Candida is classified as “gastrointestinal dysbiosis” or meaning an imbalance in good vs bad bacteria. Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, a very small amount of which lives in your mouth and intestines naturally.

Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing Leaky Gut. This can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.

Typically the good bacteria in your gut keep your Candida levels in check. However, the Candida population can get out of hand if a round of antibiotics kill too many of those friendly bacteria, you have a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast), high alcohol intake, are taking oral contraceptives or any number of other factors including a high-stress lifestyle. Even a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut and pickles, can feed Candida causing an overgrowth.

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Most Common Candida Symptoms

Skin and nail fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm, toenail fungus)

Feeling tired and worn down / suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia

Digestive issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, IBS)

Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma, Multiple Sclerosis)

Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, brain fog

Skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes)

Irritability / mood swings / anxiety / depression

Vaginal infections, UTIs, rectal itching or vaginal itching

Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears

Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

More About Candida

Often we can tell Candida is the main underlying condition simply by meeting with you, reviewing your health history and symptoms. There are some cases where we will need additional blood testing (IgG, IgA, IgM), urine or stool testing to classify your case.

Getting rid of the excess Candida overgrowth is our primary goal for you, while also returning balance of the good vs bad bacteria in the microbiome. We will customize a plan of action utilizing nutrition, detox and fitness recommendations.