What is Candida?
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Candida albicans is a yeast that forms part of the natural flora in the gut. If the gut flora is imbalanced, an overgrowth of yeast can occur and may cause an array of unpleasant symptoms. A Candida overgrowth will increase the likelihood of leaky gut. Candida may be caused by a diet high in sugar or refined foods, imbalanced gut bacteria, stress, antibiotic or steroid treatment, childbirth or long-term use of hormone therapy.
Possible symptoms of Candida
- Heavy bloating, especially after eating
- Diarrhoea or constipation (frequently, these alternate)
- Skin problems, including eczema
- Digestive upsets following antibiotic treatment
- Nausea and acid regurgitation
- Extreme tiredness and lethargy
- Sweet cravings
- Frequent colds and infections
- Recurrent vaginal thrush or cystitis
- Brain fog and poor memory
- Muscle and joint aches
- White coating on the tongue
The stool test will analyse fungal colonisations, including all Candida species and other yeasts or moulds, in the intestines. For accuracy of findings, you will need to provide both a stool sample and mouth swab for this test.
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