Dr Debbie Smith, Plettenberg bay, Garden route, Bryanston

Candida Albicans

Candida albicans is a whitish fungus that occurs naturally in our digestive tract. In the right conditions, the fungus is necessary for smooth digestion, but when overgrowth can cause candidiasis symptoms.

Analysis of Candida albicans:
Recent research has shown that the consequences of living with Candida Albicans in overgrowth can be more serious. The fungus secretes toxins and antigens, which can overload the body and result in various symptoms.

Most common symptoms of Candida:

Fatigue
Cravings for sweets
Brain fog
Joint pain
Hormone imbalance
Weak immune system
Digestive problems

How to test for Candida.

– A stool sample which also gives an indication of the degree of overgrowth in the colon. In the same analysis, a susceptibility testing is done, so you can see what fungicides can be used for effective treatment. This analysis can also measure the growth of bacteria and the presence of parasites that can cause similar symptoms.

Microscopic view of Candida albicans
Microscopic view of Candida albicans

Treatment:
The treatment takes into account the symptoms and supports the body’s functions, while candida growth is inhibited. This is done in collaboration with a professional therapist who makes use of the assay response when preparing an individual treatment with dietary changes and recommends the right supplements.

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