What is Candida?
The yeast Candida albicans is a micro-organism which lives in almost all human beings and tries to take advantages of the situation which arise, and they inhabit warm, moist places of the body like: gastro-intestinal tract, throat, genitourinary tract and mouth, which in-turn leads to the presence of Candida yeast in stool.
Candida yeast in small numbers is generally considered to be a harmless micro-organism that is present in the micro-flora of our gastro-intestinal tract and it co-exists within all human beings in the lower region of the digestive tract. It helps in absorption of the nutrients and digestion process. But when the balance in this micro-flora gets disturbed, and if for any kind of reason some debilitation of the host is caused, then this Candida yeast overgrowth can become harmful in nature. Detecting Candida can be a difficult process as well as curing it, because most of the over-the-counter treatments have proved to be less than effective to fully cure the problem from the source, and then it takes a lot of time to recover. It is a difficult condition to be diagnosed easily or properly. For the treatment process questionnaire sessions are held with the patient and the past medical histories of the patients are also analysed properly, the factors which caused the infection and blood test reports are analysed. The presence of yeast candida in stool can be visually seen in some cases, and also be detected within a stool tests.
Candida in Stool Causes:
Friendly bacteria play a vital role in helping to kill harmful bacteria, but there are also some friendly bacteria which help to maintain the number of Candida albicans in our body so that our immune system can function properly. But when the healthy bacteria in our gut die due to some factors like not maintaining a proper diet and eating harmful food or due to some medications, then the Candida yeast starts proliferating if your diet constitutes of high carbohydrate and starch. They start feeding on them and result in their overgrowth. Some other factors contributing to the overgrowth:
- Poor Diet
- Steroids and hormones which are immunosuppressant.
- Use of excessive Antibiotics and birth control pills.
Candida yeast overgrowth is very common in people who have had a recent course of antibiotics, as some of the broad spectrum antibiotics cannot discriminate between healthy bacteria and Candida albicans, and as a result wipe away a large number of helpful bacteria that prevent Candida overgrowing in our body. Yeast is generally a non-invasive micro-organism and mainly ferments the starch that we consume but when it resides in the fungal state then it can invade our body by producing rhizoids which penetrate in the intestinal walls and mucosa and produce holes which can be only detected through microscope and this can allow harmful foreign particles, toxins, undigested food particles, yeast and other bacteria to gain entry in our bloodstream. Candida yeast in stool cases occur in such overgrowth conditions of Candida albicans.
According to a study made in 2006, published in PubMed for Candida species found in stool and their symptoms, it is seen that patients who had uncommon or unidentified symptoms were tested for Candida. 500 stool samples from such patients were taken in random and questionnaire sessions were with them to analyse the symptoms they were having. After testing the stool samples in the laboratory, the results show that yeast in stool was found in one-third of all the patients who participated in the experiment, 58% were smokers and 29% of non-smokers were also detected with positive results. This study showed that smokers had a higher chance of having Candida overgrowth within their stools compared to non-smokers.
According to another report from the Archives of Disease in Childhood in 2001 an experiment was conducted to determine if there was any connection between childhood diarrhoea and the presence of yeast in the faecal matter. Stool culture was collected from 107 children who were hospitalised due to acute diarrhoea and from 67 other children whose age matched with those of the controls and they did not have diarrhoea. The results showed that 39% of the children affected with diarrhoea and 36% children without diarrhoea had Candida yeast species in their stool with recent antibiotic use (45%) being a common association in some of these children (table 1).
Thus we can conclude that the presence of Candida is linked with the consumption of recent antibiotics and other enteric pathogens and not with the age of the patient, duration of diarrhoea and the amount of nutrition received by the children.
Thus from the above two experiments we could see positive connections between recent antibiotic use and smoking showing a rate of Candidiasis within the stool samples. Which proves that a weakened immune system due to antibiotic use and smoking can easily increase your chances of having Candida overgrowth within the body.
How does Candida in Stool Look Like?
As mentioned earlier Candida albicans resides in the gastro-intestinal tract of all mammals including humans but when the immune system is suppressed and if we have something which is very high in sugar content in our diet then these Candida yeast cells start multiplying and reproducing. When the yeast becomes overabundant then the Candida infections can occur in the mouth, reproductive and digestive tract. One of the major symptoms of such an infection is Candida stool, which is presence of the yeast in the faecal matter. At the time of periods, excessive amount of yeast is present in the stool and yeast die-off or overgrowth occurs during this time which is known as Herxheimer Syndrome. Candida in stool is a condition when our body excretes a large amount of Candida or yeast through the faecal matter and the stool consists of white stringy substances that resemble thin pieces of string cheese and those are the excreted Candida overgrowth cells. Candida in stool can be also compared to the cottage cheese in appearance. Apart from this Candida yeast in stool sometimes also resemble froth like the yeast that are added in the bread mix when the mix is rising or it can also be similar to the mucus-like substance.
Candida Overgrowth Symptoms:
The Symptoms of Candida stool includes itching in the genital area of the female, frequent discharge of a thick white, smelly vaginal fluid, pain in genital area while urinating. In the males, Candidiasis is an uncommon disease and if it occurs then it indicates a weak immune system. Symptoms in men include: itching around head penis, redness, irritation, whitish discharge under the penis foreskin, pain urinating or when having sex.
Some of other signs and symptoms seen in the patients are as follows:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Malfunction in the thyroid and adrenal glands
- Chilling of feet and hands
- Low temperature of the body
The above mentioned symptoms are symptoms of malfunctioning in the organs and glands. Now let us see the gastrointestinal symptoms:
- Halitosis that is bad breath
- Obesity or excessive weight loss
- Oral thrush
- Dry mouth
- Bowel syndrome
Some of the allergic and psychological signs and symptoms include hay fever, acne, tingling and burning, headaches, hives, nasal congestion, blurry vision, tension, pain and aches in the muscles and joints, stiff joints, weakness, earaches, coughing, pain in the chest, recurrent bronchitis, chemical sensitivity, numbness, sinusitis, short breath, sore throats etc.
Mental and emotional symptoms include anxiety, fatigue, depression, drowsiness, mood swings, disorientation, low energy, poor memory, mental confusion in any kind of work, insomnia, hyperactivity, difficulty in concentrating etc. Skin problems are also some of the symptoms of presence of Candida yeast in stool and they are acne, dermatitis, rash, excessive dandruff, anal itch, lupus, impetigo, fungal infections in the nail, Eczema, jock itch, dry skin, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, numbness and excessive perspiration.
Genitourinary Symptom of Candida stool includes:
- Recurrent infection in the bladder
- Loss in sexual feelings
- Painful intercourse
- Irregularities in the menstrual cycle that is Endometriosis
- Burning or itching in the vagina
- Burning sensation while urinating and frequent urination
- Candida vulvovaginitis (recurrent)
Treating Overgrowth of Candida:
The best way to treat Candida yeast in stool is to choose Natural remedies instead of taking medication. This is because various anti-fungal medications have many unwanted side-effects, and don’t cure the illness from its root cause, so opting for Natural remedies is a far better solution for preventing Candida overgrowth in the long-term. We recommend you check out the >All Natural Candida Treatment by clicking HERE!<
Foods and Drinks to be Avoided:
- Prevent food and drinks that contain high sugar and high carbohydrates.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
- Avoid foods that are made with yeast (Breads, Cheese, etc.)
Some Anti-fungal Foods to Start including within your Diet:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Natural Bio Yogurt
Candida species in stool – Mycoses – 2006 – by Jobst D1, Kraft K.
Faecal candida and diarrhoea – Archives of Disease in Childhood Journal – 2001 – By D Forbesa, L Eec, P Camer-Pescib, P B Wardb
Table1: (Click to View)
Table showing 45% of children in the study had recently undergone a course of antibiotics before being diagnosed with Faecal Candida.