Yeast and Candidiasis
A common yet frequently overlooked condition of yeast overgrowth , primarily in the intestinal tract, called “candidiasis”, can create or aggravate a myriad of health problems. For example, it is not unusual to find an intestinal yeast infection or overgrowth in fibromyalgia , autism or autism symptoms, hypoglycemia, ADD, ADHD and adult attention deficit disorder sometimes termed adult ADD or adult ADHD. Alternative medicine has traditionally been the only place you would find serious consideration of candida symptoms and the appropriate candida diet. Happily, it is now being considered more and more by medical physicians.
Candida symptoms are similar to the symptoms of hypoglycemia and both can be present together. For example, the hypoglycemia symptoms of fatigue and sugar craving are common to both conditions. The candida diet is similar to the hypoglycemia diet. We encourage you to take the online self-assessment to help identify if you may have a yeast overgrowth.
Normally, we find numerous strains of microorganisms residing in the gut. These organisms include bacteria, yeast and other types of single cell organisms. Generically they are all referred to as “flora”. We refer to the healthy, beneficial strains as “friendly” and the unhealthy, destructive strains as “unfriendly”. They are all there living together in synergy when their environment is healthy. Yet, in a sense, they compete for space, the good guys against the bad guys the friendly against the unfriendly. Problems begin when something happens to destroy some or all of the good flora leaving the bad unfriendly flora intact. This situation usually happens as a result of the overuse of antibiotics. By “overuse” we mean long term. Some common examples of overuse include repeated use of antibiotics for recurring ear infections in children or their continuous use for acne in teenagers. When this happens, the antibiotics kill the friendly flora. Not affected by antibiotics, and in the absence of their competitors for space, the unfriendly yeast flourish, resulting in the yeast overgrowth condition termed "candidiasis". Other medications which can contribute to candidiasis are oral contraceptives and prednisone.
Visualize the room your are now in as the inside of your gut. The walls of the room represent the inside wall of the gut. The pictures on the wall represent colonies of yeast that have been allowed to proliferate there in the absence of friendly flora. Yeast is a living organism just like we are. It takes in nourishment, primarily sugar, and it gives off waste products called “metabolites”. The presence of the yeast colonies and metabolites can damage the lining of the gut wall. Visualize those colonies of yeast on the gut wall causing what could be visualized as pin holes in the wall leading to a condition termed “leaky gut” in the medical literature. Normally the healthy gut does not allow the absorption into the blood stream of food before it is completely digested, nor toxic chemicals or other substances destined to be eliminated in the stool. Pin holes, however, allow the leaking through the gut wall and into the blood stream of all kinds of undigested food particles, chemicals and substances that are not supposed to be allowed passage into the blood. Those undigested, leaked-through products have been implicated as contributors to the development of poor health and are known to be major causes of food allergies, some types of arthritis, fibroymyalgia, asthma and numerous other conditions. Sometimes people who have candidiasis will notice a white coating on their tongue upon arising in the morning.
Your health practitioner can perform a simple blood test to detect the presence of candidiasis. The test measures the antibodies that have been built up against the presence of yeast. You should have three antibodies tested for the best determination of where you stand with yeast. They are called IgG, IgA, and IgM. Another more comprehensive test which includes detection of candidiasis among many other functional tests of the digestive system is the Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis (CDSA).
Should you be determined to have candidiasis, you will want to do three things; quit feeding the yeast, kill the yeast, and replace the yeast with friendly flora. The favorite food of yeast is sugar. Therefore, to first get rid of yeast, you must be on a low sugar diet. Also, included in your diet will be restriction of foods which were made by the fermentation of yeast. These include vinegar, alcohol products especially beer, and soy sauce, among others.
Second, there are a number of products on the market which will kill yeast. Nonprescription products include grapefruit seed extract, uva ursi (an herb), garlic, olive leaf extract, colloidal silver and others including homeopathic products. Prescription drugs which have little to no side effects include Diflucan and Nystatin. Your practitioner will help you determine which will be the best for you.
Third, the replacement of your friendly flora is very important. This is accomplished by good quality acidophilus and related friendly flora products. There are numerous products on the market, many of which are no good. Don't be fooled into thinking you can buy inexpensive acidophilus products and expect them to be viable. The flora products are live cultures and must be kept refrigerated. The bottle should have a written guarantee of the number of organisms contained therein. The most common cultures are Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria. They are the cultures commonly found in yogurt. If you have a milk allergy, you will want to purchase dairy free products. Another product relatively new on the market is called Primal Defense .
You can expect to take a few weeks to months to rid yourself of candidiasis. There is some evidence in the scientific literature to suggest that certain individuals' immune systems are not totally effective against yeast from birth. Therefore, it is often suggested that persons prone to candidiasis go through a one month yeast elimination program every 6 to 12 months. Those individuals may have to be careful to not encourage the overgrowth of yeast for a lifetime which will happen as a result of over-consumption of sugar and poor related dietary habits.
Candidiasis is such a common and frequently overlooked concern, we strongly recommend an online Comprehensive_ Health Assessment. The assessment, which is inexpensive and easy to complete utilizes time tested symptoms questionnaires to help you determine if yeast is a problem in your health. It will give you a score of your risk factor for candidiasis of mild, moderate or high. Again, we urge you to do the assessment if you see yourself in any of this yeast discussion. Good luck.
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