Candida is a big deal in the world of holistic health. It’s one of those underlying health issues that can go undetected for years, causing a wide range of unpleasant symptoms—many of which you just can’t put your finger on. In other words, you feel terrible, but it’s hard to describe and you can’t quite figure out why. Once you start learning about Candida, it’s normal to have a lot of questions. How do you know, for sure, that you have Candida overgrowth? And if you do, what can you do about it?
Candida is a type of fungus that is present all over the body, but especially in the digestive tract. In normal amounts it won’t cause problems, and in fact, it’s actually healthy to some degree. You see, gut health is all about balance; we actually need some fungi in the gut, as many species have beneficial properties similar to the way bacteria do. But Candida overgrowth and subsequent infection, also known as Candidiasis, can cause symptoms like digestive issues, mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, and brain fog—just to name a few.