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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Yeast Overgrowth

By Raymond Lee

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An overgrowth of the usually benign yeast Candida albicans in the large intestine causes the complex medical syndrome known as chronic candidiasis or “yeast syndrome.” Overgrowth with candida may cause a wide variety of symptoms not just in the gastrointestinal tract but in virtually every system of the body, including the genitourinary, endocrine, nervous, and immune systems. As is true of all yeasts, Candida albicans normally lives harmoniously in the creases and crevices of the digestive tract. However, when this yeast overgrows, and if immune system mechanisms are depleted or if the normal lining of the intestinal tract is damaged, the body can absorb yeast cells, particles of yeast cells, and various toxins they produce. If this happens, numerous body processes may be disrupted. Yeast syndrome is characterized by malaise, which is a general feeling of being sick all over – kind of like a mild but nagging flu. Fatigue, allergies, immune system malfunction, depression, chemical sensitivities, and digestive disturbances are just some of the symptoms you may experience if you have yeast syndrome. Women are eight times more likely than men to experience yeast syndrome. This is because the yeast balance can be disturbed due to the effects of estrogen, birth control pills, and the more frequent use of antibiotics by women. Here are some tips for dealing with yeast overgrowth.

  1. Identify And Address Predisposing Factors

    Eliminate the use of antibiotics, steroids, immune-suppressing drugs, and birth control pills. Determine if decreased digestive secretions may be contributing to the problem. Seek treatment for problems such as diabetes, impaired immunity, or impaired liver function, all of which can predispose you to yeast overgrowth.

  2. Follow A Candida Control Diet

    This means eliminating from your diet refined sugar and other simple sugars, milk or dairy products, and foods with a high content of yeast or mold, including alcoholic beverages, cheeses, dried fruits, melons, and peanuts. Also, avoid all known or suspected food allergies.

  3. Provide Nutritional Support

    Take a high-potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula, additional antioxidants, and 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily.

  4. Support Immune Function

    Deal with stress by using positive stress-coping techniques. Avoid factors that can impair immune function, such as alcohol, sugar, smoking, and elevated cholesterol levels. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and good quality sleep as well. Another measure you can take is to support your thymus gland function by taking 750 mg of crude polypeptide fractions daily.

  5. Promote Detoxification And Elimination

    Help your body cleanse itself by taking 3 to 5 grams of a soluble fiber source such as guar gum, psyllium seed, or pectin at night.

  6. Take Probiotics

    Ingest five to ten billion viable L. acidophilus and B. bifidum cells daily.

  7. Use Appropriate Antiyeast Therapy

    It is recommended to use an enteric-coated volatile oil preparation at a dosage of two capsules twice daily between meals with a glass of water, along with one tablet of an enteric-coated fresh garlic preparation. This approach is found to be effective in eliminating the overgrowth of Candida albicans in most cases. Use for at least one month.

Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.

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Article Submitted On: January 21, 2008