Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth and Ultimate Causes


Here, Ann Boroch, a naturopath, discusses the underlying reasons why Candida yeast infections occur, and traces the development of these infections as a result of earlier imbalances. Candida is a single-celled yeast organism that is ubiquitous, and predominantly lives in the G.I. tract. Ideally, you would like to have 85% “good” bacteria, and 15% “not-so-good” bacteria. But what happens is with antibiotics, birth control pills, chemotherapy, radiation, sugar stress, and alcohol,  the ratio of good/bad bacteria starts to tip in the wrong direction in the G.I. tract. So, the single-celled yeast starts to multiply as some of the good bacteria start to get wiped out.

Sugar, coming in through foods and stress, starts to feed the yeast. The yeast starts to multiply in the intestine. A normal cross-section of the intestine should show it as a tight membrane, not porous. What happens is a mucous buildup occurs. The fungus starts to burrow and the infected individual develops what is termed “leaky gut.” So, then you have fungus, which starts to get into the blood stream, and then the real damage begins. One starts to feel depression, and anxiety. You may also have gas, bloating, and diarrhea. You also could have eczema.

The infection could go anywhere, and go multiple places at a time. The infection starts out mild, so you just put up with some annoying symptoms. But the longer this goes on, the more serious the symptoms become. The reality is, it’s the body trying to talk to you. Unfortunately, yeast infection will not show up in a blood test, or in a stool sample.

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Ann thinks there is an epidemic of yeast infection occurring now. The only uncertainty is whether the case is mild, moderate or severe. A fungal infection will basically go to any part of the system, so for example men might find it’s more isolated to their sinus, or they have toe nail fungus, or they have jock itch. Women think Candida is only confined to vaginal yeast infections, but really it could be manifested as a case of eczema, or show up as bad PMS, or depression. It continues to ravage the system until you get the single-celled yeast back into balance. 

How then to trace whether a particular condition has a yeast infection as a root cause? Ann does a client history. She’ll ask what kind of vaccinations you had as a child, and what your diet is like. Did you have a lot of antibiotics? Often, patients will describe loving sugar, or bread, or other imbalances start to become evident. Gradually, you start to see the pieces come together. Why am I having recurring urinary tract infections? Or, why do I keep getting bronchitis attacks? 

So, Ann just needs to compile a history of these imbalances, decade-by-decade, and then fit the pieces together.

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