By Dr. Hilary Chambers, ND
Candida is a type of yeast that is part of a normal gut flora. However, it is a fungus, meaning that it can easily overgrow if given the opportunity. An overgrowth of yeast causes an imbalance of the types of organisms living in our gut, and this can lead to widespread symptoms including digestive upset, bloating, fatigue, and brain fog. When I see these symptoms in patients, we take a four-pronged approach to treatment: stop feeding the yeast, kill the existing yeast, heal the gut, and replenish the micro-biome with healthy bacteria.
In this article I answer the most common questions about Candida to provide you with a solid foundation for understanding the basics of a yeast overgrowth.
Yes, there are stool tests and blood tests available through your Naturopathic Doctor to help us determine if you have a Candida overgrowth in the gut. These tests will also give us an idea of the severity of the overgrowth to help determine the dose and length of time for your treatment protocol. It is possible to move forward without testing, but please speak with your ND to be sure this is a safe option for you.
For more information about testing and treating Candida overgrowth, please book an appointment with Dr. Hilary Chambers, ND.
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