Candida overgrowth is caused by having too much candida and yeast in your body. Everyone does have candida, but if you have too much of it, it can cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. Many of these symptoms are related to other conditions as well, so you might not even realize it is from the excess candida in your body.
Before talking to a doctor about possible issues with candida overgrowth, consider the following symptoms to see if there might be a likelihood for you.
Your Tummy is Rumbling
Some people experience more problems with their gut and digestive system when they have a candida overgrowth. With too much candida in your body, there is a major disruption in the balance between good and bad bacteria. Everyone has both naturally, but when you have too much bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria, this leads to quite a few issues. The candida might even be associated with more serious issues that also affect gut, including ulcerative colitis.
You Have No Energy
This is probably the first and most common symptom you will experience when you have candida overgrowth. Unfortunately, it is a sign of many other conditions as well, so your doctor might not catch it right away. You want to look at the severity of your fatigue and rule out other causes to determine if it might be from the candida itself.
With this type of chronic fatigue, it doesn’t lessen or go away no matter what you do. You might exercise more or less, try getting better sleep or more sleep, do things to keep you alert during the day, and nothing works. This is when you know you have chronic fatigue related to your mental or physical health. When it happens with some of these other symptoms, it might be from candida overgrowth.
Those Infections Keep Coming Back
Since candida is yeast in your body, it makes sense that you might get recurring yeast infections. If you keep getting these vaginal infections, it might not just be bad luck, but be because you have a lot of candida in your body. Yeast infections are common with most women having at least one in their lifetime, but getting multiple ones in a short period of time is not common.
In addition to the yeast infections (which men can also get), you may also be getting urinary tract infections on a regular basis.
Additional Common Symptoms
While these cover the most common symptoms of candida overgrowth, there are some other things you might experience. This includes:
skin or nail infections
– If you are someone that seems to get a yeast infection multiple
times a year, or keeps getting other skin and nail infections, there
might be more to it. This might actually be from candida
Joint pain along with the fatigue – When you have one or the other, it may not mean anything, but joint pain with some moderate or severe fatigue, it could be from having too much candida in your body.
Flare-ups of Fibromyalgia or Crohn’s disease – Do you have a chronic pain condition like Fibromyalgia? If so, you are more than aware of what a flare-up is. This can actually be related to your candida overgrowth. You may notice an increase in your flare-ups, but aren’t quite sure where they are coming from.
Problems concentrating – This is one of those mental situations where it could be from many different things, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t rule out something like candida overgrowth. If you notice problems concentrating or not holding your focus, especially in combination with some of the other symptoms of candida overgrowth, there may be a connection.
Mood swings or worsened anxiety – Lastly, think about whether or not you have mood changes. Even if it isn’t from candida, it is still a good idea to figure out where your anxiety is coming from. You might want to try tracking your anxiety and mood in a journal and see if you can figure out the cause.
As you can see, candida overgrowth can affect you in many ways. The best thing you can do is start a candida diet and talk to your doctor about what else should be done.