Candida: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Many types of fungi live in and on the human body, including the genus of yeasts known as Candida. This fungus is typically found in small amounts in the mouth and intestines and on the skin and is not problematic.

However, candida infections have become more and more widespread, thanks to the misuse of antibiotics and poor, modern diets. These circumstances turn our bodies into the perfect environment for candida growth, causing a range of health issues from skin and nail infections to digestive issues, and reoccurring yeast infections to oral thrush.

Contrary to popular thinking, candidiasis -- or a fungal infection -- is not just a simple infection. It is a symptom of a more complex, disordered immune system, which is also impacted by age, food and chemical sensitiveness, sensitive hypoglycemia, trace mineral deficiencies, collections of dangerous materials, allergy to the fungus itself, mental stress and other tensions, or even soft tissue imbalances.

You can help keep your candida in check by eating a diet low in refined carbohydrates and sugar, consuming little to no alcohol, living a low-stress lifestyle, and not misusing antibiotics. Oral contraceptives can also lead to candida overgrowth.

Consider eating more foods that have specifically been shown to encourage “good” bacteria to grow and inhibit the growth of Candida, such as garlic, coconut oil, Kombucha, and pomegranate.

If you experience symptoms commonly associated with candida, consider a visit to a natural healthcare doctor. They can perform blood and/or stool testing, as well as a Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test, which checks for a candida yeast overgrowth called D-Arabinitol.

If you do test positive for a candida overgrowth, don’t panic! It’s the most common cause of fungal infections in humans with nearly 75% of women experiencing at least one outbreak in their lifetime. You can get back on the path to better health with the help of a clean, plant-based diet and by resolving core issues, such as taking trace minerals if a deficiency exists.