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Understanding Candida Overgrowth: Causes, Effects, and Symptoms

November 13, 20231 min read

Candida, a member of the yeast family, is naturally present in everyone. While harmless under normal conditions with a robust immune system, sufficient stomach acid, and friendly bacteria, candida can lead to infections when certain factors come into play.

Factors such as chronic stress, excessive sugar and alcohol consumption, antibiotics, steroids, and birth control pills can contribute to candida overgrowth. Antibiotics, for instance, disrupt the balance of beneficial flora that normally keeps candida in check, while specific foods provide nourishment for its unchecked proliferation.

Chronic stress creates an environment where candida can overpower gut bacteria, fueled by the release of cortisol. Elevated blood sugar and a weakened immune system provide an ideal breeding ground for candida to thrive. This opportunistic fungus takes advantage of weakened states within the body.

Candida overgrowth results in the production of toxins that harm the intestinal lining, potentially leading to a leaky gut. This condition allows foreign substances, such as food particles and chemicals, to enter the bloodstream. The immune system then attacks the body's own tissues, potentially triggering autoimmune issues based on individual genetic predispositions.

Recognizing Candida Overgrowth: Common Symptoms

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood swings

  • Brain fog

  • Vaginal or bladder infections

  • Food sensitivities

  • Insomnia

  • Joint pain

  • Burning mouth or burning feet

  • Sensitivities to scents (e.g., perfume, cologne, cigarettes, cleaning products, fabric odors, etc.)

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Brandon Drake

Brandon, the VP of Business Development at LabSmarts, empowers practitioners with bio-individualized blood work interpretation software, enhancing accuracy and efficiency in analysis while preserving personalized healthcare philosophies for optimal patient care. Brandon also works as Business Development Consultant at a leading CRM company. His role involves fostering partnerships with individuals and organizations keen on optimizing their operational processes and elevating customer and prospect interactions. The overarching objective is to catalyze business growth. Brandon’s approach centers on in-depth comprehension of your unique business landscape, objectives, and pain points. This enables him to discern how his company’s CRM technology can effectively resolve your specific challenges. His foremost aim is to empower customers to harness the full potential of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, thereby streamlining operations, enhancing efficiency, and fostering growth, all while maintaining the human touch in the digital age. Brandon Drake

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