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How Do I know If I Have Chronic Candida?

August 14, 2019

Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric
Bakker, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of Canxida, the Candida dietary supplements
of choice. Thanks for checking out my video. I’ve got lots of questions here from people
all over the world, many different countries. Thank you for sending me these questions,
and thank you for the awesome comments I’ve received on my YouTube Candida Crusher channel.
It’s very inspiring. It’s for people like you that I make these videos. People that
are looking for some real answers. Not a lot of bologna and garbage that I’ve been reading
on the internet, but I’m going to give you a lot of common sense and good ideas on how
you can really get rid of these Candida yeast infections.
Here’s a question I got from a guy in California a couple of days ago. Eric, how do I know
I have chronic Candida? Well, Jeff, let me tell you. There are many
ways you can find out if you’ve got chronic Candida, but you’ll know you’ve got chronic
Candida by the awful, terrible, crappy quality of life that you’ve got. You’ll know you’ve
got chronic Candida when you’ve been to 10 different doctors, 5 different naturopaths,
4 different chiropractors, and 2 psychiatrists; God knows whom else you’ve gone to and had
no answers. You know you’ve got chronic Candida when you’ve been told it’s all in your head
and there’s nothing wrong with you; that you need to get a hold of your life and just get
on with things. These are the things that I was told when
I had chronic Candida in my 20s. I was told I needed to see a psychiatrist, that I was
nuts, that there was nothing wrong with me. In fact, my doctor told me that I couldn’t
have Candida because I wasn’t a woman and only women got vaginal yeast infections that
he considered to be chronic Candida. The sad thing is there are lot of misconceptions regarding
chronic yeast infections, and many people still even today believe it just simply doesn’t
exist. When you’ve got chronic Candida, you usually
have some kind of a digestive problem, not always, but usually. And this will generally
involve some unresolved issue that’s been going on for weeks, months or even years.
And it can be something simple like bloating or gas. It could be constipation or diarrhea.
I just had a Face Time session with a 47-year-old woman who has had chronic Candida. She’s 47.
She’s had chronic Candida for about 25 years. She’s got a bowel motion every four days.
She has seriously bad sugar cravings and loves chocolate. She’s got a vaginal yeast infection.
She’s got toenail fungus. She’s had all these kinds of problems, she’s been to so many doctors,
and nobody has really helped her. As I mentioned, chronic Candida will often
involve a gut problem of some kind. Unexplained food allergies or sensitivities to many different
kinds of foods is something I routinely see in people. People who tend to have very selective
diets or people who hop from one diet to another. They might be on the GAPS diet, then the FOGMAP
diet, then the Body Ecology diet, then on this diet, then on that diet. People who tend
to stop gluten because they think that’s the problem. People who tend to go vegan. People
who tend to go Paleo. All these people that go on these crazy, wacky, ridiculous diet
approaches because they’re not feeling good. These are often the Candida cases.
Chronic Candida will generally involve immune dysfunction, leaky gut; I very commonly see
it. And when you get leaky gut, it means that your digestive system has become a lot more
permeable. And if you throw sugar on top of the equation, you’re going to find people
will start complaining of things like feeling tired, fatigued, spaced out, brain fog, lacking
the brain power, memory, cognitive dysfunction, sleeping disorders, mood disorders, anxiety,
depression, tiredness, all of these things are signs and symptoms of chronic Candida.
A typical one I see with chronic Candida is tiredness, fatigue. Some doctors will say
to you when you go and visit them with a chronic yeast infection, “Get out of my room. Everybody
tells me that they are tired. I don’t care if you’re tired. I want to treat sick people,
not tired people.” I’ve heard that before. I’ve heard a doctor tell a patient that.
How do you know you’ve got chronic Candida? A vaginal yeast infection that won’t go away
that’s recurrent. Vaginal yeast that’s had you take multiple medications, had vaginal
swabs for many years, and had all these so-called medical treatments with no result.
How do you know you’ve got chronic Candida? A jock itch that won’t go away. Itchiness
around the men’s private area. These are all telltale signs. Toenail fungus. Doctor’s will
tell you it’s a local problem. Anyone with a chronic recurring toenail fungus will have
a gut problem. Usually you have bloating, farting, sugar cravings that go along and
feed the yeast. There are hundreds of species of yeast that live inside and outside of the
body, and they all want food. They want warmth. They want moisture. They need these conditions
to grow. And we tend to give into those desires by giving them the wrong kind of food.
If you suspect you’ve got chronic Candida, there are many ways you can find out. I think
the best way is to do a comprehensive stool test. I think it’s still the best way really
to discover � not just if you’ve got chronic Candida, but also what kind of an intestinal
environment you’ve got in general. What level of beneficial bacteria you’ve got. What imbalanced
flora you’ve got. What kind of inflammatory patterns you’re showing in the gut. What type
of colon health you’ve got. What type of enzyme health you’ve got. This will all be revealed
in a comprehensive stool test. Chronic Candida requires a multi-stage approach,
and that’s what we’re going to look at in the next video. As I mentioned, you will know
you’ve got chronic Candida by having immune dysfunction, gut problems, and often some
kind of a cognitive or dysfunction up here. You may have one or several. Some people with
chronic Candida will only have a vaginal problem. Others will only have a gut problem. Others
will have systemic problems all over. Make sure that you go to
and read my “Signs and Symptoms of Yeast Infection: The Common and Not So Common.” It’s a long
page, and you might be quite surprised to find that your pattern is there. And also
don’t forget to do my quiz. It’s taken me a lot of time and money and effort to put
this quiz together, and I think it’s the best quiz on the internet ascertaining if you’ve
got a mild, moderate, or severe yeast infection. Go and check it out. These are all things
I’ve put on there for you for free. All to help people out. Thanks for your time.


  • Reply Aoa Tee August 17, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Thank You

  • Reply Teelaa Teelaa August 17, 2015 at 6:25 am

    You are so right.. I tried to not eat gluten but it doesn't work. I tried to not eat sugar, it doesn't work. It sometimes gets even worse. Doctors don't understand, I don't understand. I have vaginal yeast problems for a very long time. I have sugar cravings and I have nail fungus on my feet and 1 finger nail. I also got mould on my feet. My libido is gone for 90%, I have mood swings, can't concentrate. Since I watched your videos, I now know I have candida for 13 years and I just turned 26… =(

  • Reply A M August 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you for your good work! It helped me overcome the worst period in my life, I was taking months and months and months of Antibiotics in the hope of curing the side effects that the antibiotics were causing all along! having stopped taking these and working hard to kill off the fungal overgrowth and repopulate my gut flora has taken a fair bit of time but the results starts showing quickly, no more weird tingling in the scrotum, hot flashes, itching etc, it all went away itself, I repeatedly tested for everything under the sun, but there were no direct tests for Candida/Fungal overgrowth, I had to self diagnose it, as it was the only thing that made sense! GP, STD Clinics, nobody had a clue what was wrong, I kept testing negative for everything, so they kept dismissing my symptoms, whilst i kept insisting something was not right! but it was partly my fault, i kept insisting to be given more antibiotics! big mistake!!

  • Reply madbear52 August 18, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Thanks Doc, you're such a great help. God Bless you.

  • Reply Brenda Lee August 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I want to work with you. How can I get in touch with you?

  • Reply Nader Sleiman August 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    You are very well experienced sir, you seem to be really knowledgeable of what you say, backed up with an extensively researched base, thank you for helping out the community, too bad i'm currently residing in Lebanon and they never heard of candida overgrowth here unless it related to the vaginal thing.. will contact you ASAP, keep up the good work and research.

  • Reply IndependentGeorge76 October 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Eric, (apologies for long message – i tried it via your site and didn't fail)

    Firstly i wanted to thank you for your excellent, and sensible advice. Having diagnosed with Candida, i looked all round and found so much conflicting advice, that it was great to discover your channel. I decided at this point to follow your advice above others, as you seem like a sensible guy that sees the big picture.

    i am on my first week of elimating any problem foods from my diet. This hasnt been much of a problem for me, as i have always eaten a healthy diet with lots of veggies. Prev my staple diet was green veg, sweet potato, fish, yoghurt, lots of fruit, quinoa and coconut oil. So it's not been much of a stretch to eliminate a few of them.

    However, as i am early into it, and still feel bad (day 5 since really got a handle on diet), is it ok to eat Quinoa as my main staple? I've been eating it once, often twice a day. On its own with chopped ginger and coconut oil. Someone told me that even tho it's a seed, it does turn to carbs and will feed the candida at such an early stage.

    Is there any validity to that? I really love the stuff, and as i play sport and regularly work out, need to have some kind of carb energy source, and greens dont do it for me in the same way.

    Thanks and best regards from Spain

  • Reply Nabeel Alharethi May 18, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Kiora Dr, since 2012 i started to have digestive problems such as present gas , bloating and a belly like a pregnant woman . what i cant handel the most is the difficulty of breathing most of the time . i have been to over 40 doctors and most of them says that im alright its just IBS or its all in my hid . can u please help me ?

  • Reply Inkwisitor March 27, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    hi can I make a Skype call with you please>??

  • Reply Patty Stutts November 6, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    I have had vaginal candida for about 10 years now, since I went through menopause. I also have Parkinson’s disease and dystonia in my right foot. I had the DBS surgery for the Parkinson’s a little over 2 years ago. That took care of the tremors from the Parkinson’s. I have anxiety, fatigue, and most of the other disorders that you listed. HELP! Most days I just don’t want to live anymore.

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  • Reply Eirene Cooper January 30, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Claudia Mangel August 2, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Can u do a video of Candida Glabrata please.

  • Reply Pepa Malac December 12, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Can you make a video about candida in bladder?

  • Reply CricketsGreenhouse-Carolyn January 1, 2019 at 5:09 am

    Well….i knew I had Candida over growth…was trying to control that to prevent cancer. I had cancer and didn't know it…large bcell lymphoma. Started chemo back in june. In remission now. I need to make sure I don't end up with Candida over growth again. I crave sugar.

  • Reply Bears 25 August 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Is white flakes that smell horrible that come from your throat a sigh of sever dysbiois and or candida?

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