Mar 13, 2014 –
Most naturopaths will tell you that they spend a great deal of their time with patients treating yeast overgrowth, also called candidiasis, and the persistent physical and psychological symptoms that come along with it. I’m certainly no exception.
A day does not go by when I don’t have a handful of people coming in with one or more of the telltale signs. Candida albicans is a naturally occurring, and usually benign yeast, that grows in the gastrointestinal tract. When it over-proliferates in the body, though, the symptoms can be debilitating:
• Painful and persistent gas and bloating
• Recurrent yeast infections in women
• Constipation, or diarrhea
• Weight gain
• Depression and brain fog
• Skin issues like eczema and acne
• Food sensitivities
• Fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome
As I’ve written about before, the microbiome of the gut is a delicate garden and it is easily tipped into yeast overgrowth. There are several causes.
In my practice, the number one contributing factor is prolonged use of antibiotics. Others include: birth control, decreased digestive function, stress, and impaired immunity. In many of my patients, I see candidiasis leading to, or running tandem with, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and food sensitivities.