Signs that you have Candida overgrowth
Your gut is populated with a large variety of microflora that work together to aid in healthy digestion and immune functions. Your overall wellness is largely dependent on these various bacteria, fungi, and other microbes staying balanced. For example, Candida, a type fungus or yeast, is generally present in small amounts. When Candida begins to overproduce, however, it’s possible to develop a condition called candidiasis which can result in a number of uncomfortable symptoms.
Some of the signs of Candida overgrowth include include depression and mood swings, skin and nail fungal infections, difficulty concentrating or brain fog, fatigue, yeast infections, strong cravings for sugar or refined carbohydrates, and more. In recent years, researchers have discovered that gut health plays a key role in overall physical wellness; therefore, maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria can make a big difference in how you feel on an everyday basis.
Confirming your suspicions
If you’ve spotted some of the signs in yourself and suspect that you’re suffering from candidiasis, there is actually an easy home Candida test you can perform. Upon first waking, before you’ve had anything to eat or drink, spit in a clean glass of water. Check back in 30-45 minutes. Has the spittle sprouted “legs” that are hanging down into the glass? If so, you may have a Candida overgrowth.
There is a delicate balance between friendly and harmful bacteria in your digestive tract, and it’s not terribly hard to upset the balance. Common activities like taking a course of antibiotics, eating a diet high in simple carbs and sugar, drinking alcohol, and taking oral contraceptives are all potential ways to upset the ratio. The good news is that there are some easy, non-invasive ways to help improve this issue should it arise.
Potential Candida solutions for you
First, if you suspect that you have too much yeast in your body, you can try supplements to fight Candida overgrowth. Probiotic supplements are one of the best ways to improve gut health because they introduce large numbers of active, beneficial bacteria into the digestive tract. For example, ThreeLac, one of the GHT products designed specifically to target digestive health, contains three potent microflora. Taken regularly, these friendly bacteria can help to balance out the overproduction of yeast or other less beneficial bacteria.
Why wait until you have an infection? A healthy gut is tied to better overall health. Adding a probiotic to your routine as a preventative measure is also well advised. Check out the Global Health Trax line of digestive health products to see what is right for you.