If you are noticing white patches in your stool, or stringy white strands, it could possibly be Candida. Pictures of stools that have visible Candida in them are presented at the bottom of this article. Seeing yeast in your stool, is a sign that you have an aggravated gastrointestinal yeast infection. In a healthy individual, Candida may be present in the stool, but not enough to be visually detectable with the naked eye. Candida is normally a commensal organism, living in nearly all human’s digestive system, and typically does not cause any problems at all. However, when condition are right, for this yeast to start dominating the gut, it will. Hence, Candida is known as an “opportunistic” pathogen; one that only strikes when presented with an opportunity (Lott, et al.; 2005).
One common open door Candida is given, is when a person takes antibiotics. The other probiotic bacteria that normally dominate the gut microflora usually eat most of the food, and take up most of the space, on the intestinal epithelium (layer of skin that is in contact with the digesting food). Many of these bacteria also secrete lactic acid; which, serves to acidify the intestinal tract (and, yeast hate acidic environments; consequently, they are not able to multiply as easily). When these bacteria are killed off by antibiotics, the yeast now has space, food, and a more ideal pH environment. The result is rapid overgrowth of Candida, and this yeast quickly begins to dominate the microflora of the digestive system.
Estrogen birth control pills can also predispose women to vaginal yeast infections, and corticosteroids can also enable Candida overgrowth. So if you’ve taken antibiotics, corticosteroids, or estrogen birth control pills, your odds for having some type of yeast problem have been elevated.
What Yeast Look Like in Your Stool
Candida is a white yeast, so look for white patches in your stool—it could be Candida. The most prevalent form of Candida, Candida albicans, is a germ tube growing yeast. Not all Candida grow hyphal germ tubes; however, around 80% of all yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans. So, chances are, if you suspect yeast to be colonizing your digestive system, you are most likely to have Candida albicans. Look for long hyphal growths of the yeast in your stool. In severe (and probably rare) cases, you should see stringy white cords that indicate a lot of yeast growing in your gut. If you see any white patches or stringy white strands in your stool, it may be Candida.
White material could also just be mucous in your stool. You may have to take the stool out of the toilet and wash it with water to see just how sturdy the white material is. Mucous, as you know, will be soft and probably wash away as you agitate it. Masses of Candida will not be as water soluble as mucous; and, should retain their shape to some extent after washing. As mentioned, pictures of yeast in the stool are available at the bottom of this article.
If you’ve taken antibiotics, you have become more predisposed to yeast overgrowth in your digestive system. The stronger the antibiotic, and the more frequently you take an antibiotic, will all increase the chance that you have a yeast problem in your gut. So, if you're seeing strange whitish material in your poop, and you recently were taking antibiotics, your stool could be clearly indicating that there is a lot of yeast inside your intestines.
One study, out of many, does demonstrate the ability of antibiotics to make you more susceptible to yeast overgrowth. The study was published in Infection and Immunity [13.6 (1976): 1761-1770]. The research in this study, involved giving rats antibiotics and corticosteroids, and then inoculating them with Candida albicans. The stools of the rats were then examined for the presence of Candida yeast. The study found, that rats who had been given cortisone or antibiotics, were both colonized by Candida equally as well. Rats who received both antibiotics and cortisone were colonized even more than those who only received one of these drugs. So there is a clear link, between Candida persistence and growth in the digestive system, and using antibiotics or corticosteroids.
Candida Stool Test
If you want to be certain about what is making your stool look unusual, you can have a doctor perform a test on your stool to ascertain if there is too much Candida present. You will need to make an appointment with a clinic, and supply a sample for the clinic to test. They will be able to determine if you have yeast in your stool; and, perhaps, determine how much Candida is present in each gram of waste. This can give you a clear report on the condition of the digesting food in your intestines; and, rule out Candida if the stool test comes back negative.
Candida Causes Loose Stools
If you haven’t seen any white yeast in your stool, but you’ve been dealing with diarrhea suddenly after you took antibiotics, Candida may be responsible. A study, showing the correlation of Candida overgrowth and diarrhea, was published in The Lancet [307.7955 (1976): 335-336]. In the study, six patients had been experiencing routine loose or watery bowel movements. The patient’s stools did not have blood or mucus in them; yet, sometimes, the patients reported abdominal cramps. The longest reported duration of symptoms was 3 months. After a treatment regimen of oral nystatin was initiated, all six patients recovered from their diarrhea within 3 or 4 days. This study was only done on 6 individuals, so it is lacking in statistical power; however, there was a study done one more people that can give us a better idea about the correlation between diarrhea and Candida overgrowth.
The study that shows us a better picture of Candida’s relationship to watery stools was entitled “Faecal Candida and Diarrhoea,” and was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood [84.4 (2001): 328-331]. The study was conducted on 107 individuals that had diarrhea, and 67 individuals who did not have diarrhea—serving as the control group. The study found, that people with diarrhea, had over twice as much likelihood to have 50,000 colony forming units / gram of waste of yeast in their stool. 31.8% of diarrhea positive patients had this high level of yeast in their stools. Only 14.9% of people without diarrhea had this much yeast. Thus, there was twice as much chance for a diarrhea positive person, to have excess yeast in their stool. The study also states, that the presence of yeast in the people’s stool, was significantly associated with antibiotic use.
So if you’ve been struggling with loose stools and you recently took antibiotics; Candida may be responsible for your problems. If you see white patches in your diarrhea, it is even more possible that Candida are what those white patches are. If your diarrhea has been continuous for a while; and, you feel it is not caused by some short term food poisoning or temporary viral infection, you may want to start cleansing your gut of yeast. And, if Candida is behind your diarrhea, you should improve after a week, or so, of using natural remedies. Candida Hub’s Gut Yeast Infection article has a intestinal cleanse you can try. If you’ve got some time, check it out and give it a shot. It should give a real good blow to any Candida overgrowing in your digestive system!
So, does eating more refined carbohydrates (simple sugars) have an influence on the amount of Candida in your digestive system? A novel study, looked at this exact question. The study was published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition [69.6 (1999): 1170-1173]. The study did state, that Candidiasis tends to occur more in situations where blood glucose (sugar) is more abundant; such as in people who are receiving intravenous feeding, or who have uncontrolled diabetes. The study states sugar cane workers are more prone to Candida infections of the hands where the nail meets the skin (paronychia); and, rinsing the mouth with sugar can lead to Candida causing sores in the mouth (stomatitis). Thus, it would seem that sugar intake would correlate with increased yeast growth.
To see if elevated sugar intake would indeed produce more aggressive Candida growth, a two step investigation was done on healthy individuals. The first phase of the process was ascertaining how much refined carbohydrates the individuals routinely ate via a questionnaire. The participants had the amount of Candida, present in their mouth and fecal matter analyzed, as well; and correlated with their eating habits. Twenty eight healthy individuals, who had an average age of 26.3 years, were randomly selected for this study. None of them had undergone antifungal therapies in the 3 months that preceded the study.
The study participants were analyzed for 11 weeks, over three different phases of the study. During the first phase, the participants continued eating their normal diet; and samples of their mouth and fecal Candida were taken. In the second phase, the participants were given more refined sugars to eat; which was 110 grams of sugar comprised of 10.8% glucose, 35.7% saccharose, 3.2% fructose, and 50.3% dextrin. The sugars were eaten by the participants 3 times a day between normal meal times. In the third phase of the study, the subjects resumed their normal diets and did not have the added sugar.
After the study was conducted fully, the research showed there was no observable correlation between the amount of Candida in a person’s stool and an increase in sugar in their diet. And, excess sugar intake did not lead to more Candida colonizing the mouth. A small caveat found by the study, however, was that those participants who had an elevated count of yeast in their mouths, these people also had more Candida in their stools on the added sugar diet. The study concluded that the addition of high amounts of refined carbohydrates, to the diet of healthy individuals, has only a small influence on the growth of Candida in their gastrointestinal tract. Although this is a valid discovery, a person with intestinal dysbiosis and aggravated Candida problem, may not respond the same as a healthy individual. Thus, if you frequently have yeast infections, and suspect your health problems are Candida related, this research may not be too applicable to your situation. Below is a chart taken from the study that shows the colony forming units of Candida in the participants fecal matter at each phase of the study.
Another study, looked at people who found yeast in their stools, who were said to have Candida syndrome. The research was published in the journal Mycoses [49.5 (2006): 415-420]. The study involved 500 patients in 12 primarily naturopathic medical practices. The participants were given stool tubes for collection of their waste and questionnaires. The stool samples, once collected, were sent to a laboratory for analysis 24 hours after they were filled. Of the patients, about 1 in 3 had Candida in their fecal waste; however, this discovery was considered to be normal. The study found that smoking habits were correlated with a higher presence of Candida in the participants. Vaginal yeast infections, food allergies, and general allergies were also positively correlated with the presence of Candida in the stool.
Eliminate Candida from your Stool
One natural treatment, you can employ to eliminate Candida from your poop, is presented on this page of Candida Hub: Naturally Cure a Gut Yeast Infection. You can take antifungal herbal teas and mix in a few drops of edible essential oils along with this treatment plan. Making sure you reintroduce helpful probiotic bacteria to the gut after you eliminate the yeast is essential. Lactic acid bacteria, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, is a great choice to use in your probiotic treatment. If you do not bring back the helpful bacteria, you will have a very hard time keeping Candida at bay. The same is true for vaginal infections; you need to put probiotic pills in the vagina after you get rid of the yeast, to keep it safe from future infections.
By using some form of antifungal treatment orally, you will start to eliminate the yeast. Going on a Candida diet (low in sugar and carbohydrates) may also be important. The yeast will be killed by the antifungals, and starved by the low sugar diet. Within a short time, you should see a radically reduced amount of Candida in the gut. A healthy individual has around 50% of their stools dry weight comprised of bacteria (Stephen, Cummings; 1980). So, get a probiotic with several beneficial species of bacteria and take it religiously!
12 Hour Natural, Candida Cure
One woman who struggled with recurrent yeast infections; likely due to excess Candida in her gut; was Sarah Summer. Summer was plagued by recurrent vaginal yeast infections. It seemed like after she cleared one up using some treatment, it wasn’t long before she would develop yet another infection. This cycle of treatment and recurrence cost her a considerable amount of time and money; and, it went on for some time. This way of life stopped when Sarah developed a very severe vaginal Candida infection. Sarah, after seeing this infection was different, went quickly to her doctor.
After Sarah’s doctor examined her, the doctor told her that her vaginal problem was indeed very severe. The doctor told her that not only was it difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure. Faced with having to deal with this problem indefinitely, Sarah decided to find any answers she could. Together with her husband Robert, the two began to do considerable medical research and experimented with many purported remedies. After a lot of work and trial and error, Sarah found a way to focus on the “root” causes of her Candida problem. After addressing the underlying issues that predisposed her to infection, and applying a unique natural medicine therapy, Sarah was totally cured of her vaginal yeast infections. And, the Candida never came back! Sarah was finally rid of her recurrent Candida outbreaks!
Sarah decided to publish a book detailing exactly how to replicate her results. Her book is available for immediate download at her website. Sarah’s publisher, a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated, is a large, U.S. based publisher that has been in business since nearly the advent of the Internet. Sarah also offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee on her book; so, if you're skeptical about it working, you can have a very long time to give it a try. Sarah guarantees you will be free of your yeast infection in 12 hours after you start her program. If your yeast infection isn’t gone in 12 hours after you start the treatment, just request a refund and you’ll quickly get all your money back. And, you can keep the book even after you get a refund! Sarah’s website has many testimonials of others who have seen the promised results; you can check them out if you’d like. If this seems like something you’d like to investigate further, you can find out a lot more at Sarah Summer’s website!
Pictures of Candida In Stool
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