If you’re someone who’s been experiencing digestive issues, brain fog, or chronic pain, you may be dealing with a Candida overgrowth in your gut. Candida is a yeast that naturally lives in our bodies, but when there’s an overgrowth, it can wreak havoc on your health. In this article, we’ll be discussing the five symptoms that I commonly see that make me suspect a fungal overgrowth like Candida in the gut.
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Common Symptoms of a Candida Overgrowth
- Bloating and Distension After Consuming Carbohydrates or Sugar
If you’re experiencing bloating and distension after consuming carbs or sugar, especially refined carbs like potato chips, sweets, and pastries, it could be a sign of Candida overgrowth.
- Itchy Bum
An itchy anus may not be something you want to talk about, but it’s important to address. If you’re experiencing a daily itchy anus, it may be a sign of a Candida overgrowth. However, it’s important to rule out other conditions like pinworms, which can cause similar symptoms.
- Brain Fog and Difficulty Concentrating
Patients with Candida overgrowth often report feeling like they’re not clicking like they normally do and have difficulty focusing on tasks. There are a number of possible reasons here including toxic byproducts also known as mycotoxins – certain Candida species produce gliotoxins which can suppress your immune systems, cause oxidative stress and trigger inflammation. Mycotoxins can be tested for in your body using urine testing. This approach will help to rule out environmental mould exposure too.
If you’re experiencing brain fog and difficulty concentrating, it may be a sign that you’re dealing with a Candida overgrowth in your gut.
- Change in Bowel Movements
A change in bowel movements can also be a sign of a Candida overgrowth. Some patients report diarrhoea, while others experience constipation. It’s important to remember that each person’s body reacts differently here.
- Systemic Pain and Exercise Intolerance
The fifth symptom can be a bit harder to pin down, but it revolves around systemic pain, including body pain, fibromyalgia, joint pain and sore muscles. Additionally, exercise intolerance can be a symptom of a Candida overgrowth.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get tested for Candida overgrowth. My preferred test here would be an Organic Acids Test from Great Plains lab. I’ve spoken on this before and will be covering each section on this test in detail in the months to come as it has been a game changer for the chronically unwell patients I treat in the clinic.
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Testing for Candida overgrowth can help to treat the root cause of these symptoms. After treatment, patients often report feeling better, and we can retest to confirm that their Candida overgrowth is gone.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to take action. Candida overgrowth can be a serious health issue that can impact your quality of life.