Yeast Sensitivity and Our Bodies’ Flora

Baker's YeastThe human digestive system has a lot of little bacteria to aid our digestion, including small amounts of yeast called candida.  Normally, given the alcohol, breads, sugars, and other various foodstuffs that you consume with yeast – and barring no other food sensitivities – your digestive system can do pretty well at keeping yeast levels under control.  However, some digestive systems are yeast sensitive and consuming yeast, depleting the good bacteria in your body by taking antibiotics, or having a compromised immune system can result in an overgrowth of candida called candidiasis or a yeast infection.  When yeast infections are recurrent, it’s possible that a yeast sensitivity may be the cause.

Not only may a yeast sensitivity be characterized by fungal genital infections or thrush, but it may also include cravings for carbohydrates and sugar; gastrointestinal issues like bloating or flatulence; fatigue; or mood swings among other symptoms.  To strengthen a yeast-sensitive system, supplements of probiotics like acidophilus should be taken on a daily basis.  Eliminating all foods with yeast, dairy, vinegar, and sugar (including fruit) from the diet as well as alcohol and caffeine for several weeks may also be helpful to alleviate symptoms.

Yeast sensitivity is not recognized by Western medicine, but has been acknowledged among alternative medicine practitioners.   To learn more, check out Alternativehealth.co.nz and the Candida Diet.

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