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Yeast Overgrowth And Its Symptoms

It's true, yeast exists in all people. Yeast lives in the gut, intestines, mouth, ears, nose and the vagina. We can live peacefully with yeast as long as we can keep the immune system strong and the yeast levels down.

Our bodies may become sick when yeast increases in number (yeast overgrowth).

An overgrowth of yeast may occur if:
  • You have taken antibiotics
  • You have taken birth control
  • You eat sugar/grains/processed foods
  • Low thyroid
  • Low hydrochloric acid
Common symptoms from a yeast overgrowth:
  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Bloating
  • Intestinal gas
  • Abdominal pain
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Hives
  • Depression
  • Pain in joints
There are three mechanisms that can make people sick from yeast overgrowth: invasion, allergy and toxicity. Most doctors know and focus on invasion which is when yeast takes residence the tissues of some part of the body. In the mouth it is called "thrust", in the skin it is called "cutaneous candidiasis" and in the vagina it is called "candida vaginitis".

Ninety percent of the population shows a type of allergic reaction to yeast called "delayed hypersensitivity" (DHS). DHS is what helps keep the yeast from overgrowing. In Dr. Crook's experience, women with reoccuring vaginal infections lacked DHS. Type 1 allergy "immediate hypersensitivity" can make one quite sick. Type 1 allergy can cause hives, asthma, eczema, vaginitis and gut issues. Other unusual allergic reactions to yeast may trigger autoimmune diseases, arthritis and intestinal diseases.

Toxicity can be caused by yeast. Two toxins made by yeast is are substances called zymosan and arabinitol. Zymosan causes inflammation. If one suffers from psoriasis they have a yeast overgrowing (inflammation) in the skin. Arabinitol my show up in the blood and urine. Arabinitol can have serious effects on the brain and nervous system. There are many other toxins produces by yeast that contribute to depression, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. 

Yeast thrives in cold dark places and feeds on sugar (sugar, grains, processed food, soda, juices and even artificial sweeteners). When the yeast is fed well, our bodies become inflamed. Inflammation is the war between the chemicals produced by the yeast and your immune system. The chemicals produced by the immune system is what causes inflammation. A weak immune system will not effectively bring yeast levels under control. What causes inflammation is the rising levels of yeast...a response to an invasion.