Candida Symptoms

Learn more about Candida imbalance and how detrimental it can be to your health

Your health and well being can be threatened if you have an excess of harmful bacteria compared to good.

What Do We Mean By “Balanced Intestinal Flora”?

Our intestinal tract is home to many species of bacteria (flora). These flora can be divided into two types, “friendly” and “unfriendly”. Among the “unfriendly” flora, the most aggressive and opportunistic is the yeast Candida albicans. While our flora play an important role in overall health, any imbalance of the normal ratio of “friendly” and “unfriendly” flora may result in a wide variety of health issues.

How Do We Know If Our Flora is “Out of Balance”?

An overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria can result in many uncomfortable symptoms. The most common include digestive upset and more widespread symptoms like chronic fatigue, skin rashes, intimate itching, depression and difficulty concentrating. The natural balance in other parts of the body can be lost too. This is particularly true in warm, moist areas, such as the groin, anal area and between the toes where redness, irritation and itch can occur.

What Affects This Balance

Our normal “flora balance” can be adversely affected by many factors like a poor diet (high in sugary or processed foods and alcoholic beverages), stress and certain prescription drugs, in particular broad-spectrum antibiotics. One of the most common complaints from women taking oral contraceptives is vaginal yeast overgrowth.