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Hi, we are a Naturopathy clinic located in Melbourne. We specialise in helping people suffering with Candida Overgrowth, Parasites, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and digestive problems.
"Helena is an incredibly gifted, thorough naturopath and an expert in gut health. Helena was able to diagnose and successfully treat issues that I have suffered for over 10 years, that previous traditional and natural medicine had been unable to resolve. I couldn't recommend her highly enough.” ~ Danielle Carter (Melbourne)
What is Candida?
Candidiasis is a general term for yeast and fungal infections, most commonly caused by several species of Candida, the most predominant being Candida albicans. Candida is a common non-pathogenic organism in human microflora that can affect areas such as the gut, genitals, skin, throat and mouth. Opportunistic overgrowth of candida is associated with a switch to pathogenesis, where it may trigger inflammation, immune suppression and localised tissue irritation and damage, including increased intestinal permeability and skin/mucosal irritation in affected areas.
Candida spp can be difficult to treat, as it forms a biofilm around itself, allowing immune evasion. Also, fungal cell walls contain mannose glycoprotein, which is immunosuppressive, allowing it to locally adapt to the conditions of the host, playing a role in fungal persistence. Also, prolonged treatment with anti-fungal medications can cause candida spp to adapt and make it resistant to treatment.
What Are Some Candida Overgrowth Symptoms?
How Do You Get A Candida Overgrowth?
Generally, a healthy immune system keeps Candida levels under control. However modern diets and lifestyles can deplete your immune system. When your delicate balance of bowel flora is disturbed, it can create an environment where Candida thrives.
Factors That Can Cause Candida Overgrowth
Candida Overgrowth Treatments
When a Candida overgrowth takes hold, it excretes harmful toxins that circulate throughout the body, further weakening the immune system and creating havoc. It can also lead to a condition called 'Leaky Gut Syndrome', which causes food intolerances and many other health problems. A Candida infection can become persistent, and is certainly something you'd hope to avoid. If you have an infection it's important to get effective treatment so you can return to feeling healthy once more.
In our experience candida is easily treatable once we know what candida species you have via a stool test. Our Naturopaths will put you on a specific treatment plan and diet, to bring you back to a state of wellness.