You may have heard about Candida, but what is it? Candida (usually Candida albicans) is a form of fungus or yeast that is found naturally in many parts of the healthy body, especially in the digestive tract. When antibiotics or other factors (Illness, stress, medication) strip the body of good bacteria, Candida Albicans can overgrow and take hold causing a variety of symptoms in the digestive system, skin, your mood, weight and much more! Sometimes these can be mild, but other times Candida overgrowth can become systemic (Candidiasis) and cause major health problems. Many people have Candida Overgrowth or Candidiasis without knowing it. Are you one of them?
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Could you be suffering with Candida?
Grab a pencil, let's begin!
1. Have you been on a course of antibiotics in the past year?
b) In the last six months
c) Yes, repeated courses over the last year (or for a long period at one time). If female: or the pill for the last 3 years.
2. The following describes you:
a) Slight trouble sleeping, little forgetful
b) Insomnia between 1-2am, brain foggy
c) Very tired, memory loss, bad headaches
3. You have suffered with these hormonal issues in the last 6months:
a) The usual PMS, slight UTI or prostate issues
b) Chronic UTI and/or PMS/Prostate problems
c) Three or more of the following: PMS, UTI, Sexual dysfunction, Thrush infection (mouth or genital thrush), Jock itch, Athlete's Foot, Nail Fungus
4. You have a frequent craving for:
a) spicy foods
b) salty foods
c) sweet foods and starchy foods
5. Your mood lately:
a) happy, with a few bad days
b) moderately depressed most days
c) severely depressed most days
6. Regarding your weight:
a) I am a healthy weight for my height and age
b) I am slightly overweight, sometimes struggle to lose weight
c) I am mostly overweight in my stomach area, and really struggle to lose weight
7. Do you suffer with digestive issues such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea (or a combination of all three)?
a) none of he above or very seldom
b) yes, every few months
c) on a weekly or daily basis!
8. Your skin is best described as:
a) fine, no complaints
b) sometimes itchy and occasional odd rash
c) very often itchy, unusually dry, burning or tingling and commonly I get rashes.
9. You suffer with anxiety:
a) seldom or never
b) occasionally yes
c) yes - and often for no apparent reason, with heart palpitations
10. I have noticed I have white spots inside my mouth/on the tongue, redness or discomfort in the mouth area, sore throat and difficulty swallowing, cracking at the corners of my mouth where my lips meet:
a) none of the above
b) one of the above
c) three or more of the above
While it seems unlikely that you are suffering from Candida infection, you must keep a balance of intestinal flora and good bacteria - as even stress can change the delicate balance in your body and cause Candida to creep in and take hold. For this reason, we would suggest Solgar Advanced Acidophilus Plus to help maintain balance of intestinal flora and digestive health. It's never too early to start a Candida prevention plan!
You may or may not be suffering with Candida - and you may just be on the borderline of healthy versus unhealthy bacteria in the gut. We would suggest a quick course of our 100% herbal Candidate Drops and Solgar Advanced Acidophilus Plus to help balance the good bacteria . In addition, add a good quality yoghurt with live cultures to your diet or a probiotic from your local health shop. We also have an excellent remedy to cleanse your system naturally. Detox Drops help to flush out your system and curb any Candida tendencies within. It may also stand you in good health to follow the FREE Candida diet (to help you with the occasional symptoms you suffer with), so have a peek at our FREE Candida Diet diet that outlines what you should be eating to help fight the infection within, and what you should be avoiding to starve the Candida.
As antibiotics can weaken the immune system and the delicate balance of good bacteria in the body - Candida can take hold when you are depleted in probiotics. It's highly recommended that you add a live culture yoghurt to your daily diet or speak to your pharmacist about a course of pro-biotocs to restore internal flora to your gut. We would definitely suggest that you begin a treatment of our natural Candidate Drops - a herbal restorer of balance to help fight Candida in the body as well as a good quality probiotic supplement such as Solgar Advanced Acidophilus Plus. You should also definitely start the Candida Diet ASAP - known to help many to combat Candida by cutting out sugar, dairy and wheat - which often 'feed' the Candida bacterial overgrowth. For added Candida combat - add Detox Drops to flush out toxins from your system and give a clean slate for healthy bacteria to flourish again. It's also very, very important for you to support your immune system, so have a look at this herbal remedy, Immunity Plus, to help support your immune system using powerful, tested natural ingredients.