Gluten Intolerance and Candida

It seems more and more people are realizing they have some level of gluten sensitivity. However, one of the primary gluten allergy symptoms sometimes goes unrecognized.  Gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease often times goes hand in hand with Candida.

What is Candida?

Candida is a type of fungus that occurs naturally in human beings. A healthy person will have small quantities of Candida in various parts of the body, one area being the intestines.  A problem occurs when there is an overgrowth of Candida.

What Contributes to Candida Overgrowth

There are various factors that can lead to a yeast overgrowth in the human body. Antibiotics which are used to kill harmful bacteria also kill the beneficial bacteria in an individual’s gut, which can contribute to yeast overgrowth. This is why many health professionals recommend a round of antibiotics be followed by a probiotic to help prevent dysbiosis (bacterial imbalance) in the gut. A weakened immune system also leaves the body more susceptible to Candida. Research shows that gluten intolerance more than likely exacerbates the overgrowth of Candida. Gluten intolerance and/or Celiac Disease is shown to have a weakening affect on the immune system, especially if left untreated. This supports the theory that a person with gluten intolerance is more susceptible to developing Candida overgrowth.

Common Symptoms of Candida

(These are just some of the symptoms associated with Candida)

  • Bloating, gas, and/or stomach discomfort
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Brain Fog
  • Constant headaches
  • Sinus issues
  • Skin Conditions (such as eczema and cystic acne)
  • Irritability and other noticeable changes in mood

What Can be Done to Treat Candida

If you believe you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of Candida it is important to consult a health professional. A health profession can help to assist you in determining if Candida is the true issue. There are a few protocols available to treat Candida, including antifungal drugs or herbs and a special diet that is essential to follow during treatment to avoid further overgrowth. The protocol chosen to help treat Candida is dependent on the severity of the Candida and personal preference of the health professional and patient.