Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Digestive fungi: where do they come from and how do you relieve them?

Digestive Fungi:

The term "digestive fungi" is a bit ambiguous, as fungi aren't typically found living within the human digestive system. However, there are a few possibilities you might be referring to:

Mycoses of the digestive tract:

These are fungal infections that can occur in the mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, or rectum. They are relatively rare, but can be caused by various fungi, including Candida albicans (which is normally present in the mouth and gut but can overgrow under certain conditions), Aspergillus, and Cryptococcus. Symptoms can vary depending on the location and severity of the infection, but may include:
  • Oral thrush (white patches on the tongue and inner cheeks).
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Diarrhea.
Treatment for mycoses of the digestive tract typically involves antifungal medication.


These are toxic substances produced by some fungi that can contaminate food. If you consume food contaminated with mycotoxins, you may experience food poisoning symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.

Yeast overgrowth in the gut:

This is a common condition known as candidiasis or yeast overgrowth. While not technically a fungal infection, it involves an overgrowth of Candida albicans, which can cause digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.


Here's how to address these issues:

- For mycoses:

Early diagnosis and treatment with antifungal medication are crucial. Consult a doctor if you experience any concerning symptoms.

- For mycotoxin exposure:

Avoid consuming moldy or spoiled food. If you suspect you may have been exposed to mycotoxins, seek medical advice.

- For yeast overgrowth:

Dietary changes, probiotics, and antifungal medication can help manage the overgrowth. Consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

Prevention Tips:

  • Maintain good hygiene practices, especially handwashing.
  • Keep food properly stored and refrigerated.
  • Avoid consuming moldy or spoiled food.
  • Manage stress levels, as stress can contribute to yeast overgrowth.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fiber and probiotics.