Candida is a type of yeast that naturally exists in the human body. Individuals who have an altered natural flora or are immunocompromised are more susceptible to candida overgrowth that cause infections.
Candida can grow out of control and populate the mouth, throat, genitals, skin, and digestive tract causing yeast or fungal infections in other parts of the body. Several factors can contribute to Candida overgrowth with the most significant factor being the use of antibiotics.
Stress is another factor for the development of Candida in the digestive tract due to its negative effects on the immune system. In reaction to stress, the adrenal glands release Cortisol, a steroid hormone.
Candida’s impact on the body is severe; however, it has often been under diagnosed by the current medical community. Candida overgrowth can be responsible for many chronic illnesses and can have a profound health impact to the entire body even if Candida remains confined in a local area.
Candida overgrowth in the stomach can cause irritation to the stomach lining. The overgrowth can cause the gut wall to develop openings, which leads to Leaky gut syndrome due to the destructive enzyme activity of the SAP proteins and their irritation to the intestine. Candida overgrowth and the resulting leaky gut syndrome can directly lead to many other systemic inflammatory and immune-related symptoms beyond food allergies, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, eczema, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, chronic urticaria (hives), and inflammatory bowel disease.
Lotus Path Wellness Center has a GI-Map stool testing that diagnoses fungal infections. The G.I. Map Test is one of the newest additions to the list of the most sought-after medical tests today. The main goal of this test is to use one stool sample when examining your microbiome. The assessment mainly focuses on the specific microbes that tend to disturb the normal balance of your microbiome, triggering issues in your gastrointestinal flora and causing digestion problems as well as other chronic health conditions.
Some insurances are paying for the test and a kit can be drop shipped to your house.