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Candida Yeast Overgrowth Treatment

candida-bloatingCandida is a form of yeast that may overpopulate a person's mucous membranes - the mouth, sinuses, bowels, and genito-urinary tracts.   Two factors make this an often overlooked problem. First, the symptoms of candida overgrowth may not be limited to the mouth (thrush) and genitals (vaginal yeast infections). Some patients report fatigue, bloating, brain fog, joint pain, or other vague symptoms. Second, laboratory testing for this organism can be very tricky.  If you are using culture (petri dish) testing for yeast in the stool, then it is very unlikely that you'll get accurate results.  

The important thing for you to understand is that this yeast is opportunistic, so it will grow excessively when you lack the necessary defense mechanisms in your gut to keep it under control.

The most common reasons for Candida are - dysbiosis, recent antibiotic use, recent infection, a compromised immune system, or a diet too rich in carbs, sugar (including fruit), and alcohol. Each of these factors can contribute to an overgrowth of yeast.

How can you tell if you might have a Candida problem? The symptoms vary, but you will typically notice a decrease in energy levels and cognitive function (brain fog). Your allergies may seem worse, and you may have gastrointestinal symptoms.  We've also noticed a correlation with women who have hormonal imbalances.  In addition, many people experience reactions to sugar, yeast, alcohol, and strong smells like perfumes, gas, and smoke.  probiotics-flora

While some mild cases of Candida respond well to an anti-Candida diet, many require further treatment in the form of supplements or prescription medications.  You must restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut, and keep the yeast under complete control.   Some species may be quite resistant to treatment, so tough cases may require a longer treatment time.  

If you think you might be at risk for Candida overgrowth, please give Dr. Noah a call today, so we can get you on the path to recovery.