Yeast Intolerance

Published in Yeast Info

Our bodies sometimes become intolerant of certain substances such as lactose and yeast. If yeast is the culprit we are considered yeast intolerant. picyure of yeast containing breads and pastries

Being yeast intolerant means that your body over produces candida. Candida (candida albicans) is a yeast-like fungi that live in moist areas of the body including the mouth, intestines, stomach, urinary track and vagina. The larger percentage of the time these are balanced out and kept in check by beneficial bacteria (lactobacillas acidophilus) in the body.

Sometimes however they grow out of control and thus beyond tolerance levels in excess of what the body actually needs or can effectively handle.  A person then suffers from yeast intolerance and a disease or infection called candidiasis or thrush.

There are some doctors that believe heavy infections of candida in the stomach and intestines can contribute to a wide range of different disorders like abdominal discomfort, disturbed bowel function, creamy white patches in mouth or throat (thrush), vaginal itching and irritation with white cottage cheese like discharge (vaginal yeast infection). 

It is possible that candidiasis is affected by an individual’s health and diet. The fungi typically thrive on simple sugars, bread, and biscuits. This is more common in women then in men. The first thing to do to help reduce the infection would be to avoid sugar especially refined sugar, substituting honey instead. They also thrive on fermented foods like yogurt, cheese, and alcohol.

Most of the time a person in good health can usually keep candida under control, however if the immune system is compromised by illness or undo stress the candida can grow rapidly. Antibiotics can also kill off the good bacteria causing the fungus grow too fast. Another possible cause of candida is hormone imbalance. Also when a person’s immune system is weakened due to poor nutrition it can become hard for the body to cope with the toxins that the excess yeast produces.

Candidiasis often produces cravings for sweets and yeast-containing foods and drinks. It can be treated with a special diet that avoids yeasty foods and the foods on which candida thrive as well as with anti-candida prescription drugs, such as nystatin. 

Some of the symptoms of yeast intolerance to look out for:

  • bloating and excess gas
  • diarrhea or constipation and headaches
  • mouth ulcers and a furry or coated tongue
  • skin rash
  • fatigue  

The best path for a person to follow who has yeast intolerance would be to follow a yeast free diet. How long? Minimally until the symptoms subside (usually at least 3 months). This however could have to be a change that lasts for the rest of your life. To follow a yeast free diet would require you to take food like cheese, yogurt, and caffeine out of your diet. These foods can sometimes be re-introduced into the diet over time once the correct balance of yeast is being produced.  

Although yeast intolerance can be frustrating as well as uncomfortable and painful, it is not that difficult to get your body balanced again. A simple change of diet and voila the symptoms subside and the body re-gains control over the it’s natural bacteria.

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