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Yeast Problems And Candida

This term “candida” encompasses several processes, not all of which all candida sufferers have problems with. Different people get well at different levels. The idea is to tailor one’s regime so that the least input gets the best results. Some people will get rid of their yeast/candida problems simply by doing a low sugar diet, others have to be much stricter with their diet and take drug or herbal antifungals, maybe desensitisation and maybe environment controls as well.

Yeast problems are a problem of Western lifestyles! They are triggered by high carbohydrate diets, antibiotics (which kill the good gut bugs and allow yeast to flourish) and the Pill or HRT (immunosuppressive). It is often a combination of these factors. Candida is also part of the fermenting gut so also see Fermentation in the gut and CFS.

The Underlying Problems

  1. Yeast overgrowth in the gut gut flora contains 1% yeast so some yeasts are normally present in the gut. Problems seem to arise either when they flourish in the wrong place (ie the upper gut which should be sterilised by stomach acid) or there is a general overgrowth of them. Wherever numbers build up one starts to ferment foods instead of digesting them. Fermentation causes symptoms of bloating and bubbling in the gut sometimes this is very obvious. If fermentation occurs within minutes of eating, it is occurring in the stomach.
  2. Alcohol production yeasts ferment sugars to alcohol and this causes problems in its own right. The main one is that it tends to lower the blood sugar, thereby destabilising blood sugar levels and making the sufferer crave sugars. This is a very clever evolutionary ploy that yeasts have stumbled upon to make their host eat the very foods that the yeast wants! So sufferers often crave carbohydrates and sugars, but the more they eat, the worse they become.
  3. Allergy to yeast if the levels of yeast build up in the gut then they can switch the immune system on so that one gets allergy reactions against the yeast. This can cause low grade inflammation of the gut. Low grade inflammation will result in leaky gut. Leaky upper gut causes Hypochlorhydria and all the problems that go with that.
  4. Leaky gut an overgrowth of the yeast in the gut can cause leaky gut. What this means in practise is that large antigenically interesting molecules get from the gut into the bloodstream where they should not be. This may elicit an immune response, which could switch on an allergy to that substance (food allergy), or worse an antibody could be formed which cross reacts with self and switches on autoimmunity.
  5. Yeast cells are tiny compared to human cells and where there is leaky gut they can leak out into the bloodstream to cause allergy reactions. Eventually these yeast cells spill over into the kidneys and the urine and can be a major cause of Irritable Bladder Syndrome or Allergic Bladder or allergic perineum (vulval irritation).
  6. Yeast problems which become more systemic may result in yeast infections such as thrush, nail infections, tinea corporis, Athlete’s foot and so on.
  7. If one switches on yeast sensitivity in the gut, this can cause cross sensitivity to moulds and yeasts in the environment. This may explain why some people do not feel so well on damp days and feel very much better in hot, dry or cold, dry climates. They have become allergic to environmental moulds.
  8. Treatment Approaches in order of importance



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