Candida Albicans is a type of yeast typically present in our digestive systems, vaginal regions or on the skin. Although a healthy immune system is generally effective in keeping such things as toxins, bacteria and yeast in check, under certain circumstances Candida can increase rapidly, overgrowing beneficial bacteria.
An overgrowth of Candida can cause a variety of unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms, including: acne, allergies, anxiety, brain fog, cravings for sugar, cystitis, depression, digestive problems, fatigue, feeling generally ill, irritability, menstrual problems, migraine, muscle aches, and vaginitis.
Many illnesses are thought to be related to problems with Candida. If you have multiple symptoms, it may be beneficial for you to be tested for Candida Albicans. A diagnosis of yeast- related health problems is most commonly determined through a review of clinical history, and a preponderence of positive answers on the Candida Questionnaire. A blood test is sometimes recommended.
Multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, contraceptives or steroids, diabetes, inherited or acquired immune deficiencies, stress and dietary factors all potentially play a role in determining the body’s ability to defend against an overgrowth of Candida. Determination of causative factors will greatly assist in prescribing a course of treatment to control and return yeast to normal levels.
Dietary modification, including limiting foods such as: sugars, yeasts, fruit, mushrooms, vinegars, alcohol and refined and starchy carbohydrates, including some grains, may be necessary. The addition of other foods such as olive oil and garlic, as well as anti-fungal medicines and nutritional supplements may be prescribed.
Questionnaire for Candida Albicans
Do you have a history of, or do you suffer from any of the following?
Yes No Acne
Yes No Allergies
Yes No Anxiety
Yes No Athlete’s Foot, Fungal Infections of the Nails or Skin
Yes No Antibiotics and/or Steroids
Yes No Brain Fog or Memory Problems
Yes No Contraceptive Pills, six months or more
Yes No Cystitis
Yes No Depression
Yes No Diabetes
Yes No Digestive Problems
Yes No Fatigue
Yes No Generally Feeling Unwell
Yes No Irritability
Yes No Loss of Libido
Yes No Menstrual Problems
Yes No Migraine
Yes No Muscle Aches
Yes No Sugar Cravings
Yes No Vaginitis
If you have answered ‘Yes’ to a majority of questions, an overgrowth of Candida Albicans probably plays an adverse role in your health. Talk with your provider about a comprehensive, pro-active testing and treatment program.