Candida albicans is a harmless yeast (fungus) that is found in everyone’s body, naturally. It lives symbiotically in a balanced environment in the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, other mucus membranes and the skin. Unfortunately, factors such as stress, refined foods, antibiotics, birth control, chemotherapy, radiation and steroids can cause this yeast can overgrow and become opportunistic. When Candida overgrows, it releases by-products known as mycotoxins which can cause an autoimmune response and a variety of symptoms. In addition, if left to fester without intervention, this one-celled organism turns into a pathogenic fungus with filaments that burrow into the intestinal wall and makes the lining more porous – a condition known as “Leaky Gut.” Candida, its toxins and undigested food particles slip through these openings and enter the bloodstream causing an immune response.

Some common symptoms include:

  • poor coordination, foggy thinking
  • spacey, difficulty concentrating
  • memory impairment
  • headaches and migraines
  • PMS symptoms
  • painful periods
  • decreased libido
  • fatigue
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • vaginal and/or rectal itching
  • skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, roascea
  • easy bruising
  • ringing in the ear
  • sinus and respiratory issues
  • joint stiffness and/or pain
  • palpitations
  • multiple food allergies
  • cravings for sweets, alcohol, bread and cheese
  • hot and cold sweats
  • fluid retention
  • cold hands and feet

The following autoimmune disorders can be caused by excessive Candida overgrowth:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma

If you have a variety of the symptoms listed, you may have a Candida overgrowth. As someone with a past Candida condition, Kim understands how to work with clients to balance this overgrowth through diet and lifestyle. Contact her today for a consultation. Here are some helpful resources on the subject.

Ann Boroch, CNC
Body Ecology Diet
Candida Diet
Gut and Psychology Syndrome
National Candida Center
Yeast Connection



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