Yeast overgrowth causes cravings for sugar, interferes with appetite, raises insulin levels, lowers metabolism, and increases fatigue -- and that’s just the beginning. If you suspect you have a yeast infection, Dr. Shaw encourages you to schedule a consultation. The sooner a yeast infection is diagnosed and treated, the more you can limit its potential impact.
Why is Candida so harmful for your body?
There are over 900 different strains of yeast in the human body, but the most common one – Candida albicans – is also the most harmful due to its unique characteristics. Yeasts are normally small, round cells that don’t cause much damage. However, candida grows long tendrils that can penetrate through tissues in your body, causing widespread inflammation and cell damage.
Candida also produces byproducts called mycotoxins. As their name suggests, they’re toxic to your body. An overgrowth of candida in your intestine can cause a leaky gut, which means toxins, bacteria, and food particles get through the protective intestinal barrier and into your bloodstream.
What are the symptoms of a candida infection?
As candida travels throughout your body, it can affect any system. Each person reacts to candida differently, but symptoms include:
- Allergic reactions: congested nose, hives, headache, dizziness, etc.
- Gastrointestinal problems: gas, bloating, abdominal pain, gastritis, etc.
- Respiratory problems: frequent sore throat, mouth or canker sores, sinus infection, etc.
- Cardiovascular problems: palpitations, rapid pulse rate
- Central nervous system problems: headache, sinus headache, tension headache, migraines, etc.
- Skin infection: hives or rashes under the breasts, groin area, etc.
How is a yeast infection treated?
The functional medicine approach practiced by Dr. Shaw is one of the most successful ways to treat a yeast infection. He thoroughly evaluates all of your body systems and considers how each one is affecting the other, which is essential because yeast can cause health problems in any part of your body.
He will also determine if you have any underlying health conditions that might promote candida, such as diabetes. Depending on the results of testing and your health, you may need to:
- Follow a diet to control candida
- Take nutritional supplements to eliminate deficiencies
- Take probiotics
- Follow a plan to strengthen your immune system