YEAST & FUNGAL INFECTIONS
There are many good things about yeast. Bread rises because of yeast. The fermentation process that lets brewers make beer and wine is caused by yeast. Yeast is made up of tiny organisms that are fungi, like mushrooms. They live in the soil and are an important part of the mix of microorganisms that keep the soil healthy. There are many different kinds of microorganisms in our intestines, and yeasts are one of them. This mix of microbes is called the intestinal microflora, and it is very important to your health. So, yeast can be very helpful when things are just right.
But if we don't take care of yeast properly, it can hurt our health. Most people in the modern Western world are having trouble with yeast or fungal infections. Candida albicans, in particular, has been linked to a wide range of health problems, such as chronic sinus problems, vaginal yeast infections, frequent colds and flu, earaches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, lowered immunity, brain fog, leaky gut syndrome, athlete's foot, jock itch, and more.
Antibiotics upset the balance of the intestinal microflora by killing the good bacteria, which can cause yeast to grow out of control. However, antibiotics aren't the only reason yeast grows out of control. There are many other chemicals in our environment that are also bad for our gut bacteria. Some of these are alcohol, drinking water with chlorine, MSG, nitrates, and sulfates. Since yeast feed on sugar, eating too much sugar can also cause yeast to grow too much.
Once the yeast is out of control, it makes substances that weaken the integrity of the intestines (causing intestinal inflammation and leaky gut syndrome) and are absorbed into the bloodstream. This weakens the immune system and makes us want more sugar. It's almost like the yeast take over the body and make us want to keep the same conditions that keep them alive.
Trying to figure out if you have a yeast infection
Candida is one of those diagnoses that is often used as a "catch-all." Even though they have done a lot of yeast cleanses, many people still think they have too much yeast. Here is a short quiz to help you figure out if your health problems might be caused by too much yeast. If you say "yes" to any of the questions below, mark the box on the left. If you check off five or more boxes, you might have a yeast overgrowth problem. But many of these symptoms could also be signs of a condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
• Do you feel tired or lack energy most of the time?
• Are you sensitive to or allergic to certain foods?
• Do you have athlete's foot, nail fungus, or jock itch?
• Do you get yeast infections in your vaginal area often?
• Have you taken antibiotics with a wide range of effects?
• Do you want sugary or sweet things like candy, soda, etc.?
• Do you often feel gassy, bloated, or nauseous?
• Do you want white flour products like bread, pasta, and baked goods?
• Have you taken birth control pills for at least 6 months?
• Do you experience brain fog, mental confusion or mental fatigue?
If you seem to have a yeast overgrowth problem, here are four steps to take to fix it.
1. Change the diet so that yeast isn't fed.
Stop feeding the yeast. This is the first and most important step in getting rid of too much yeast. Yeast loves sugars and other simple carbohydrates. So, you need to cut out all simple carbs from your diet for a while. For two to four weeks, you should stop eating simple sugars and refined grains. Table sugar (or sucrose), glucose, fructose, corn syrup, and even honey, brown sugar, and fruit juices are all examples of simple sugars. White flour, white rice, corn chips, and breakfast cereals are all made from refined grains. To do this, you'll need to carefully read food labels because most prepackaged foods have added sugars and refined grains.
It is also important to stay away from alcohol because the body turns it into sugar as well. If your problem is really bad, you might even want to avoid whole grains, most fruits, and starchy foods like potatoes for the first two weeks.
Also, you should avoid foods like bread, beer, aged cheeses, and so on that have yeast or mold. Many experts also say to stay away from pickled, fermented, and vinegared foods. Even though these foods don't cause yeast to grow too much, staying away from them for a while seems to help keep yeast in check.
Eat foods with a low glycemic index and some good fats. Coconut oil is a good fat for getting rid of candida because it has caprylic acid, a medium chain saturated fatty acid that helps control yeast.
2. Improve the health of your stomach and intestines as a whole
When conditions are right for yeast to grow, it can get out of hand. So, if we want to get them under control again, we have to change the digestive tract's environment. Usually, our stomach's hydrochloric acid and enzymes keep these microbes in check. Taking Digestive Bitters 15 to 20 minutes before a meal can help with this. It will also help people with yeast overgrowth feel better when they have gas and bloating. Think about taking Proactazyme or Food Enzymes with your meals as well. Taking High Potency Protease between meals will also help to keep the microbes in your gut in balance.
When there is too much yeast in the gut, it often causes inflammation and leaky gut syndrome. You might also want to look into what you can do to fix these problems.
3. Use antifungal drugs to stop yeast from growing too much.
We can stop yeast growth by using antifungal herbs and supplements after cutting off the yeast's food source and changing the digestive environment to make it unsuitable for yeast growth. The Candida Clear Pack is a helpful way to do this. This is a great program that comes ready to use to stop yeast from growing too much. You can also take Pau d'Arco in the form of capsules or tea, take Yeast/Fungal Detox on its own, or use Silver Shield.
Essential oils can also help a lot when you have a yeast infection. Tea tree oil, lavender oil, thyme oil, clove oil, and oregano oil are all antifungal essential oils. You can use these in baths, diffuse them into the air, or take one drop of each per day for up to two weeks.
4. Put good bacteria back into the body (Probiotics)
The last step in getting rid of yeast is to put good bacteria, or probiotics, back into the intestines. After your cleanse, you can eat probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt, raw sauerkraut, and miso, which have been naturally fermented. However, you may also want to take probiotic supplements.
Herbal Formulas: Para-Cleanse (Para Pak)
Herbal Extracts: Berberine IR