Candida albicans is a normal resident of the human gastrointestinal tract; it is also the most common fungal pathogen of humans. This test measures 4 different types of yeasts; Candida albicans, Candida (species), Geotrichum candidum and if there is occurence of yeast overgrowth.
Candida is a type of fungus that is found naturally in, among other things, our intestines and has the task of recognizing and destroying harmful bacteria. It is only when there is an overgrowth of this fungus that problems arise. An overgrowth can occur after, for example, taking antibiotics, when heavy metals is accumulated in the body, when having a weakened immune system, due to incorrect diet, stress or after taking certain drugs.
In candida overgrowth, various toxins are created which in turn can lead to a number of different symptoms (see below). Examples of some of the toxins that are created in the body are ethanol, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.
The test is a simple stool test collected at home and analyzed at a ISO certified and accredited lab.
Common symptoms of Candida
Candida overgrowth can lead to problems such as:
- Brain fog
- Gas and bloating
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sugar cravings
- Skin problems (acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
- Dry, itchy or red skin
- Foot / nail fungus
- Vaginal itching
- Mood swings, sleep problems, anxiety or depression
The symptoms occur as a result of the toxins that the yeast produces.
The Candida test analyzes the following 4 yeasts:
- Candida (species)
- Candida albicans
- Yeasts (positive or negative)
- Geotrichum candidum
If you are curious about testing your gut flora status, we can recommend our test Small Gut Microbiome test which measures a total of 13 different bacteria and 4 yeasts including candida and bacteria such as bifidobacterium, lactobacillus and more, .
Who should test for Candida
People who experience any of the above problems may need to be tested for candida. People who have also previously undergone a candida treatment and want to know if they have gotten rid of their overgrowth, they should be tested to know if they need to continue treatment or can end a so-called candida diet. It is important to take a test so that you can start the right treatment if it’s stated that you have this problem.
Something that can cause similar problems is, for example SIBO, which is a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. If you have problems with your stomach and consider it could be caused of any of the previous mentioned gut problems, we also recommend doing the SIBO test.