The interesting thing about yeast overgrowth is that it can cause a multitude of symptoms, which can vary, depending on the individual. Genetic weaknesses, heredity, other health issues, age, sex and length of time with candida overgrowth can all be contributing factors. We have been gathering data for over 26 years from many thousands of sufferers and while no specific pattern has been established, we do know many of the symptoms that repeat themselves from person to person. We have grouped them by common denominator so that you may better understand the far reaching potential that systemic candida can produce.
Gastro-Intestinal symptoms can include craving for sugary foods and alcohol, white coating on the tongue, often called yeasty tongue, bleeding gums, mucus in the throat, acid-like reflux, indigestion, gas, bloating, cramping and either constipation or diarrhea. These symptoms can be signs of either a localized overgrowth in the digestive tract or part of a larger problem that has taken over the soft tissues.
Systemic symptoms often include hyperactivity, drowsiness, weight gain or weight loss, low libido, acne, cysts, hives and other allergic reactions, fungus of the nails and skin, athlete’s foot, metallic taste in the mouth, bad breath, sinus congestion, post-nasal drip, sinusitis, asthma, itchy eyes, blurred vision, bags under the eyes, ringing in the ears, and localized vaginal or penile yeast infections. These symptoms can vary from person to person. You may not necessarily have all of these symptoms at the same time. Some may come and go, only to be replaced by others. In general, the longer a person has had symptoms the more severe they can become.
Symptoms of candida overgrowth that has crossed the blood/brain barrier include energy levels depleted, brain fog, irritability, anger, dizziness, depression, crying spells, panic attacks, poor coordination, and sensitivity to light. Many people have described the feeling like “having a helmet over their head” or “feeling separated from the outside world”. Others describe the sensations of slowing of time or poor short term memory. As the organism proliferates into the soft tissues of the body, it then migrates back to the digestive tract.
The metabolism of the candida organism is such that it can affect virtually every system within the body. In addition, by-products of its metabolism can produce a variety of chemicals that in turn affect the internal chemistry of the body. The digestive system, the immune system, and even the endocrine system with its vast array of hormones, can all be adversely affected by significant overgrowth.
Adult-onset allergies are often a result of an over-active immune system, which has been continually stimulated by the yeast organism. As the immune system becomes more hyper-sensitive, it starts to respond to otherwise normal substances in the environment. This produces sensitivities to such things as perfumes, tobacco smoke, household cleaners and other common substances.
If you have been noticing a cluster of these symptoms and have been told by your doctor that your tests are normal and they can’t find anything to cause them, it is very likely that a systemic yeast issues may be to blame. Keep in mind that there is no definitive test for systemic candida. Antibody tests are always positive since we all have the candida albicans organism in our digestive system. The “spit test” can be either accurate or in many cases, very inaccurate, giving false positive or worse yet false negative readings.
Genital-urinary issues are common in both men and women with localized or systemic candida. In addition to the obvious vaginal yeast infection or jock itch, it can cause recurring UTI’s Cystitis, menstrual irregularities and inflammations of the bladder. Hormone disturbances can also cause sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Repeated urinary issues often result in multiple rounds of antibiotics, furthering the problem.
Other situations that can either suppress or over-stimulate the immune system would include excess copper in the diet, especially from heavy metal sources, mercury fillings, excess chlorine from water supply and repeated antibiotic use. These factors, while not actually causing the problem can weaken immune response, making it more difficult for your body to defend itself from the yeast overgrowth and prevent it from getting and keeping it under control on its own.
When Candida Goes Systemic
Let’s take a look at some of the signs that candida has become systemic throughout the body. Increasing fatigue, together with headaches, insomnia and even mood swings are often common. Gastro-intestinal disturbances such as bloating and gas, abdominal pain, and bowel disturbances can be common. Many systemic sufferers also experience dizziness, allergy-like issues such as itching skin, red, itchy eyes and rashes. If the yeast has crossed the blood/brain barrier memory problems, irritability, insomnia, mood swings and even depression can be common. Weight gain is also another factor for many suffering from systemic yeast overgrowth. As it continues to multiply it slows the metabolism often causing weight gain.
The most common causes of systemic yeast overgrowth include the use and abuse of antibiotics for such things as acne, staph infections and other bacterial problems. These conditions often require prolonged antibiotic use and the longer this goes on the more likely they will cause a candida explosion. Steroid drugs are also a major problem as they also suppress healthy bacteria allowing the candida to explosively multiply. Birth control medications, used for long periods are also a common cause of the overgrowth. Localized yeast infections can be transmitted sexually from person to person as well. If left unchecked, these local issues have the ability to become systemic over time.
Immune suppression is another major factor. Chronic illnesses can suppress immune function over time. Long term infections also play a role in depleting immunity. Environmental substances that can be found everywhere can also suppress immune function. Even Chlorine in our water supply can be a negative factor. Our program uses a multi-faceted immune support formula that not only helps strengthen the immune system but also supports immune health.
Stress can be a major factor when it comes to the central nervous system and yeast issues. Likewise excess stress in life can suppress immune function and make it more difficult for the body to control yeast overgrowth. Nutrients that support the stress response cycle such as herbal extracts and the B-complex vitamins can be helpful in supporting the adrenal glands.
The Candida Symptoms Can Worsen
The longer the candida organism lives systemically in the body, the greater number of symptoms can develop. The Classic symptoms that can often worsen over time include digestive disturbances, diarrhea and/or constipation or altering between the two, tingling of the hands and feet, vaginal discharge, repeated vaginal yeast infections, headaches, a feeling of being disconnected with the environment, a spacey out of touch feeling, fatigue, excessive sleeping or insomnia alternating, adult onset allergies, sensitivity to smells all of which seem to worsen the longer the problem persists. Since the symptoms can vary from person to person, it is important to understand that there can be potentially hundreds of symptoms linked to yeast overgrowth.