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Yeast Overgrowth

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The medical problem of yeast overgrowth is also referred to as candidiasis, or candida overgrowth. As the name suggests, a fungus known as candida albicans is triggered to overgrow in the human digestive system, which causes bouts of unpleasant signs and symptoms. C. albicans is a microscopic fungus that resides in different parts of the body, and usually causes no harm, as its population is kept under check by the friendly bacteria in the body. Now due to certain internal or external factors, the normal balance is disrupted, causing the yeast to take over. So the population being uncontrolled, the fungus causes infection in the digestive system, which is manifested by various symptoms. Yeast overgrowth symptoms in men, women or children are numerous and they cannot be diagnosed easily, as they tend to mimic symptoms of other conditions.

Yeast Overgrowth
Yeast Overgrowth

Yeast Overgrowth Causes
The good bacteria acts as a counterbalance of the yeast in the system holding it in check against overgrowth. When this balance is not maintained yeast overgrowth can occur. The use of antibiotics (anti = against, bio = life) kills not only the bad bacteria but also the good bacteria that was helping to maintain the system balance. When this happens the existing yeast in the system is not held in check and begins to colonize causing yeast overgrowth. A weakened immune system can also lead to yeast overgrowth.

The process of yeast overgrowth or colonization releases toxins into the body that can cause symptoms such as fatigue, allergies, joint aches, rashes, and many others. Treating these symptoms with additional antibiotics only perpetuates the cycle of sickness when what the body really needs is the balance of bacteria to be restored.
Yeast Overgrowth Prevention
Eating yogurt can help to fight against yeast overgrowth by replenishing the healthy bacterial strain known as Lactobacillus acidophilus. This bacteria is found naturally in mouth, gastrointestinal tract and vagina and produces and unfriendly environment in the system for harmful bacteria.

The acid produced by this strain of bacteria through the breakdown of nutrients helps control the growth of Candida Albicans and prevent yeast overgrowth in the system. Certain spermicides and contraceptive creams can kill acidophilus and open the door for a yeast infection.

Research has indicated this strain of bacteria could help gastrointestinal function, decrease in vaginal yeast infections, and boost the immune system. A nutritional supplement for Lactobacillus acidophilus can also usually be found in health food stores.
Yeast Overgrowth Treatment
In order to get the yeast overgrowth back under control it is important to cut out all yeast and sugary foods. A general listing would include items such as alcohol, vinegar, fruits, lunch meats and baked goods. A more extensive list of foods to avoid can be found on the yeast diet guidelines page.

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