Candida is a type of fungus that lives in our gut and body in a healthy amount. There is a whole microsystem functioning in the gut, with plenty of different species. Sometimes, when this ecosystem is out of balance, candida is able to overgrow (specifically Candida albicans).
High levels of Candida albicans in the body are not healthy as they tend to cause not only digestive symptoms, but also affect immune, skin, energy, neurological system and general inflammation levels. Candida can appear in multiple places such as gut, vagina, skin, nails, and tongue. Naturopathic Medicine is great at diagnosing Candida infection and treating it. You may not even know you have it as you may be describing ‘generally feeling unwell’. Overproduction of candida breaks down intestinal walls and releases toxins which is why most people feel generally unwell and fatigued. By increasing inflammation in the gut, some people develop Leaky Gut Syndrome.