A yeast infection is often caused by the Candida albicans yeast. This yeast is present in 90 to 98 per cent of humans but is only harmful if it grows out of control. A yeast infection generally begins in the digestive system if the digestive system is not functioning at its best and if the diet is too high in refined foods and sugary drinks. However, it can be a little more complex than that. The result of a yeast overgrowth? Symptoms that can affect various parts of the body and leave you generally feeling below par.
- Chronic diarrhoea
- Skin problems such as pimples, eczema and psoriasis
- Poor memory
- Mood swings
- Sinus problems
- Muscular weakness
- PMS and other menstrual problems
- Recurrent thrush
- Foggy brain
- Poor concentration
- Itchy anus
If you have had antibiotics in the last few years, lots of stress, a less than ideal diet and perhaps too much alcohol and sugary foods and drinks, the yeast levels in your gut could increase.
Yeast thrives on sugar and foods that break down into simple sugars in the gut. In order to treat a yeast infection it is most important to remove all foods containing added sugar such as fruit juice, dried fruit, biscuits, cakes, sweet soft drinks, lollies and chocolate. It is also important to remove those foods that contain yeast such as beer, wine, pizza, yeasted breads, vegemite and pastries as well as fermented foods such as deli meats, soy sauce and fish sauce. Foods that contain mould must also be avoided including cheese with moulded rinds and blue cheese. Some fermented foods are fine to eat such as miso soup, unsweetened yogurt and sauerkraut (but not kefir due to sugars).
Along with dietary changes, I generally prescribe specific and effective herbal and nutritional supplements to reduce yeast numbers in the gut and to improve overall digestive health.
If this picture sounds a little like you contact me today before your condition worsens.