Many people suffer from food sensitivities as well as yeast syndrome. Traditional medicine does not recognize yeast syndrome in otherwise healthy people but it is well known in the integrative medicine world. Your body has some candida in your intestines normally but when your natural bacteria (probiotics) no longer keep the candida in check, then these yeast overgrow. This can happen to otherwise healthy people who have been taking oral contraceptives, antibiotics, antacids, or steroids. It can occur in smokers, diabetics, or in people who consume a high sugar diet. Food sensitivities or allergies can also disrupt your natural intestinal bacteria and result in a candida overgrowth.
This overgrowth creates inflammation and affects the lining of the intestines. Your body becomes hypersensitive to candida and pumps out a lot of antibodies to fight this yeast. It is believed that the antibodies intended to fight the candida end up attacking tissues in your body that are misinterpreted as yeast by the immune system. This is what results in yeast syndrome.
Yeast syndrome is characterized by abdominal bloating, headaches, mood disorders, fatigue, skin complaints, poor memory, poor concentration, and often a craving for sweets. You may have a few or all of the symptoms.
It can be difficult to diagnose and since these symptoms can be from more serious causes it is important to get an adequate work up. But if everything is “normal” then yeast syndrome along with food sensitivities (similar symptoms to yeast syndrome) are important to consider. When I suspect yeast syndrome I have the patient get a food allergy test along with a colonic to see if there is in fact a yeast overgrowth in order to determine the best course of therapy.
When yeast die off most people feel worse before they get better. This is a result of the yeast fighting back. Treating candida effectively requires following a diet with low sugar (including fruit) intake, taking potent probiotics, and taking natural or prescription anti-fungal medication along with periodic colonics to clear out the yeast and assess progress. This is typically a two month process.
If you feel that you may suffer from yeast syndrome then I advise that you set up an appointment at our office so that we may work with you on this matter.