What is Candida?
Candida is the popular term for candidiasis (yeast overgrowth), a condition first identified by American physicians in the 1970s. The Candida yeast normally thrives in nearly all humans’ digestive system, and typically does not cause any problems at all. However, Candida is known as an “opportunistic” pathogen and strikes when presented with an opportunity. If the conditions are conducive it starts dominating the gut, resulting in various symptoms.
Symptoms of Candida
Symptoms of candida are wide-ranging and can include sore throat, toe-nail fungus, fatigue, abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, indigestion, anal itching, weakness, dizziness, headaches, cold-sweats, muscle and joint pain, flu, numbness, asthma, allergies, leaky gut, athlete’s foot, jock itch, PMS, menstrual pain, irregular menses, thrush and chronic vaginal infections.
Candida can also be found in stools. Yes, you have read it correct. If you notice white patches in your stool or stringy white strands, it could possibly be a Candida symptom and an indication that you have an aggravated gastrointestinal yeast infection.
Causes of Candida
It has been observed that a person taking antibiotics has more chances of developing Candida. Bacteria that normally dominate the gut microflora secrete lactic acid, which serves to acidify the intestinal tract (and yeast hate acidic environments; consequently, they are not able to multiply easily). Antibiotics kill these healthy bacteria and the yeast now has a more favorable atmosphere and a more ideal pH environment for its proliferation. The result is rapid overgrowth of Candida, and this yeast quickly begins to dominate the microflora of the digestive system.
Estrogen birth control pills and corticosteroids can also predispose women to vaginal yeast infections and enable Candida overgrowth.
What does Candida in stool look like?
If you see any white patches or stringy white strands in your stool, it may be Candida. Look for long hyphal germ tubes of the yeast in your stool. In severe cases you should see stringy white cords that indicate a lot of yeast growing in your gut. However, such white material could also just be mucous in your stool. So, get your stool examined for a confirmed diagnosis.
Conventional Treatment for Candida
There are very few antifungal drugs that are capable of treating the Candida infection. Most are chemicals that are known to drop the immunity further, and in fact, even aggravate the infection.
Diet and lifestyle could be a contributing factor.
If there are any underlying pathological conditions responsible for the infection, they must be treated first.
Symptomatic treatment may also be required, depending on the complaints of the individual.
Biogetica Approach for Candida in Stool
Candidiasis can be due to a fungal infection, decreased immunity or an underlying pathological condition. Natural Therapies aim to not only address the disease symptomatically but also target the root cause, so that the results are long- lasting. There is an ever increasing body of research on using homeopathy and herbal products in this condition. Our Full Spectrum Immune boost kit with G-Factor contains potent natural ingredients that boost immunity and help maintain a healthy gut environment.