Candida are yeast fungi that we mostly 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 the 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 arises, such as the gut flora, the immune system and diet. Candida albicans is a type of fungus and the most common pathogen regarding fungal infections. Infections are characterized through the development in moist and warm places of the body, therefore 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. Being in the gut, candida is able to turn sugars and carbohydrates into gas and alcohol.
Our gut is overrun with yeast fungi and bacteria. An intact gut flora is particularly important. Acting as a colonisation barrier, it is able to suppress the establishment and increase of fungi. This is seen particularly well in the number of proven germs. Different bacteria types and yeast fungi compete for nutrients and space. An intact gut flora provides protection against an overgrowth of fungi.
On the one hand a candida infection can cause a burning sheath fungus, as well as 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 actually harm the gut flora and encourage the candida. Examples include: Problems due to environmental toxins, the wrong diet (too much sugar, fructose or carbohydrate-containing foods), 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 is attacked by candida infections. It is busy with fighting against the candida infection which can often cause symptoms that aren't always associated with candida:
- Mood swings
- Chronic fatigue
- Nail and foot fungi
- Head and face eczemas
- Eczemas in general
- White coating in mouth and throat and on dental protheses
- Feeling of fulness, flatulence, abundant wind, belching, stool irregularities (constipation-diarrhea), intestinal cramps, feeling of pressure, food intolerances and even real allergies.
In order to counteract a fungal infection, changing the diet is not enough. Additionally, it is necessary to “kill” the fungus, build up the gut flora, regenerate the intestinal mucosa and strengthen the liver, and supportively purge the body. For the therapy both conventional and herbal medicines can be used.
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 an 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.