Thursday, October 31, 2019

Five Signs That You May Have an Overgrowth of Candida

By: Dr. Jessica Nesbitt ND, CFMP

Candida / Yeast is a type of fungus that is normally found in the digestive tract, urinary tract, vagina, mouth and skin.  Problems arise when Candida starts to overgrow in these areas and causes a wide variety of symptoms. Well known signs of a yeast overgrowth can occur when women have a yeast infection, and when babies have oral thrush or a diaper rash. In my ten years of clinical practice I have seen and treated many patients that did not realize that they were dealing with an overgrowth of yeast, and suffering unnecessarily as a result. In this article I will review five less common signs that your body may be struggling to deal with an overgrowth of yeast.

1. Joint Pain

Candida arthritis has been studied (PMID:26858961) and found to occur in patients ranging from children to senior citizens. The most common joints affected were the hips and knees. Early symptoms noted were swelling, redness and pain in the joints. A common factor found in many of the patients studied was a pre-existing overgrowth of Candida that spread through the bloodstream to the joints.

2. Chronic Infections / Weak Immune System

When I have patient report that they suffer from reoccurring infections such as sinusitis I am suspecting that candida/fungus may be to blame and not bacteria (PMID:19008573).  When patients are treated with antibiotics for an infection, most times it does a good job of killing the bad bacteria, and the patient feels better. But, in some patients the antibiotics set up a situation where Candida can overgrow and weaken their immune system. When this happens I often see patients who have reoccurring ear infections, sinus infections, respiratory infections and yeast infections - sometimes on a monthly basis.  It can be a difficult cycle to break, but I have successfully helped patients of all ages to break the cycle of chronic infections, strengthen their immune system and treat their yeast overgrowth.

3. Digestive Upset

Candida can potentially cause a number of different symptoms of indigestion, starting with intense sugar cravings. Candida's main food source is sugar, and when my patients notice they are craving sugar daily, it is a red flag for me that they may have an overgrowth of Candida in their intestines. Other common digestive complaints associated with Candida are: bloating, gas and irritable bowel disease (PMID:31648369).

4. Brain Fog

This is described by some of my patients as having a cloud or fogginess when trying to think or read. It can manifest in daily life as experiencing problems with memory and lack of focus.  These symptoms  occur when Candida is metabolized. It is broken down into chemical by-products that are normally filtered through the liver. But when Candida has overgrown, the liver is unable to keep up with filtering large amounts of chemical by-products, and as a result symptoms affecting brain function can occur.

5. Skin Rashes

For many skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, toe nail fungus and jock itch,  Candida is a common root cause that needs to be addressed. Common areas that are affected by Candida are: under the breasts, armpits, groin and skin folds on the belly or thighs. The skin will appear red and may have small pimple-like bumps and be itchy.


An overgrowth of Candida can be a potential root cause for many health complaints that you may be experiencing. In my practice I screen all new patients for an overgrowth of Candida on their first visit, and find up to 80% of people do have some amount of a yeast overgrowth.  If you would like to learn more about Candida,  I invite you to join me on Saturday November 9th at 10 am as I host a seminar on "What your Doctor won't tell you about Yeast and Candida".

If you suspect that you may have an overgrowth of Candida, I am pleased to offer a 45 minute Yeast/Candida focused appointment where you will be assessed for yeast and provided treatment. The cost of this visit is $135.

If you would like to learn more,  I also offer a complimentary 15 minute "meet and greet". Please note, no assessment or treatment is given during this visit. If you have any questions,  I can be reached at jnesbitt@naturopathicfoundations.ca