By Diane Irving
Consuming too much sugar or carbohydrates can yield a high amount of yeast in the body, resulting in serious health conditions. Though our bodies contain a healthy amount of yeast naturally, filling our diets with it can produce overflow. It’s important to stay away from ingesting too many sweets, breads, pastas, and other carbs, because yeast can leak into the bloodstream. Then, it can cause a decline in gut health. Cutting out the good stuff can be difficult, but those that suffer from medical conditions can breathe a sigh of relief. There is a potential anecdote in preventing certain health inhibitors: eat a minimal amount of yeast in the daily diet.
Yeast is also known as candida, which is a type of fungus normally found in our intestines and mouth. There are tests that can be done to see how much is in the bloodstream. If levels are high, it may be time to take a break from it. With a more in-depth look at leaky gut and yeast, Functional Medicine expert Dr. Amy Myers explains, “When it is overproduced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.” Many have concluded that yeast is to blame for multiple autoimmune diseases, infections, allergies, depression, digestion problems, skin issues, foggy head, tiredness, and a long list of other symptoms.
Though it’s difficult to gauge how much yeast in the diet is too much, it’s important to continue to reduce the amount until symptoms subside. Maintaining a low- or no-carb and low sugar diet is the best way to heal leaky gut. However, there are also diet programs available that can help individuals manage candida intake. But, the right route begins with cutting back on certain foods.
Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth
Organic Lifestyle Magazine provides a list of symptoms to watch out for. Here are a few listed:
- Chronic fatigue, insomnia, memory loss, brain fog
- Muscle aches or weakness
- Pain or swelling in joints
- Intestinal issues including bloating, constipation, and gas
- Anxiety and depression
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic rashes and skin conditions
- Food sensitivity or intolerance
- Recurrent bronchitis, other infections (athlete’s foot etc) and other viral infections
Also mentioned by Organic Lifestyle Magazine are some foods that can help diminish candida in the system. They suggest that 80% of foods digested should be vegetables and leafy greens. The magazine article, How to Kill Candida Fungi Yeast in the Body, gives a list of foods to incorporate in meals that will help combat the hard-to-kill candida infestation: green apples, garlic, oregano, onions, coconut, olive oil, lemon/limes, arugula, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and cabbage.
Out of the ordinary foods and beverages to avoid include: alcohol, sauerkraut, pickled foods, kombucha, yogurt, kimchi, and more.
Moderation is the key, no matter how tasty or convenient a meal might be. There is something we can do to help alleviate some suffering of the conditions mentioned. Check with Dr. Marone or another physician to test yeast levels. Visit the sources listed below for more information and recipes.
Understanding how yeast affects the body is a bit complicated. After research, the verdict is clear – it can’t hurt to eat minimal amounts of yeast. Patients should experiment with diet alterations and see what happens. By eating candida-causing foods in moderation, patients may not only heal their gut, but also other health issues.
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*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional. Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.