The Great Plains Laboratory tests for Candida albicans (a microscopic fungal organism and pathogenic yeast) as part of IgG food allergy testing.
Research has revealed a relationship between health of the gastrointestinal tract and overall well-being. Imbalance between good and bad bacteria (dysbiosis) has been shown to worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, aggression, and cause fatigue. Evidence is mounting that dysbiosis impairs the immune system and contributes to food allergies, digestive disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and cognitive dysfunction.
Practitioners may recommend elimination of the identified foods and supplementation with various natural products that control Candida overgrowth and assist with healing of the gut. Depending on the levels of Candida and the severity of a patient’s symptoms, further testing may be recommended, including a Comprehensive Stool Test or Organic Acids Test.
IgG antibodies to Candida may be due to current or past infection or intestinal overgrowth. An elevated Candida IgG indicates the immune system has interacted with Candida. Although Candida and related fungal species are normal constituents of GI flora, use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, chemotherapy, or anti-inflammatory steroids increases the possibility of fungal overgrowth and imbalance of GI flora. Dietary improvements and/or antifungal therapy may lower Candida antibodies and reduce symptoms.
High levels of IgG antibodies to Candida have been found in patients who reported many symptoms of yeast overgrowth. Candida problems are caused when the benign yeast form of Candida albicans transforms to its fungal form and produces a buildup of toxins in the body. Candida can overgrow areas of the intestinal mucosa resulting in numerous symptoms, including creating microscopic holes in the lining of the intestines, leading to what is commonly known as “leaky gut” syndrome. Candida albicans proteins may trigger an inflammatory response.
A wide range of disorders have been linked to Candida overgrowth including:
- multiple sclerosis,
- chronic fatigue,
- and irritable bowel syndrome.
Immunocompromised patients with cancer or AIDS can have life-threatening complications if Candida enters the bloodstream, resulting in systemic candidiasis. Use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, chemotherapy, anti-inflammatory steroids, and diets high in sugar and starch increase susceptibility to Candida overgrowth.
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