Yeast – Most people have this – do you?

Yeast overgrowth is rampant in America. Both men and women can have an intestinal flora imbalance that results in yeast overgrowth. Yeast overgrowth is a systemic problem that can affect any human regardless of gender.
Candida albicans is the yeast that commonly lives in the mouth, throat, intestines, and genitourinary tract of most humans. It is a normal part of our intestinal flora that is kept in balance by a healthy diet and a healthy immune system. When the natural balance of flora is altered, colonies of yeast will flourish throughout the body producing many adverse physical and mental symptoms.
Common symptoms of yeast overgrowth include gas and bloating, indigestion or heartburn, chronic fatigue, sugar/carbohydrate cravings, blood sugar swings, food sensitivities, insomnia, prostatitis, PMS, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, headaches, allergies, eczema, rashes, memory loss, arthritis, eye problems, sinusitis, thick & ropy saliva, coated tongue, and fungal infections such as athletes foot and fingernail/toenail infections.
The cause of yeast overgrowth is usually related to a combination of one or more of the following: use of antibiotics, use of steroid hormones and immunosuppressant drugs, use of birth control pills, improper diet – primarily too much sugar, and exposure to environmental chemicals.
Getting rid of yeast overgrowth involves herbal supplements, dietary changes, elimination (if possible) of immunosuppressive drugs and antibiotics, rebalancing and strengthening the immune system, and repopulating the intestines with the appropriate bacterial balance.
Natural products that eliminate yeast are caprylic acid, oregano, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, olive leaf, pau d’arco and cellulase. Most of the natural products are taken in stages. The first stage involves killing the yeast. The second stage involves repopulating the body with appropriate beneficial bacteria by using probiotics.
Both stages need to be supported by an appropriate diet that eliminates foods that feed the yeast. Foods that easily convert to sugar or are high in natural sugar such as fruit, fruit juices, refined grains and products made from refined grains, dairy products, alcohol, and sweets should be eliminated. Other foods that should be eliminated are foods with natural molds such as peanuts and peanut butter, vinegar, and mushrooms. You can search the internet for yeast diets if you want more specifics.
The ease of eliminating yeast overgrowth many times depends on the length of time the body has been out of balance. If yeast overgrowth recurs after such a program, the immune system most likely needs to be supported or an ongoing maintenance program may be necessary.

About NaturalCowgirl

Margaret Durst has been involved with natural health for over 20 years. In her early 30s, she was faced with a medical diagnosis that recommended a lifetime of prescription drugs. In her heart, she knew that there must be an alternative way to healing and health and thus began her journey into natural health. Along the way, Margaret has trained with many different natural health practitioners and earned a degree in Naturopathy. She established her nutritional consulting practice and opened The Green House in 2003 to enable her mission of helping people navigate the natural health maze. People have praised Margaret for intuitive ability to help people address their health issues and goals with diet and lifestyle choices and successfully take responsibility for their health and wellbeing. This comes from Margaret’s deeply held beliefs in the body’s innate ability to heal and in the tools nature provides for health and healing.
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1 Response to Yeast – Most people have this – do you?

  1. belle says:

    Exactly what our family has been focusing on doing…getting rid of yeast overgrowth. We follow a Candida Diet eating plan and have made changes slowly to allow everyone, and our budget, to adjust. Iodine/iodide supplementation, Enzymes with HCL, thyroid support (and some adrenal support) and probiotics are the regimine we use.
    The book “Hypothyroidism Type II” has shed a light on the thyroid/yeast/fungus connection. “The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health” is another book that helps in connecting the dots of this rampant condition.
    The Candida diet plan and the regimine has the prostatitis taken care of and is working on curing the eczema on my hands, dandruff in a teenager, and cradle cap, etc in the toddler. Weight loss has occurred in our family as well.
    Thanks for sharing great information!

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