Candida Yeast Overgrowth FAQs

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Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Candida yeast overgrowth.

What is Candida?

Candida, also known as candida albicans, is a harmless yeast (type of fungus) that lives in naturally in everyone's body. In a healthy body it lives in a balanced environment in the gastrointestinal tract, on the mucous membrane and on the skin. However, this harmless yeast can overgrow turning into an opportunistic pathogen.

Candida overgrowth can attack any organ or system in your body relentlessly 24 hours a day. Eventually it can change into a pathogenic fungus with roots that cause a myriad of symptoms.

What Causes Candia Overgrowth in the Body?

There are many factors that contribute to the overgrowth of candida. Some of the most common factors that cause candida yeast overgrowth are:

  • Steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Estrogen replacement therapy
  • Poor diet
  • Chemotherapy
  • Birth control pills
  • Heavy metals (typically from silver amalgam fillings or metals in polluted air)
  • Alcohol overuse
  • Recreational drugs
  • Acute & chronic stress
  • Radiation

Once an imbalance occurs, yeast continues to multiply as it is fed by any type of sugar such as the sugar found in alcohol, desserts, white flour, dairy products. Mild to severe helath conditions can appear after a few years if left untreated.

Does Diet Contribute to Candida Overgrowth?

Yes, an unhealthy diet can contribute to yeast overgrowth in the body. Yeast thrives in the presence of diets high in:

  • Refined sugars
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Dairy products
  • Alcohol
  • Processed foods
  • Dairy products

Is Candida Overgrowth Common? Is it Even a Real Thing?

About 1 in 3 people suffer from yeast-related symptoms or conditions which means yeast overgrowth, candida, affects millions of people and it is a very real condition. Most people only associate candida with vaginal yeast infections but it's much more. Considering that mainstream Western medicine protocols, poor diets and stress overload, all major contributing factors to yeast overgrowth, it is no wonder that yeast overgrowth affects millions of Americans.

DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE DOSE OF ANTIBIOTICS CAN RAISE YOUR YEAST LEVELS AND CAUSE AN IMBALANCE

What are the Symptoms of Candida Yeast Overgrowth?

The most common symptoms that individuals with candida yeast overgrowth experience include:

  • Fatigue
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Arthritic pain
  • Sinus infections
  • High and low blood sugar
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • More severe conditions like cancer and autoimmune diseases can occur

Candida overgrowth causes a cascade of imbalances in the body and can lead to serious health issues if balance in the body is not restored.

Does Candida Overgrowth Cause Weight Loss?

Candida yeast overgrowth indirectly impacts the ability of the endocrine system to function correctly. This system is responsible for releasing the hormones that regulate the body's metabolic activity. When these glands do not function correctly low blood sugar, diabetes and obesity can occur. Candida overgrowth typically does not result in weight loss. In fact, in many cases it makes it difficult to lose weight because your endocrine system is not functioning optimally. Once you eradicate candida the weight should drop easily.

How Do I Beat / Cure Candida Yeast Overgrowth?

Yeast overgrowth is a response to environmental factors, medications and poor diet choices. The first step in beating candida yeast overgrowth is to kill fungus and eradicate excess yeast. While you never fully eliminate yeast from the body, you have to get your yeast levels back in balance. Start the process of rebalancing the yeast in your body by modifying your diet to to starve off the excess yeast.

How Do I Know if I Have Candida Yeast Overgrowth?

If you think you may have yeast overgrowth, the best way to identify if you do is to take our Candida Questionnaire.

You can submit this questiionnaire to our office and if you are at risk of candida yeast overgrowth one of candida specialists will reach out to you to discuss your options. Dr. Dean Mitchell and Dr. Ricki Mitchell at Mitchell Medical Group in NYC and Long Island specialize in treating candida yeast overgrowth.

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