Thrush (Candida Albicans)
Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast (fungus) called candida albicans, which occurs naturally in the gut, in the skin and in the vagina. Under normal circumstances, it is kept under control by other ‘friendly’ bacteria in the body, but occasionally it overgrows, which is when problems start.
What symptoms could you experience?
With vaginal thrush you usually get a thick, white, sticky discharge with soreness and irritation. The discharge can often look like cottage cheese and can have an unpleasant smell. If you are suffering from thrush, you may experience pain during sex or when passing urine (Glenville, 2017)
Although vaginal thrush is a problematic symptom, if you have candida you can have more sinister complications, if left. Candida can cause all sorts of on-going problems, including: take over the intestines, cause dysbiosis Irritable Bowel Syndrome, tiredness and even a feeling of being constantly ‘hungover’. Candida has a lot to answer for and can cause an array of health complications.
There is a simple and anecdotal (free) test you can do at home to see whether you may have Candida. It is important to note this will not diagnose you with Candida but it is surprisingly accurate. The test can be found in detail here.
Alternatively, you could opt for a comprehensive stool test, like this one here.
To get rid of candida, I would use the 4R approach:
Remove candida (with the use of herbal anti-fungals and colloidal silver)
Repair the gut as candida can cause ‘leaky’/permeable gut (with slippery elm, glutamine and NAG)
Reinoculate beneficial bacteria, that the candida has
Replace the stomach with the optimum amounts of enzymes, Hydrochloric Acid (HCl), and bile which are all compromised by the presence of candida
If you would like to discuss, how I could help you with the removal of candida – please contact me below. Everyone is welcome to a complimentary 20-minute call to discuss whether Nutritional Therapy would benefit them.