Who is This Test For?
Candida albicans is a yeast found in the mouth, on the skin and, you guessed it, also in the gut. While it generally lives in harmony with other organisms in our microbiome, sometimes there’s an overgrowth, which can lead to one of the most common fungal infections in humans.
The FLUIDS iQ Candida Suite test, which measures the levels of IgM, IgG and IgA antibodies, is offered as stand alone or as an add on to any of our Intestinal iQ™ tests
Our Candida Test
FLUIDS iQ’s Candida test is a vital component of our Intestinal iQ™ series of analytical wellness tests. It measures levels of antibodies to Candida, one of the most common causes of fungal infections in humans.
What is Candidiasis?
Candida albicans is a yeast that is normally found in small amounts in the body, and is the only fungal species belonging to our ‘normal’ microflora. Candidiasi is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of yeasts that belong to the Candida family, with Candida albicans being the most prominent. In Candidiasis, Candida albicans can infect areas such as the skin, genitals, mouth, respiratory tract and also the gut. In response, our immune system produces antibodies, which are known as IgM, IgG and IgA.
The Candida Suite – Get to know your antibodies.
Antibodies are proteins in our blood that the body produces in response to substances it considers alien, like bacteria, viruses and fungi, like Candida. FLUIDS iQ’s Candida Suite is our analytical wellness test measuring the levels of three types of antibodies: IgM, IgG and IgA.
IgM antibodies are the first to form after exposure to Candida. They typically develop early in the course of an infection and then decrease in a matter of days. IgM antibodies can be viewed as fighters against infections, by signaling the body to activate our immune system in order to eliminate infections.
IgG antibodies are the most predominant and reflect a past or a more prolonged infection. Like IgM antibodies, they too can be viewed as fighters and play a role in signaling the body to activate our immune system in order to eliminate infections. IgG antibodies may remain for a long time after an infection has been eliminated.
IgA antibodies, although present in smaller amounts, play a predominant role that is important in our body’s mucosal immune responses. These occur in areas like our respiratory system, our saliva and tears and, yes, in the gut. What distinguishes them from their brothers IgG and IgM is that their chief role is not as fighters but as neutralizers, so that the fighters can then do their job of signaling the body to eliminate the infection.