Yeast is an organism part of an even larger family called Fungi. Fungi have been around for thousands of years and are probably some of the most, if not the most, resilient organisms to exist on this planet. They have adapted to many types of harsh and barren landscapes. They have even developed the ability to live without oxygen or very little oxygen for a time. All of this means they are hard to destroy or eradicate.
The fungus form known as yeast resides in many places, but it enjoys dark, moist, and carbohydrate-rich environments, which also includes the gastrointestinal(GI) tract. The question is how does yeast affect the GI tract? Candida is a form of yeast that appears to be the predominant form with activity arising in the GI tract. Although it is not completely clear, it seems these issues with yeast arose with the advent and excessive use of antibiotics. Antibiotics can be miraculous due to their ability to destroy disease-causing bacteria in the body, but when taken orally, they disrupt the flora balance of the entire GI tract.
Flora is the combination of many types of friendly and even unfriendly bacteria that produce enzymes that digest food, that act as a protective barrier to the intestinal walls, and they enliven or strengthen the immune system. Antibiotics change this fragile balance and create a situation where normal yeast forms, perhaps residing in low dose within the GI tract, begin to flourish and grow or replicate in abundance without any friendly bacteria to control yeast growth. In essence, antibiotic use changes the microflora environment from a protective role, to a war zone taken over by another host in the form of candida or yeast.
These yeast are toxic and begin to cause significant inflammation in the GI tract with a subsequent increase in histamine, eosinophils, mucous, and result in a significant distraction or irritant to the immune system. In addition, this yeast can begin to break down the gut barrier leading to and causing “leaky gut syndrome.”
Imagine your immune system to be an army of 1 million white blood cells. They have the job to protect the borders and restore every cell back to normal functioning from the days normal “wear and tear.” Consider now that up to 80% of the bodies immune defense surrounds or resides surrounding the GI tract. The presence of yeast in the GI tract in essence, distracts up to 80% of your normal immune defense from its normal task.
It does not take long before the immune system becomes completely distracted and even exhausted, while it wages a war against yeast which have an endless potential to replicate. Why do I say this? Well, all yeast needs to survive and thrive is sugar. This is of course supplied in abundance in the average diet.
The first and most important step in recovering from Yeast and Candida overgrowth is to reduce yeast expression in the GI tract. We do this by first altering the diet to reduce yeast exposure and eliminating sugar to reduce its food supply. Use our ANTI-CANDIDA DIET as an guide to minimize dietary contribution to Candida growth. In addition, we find great benefit in natural yeast killing herbs, supplements, and targeted anti-fungal medications to reduce the presence and symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth. We have created protocols for achieving this goal in the most effective and safest possible way resulting in improvement in symptoms in just a few weeks.
Exposing Candida and its interactions with the immune system can be exposed with a simple blood test. We utilize the Vibrant America Fungal Antibodies Panel to determine the types and intensity of Fungus and Candida reacting with the immune system. If you are curious about the presence and immune response to Candida, testing can validate this concern and provide confidence as we help you choose the right therapies. If you wonder if might have Candida overgrowth and immune reactivity as a root cause of your symptoms, know that the leading symptoms of Candida reactivity are fatigue, brain fog, abdominal bloating, sugar cravings, migraines or headaches, IBS or constipation, nasal congestion, eczema and psoriasis, and itchy ears. This list comprises only the most common symptoms, and Candida has been associated with many other common symptoms and diseases. Candida and Fungal overgrowth also appears to aggravate patients who have been found to have mold sensitivity or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome(CIRS). CIRS patient’s most definitely require anti-fungal interventions to recover in the short term and maintain abudant health long term.