Candida are yeast fungi that we usually absorb through our food without even realising it. As long as we have a healthy gut flora, we can excrete these yeast fungi without any consequences for the body. Yeast fungi, such as candida albicans, like to stick to our mucous membranes, for example in the gut, in the mouth and nose, or in the genital area. For healthy people the yeast fungus is harmless. Different factors determine whether a fungal infection with symptoms will arise, such as the gut flora, the immune system and diet. Candida albicans is the most common pathogen regarding fungal infections. Infections are characterised by their development in the moist, warm places of the body - mostly on the mucous membranes.
Candida infections often remain undetected – especially if the candida spreads in the gut where the fungal infestation is not as obvious. Whilst in the gut, candida is able to turn sugars and carbohydrates into gas and alcohol.
Our gut is full of yeast fungi and bacteria. An intact gut flora is particularly important because it acts as a colonisation barrier, suppressing the establishment and increase of fungi. Different bacteria types and yeast fungi compete for nutrients and space. An intact gut flora provides protection against an overgrowth of fungi.
A candida infection can cause a burning sheath fungus, unpleasant mouth and throat fungi, or even a dangerous intestinal mycosis. As the name candida albicans (lat. Shiny white) implies, a shiny white coating forms on the affected areas, in addition to a reddening of the skin.
Different factors can harm the gut flora and encourage the candida. Examples include: environmental toxins; an unhealthy diet (too much sugar, fructose or foods rich in carbohydrates); the consumption of immune suppressive medication, such as cortisone; chronic illnesses, such as diabetes; and stress.
Our immune system is located in the gut, which can be attacked by candida infections. When it is busy fighting against the candida infection, symptoms that aren't always associated with candida can occur:
- Mood swings
- Chronic fatigue
- Nail and foot fungi
- Head and face eczemas
- Eczemas in general
- White coating in mouth and throat and on dental prostheses
- Feeling of fullness, flatulence, abundant wind, belching, stool irregularities (constipation/diarrhea), intestinal cramps and feeling of pressure, food intolerances and even real allergies.
In order to counteract a fungal infection, changing our diet is not enough. It is also necessary to “kill” the fungus, build up the gut flora, regenerate the intestinal mucosa and strengthen the liver, and supportively purge the body. Both conventional and herbal medicines can be used for the therapy.
Verisana examines the mould and yeasts using a stool sample. A free mouth swab for the determination of candida in the mouth is also included.
In addition to the candida analysis, Verisana also offers a more comprehensive stool analysis. With the comprehensive stool analysis your stool sample is examined to determine: 1.) candida and mould, as well as an examination of a mouth swab to determine candida; 2.) bacterial imbalance of the gut flora; 3.) pH-value of the stool; 4.) Maldigestion (decomposition of solid foods); 5.) Malabsorption (absorption capacity of the digested foods in the intestine); 6.) “Leaky gut“(intestinal permeability); 7.) Immune system of the intestines; 8.) Helicobacter pylori infestation.
Only a single stool sample is required for the determination of all these parameters. A free mouth swab for the determination of candida in the mouth is also included. Both can be easily collected by yourself, in the comfort of your own home.
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