Candida albicans is a yeast found inside all of us. It’s found in the mouth and intestinal track of humans. The candida works in harmony with your body if you’re healthy. It works hard to protect you against excess sugar and harmful bacteria. These characteristics also mean that it can quickly become a problem.
If you a blood sugar imbalance then you can end up with more candida than your body is able to handle.
Whenever you eat you take in sugar. This sugar causes candida to effectively “bloom” as it feeds on the sugar in your bloodstream before insulin can turn it into energy. When the sugar supply goes away, so do the candida.
What Can Cause A Candida Imbalance?
There are a number of ways that your candida levels can become imbalanced. Here are some of the more common ones:
- A blood sugar imbalance – this can be caused by insulin problems as well as other problems that hinder the ability of your body to process sugar
- A bacterial imbalance
- Using too many antibiotics and not taking in more “good” bacteria to restore the balance
- Poor diet
- Stress and not getting enough sleep can also lead to a candida imbalance, as well as imbalance bacteria and blood sugar levels
- A weakened immune system
- Too many heavy metals
- Not having the proper levels of stomach acid and other enzymes used in digestion
You can tell from the list above that the reason for your imbalance is likely to be down to more than one factor. The body has a number of ways to keep everything in check and take care of you. When you overload the body with things that make it hard to stay healthy the body becomes imbalanced and you develop problems like candida. There is typically no single cause for the issue because to do so would oversimplify a complex issue.
How To Tell If You Have Too Much Candida
As Candida is a condition with more than one cause, there is no single symptom that can tell you if you have it. Because candida thrives in dark and damp parts of the body rich in sugar you’re most likely to get a candida problem in the mouth, vagina/groin, and in your intestinal tract. Candida also have a pointy tail. When the candida grow too much this tail can poke through the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream. This condition is known as systemic candida and can lead to candida entering any part of the body such as the lungs, joints, and many other areas.
Common Symptoms of Candida
- Developing thrush in the mouth or in the body
- Athlete’s Foot
- Poor digestion including gas and bloating
- Appetite loss
- Cravings for sugar
- Itching of the rectum
- Inability to think or focus properly
- Mood swings
- Sore throat
- Impacted sex drive
- Muscle weakness and fatigue
- Chronic pain
Plenty of people are going to read that list and recognize something they have. These symptoms can also be caused by other imbalances and issues and candida is quickly becoming over-diagnosed. It’s being treated like some kind of catch-all problem on the level of an IBS. It’s important that you rule out other potential problems such as an intolerance towards dairy or gluten, adrenal burnout, an imbalance in blood sugar, and even basic fatigue before believing you suffer from candida overgrowth.
Candida can be treated in ways similar to similar issues. Restoring balance to your body can help with a whole range of issues. If you suffer from several of the given symptoms for a candida imbalance then there are some steps you can take to restore balance to your body and improve your health whether you have a candida imbalance or not, or if the imbalance itself is actually caused by a deeper issue.