Candida test

Candida is a type of yeast that naturally grows in our digestive system. Given the right environment (or the wrong one!), Candida can overgrow and even spread throughout our body, causing a myriad of health symptoms and issues.  Candida infection can cause widespread inflammation and toxicity in the body which is part of many chronic issue.

There are a few different options for candida testing with your Naturopath including stool, blood spot or serum.  The prices range from $130-$200.  In your initial consultation, your Naturopath will go through a full health and dietary assessment and will then make any test recommendations from there.  Naturopath’s address candida effectively with a combination or minor diet adjustments and therapeutically graded herbal medicines according to the individual.

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth can be:

  • Vaginal or Oral Thrush or ‘Jock itch’
  • Fungal infections – nails or skin
  • Fatigue
  • ‘foggy’ head, difficulties concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Bloating, especially after eating
  • Low energy
  • Sugar cravings
  • White or Yellowish coating on the tongue

 People at risk of Candida overgrowth are:

  • Recent antibiotic use
  • Previous long term antibiotic use
  • Medication including the oral contraceptive pill & corticosteroids
  • Digestive imbalance e.g food intolerances, IBS, constipation
  • Diet high in sugars and yeasts (such as in beer)
  • Pregnant women – Due hormonal and blood sugar changes
  • Weakened immune system e.g HIV/Aids or Cancer