Friday, December 3, 2010

So What is Candida?

Candida affects so many people and most don’t even know they have it.  People suffering from candida often go from doctor to doctor looking for help for the problems but get no real help.  This is because main stream medicine does not recognise the effects of Candida apart from thrush.  I believe this may be down to the profits made from repeat prescriptions from their patients if they are never cured.
Candida albicans is a yeast that naturally lives in the body but if the balance of  bacteria is upset this can cause the yeast to multiply and take over from the good bacteria.  Once the candida takes over and travels through the body it can show as many different symptoms.  Here are some of those:
  • abdominal gas and bloating
  • acid reflux
  • acne
  • athlete’s foot
  • anxiety
  • chronic pain
  • cognitive impairment
  • constipation
  • cravings for alcohol
  • cravings for sweets
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • earaches
  • eczema
  • excessive fatigue
  • headaches
  • hyperactivity
  • indigestion
  • inability to think clearly or concentrate/ brain fog
  • inability to loose weight
  • irritability
  • itching
  • learning difficulties
  • low sex drive
  • migraines
  • mood swings
  • muscle weakness
  • persistent cough
  • poor memory
  • pre-menstrual syndrome
  • rectal itching
  • sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals
  • sinus inflammation
  • thrush
  • vaginitis
Candida is considered to be a leading contributor in alcoholism, anxiety disorders, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, addisons disease, multiple chemical sensitivities, crohns, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, pms, endometriosis, fibromyalgia syndrome, prostatitis, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, food allergies, muscle and joint pain, clinical depression, psoriasis, lupus, repeated urinary tract infections, hormonal imbalances, migraines, digestive disturbances, difficult menopausechronic pain, tourette's, vulvodynia, rheumatoid arthritis and many more.  Most of these require a lifelong medication plan.  So why would a doctor want you cured? 

Not everyone gets all the symptoms they can vary from one person to another and often move back and forth between systems within the same individual. From the list I would say that I had 7 of them at some stage in my life. One day you may experience symptoms in the musculoskeletal system and the next day it could be the digestive system ,etc.

You might not think you have candida even if you have some of these sympthoms.  I first read about Candida 10 years ago and thought I might have that but did nothing about it back then.  But if I knew how simple it was to diagnose I may have taken it further.  In my next post I will tell you about getting diagnosed and a simple home test.



  1. Just stopping over to say hi and to let you know I have put a linky up to list all the candida blogs.

    Candida is such a terrible illness that I thought anyone who needs to find out about candida should have a place where they can find all the blogs easier.

    Please stop over and link up. Thanks Terry
    My Journey With Candida Below is where you will find the linky

  2. I think its wonderful that you have created this blog. I'm bookmarking your site so I can always go back to your recipes here.

  3. Thanks Alisa, Hope you enjoy the recipes :)