Candida Overgrowth, SIFO, and Fungal Dysbiosis

Yeast like Candida are a normal part of the human microbiome*. However, they can become opportunistic under the right circumstances. This is particularly true of the digestive system and the vagina. Thankfully, candida overgrowth, SIFO, and fungal dysbiosis respond beautifully to nutrition and holistic therapies like herbs, supplements, and probiotics.

For the remainder of this page I will refer to SIFO and Candida Overgrowth as "Fungal Dysbiosis." While there is some nuance to dealing with each specific condition, I find that they can be lumped together nicely more often than not.

*Nerd point that needs to be made: Microbiome = bacteria, mycobiome = fungi. I chose to use the word microbiome here because more people are familiar with this term.

For more information about SIFO, Candida overgrowth, and fungal dysbiosis, please visit Triangle Holistic Gut Health on YouTube.

What are the symptoms of Fungal Dysbiosis?

Common symptoms of fungal dysbiosis include:

  • Fatigue

  • Brain-fog

  • Autoimmune Disease(s)

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

    • (Or both diarrhea and constipation)

  • Abdominal/stomach bloating

  • Abdominal/stomach pain​

  • Abdominal cramping

  • Chronic vaginal yeast infections

  • Chronic white tongue coat

  • Resistance to standard SIBO or antibacterial treatments that do not address fungi

You may have all of these symptoms or only a few.

What are the causes of fungal dysbiosis?

Common causes of fungal dysbiosis include:

  • Things that throw off the microbiome:

    • Antibiotics​

    • Unhealthy diet

    • Stress

  • Things that suppress or tax the immune system:

    • Above plus:

    • Cancer and/or Chemotherapy

    • Environmental toxins

    • Poor sleep

  • Things that induce leaky gut syndrome:

  • An increase in Candida's favorite food- sugar

The holy grail of this line of work is to find, understand, and address your root cause(s). This isn't always perfectly clear, but we will discuss this in-depth as we work together.

Can a diet control fungal dysbiosis?

Yes, but there are some caveats to that answer.

Diet alone does not generally cause fungal dysbiosis. There is generally at least a bit of immune insufficiency, bacterial dysbiosis, and other factors to address. If you focus your efforts on "starving" the candida without healing your body you will likely find yourself stuck on the candida diet for months or years.

 

If you starve candida of it's preferred food (sugar) you will keep it at bay. However, my goal is to help patients get off of the candida diet and back to eating somewhat normally as soon as possible.

Can fungal dysbiosis be helped naturally or cured?

Absolutely. Fungal dysbiosis like candida overgrowth and SIFO often responds very well to dietary changes, herbal medicine, supplements, vitamins, and life coaching. I feel very lucky to be able to help people with this condition every day at my office in Chapel Hill.

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