A body that is unhealthy for a long period of time can be predisposed to yeast overgrowth, and in need of candida remedies.Causes of Candida - Yeast Overgrowth
Top Three Reasons of Yeast Overgrowth
- Diet high in sugars and carbohydrates
- Diet high in processed food
- Mineral deficiencies (Zinc, Selenium)
- Improper and imbalanced gut flora
- Lack of digestive enzymes
- Low stomach acid production
- Frequent use of steroids and antibiotics
- Heavy Metal toxicity (Mercury, Cooper)
- Toxic liver
- Decreased immune system including AIDS, cancer and diabetes
Poor dietary choices of consuming too much refined sugar, fruit juices, fruits, grains such as pasta, pizza, bagels, pretzels, crackers, granola, bread, etc. as compared to protein and good fats. These foods break down into sugar which is yeast’s fuel source.
Eating processed foods that have absolutely no nutritional value leads to mineral deficiencies that allow yeast to grow and proliferate. Eating foods with no nutrition also leads to destruction of our digestive enzymes. Without these digestive enzymes we cannot produce stomach acid. This acidic environment of the stomach is normal, healthy and assists in eliminating the possibility for harmful yeast, bacteria, viruses and parasites to grow in our digestive tract. Heart burn is just one symptom of low stomach acid production. See my webpage on GERD.
In a healthy body Candida is well controlled and regulated by the beneficial intestinal flora. Unfortunately, frequent use of antibiotics gives Candida albicans an opportunity to thrive. The antibiotic will destroy not only the bad but also the good bacteria. It takes about 4-8 weeks for the beneficial flora to recover from just one course of antibiotics. This allows the perfect opportunity for Candida to grow and lays the foundation for unbalancing and upsetting this delicate intestinal flora. Frequent use of steroids and taking birth control pill also affects the balance of intestinal flora.
Long term exposure to mercury found in pesticides, dental amalgams and vaccinations as well as the burning of coal can stimulate the thyroid which can cause adrenal imbalance. Both glands are related to immune response. Thus, over time, mercury might decrease our ability to fight infections, which can lead to yeast overgrowth.
Long Term Exposure to Candida
Obvious signs of Candida are vaginal or bladder yeast infections, nail fungus and jock itch. In children: thrush, cradle cap, diaper rash and ring worm. Once yeast overgrows for a long period of time the not so obvious symptoms begin to surface. Long term yeast overgrowth is difficult to detect and causes many symptoms.Symptoms of Candida - Yeast Overgrowth
How Does This Happen?
- Chronic Fatigue or low energy
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Low libido
- Difficulty in concentration, moods of anxiety, irritability and depression
- Digestive upset including bloating, gas, cramps, itchy anal area, diarrhea and constipation
- Chrohns disease and Ulcerative colitis
- Gastric ulcer and indigestion
- Urinary and bladder infection
- Leaky gut syndrome (increased intestinal permeability)
- Environmental and food sensitivities
- Menstrual cycle irregularities
- Cravings for sweets, alcohol or grain products
- Autoimmune diseases
Yeast requires glucose or sugar as food. Foods that are carbohydrates break down into sugar. In healthy people sugar then breaks down into harmless lactic acid and water. In people with yeast overgrowth, sugar breaks down into alcohol and a deadly toxin acetaldehyde.
The alcohol makes a person appear and feel drunk without drinking alcohol. The acetaldehyde has the ability to alter the structure of proteins. For example, it inhibits thyroxin T4 to convert to T3 both necessary for thyroid function. It also depletes estrogen in the body. Both of these actions create hormonal imbalance.
Once the proteins are altered it is thought to be responsible for the body to attack itself as in autoimmune reactions like multiple sclerosis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
If these fungi are left unchecked and allowed to grow, they can penetrate the gut, eventually reaching the blood stream which can cause death.Let’s Determine the Real Cause of Your Health Concern and Find a Natural Remedy for Candida
Yeast overgrowth can cause many symptoms that are seemingly unrelated, making this condition quite difficult to diagnose by your physician. Making it more challenging is the fact that most traditional medical testing for yeast overgrowth is inaccurate. Being misdiagnosed causes your health to further deteriorate. There is hope. I use a very scientific, safe and effective technique, Nutrition Response Testing, which can find the cause to your health problem.