By Melissa Ramos

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ey, I don’t know about you, but the first time someone said the word, “candida” to me, I immediately thought “yeast infection.” How wrong I was. In fact there are quite a few symptoms of candida that very few people realize. In fact in Chinese Medicine, candida is loosely translated as “dampness” and it’s a factor behind everything from PCOS to endometriosis.

Crazy, right? Well take a look at this listing of symptoms and let me know, do you have any of these symptoms? Also make sure to try out the recipe I’ve posted. It’s one of my favorite new breakfast recipes from my upcoming digestive program,

The Number 2 Plan (visit http://www.sexyfoodtherapy.com/symptoms-of-candida/).

When I say, “candida” the phrase that pops into people’s heads is, “yeast infection.” And while it’s true yeast infections are rooted in candida, it’s not the only way that candida manifests in the body. In fact it’s probably the reason why when I struggled with it for decades I had no idea that what was causing me to have all the health issues I was struggling with. Which is why I wanted to write this post on:

The symptoms of candida that may surprise you.

Here is a listing of some common and not so common symptoms that you may not know about:

  • Bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
  • Skin and nail fungal infections
  • Difficulty concentrating and brain fog
  • Burning anus after defecation
  • Rectal itching
  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  • Fibromyalgia or those suffering from chronic fatigue
  • Skin issues like acne, rashes, psoriasis and eczema
  • Yeast infections, vaginal itching, bacterial vaginosis and urinary tract infections
  • Thick white or yellow tongue coating
  • Obesity

Now let me be very clear that just because you have one of the symptoms above does not mean you have candida. This is just a general overview. Also it’s important to understand that candida is a symptom not the cause.

From my experience I’ve seen people have adrenal fatigue that needs to be addressed and liver work as well and it’s why boxed candida cleanses won’t work. According to Chinese Medicine PCOS, ovarian cysts and endometriosis are all considered, “damp-type” conditions. With ovarian cysts and PCOS that dampness has congealed into balls of what’s known as “phlegm”. So if you suspect that you may have candida, here are just several contributing factors:

  • Excessive use of alcohol (more than 4 servings per week)
  • High, chronic stress
  • History of antibiotics and/or oral contraceptives
  • A diet high in refined carbohydrates

Now there are so many different types of candida diets out there but I believe that it’ll change depending on the individual. In Chinese Medicine for example, job’s tears is a gluten-free grain that’s often used teas to remove dampness from the system, so I thought I’d share a new recipe from my upcoming digestive program, The Number 2 Plan. Visit http://www.sexyfoodtherapy.com/symptoms-of-candida/ for the recipe and more information on Candida.