As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Kimberly Oxbro, B.Sc., M.Sc., ND, of Nova Health Naturopathic Centre in Kingston offers an array of treatments, including alternative medicines, physical exams, intravenous therapy for the treatment of chronic diseases, acupuncture, blood work, diabetes management and dietary guidance.
Candida overgrowth is the most common cause of fungal infection, affecting millions of people worldwide. Candida is a fungus or form of yeast that is found in small amounts naturally in your mouth and intestines to aid in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. When too much candida is produced, it weakens the wall of the intestines and gets into the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts that can lead to many health issues.
Health problems associated with yeast or candida overgrowth include vaginal yeast infection, thrush, chronic fatigue, headaches, skin conditions, food allergies, joint pain, gas, bloating, depression, constipation, brain fog and urinary tract infection.
Overgrowth of yeast can be the result of the use of antibiotics, uncontrolled diabetes, taking oral contraceptives or hormone therapy, prolonged stress, a diet high in refined sugars and carbohydrates, excessive alcohol consumption or an impaired immune system.
While conventional medicine focuses on reducing symptoms through medication that can help over the short term, a holistic course of action attempts to address the root of the problem to prevent candida overgrowth from recurring. Your overall health will be investigated, including your diet, sleep habits, emotional health and hormonal balance. Supplements and cleanses often play a role in a long-term solution, and dietary modifications that involve eliminating sugar, often including fruit, and adding soluble fibre to your diet.
Nova Health Naturopathic Centre is located at 67 Brock Street, Third Floor, in Kingston. Open Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 613-546-9995 to book an appointment. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook.