If you’ve had a Candida overgrowth for a significant amount of time, all sorts of complications can arise. You can get a lot of food allergies and food sensitivities. You can get significant gas, bloating, fatigue, and digestive discomfort. You can get constipation and diarrhea.
One of the ways Candida causes problems is that it interferes with the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Candida can set off an inflammatory response. It alters the pH of the intestine. The higher pH allows harmful bacteria to come in and form microcolonies. These microcolonies cause even further havoc. They’ll create by-products. They’ll set up reactions with your immune function. The result is a vicious cycle of colonization and worsening symptoms. Clients going through this cycle will come to our clinic feeling quite sick and toxic.
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For many years, the medical establishment said that Candida couldn’t live in the gut. Doctors argued that Candida overgrowth either didn’t exist or didn’t cause problems. Now, if you look at scientific databases like Pub Med, MBAR, EMBASE, or CNAM, you will find a ton of research validating the work I’ve been doing. A lot of doctors and scientists now know that Candida can create severe problems in the gut. For about 20% of people, Candida is a normal part of their gut flora. However, in some cases, Candida overgrows and causes significant digestive and systemic symptoms.
As always, I recommend that anyone with suspected Candida has a comprehensive stool analysis for confirmation. The stool test will also provide a snapshot of your gut bacteria, including the relative amounts of harmful and beneficial bacteria. Stool testing is an excellent way to determine what type of treatment you need and to track the results of treatment over time.