Telltale Candida Symptoms
The most common Candida symptoms are fatigue, forgetfulness, brain fog, headache, allergies, depression, indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, sleeplessness, skin irritations, sugar or alcohol cravings, nail fungus, diarrhea, mood swings, diaper rash, jock itch, and Candidiasis, which includes oral yeast infections (thrush) and genital yeast infections. Contrary to popular belief, Candida symptoms occur not only in women, but also in men (yes, men can get yeast infections, too) and children. Candida overgrowth can negatively affect the whole body, including the digestive system and nervous system. So how does Candida overgrowth happen?
About Candida albicans
Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that normally inhabits the gut, nasal and oral cavities. When it is in balance, it does not cause problems. However, when out of balance, Candida negatively impacts overall health. A healthy immune system usually keeps Candida under control, but many commonplace lifestyle choices trigger Candida frenzy. Read an in-depth explanation of Candida overgrowth here.
Stress and Candida Symptoms
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), 66 percent of Americans believe “stress has a moderate, strong or very strong impact on their physical health,” while “63 percent believe the same for their mental health.”
Stress and emotional distress are symptoms of and contributing factors to Candida. “Psychological stress has been found to suppress cell-mediated immune responses that are important in limiting the proliferation of Candida albicans.” 
Diet and Candida Symptoms
Do you like moldy cheeses, a cold glass of beer, or a hearty loaf of fresh bread? Well, we have some bad news! While the human diet is designed to nourish the body, it can also feed Candida. Diets high in simple sugars, refined carbohydrates and alcohol have the greatest impact. Check out the Candida Diet for detailed information, including dos and don’ts.
Medicines and Candida Symptoms
Nearly everyone has taken an antibiotic at some point for a bacterial infection or other ailment. Despite common usage, antibiotics are stimulants for Candida overgrowth. Oftentimes, doctors will encourage taking probiotics during the use of antibiotics, since antibiotics kill all bacteria, including the good ones that help your body fight off illness. Imagine it this way: The Candida police (good bacteria) are knocked out by antibiotics, so the Candida criminals (bad bacteria) have a party, multiplying and acting crazy. Birth control pills and steroids also contribute to Candida symptoms, especially when used extensively.
How do Candida Symptoms Worsen?
Ignoring Candida symptoms can lead to stronger Candida effects and truly take a toll on your optimal health, especially if lifestyle choices are feeding and strengthening your Candida problem. On the other hand, lifestyle changes and the treatment of Candida symptoms could help fight the problem and restore bodily and emotional balance. Take the Candida Test to find out if you’re experiencing Candida symptoms and start on the path to relief.