Chronic candidiasis can develop due to an overgrowth of yeast, or fungus, in the gastrointestinal tract. In our bodies, we have over 9 meters of intestines which make up the majority of our gastrointestinal tract. Inside our intestines live millions of good bacteria we call “flora” which help us prevent overgrowth of bad bacteria, digest our food, produce vitamin K, and strengthen our immune system.
Candida, or yeast overgrowth, can lead to dysbiosis, an imbalance in the flora of the gut where the bad bacteria has outnumbered the good bacteria. This unhealthy intestinal flora can lead to serious health consequences ranging from allergies to IBS to migraine headaches and immune system malfunction. Common symptoms of candida or yeast overgrowth includes fatigue, allergies, gas/bloating, constipation/diarrhea, itchy skin, foggy mind, weight gain, dandruff, toenail fungus (onchomycosis) and white coating on the tongue