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What causes yeast (Candida) sensitivity?
Yeast sensitivity is caused by an overgrowth of yeast, primarily in the colon, which is the large intestine. Our body has normal autocthonous, commensal bacteria which live within us in a symbiotic, friendly, relationship. These normal bacteria exist within the large intestine and within the oral pharynx. Additionally, in women, they are found in the vagina. These bacteria provide a barrier on the mucosal lining of these various tissues, preventing abnormal bacteria and yeast from entering the system.
How do antiboitics affect yeast in the system?
Whenever an individual takes antibiotics, those antibiotics are meant to kill abnormal bacteria in whatever location the infection exists, whether the infection is sinusitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis or any other infection. Unfortuanately, the antibiotics kill not only bad baceria, but they also kill normal bacteria in other areas of the body. Women often will develop yeast vaginitis. Although yeast may be treated, the primary reservoir for yeast is in within the colon.
What problems does yeast cause?
- Yeast is in the same family as mold and fungus. Once yeast overgrows in the colon, it is like weeds in a garden. It cannot be eradicated unless it is killed. Yeast in the system causes two problems:
- 1. It produces toxins which depress the immune system and make it more reactive to allergy, which leads to more infections and more antibiotics, the killing of more good bacteria, and a further increase in yeast levels
- 2. An individual with increased levels of yeast in his system often becomes allergic to yeast, and therefore, allergic to food products which contain yeast, such as wine, beer, breads, etc.
- Once yeast is overgrown in the large intestine, there is an imbalance in the normal microbacterial flora of the colon so that we get less normal healthy bacteria, and more yeast.
What needs to be done to effectively treat yeast?
In order to restore the normal microbacterial flora of the colon, it is essential that we kill the yeast, and replace the normal bacteria in the colon, which is Lactobacillus Acidophilus.
What foods are eliminated from the diet when we treat yeast? How long?
- Yeast grows on sugar, therefore, when treating for yeast sensitivity, the following foods are eliminated:
- 1. Yeast and sugar for one month
- 2. Milk and milk products for one month
- 3. Alcoholic beverages and fermented products for one month
- 4. Fruit for two weeks
What 4 medications are prescribed to the patient to treat yeast and what is the purpose of each?
- The medications prescribed to treat for yeast are as follows:
- 1. Hypo A Nystatin - 1 capsule 3x/day for 2 weeks, then 2 capsules 3x/day, usually for 2 -3 months. Nystatin kills yeast in the spore form n the digested food products in the colon.
- 2. Probiotic blend - 1 capsule 3x/day for 2 weeks, then 2 capsules 3x/day, for 2-3 months. This is a specialized preparation of Lactobacillus Acidophilus, the normal bacteria of the colon. Once the yeast is killed, the normal lactobacillus Acidophilus must be restored.
- 3. Fluconazole 100mg. - This is a systemic anti-yeast medication. The lenght of treatment is dependent upon the severity of the yeast sensitivity, determined by symptoms and yeast antibody levels.
- 4. Fluconazole/DMSO/Tea Tree Oil - Apply to infected nails twice daily.
What foods do yeast sensitive patients crave?
Yeast sensitive patients crave sugar and simple carbohydrates, such as breads, cakes, cookies, etc.
List five (5) abdominal symptoms commonly associated with yeast sensitivity.
- 1. Abdominal bloating
- 2. Belching
- 3. Excessive gas
- 4. Abdominal cramps
- 5. Indigestion
Besides antibiotics, what foods or medication(s) exacerbate yeast?
The foods which exacerbate yeast are sugars and simple carbohydrates. The medications which exacerbate yeast are steroids, birth control pills and estrogen supplements.