Bloated? Diarrhea and/or constipation (less than 2 well-formed bowel movements per day)? Weight gain? Fatigue? Food sensitivities? Depression? Skin problems? Hard to concentrate? You could be suffering from an imbalance in healthy gut bacteria which can lead to yeast (i.e.,candida) overgrowth.
Under normal conditions the 100 trillion or so “good” bacteria keep the always present yeast in your body under control. Unfortunately, there’s an epidemic of gut imbalances today due to many lifestyle factors that can kill off the healthy bacteria allowing yeast to multiply rapidly. They then quickly morph into a form that grows “roots” or “hyphae” which can burrow into the intestines (causing leaky gut syndrome and releasing toxins which wreak havoc potentially causing an autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), multiple sclerosis arthritis or even celiac disease (notice the whole gluten free thing these days?).
This all happens when these roots penetrate the gut wall and toxins are released by the yeast and undigested food hits the blood stream. This triggers an immediate immune response and can cause a variety of problems such as food allergies, an autoimmune disease, diabetes, M.S., thyroid issues and much more.
How does it all start in the first place you ask? There are many factors leading to candida overgrowth or gut dysbiosis (i.e, good bacteria dying off and being replaced with bad ones), but antibiotics are at the top of the list along with other prescription drugs like birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, acid reflux meds and anti-inflammatory meds (e.g., Prednisone). All of these can kill off healthy bacteria allowing the invasion. Processed foods, alcohol, coffee, stress and artificial sweeteners can all lead to a gut imbalance, too. Ironically, this imbalance causes symptoms that tend to lead to more medications that, in turn, worsen the candida overgrowth!
Not only does yeast overgrowth cause the symptoms mentioned, but it also causes cravings for sugars, carbs, alcohol and sweets.
We then gain weight and blame ourselves for not having enough “willpower.” Your will power may not be the issue as it is difficult, if not impossible, to out-willpower your physiology! If yeast craves sugar and carbs, so will you. You might avoid them for a while, but when you slip up just once the colony grows back and you “even look at food and gain weight.”
There are hundreds if not thousands of candida diets, supplements, etc., out there today that each promise “amazing results in a 10 day kit”, for example. I have not found this t0o accurate in my 20+ years of practice.
In my opinion it takes commitment, time and a multifaceted approach to completely restore your gut balance and heal the gut.
Step One – First, do no more harm – antibiotics and acid suppression meds should be last resorts as they kill healthy bacteria and promote yeast growth. Next, since yeast thrives on carbs/sugar it will need to be reduced for a period of time while healthy bacteria can be reestablished with the right probiotics. We also use a combination of organically grown herbs which kill and slow the replication of yeast while the normal balance is restored.
We also use different supplements and modalities such as whole body vibration and far infrared sauna to cleanse and purify the blood, lymphatic system, liver, kidneys, etc. This multi-prong approach has helped thousands overcome candida overgrowth and restore their health.
Wondering if you might have a candida issue? While it’s very difficult to diagnose, a thorough consultation with a few simple tests can shed some light. If I think we can help I’ll tell you. If not, I’ll help you find someone who can.