Common Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
What are some common symptoms of Candida overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth creates a TON of inflammation in the body, which then creates a TON of common symptoms. I’m going to talk about them one by one here, and I won’t get to them all in this article. Stand by for a continuation of this subject next week…
Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, and Gas
Bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and gas can be caused by a large number of things, but here’s how Candida can cause these uncomfortable symptoms:
Candida in small amounts, in its yeast form should not irritate the gut at all. It belongs in there in small amounts.
When Candida gets overgrown and fungal, though, it causes all sorts of inflammation, all over the body. It also triggers the release of Zonulin. Zonulin is a protein in the gut that gets released as a reaction to an irritant. In this case, the irritant is fungal Candida.
Zonulin enhances gastrointestinal permeability, which causes inflammation with bloating, diarrhea, and gas. Then, because Candida is a chronic situation and not flushed out with one bout of diarrhea, it causes a continuous low level of inflammation. This commonly leads to constipation.
Brain fog, headache, migraine, confusion, fatigue, depression
Fungal Candida can cause brain fog, headache, migraine, confusion, fatigue, depression, and other neurological symptoms.
As I mentioned earlier, fungal Candida causes all sorts of inflammation all over the body. It escapes the gut because of the enhanced gastrointestinal permeability (leaky gut) and travels all over the body. It causes inflammation in the cells of the brain, which can cause the brain fog, headache, mood swings, confusion, fatigue, and depression.
I used to take cat naps at stop lights when I first started fighting Candida.
I remember starting sentences and not being able to remember words. Simple words like “house.” Not even kidding!
And I was just so sad and irritable. I found myself apologizing for the way I spoke with my daughter a LOT! I needed to buy food, but when I got to the grocery store couldn’t figure out what to buy.
The serotonin connection
The depression isn’t only caused by inflammation in the brain. It’s also caused by inflammation in the gut. 80-90% of serotonin is produced in the gut, and Candida interferes with that. A lack of beneficial bacteria, which goes hand in hand with a Candida overgrowth, interferes with serotonin production as well.
As you probably know, insufficient serotonin can be a cause for depression, as well as mood swings and brain fog.
More on this subject next week, when I’ll address sugar cravings, genital yeast and sinus infections.
I’m curious if this is resonating with you. If so, please post about it in my Facebook group, Candida, IBS, and Heavy Metals Education.
Go there and tell me what it’s like for you to have a Candida overgrowth. Are you feeling tired, sad, irritable, or moody? Or maybe for you, it’s something else. I’m interested to know.