Do you suffer from fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, abdominal pain, food allergies, brain fog or mood swings? Are you bothered by constipation or diarrhea? Do you experience insomnia, itchy rashes, or cravings for sweets or alcohol?
These symptoms can often be linked to an overgrowth of Candida, a form of yeast naturally present in the gut and genital tract that is responsible for the breakdown of complex sugars. When the body is balanced the immune system, along with beneficial bacteria, works to keep Candida within a healthy range. When this system fails, however, an overgrowth of Candida (Candidiasis) can occur. According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, yeast allergies are very common and can cause both immediate and delayed reactions.
Candidiasis often goes untreated because it is not detected during a routine exam or blood work. Patients are sometimes mistakenly diagnosed with depression or other conditions and unnecessarily treated with prescription drugs.
The first noticeable symptom of Candidiasis often occurs in the gastrointestinal and genital tracts. These symptoms can include, but are not limited to, vaginal discharge, itching, redness or rash around the genital area, acne, bloating, gas, and rectal itching. Over time, toxins that are by-products of Candida metabolism, accumulate and symptoms can worsen and lead to brain fog, headaches, and fatigue.
Candidiasis can be triggered by the frequent use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives and steroids, as well as by smoking, multiple pregnancies, thyroid or adrenal gland dysfunction, diabetes, inadequate immune system function, or poor nutrition, including a diet high in refined sugar.
At PALM Health we order specialized tests to detect the presence of Candida antibodies and stool PCR analysis for yeast forms when Candidiasis is suspected. Based on these test results and a physical exam, the doctor and patient work together to develop a health plan to re-balance the body. Treatment plans include dietary changes and, if appropriate, specific supplements or medications for a short period of time.