SLEEPY & BLOATED? YOU COULD HAVE A HIDDEN YEAST INFECTION
A range of vague symptoms from fatigue to bloating, leaky gut, mood swings and poor memory could mean you have an overgrowth of yeast in your body says Goop.
Candida (yeast) overgrowth is a common problem, yet very few people are ever diagnosed unless it’s a vaginal infection. Thanks to the rise in popularity of functional medicine though, Candida overgrowth is becoming more recognised.
What are the symptoms of yeast overgrowth?
Functional medicine expert Dr. Amy Myers told Goop symptoms include everything from fibromyalgia to fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, seasonal allergies, nail infections, UTIs, dandruff (which is yeast) and sugar cravings.
Why is a Candida overgrowth bad?
Candida can break down the intestinal wall, causing toxic digestive byproducts to get released into the body. This can decrease your body’s ability to digest food, and absorb nutrients, leading to everything from bloating to autoimmune issues and thyroid dysfunction.
What leads to an overgrowth of Candida?
If you're a wine-lover, you won't love this fact. A diet high in sugar, refined carbs and processed food plus too much alcohol make it easy for yeast to multiply and thrive. Taking just one course of antibiotics can increase yeast numbers too, as can taking the pill (especially high oestrogen pills) and periods of high stress.
What to do if you think you might have an overgrowth of yeast in your system
Head to a functional medical doctor. Dr Amy Myers told Goop she orders test for antibodies IgG, IgM and IgA, plus complete blood count tests, stool tests and urine tests.
How to self-treat a Candida overgrowth
Goop says recovery is in three stages: Staving the yeast, overpowering the yeast, and replenishing the good bacteria.
Starve the yeast: Eliminate all the foods yeast loves like alcohol, vinegar, mushrooms, carbs, sugar and processed food. You even have to ditch the healthy carbs and sugars, and steer clear from kombucha and kimchi until you’ve restored balance.
Overpower the yeast: Anti-fungal supplements and natural anti-fungals like grapefruit seed extract, olive leaf extract, pau d'arco and oregano leaf can work to change your internal balance of fungi.
Replenish your microbes: Once you've restored the balance in your body, you can get back into your probiotics; with probiotic supplements, probiotic foods, and nourishing probiotic additives like We Are Cultured Magic Dust.