What is Candida? Could it be affecting your health?

Candida, is a yeast‐like fungus. It is a normal part of our bodies. Its growth is usually limited by our immune system and by the other microorganisms in our digestive tract, including a large number of health‐promoting bacteria.

If Candida is allowed to grow due to a weakened immune system, hormone changes, or disease such as diabetes, the balance between the Candida and the “good” microorganisms in the digestive tract is upset, resulting in intestinal candidiasis (also known as “yeast syndrome”).

This imbalance can cause problems such as

  • Vaginal infections  
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Recurring bladder infections
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Food sensitivities
  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Depression

What increases the risk of Candida overgrowth?

  • Repeated use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and/or steroids like prednisone
    • A diet high in sweets
    • Alcohol
    • Chronic stress
    • Diabetes
    • Weakened immune system