You may not have heard of candida albicans – a common species of yeast – but you almost certainly harbor it in your digestive tract. In fact, there are more than 20 types of candida, and most of the time they cause zero problems. It’s only when your body’s natural pH balance is upset that they can grow out of control, causing a whole range of health problems if left unchecked.
From anxiety to allergies, the list of candida symptoms seems endless, making it even harder for doctors to diagnose. But understanding the wide reach of candida is the first step to figuring out whether it’s behind any of your health problems. To give you a helping hand, here are seven of the most common candida symptoms to look out for.
1. Chronic fatigue
We all have those days when getting out of bed is a challenge, but for those with chronic fatigue, it’s a daily struggle.
2. Vaginal thrush
The occasional bout of thrush may be an irritating fact of life for many women, but frequent yeast infections can be a sign of something more worrying and candida may be at the root of the problem.
3. Oral thrush
It’s not just women who experience the discomfort of a yeast infection.
4. Intestinal distress
Your doctor may chalk up ongoing digestive distress to IBS, but actually there may be more going on. Burping, bloating, diarrhea and flatulence are all among the symptoms of candida overgrowth, as well as a lack of healthy bacteria in the gut.
5. Hormonal imbalance
Pregnancy and birth control can be triggers of yeast infections. That’s because the boost in estrogen can throw your system out of whack, leading to the unregulated growth of candida.
If you struggle with chronic allergies, candida may well be to blame.
7. Depression and anxiety
The gut and the brain are more closely connected than you may think. In fact, much of the body’s hormone production occurs in the intestinal tract, with 90 to 95 percent of serotonin being produced in the intestines.