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Candidiasis: The Hidden Epidemic

Here at the clinic we see lots of patients with a diverse array of complaints and conditions. Many feel they have so many symptoms, that by the time they visit us they have already resigned themselves to a lifetime of feeling under par. Naturopathic treatment always seeks to determine the root cause of these problems and once established, a health program can be followed to move the body towards a state of balance, resolving the symptoms as a whole rather than treating each complaint separately.

For an increasing number of clients, the root cause of their problems is an overgrowth of Candida albicans.

Candida And Gut Health:

We've all seen the adverts telling us how important it is to look after our gut health. We're told that bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and poor digestion are some of the problems that may result if we don't keep the balance of "good" and "bad" bacteria in check. But the problem can run much deeper than that. When the balance of our gut flora is thrown out of kilter, a fungus called Candida albicans can take over, which if left untreated, can lead to a condition known as Candidiasis. Candidiasis is something we're seeing more and more of at the clinic, and it can be the root cause of a whole host of unpleasant, chronic symptoms.

What Causes Candidiasis?

Candida albicans is always present in the intestines and on the skin, and shouldn't present any problems unless it's allowed to get out of control. This situation however, is much more common than people might think.

An overgrowth of Candida can be due to many factors such as;

* Eating a diet high in sugar or consuming too much alcohol
* Taking oral contraceptives or a course of antibiotics
* Leading a stressful lifestyle
* Lowered immunity after illness

The nature of our busy, modern lifestyles (eating too many processed convenience foods, regularly taking over the counter medications, working stressful jobs with little time to relax,) means that more and more of us have Candida overgrowth without even knowing it.

What Are The Symptoms Of Candidiasis?

The worrying thing about Candida is that once it takes hold it's able to travel through the bloodstream causing problems in any and every part of the body. Some common symptoms include:

* Recurrent yeast infections such as thrush or athletes foot/tinea
* Tiredness and lethargy that don't improve after a good night's sleep
* Red, itchy skin and rashes
* Headaches and joint pain
* Bloating, weight gain and gas

As many of these symptoms are quite general and could linked to a number of other conditions, Candida overgrowth is often misdiagnosed, meaning that people can put up with symptoms for years before making the connection.

How Can Naturopathy Help With Candidiasis?

There are a number of ways in which our practitioners can help you begin your journey to wellness. An initial consultation may involve answering questions about your diet and lifestyle, and you may also be offered integrative wellness testing to help determine the root cause of your symptoms. One of the most reliable tests for Candida overgrowth is to test for the IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies. Our practitioners will arrange for any tests they feel are necessary, and this information will be used to work with you to develop a wellness plan individually tailored to your specific health needs.

Over the course of your treatment you may be asked to keep a food journal, follow an eating plan, or be prescribed probiotics, supplements or herbal formulas to manage your symptoms. Gradually, and with time, your body will begin to make the transition towards balance and improved health. Many patients quickly notice subtle, beneficial side effects such as improved sleep, and increased energy as well as a noticeable reduction in their symptoms.

Naturopathic medicine can help with a wide range of conditions that are often difficult to treat with conventional approaches. You don't have to put up with poor health. Call the clinic today to see how we can help.

27 February