What are the Symptoms of Candida ?
Candida is a very common problem that we see in approximately 50% of our patients.
The most common symptoms of Candida include:
Constipation or Diarrhea
Sugar cravings or cravings for bread, marmite
In Women, Thrush
In Men Jock itch
How can Candida be treated?
The key in treating patient's with Candida is to combine dietary approaches with anti-fungals. Taking anti-fungals without changing your diet will not be effective.
Patients will need to cut out sugar, cakes biscuits, honey, maple syrup from their diet as well as alcohol and all foods that contain yeast- bread and pizza and beer lager and wine.
Can you test for Candida?
There are a number of tests that can be conducted to see whether Candida is a problem- these include blood, urine and stool and saliva tests.
After we see patients for a consultation we may recommend one of these tests.
What treatment is effective for Candida?
The stool test that we use will be able to highlight the best anti-fungals (both pharmaceutical and natural) to eradicate your strain of yeast so that treatment can be very targeted.
This means that you will not have to spend money purchasing anti-fungals that may not work with your specific strain of yeast.
We may recommend anti-fungals including Caprylic acid, Oregano, Graperfruit seeds extract and or Berberine.
Probiotics also are paramount- again we will recommend the appropriate strain based on your stool test results. The stool test has the uncanny ability to identify whether you are lacking important strains of healthy gut bacteria such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium species for example.
This means we can be very targeted in our candida treatment.
What causes Candida Albicans?
Candida Albicans can grow and proliferate if you have had a history of taking several antibiotics as a child or as an adult or taken antibiotics for Acne. You may have also consumed a high sugar or high yeast diet including foods such as bread, stock cubes, soya sauce balsamic vinegar or alcohol. All of these factors may contribute to Candida growing.