What do you think of when you hear the term "yeast infection"? Most people think of vaginal yeast infections. However, candida is the most common yeast infection type. While candida can be found in the vagina, it's often found in the intestinal tract and mouth. It can also affect your skin, throat, blood, and mucous membranes. Learn more about candida, the symptoms of Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS), and how to treat COS naturally.
What Is Candida Overgrowth Syndrome?
Candida is a fungus that appears naturally in your body to aid with the process of absorbing nutrients and digestion. When your body's natural pH balance is off track, you can experience an overgrowth of candida. When this happens, the candida leaks through the walls of your intestines and penetrates your blood stream. This causes toxins and by-products to flow throughout your system, which can cause one or more symptoms of COS to appear.
Symptoms of Candida Growth Syndrome
Some of the symptoms of COS are surprising. For example, you probably wouldn't expect a yeast infection to cause joint pain, chronic sinus and/or allergy problems, or lower your sex drive, but these are symptoms of COS. Some of the other COS symptoms include:
- Bad breath
- White coating on the tongue
- Weakened immune system
- Brain fog
- Craving sweet foods
- Digestive issues
- Hormone imbalances
- Urinary tract infections
Natural Treatment for Candida Overgrowth Syndrome
The fastest treatment for Candida Overgrowth Syndrome is to get a prescription for antibiotics from your doctor. However, there are several natural ways to treat COS as well.
- Starve the yeast by altering your diet to eliminate sugar, milk, and any food that contains yeast.
- Take antifungal herb supplements, such as grapefruit seed extract or olive leaf, to kill of the bad bacteria in your gut.
- Take probiotic supplements to promote healthy bacteria, good gut health, and regular bowel movements.
Keep in mind that many people experience amplified COS symptoms as their body goes through the detox process to eliminate the excess candida. This means, you may experience bouts of exhaustion or feel more emotional than normal. So it's important to give yourself extra time to rest during the healing process so that you feel well rested and don't get overwhelmed.
Fortunately, Candida Overgrowth Syndrome isn't a serious condition. It's one that's easily treated by making a few simple adjustments to your normal routine. If you have questions about the condition or need help treating it, contact your doctor as soon as possible.