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Could your health issues be caused by yeast overgrowth? Many have a candida infection and don’t know it!
What is Candida Yeast?
Candida Albicans is a type of yeast that is naturally present in our bodies. Typically, yeast will not cause issues or overgrow when the immune system keeps it under control and when there is a balance of bacteria in the body. However, problems with yeast can arise when either the immune system or the balance of bacteria is altered. If the immune system is weak or there is a low level of good bacteria in the body the yeast organism can multiply very quickly and over power the healthy organisms creating a full infection.
What Can Cause Candida Yeast to Overgrow and Become an Infection?
There are many factors that can lead to an overgrowth of yeast in the body. Taking antibiotics is one of the most common causes of yeast overgrowth. (Taking an antibiotic is what caused my issues with yeast, causing acne.) Also, eating too much sugar! Sugar fuels the yeast, they feed off of the sugar and multiply. Note that the sugar category also includes natural sugars from fruits. Additional causes include acne medications, birth control pills, alcohol, stress, nutrient deficiency, tap water containing chlorine, IBS or bowel issues, being exposed to toxins, and having a weak immune system or any immune deficiency.After reading this list of causes you can see why yeast infections are so common and many more are suffering from a yeast infection and don’t even know it! Doctors overlook how damaging yeast can be and they have a tremendous lack of knowledge in the area.
There are many symptoms of yeast overgrowth, however one I wanted to mention was the occurrence of craving of sweets. This includes fruit, honey, chocolate, candy, sugary drinks/soda, pasta, breads, baked goods. If you think this may be a symptom you are struggling with you may want to look into starting the yeast free diet.(After I did the yeast free diet and no sugar for 3 months, I was never craving these foods at all anymore, it seemed very odd at first. I never realized before that it wasn’t me wanting those foods it was the yeast causing the cravings because they live off of those foods.)
Candida Yeast Can Cause Almost Any Health Issue
Yeast overgrowth in the body causes havoc on the body and can cause the release of hundreds of toxins in the body. The good bacteria is limited and is overpowered by the yeast overgrowth. This causes a severe imbalance of microorganisms and overgrowth of bad bacteria which is not only present in the intestines but can expand into the blood stream.
Yeast infections have been known to cause a wide range of issues including rashes, acne, fatigue, diseases, syndromes, psychological issues, etc.
To treat Candida yeast overgrowth here are the 3 main steps:
1. Start the Candida Diet- this means only yeast free foods and no sugar (well as close to zero sugar as you can get). Continue on it for at least 3 months straight. Even though yeast may begin dyeing after 7 days in order to re balance the system, I would recommend 3 months.
2. Take a pro-biotic (multi strain is preferable)
3. Take supplements which “kill” yeast – (I will do another post later this week about which supplements I used and which ones I would recommend using)
I will add a post later this week about how to treat candida yeast overgrowth and exactly what I recommend using to “kill” the yeast, so check back for it.