-fungals to breakdown the overgrowth, and herbs to support the system and rebuild the integrity of your gut!