Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus, which normally resides in the body without any problem. However, diet or overuse of antibiotics and the contraceptive pill can cause this yeast to grow out of control and cause many health problems. The overgrowth is found mainly in the digestive tract. It is sometimes found in the vagina, causing thrush.
Candida albicans can be quite prolific in its growth, given the right environment. Its roots can pass through the gut wall and it can thereby enter the bloodstream and when this happens, the overgrowth become systemic. At this point, the patient may experience lots of unpleasant symptoms including feeling very unwell, having allergic reactions to certain foods, having a foggy brain and severe tiredness. There can also be skin problems.
Symptoms of Candida overgrowth may include:
Gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn or pain in the abdomen
Bowel irregularities, constipation or diarrhoea or perhaps alternating between the two
Food cravings especially for carbohydrates or sweets
Mood swings, depression or suicidal tendencies
Headaches or migraines
Dry, itchy skin or hives
Finger or toe nail fungus
Joint or muscle pain
Itchy anus or vulva
Acne on face, back or body
Dry or burning eyes
Urinary tract problems
Blood sugar imbalances