10 Signs & Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker. I’m author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of supplements. Thanks for checking out my video. I’ve got a fan called prochessplayer. His name is Josh and Josh has asked me a few times now to do a video called the 10 Signs of Candida and how to treat them, so I’m going to have a go at this, Josh. Thanks for your ongoing support and I trust you’ll get some good information out of this. I think Josh might live in Canada. I just got that feeling that he’s a Canadian person judging from some of the comments I received on YouTube.

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What I’ve done, Josh, is I’ve broken this down into different categories. I’ve got a few gastrointestinal symptoms. I’ve got a few genital urinary symptoms, a few ear, nose and throat, a few skin ones and a few central nervous systems. Because there are so many different signs and symptoms of Candida, I’m not going to go into all of the different signs and symptoms of Candida. I’m just going to really pick on 10 of the most common presentations that I would see in the clinic, then I’m going to explain a little bit about some of the best ways to treat these particular kinds of symptoms.

Bear in mind that when you’ve got a yeast infection, it’s good, obviously, if it’s a bad symptom to get symptom relief, but you’re better off really treating the condition as a whole in terms of lifestyle and diet as I’ve explained in Candida Crusher. The quiz that we have created at yeastinfection.org also will give you a very good idea on how severe the yeast infection really is and it will also show the different kinds of signs and symptoms as you grow through the screens. A lot of those signs and symptoms on that quiz I’m going to talk about here right now on this video.

The first three signs and symptoms really relate to gastrointestinal, so GI or gut issues tend to be some of the most common things that people talk to me about when it comes to a yeast infection. Yeast tend to ferment. They love sugar. They cause fermentation and that naturally causes bloating and gas, which is probably one of the most common symptoms I hear people talking about is abdominal issues. It could be pain. It could be gas. It could be bloating. It could be farting. It could be lots of burping. We get that occasionally with people if they tend to get a lot of yeast in the upper part of the gut. Yeast can also thrive in the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine, in the junction between the small and large intestine. Yeast have been known to flourish throughout the digestive system, so it’s quite a fallacy to believe that they just live in the colon or the large intestine. They can live anywhere in the gut. They’ll thrive anywhere. Especially if they find a good sugar source or a nutrient source and a lack of opposing beneficial bacteria.

Lots of gas and bloating is number one. A good way obviously to treat that is to cut back immediately on the kind of foods that can promote gas and bloating, so sugars in your diet, fruits in your diet, take away food in your diet. In the Candida Crusher book, I talk about the seven-day induction diet before you actually start going into and get serious with the three-stage Candida Crusher diet will try to do what I call “warm turkey.” That’s very appropriate coming out of Christmas to talk about the warm turkeys. Cold turkey is not that pleasant. Cold turkey means you stop things right away. Warm turkey means that you have a seven-day period of grace before you cut the crap out of your diet, so just gently over a seven-day period take foods out. Swap over to a fresh, clean kind of a diet. That’s what I call the “warm turkey” approach and that immediately is going to help cut back on gas and bloating.

What about if you have gas and bloating now and you’ve got a perfect diet? Well, you might want to take some digestive enzymes and some probiotics. I’ve created a product called Canxida Restore, which is perfect for gas and bloating. So the Canxida Restore product you can get at Canxida.com. You would take two or three of these per day and that’s going to help significantly with the gas and bloating if you’ve got a very good diet. If your diet is not good, make the change, swap to good food, and then take the Canxida Restore. There’s no point in taking a good probiotic enzyme formula if you’re having pizzas and swallowing it down with Coca-Cola all day, is there. Pretty dumb thing to do, isn’t it? But some people do crazy things.

Number two. Bowel change. Bowel changes commonly occur with people with stress, with Candida, with SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and parasites, people on various medications, IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. About 50 percent of people with IBS usually suffer from stress. Stress has an incredible effect to bowel change. It can cause change in many different ways, but particularly in how the bowel moves food and stool through peristalsis, the movement and the passage of things through the bowel, and that’s very much affected by stress. The autonomic nervous system that controls digestion and gut motility very much gets screwed up with stress. Especially if you’ve got skinny motions at times or bigger motions or you’re going at different times of the day. It’s all over the show. It could well be stress underpinning it. Make sure if you get bowel changes, that you try to relax more, chew food better, don’t eat your main meal in front the horror movie every night at six o’clock, which is the six o’clock news about who just got beheaded or something. Not a good idea to eat dinner in those circumstances.

Bleeding from the bowel, pain, all those sorts of things may need checking out with your doctor. So if you’re really concerned about a recent bowel change, you need to get checked out. Go to the doctor, get some blood testing done. A sudden bowel change can signify some structural changes. Bowel changes commonly occur with Candida. In that case, if you get lots of constipation and diarrhea, think about taking the Canxida Remove product, the anti-fungal/anti-bacterial/anti-parasite tablet. Take one, two or three per day. That’s going to help tone up the bowel because it’s going to help remove a lot of these pests and encourage the beneficial bacteria to come back again, which is what the Canxida Restore does. It improves the ability of the body to break food down and it also gives you a lot more beneficial bacteria that is going to help a lot to create better bowel motions.

Bowel changes, also think about eating good food like point one. Chewing properly. Eating lots of fresh products in your diet. Having good protein. Chewing it properly. Exercising or walking every day. These things will encourage good bowel formation, good bowel tone.

Number three. Sweet cravings. Many people I see crave sweet foods and you’ll know you’ve got Candida when you crave sweets on a regular basis, especially after food I find is a key time for sweet cravings for some people with bad Candida infections. How do you treat a sweet craving? Well, there is a couple of ways you can treat it. A good way to treat it to start with is to cut back on the amount of sweet foods you eat and eat more protein in your diet, more fresh foods.

Also take the enzyme probiotic that I mentioned before, Restore, because that’s going to increase the way that your stomach and small intestine work. You’ll break food down better. It will affect the receptors in your brain positively because it reduces the ability for your brain to want glucose. It’s supplying your brain and the cells of your body with superior nutrition. When the digestion works well, the N cells and target cells get the nutrition more efficiently.

Sugar cravings I find occur often with people with faulty digestion, poor levels of beneficial bacteria, and particularly poor levels of digestive enzymes. Many people with pancreatic dysfunction crave sweet stuff. And the more sweet stuff you get, the more you will crave it and the more bloating you will get, the more burping, the more weird bowel motions. It’s basically a Catch 22 that you’re going to get out of. Slowly swapping to a fresh, healthy diet, chewing properly and taking a good enzyme is going to really help reduce sweet cravings.

There is also an herb called Gymnema Silvestre that I’ve written about in Candida Crusher. Taking a few drops of Gymnema liquid on the tongue. It tastes really bitter, but it blocks the ability of the tongue to send a signal to the brain that it wants sweet food. It’s almost like a switch that gets turned off. It’s fantastic. Chromium picolinate, 500 mcg capsule, maybe a few times a day will also help with wicked sweet cravings. And I encourage eating things like capsicum or sweet kinds of vegetables to chew on that are going to help a bit with sweet cravings. Sometimes an apple will help with the sweet craving. You will find that it will diminish over time as your diet changes and your digestion changes. That’s the three gut symptoms.

Now let’s talk about a couple of genitourinary symptoms associated with Candida. Common signs. Kidney or bladder infections, especially recurrent. Many people get recurring bladder infections and kidney infections. Is it linked with Candida? I think it is in many cases. And many people with recurring bacterial or e-coli infections often have a yeast infection as well. And that’s because they often take antibiotics to counter these infections. Trimethoprim or different kinds of antibiotics will kill the beneficial flora and yeast will thrive. Yeast will often partner up with bad bacteria. By cleaning up yeast in your body, changing your diet, drinking more water, it’s going to really help significantly to nail these infections.

I’ve written a whole page on UTIs, urinary tract infections, on ericbakker.com. You can read that page. It’s one of my very commonly read pages. There is a powder called d-mannose. Usually taking one to two teaspoons per day of that will help to get rid of the e-coli bacteria. The mannose sticks to e-coli almost like Velcro and it helps to pee it out of the body more efficiently. Cranberry juice is good. Quite alkaline. Also has a similar ability to stop bacteria adhering to the bladder wall and to the urethra. When you have the cranberry, I prefer that you buy the whole berries from the health food shop and simmer them for five minutes in some hot water and then drink that tea. Don’t buy bottles of cranberry crap from the shop because it’s usually full of sugar, which defeats the purpose.

The golden rule with UTIs and kidney and bladder problems. Drink tons of water. Stop alcohol. Keep away from sugary foods. Be careful with intimate relations. Honeymoon cystitis is common in young people. They get recurring infections from sexual contact. And of course personal hygiene is a key way to get rid of these infections.

Thrush or jock itch, number five. Very common. Lots of people contact me for recurring thrush with females and also jock itch. I’ve done many videos on jock itch for males and I get lots and lots of questions regarding burning scrotum and burning balls and burning penis and burning this. It may seem like a crazy job I’ve got, but I kind of enjoy helping people out with these personal problems. You can read a lot about this in blogs I’ve written on yeastinfection.org or check out my videos. The big thing with jock itch is personal hygiene. It’s very big. Regular showering. Again, targeting the gut fungus using my Canxida Remove and Restore. You can see the videos I’ve done on that. It will tell you exactly how to use it.

Using tea tree oil or coconut products regularly will help to allay the itch. Lots of sunlight, salt water. There are many ways you can get rid of a jock itch.

Thrush, boric acid capsules. Check out my two-stage vaginal treatment program that I talk quite a lot about. You can read that in Candida Crusher. You can read it at yeastinfection.org and you can see the videos I’ve created on vaginal thrush. Thrush can be nailed beautifully by targeting internal treatment. If you’re menstruating, especially menstruation, you do the kill phase and post-menstruation, do the build phase. Three menstrual cycles back to back along with correct diet and lifestyle, you’ve nailed the condition in 90 percent of cases. I’ve worked with well over a thousand women that had vaginal thrush and had fantastic results with the protocol. Be sure to take the Canxida Remove and the Canxida Restore to really assist in regulating the internal environment. Because getting rid of thrush or jock itch is not just about treating the local area. It’s about getting your lifestyle right, getting your diet right, and using just a small amount of high quality supplementation as the icing on the cake.

Number six. Now we’ve got a couple of ENT, ear, nose and throat issues. Six is nasal condition, phlegm, coughing, clearing up phlegm, all those awful sounds that some people make. People with nasal congestion, stuffiness, phlegm, coughing, all that kind of stuff is very much yeast related. A lot of these people crave sugar or have a lot of carbohydrates in their diet like lots of bread. They might have a few slices of bread and they cough up phlegm later. Very common. Milk can be associated with this, too. Many people have got allergies toward milk. That can create excess mucous and then bacteria and yeast like to thrive in that environment. But I find a lot of throat clearing and nasal congestion especially to be Candida related. Once you’ve cleared the bugs from the gut and you’ve got the balance back, the sinus in the nose should be nice and clear.

How do we get rid of the nasal congestion? Well, again, you need to get the inner environment right. There is no point in taking steroid nasal sprays and antihistamines and crap like that if you’ve got an infection underpinning it and then a poor diet. That’s just encouraging it. You need to get the causes addressed.

Tinnitus, headaches, sinus, teeth pain, they’re all related to yeast infection. I’m not saying that all of these things are caused always by yeast infection, but there is an association there. Tinnitus, how the hell can that be causes by Candida? Or teeth pain, I mean this guy is really off his tree by saying that isn’t he? I’ve done videos recently on the vagus nerve explaining about the connection with the nerve and the base of the brain. The vagus nerve is the largest nerve that controls the parasympathetic dominance in the body. Basically, it helps to balance the stress response. It sends information from the gut up to the brain and the brain in turn gets that information back to the gut again. There is a big connection there. There are tiny little nerves called oracular branches that run off the vagus nerve. People with bad gut problems can actually get fluttering sounds in their ears and dizzy spells. I do associate tinnitus also with anxiety and I see it particularly in people in their late 50s up to mid-60s in women more so than men. There are other causes with tinnitus. I might do some videos just to explain tinnitus in more detail. I associate that with gut problems in general, but also anxiety and other kinds of issues.

Tension headaches. Very common with Candida. Tension headaches are often caused by stress. Headaches can also be caused a lot by sinus congestion and liver congestion. Headaches that are caused by liver pain, you’ll often get pain around the top of the head, pain around the eyes. Headaches caused by Candida can be all around the face. It can be on the side. It can be behind the eyes. It can be the head in general. Candida also produces a lot of byproducts as a result of its interaction with the immune system. And when Candida dies, it will create all kinds of cell fragments that tend to jam up the immune system. These things affect immunity quite a lot that upregulate the immune response and cause inflammation. Inflammation can cause heat, flushing, redness and pain, sweaty, all common signs of yeast infection in many people that I see.

Sinusitis. If you’ve got nasal congestion, phlegm, it’s easy then for it to be a breeding ground and then bugs will take off and you’ll get an infection. What does the doctor give you? More antibiotics and then you’re going to get more yeast infection.

Teeth pain. When you get a lot of swelling of the maxillary sinus in different areas as a result of infection, it puts pressure on facial nerves. You can actually feel pain all around the teeth even. That can be as a result of a yeast infection. Yes, it can. Especially if you’ve got root canals or dead teeth causing bacterial infections even more so. These things can be alleviated a lot with cloths against the face, like nice hot packs are going to help significantly. There are different herbal aids that we can use to alleviate pain, homeopathic medicines, but we can’t specifically go into that with this video. Tinnitus can be alleviated greatly with acupuncture and especially if you start really working on relaxation exercises. There are particular exercises to correct your balance to get relief.

Two more problems here. Eight and nine relate to skin and nail. Toenail or nail fungus is a very common sign of Candida. Number nine is psoriasis or white patches under the skin. Take the socks off and have a look if you’ve got any fungal toenails. Many people have got fungal toenails. In fact, it’s huge. There are a lot of advertisements on TV in many countries for treatments targeting toenail fungus. People with recurring toenail fungus usually have got gastrointestinal yeast infections. So again, it’s not just local treatment for the toenail, you need to address the gut and get the gut right.

It’s incredible how many times I’ve heard a guy say that when he stopped drinking beer altogether, within six months, the toenail fungus cleared up. Or a woman drinking wine or people eating a lot of sugar in general or alcohol. These are often tied up with promoting the yeast infection. Don’t kid yourself for a minute that you will have only toenail fungus and no fungus in other parts of the body. You will. I guarantee you. I’ve seen this many times. The way to treat toenail fungus is treat the body systemically for yeast infection. Again, have a look at the Canxida Remove that I’ve created and the Canxida Restore. These two products because they’re going to help quite a lot. Target the internal environment on the toe try tea tree oil. Another tip that I’ve recently discovered is using a bit of boric acid powder. I’ve got some boric acid powder here. Here it is. No, no. It’s not what you think. I’m not into methamphetamine or stuff like that. This is boric acid powder. Boric acid powder, you can actually mix up a little bit with coconut oil and just gently poke that in and around the toenail. Make up a paste and smear that around the toenail. One of my patients said it was absolutely fantastic in getting rid of the yeast infection. That’s a tip to use the boric acid powder. Also tea tree oil. Put a few drops of tea tree oil every single day on the toenail or oregano oil. That’s going to really help to treat that infection indeed.

The psoriasis. Very common for people with psoriasis to have a yeast infection. In fact, three quarters of psoriasis patients, if not more, suffer with Candida. That’s a fact. You can google it and have a look. There are research papers actually now that actually validate that statement. White skin patches. Check out a product I’ve recently created called Canxida Cream. You can get that on Amazon. Canxida Cream is a kind of unique product that I formulated after requests from many people that wanted a cream that was gentle, perfect for dry skin, that could be used on cracked skin, and I’m finding it fantastic for psoriasis patients. Really, really effective. But I’m also recommending it now for jock itch and white skin patches. Some people get white fungal skin patches. It can be used on the scalp. It can be used on the private areas. It can be used anywhere. I wouldn’t use it internally, but it can be used all around the vaginal area and around the penis and scrotum. All those areas are affectively treated with Canxida Cream. Check the cream out. You’ll find it on Amazon. It’s quite inexpensive and it’s a nice product with apricot kernel oil it. It’s got tea tree oil in it. It’s a very effective product.

How do we treat psoriasis? How do we treat skin patches? Again, like the toenail fungus. Treat the gut. Treat the internal environment. Take an antifungal product like the Canxida Remove. Take a probiotic enzyme like the Canxida Restore. Correct the diet. All of that diet information I’ve made multiple videos on. You can look at all that for free. Check out my blog yeastinfection.org. I try to give you guys as much free information as I can to really help you out there.

Number ten. Central nervous system. Poor concentration, decreased memory, loss of self-confidence and self-esteem, mood swings, irritability. All of these things are potential issues that a lot of Candida patients face. When you’ve been sick for a long time, when people lose confidence in you, close family and friends think you’re nuts, the doctor thinks you need to see a psychiatrist, of course, you’re going to lose self-confidence. You’re going to feel like you’re a screwball. You’re going to think there is something wrong with you. In fact, there isn’t. There is something wrong with a lot of other people. You’ve lost the confidence in you. This is how I felt when I was in my 20s. People thought I was crazy. They thought I need to see a psychiatrist with Candida. Then I started to realize that this condition made me feel terrible. But what made me even more terrible was the loss of confidence that people had in me. That made me feel really depressed. Depression can be a part of long term Candida, especially when you feel too sick to go outside. Too sick to work. Too sick to have bright lights coming in on you. And you feel pissed off. You feel angry. You feel irritable when you’re like that. That keeps people away.

How do you get on top of this? How do you improve these bad moods and how you feel as a result of Candida and the result of a lifestyle caused by Candida? You need to have the ability to understand that you will improve bit by bit. Improve what you can and understand there are things that you can improve that will take time. As your confidence and self-esteem increases, you’ll find you’ll get better and better and better. It will take time to do that. Keep working on the digestive system and everyday make the right kind of choices. You call the shots in terms of what you eat, what you drink, people you mix with, your ability to exercise or sit in front of the TV, the kind of movies you watch. All those things influence your ability to heal to great degree.

Really when you think about it, healing is in your hands. Not in the doctor’s hands. That’s a very important message I like to bring across as we come to the close of this video that you’re responsible for your own health. You’re also responsible for your own healing. As you improve, you’ll be amazed that how your friendships will be restored again and you’ll actually your job. You’ll enjoy your intimate relationship and you’ll enjoy living again. That’s what I call the upward spiral. When things improve, everything improve. When things go down, everything goes down. It’s your call.

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