Our Candida test and treatment programme is aimed at Candida Albicans.
Candida Albicans or C Albicans is not a bacterium, but a fungus, and one which includes over 150 species of yeast. The genus candida has become increasingly prevalent over the last 20-30 years, and C. Albicans is the most common candida infection.
In fact, we all have small amounts of Candida Albicans in our bodies. It is in the skin, genitals and particularly the digestive tract, but it represents no problem at all at small volumes. However, if the yeast grows excessively (a yeast overgrowth) problems start. C. Albicans can be found in both the gastrointestinal tract and mouth. lt affects the way the body absorbs nutrients, resulting in the symptoms in the panel to the right.
Health conditions which upset your immunity, like diabetes, can trigger Candida overgrowth. Equally high dosages of steroid drugs are also a trigger. Other things that can stimulate overgrowth include antibiotics, oral contraceptives, smoking and excessive sugar consumption. Many IBS patients also have an underlying C Albicans yeast or fungal infection. Finally, a predisposition to food intolerances is often accompanied by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans.
The first key step is to identify whether you have Candida. There are such a wide range of other conditions linked to Candida overgrowth. So the symptoms alone can’t give an accurate diagnosis of Candida. It needs specific tests to detect the organism.
Primary symptoms of Candida
- Thrush – bladder and urinary tract infections
- Digestive issues – bloating, constipation, or diarrhoea
- Fatigue, brain fog – concentration lapses, ringing in the ears
- Muscle joints and aches
- Cravings for sugar, bread, marmite or balsamic vinegar
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal infections in women
- Jock-itch in men
- Athletes foot in women and men
If you are experiencing some of these symptoms and want to talk to us about them, book a free 15 minute call.